How to make money as a teenager (a step-by-step guide)

If you ever found yourself wanting to learn how to make money as a teenager then you are lucky you found this page.

A lot of young adults find themselves in a situation where they want to start making money to build their future and support their parents, but don’t have any idea what to do next or where to even start.

Honestly, you don’t have to wait until your 20th birthday before you realise you should be making money.

One thing I like about enterpreneurship is that age doesn’t matter. You can start making money even if you’re not up to 18 years old. Yes! there are rich kids who are not up to 18 but have millions of dollars in their bank.

For example, Hart Main is worth over 12 million dollars and he is not even up to 20 years old.

How to make money as a teenager

There are several ways to make money as a teen but there is only one rule:

‘You must sell something’

You can either sell your time or create a product and sell them.

Don’t worry I will explain.

But let me start with the former, “sell your time “

I don’t mean anyone will pay you for any time you waste. What I actually mean is trading your time for money. Like getting a part-time job or even taking surveys online and typing recaptchas.

Unfortunately, a lot of people think that is the best way on “how to make money as a teenager“, that’s some bunch of b*******!

Of course you can make some money trading your time, but how much you will make can’t  compare what you will make if you sell a product.

when we study this page concerning the most successful young entrepreneurs, we realised that most of them are actually selling their products or at least someone else products.

Here is what I mean, At the age of 14, Doherty began making jams from his grandmother’s recipes. Today, he is worth over $20 million!

Fraser Doherty

That’s the young Doherty!

There are a bunch of ways to make money as a teenager. Today we are going to list some of them here for you to get inspired.

Different ways to make money as a teenager.

First of all, you should know there are opportunities to make money both online and offline.

We will start by working you through how to make money as a teenager online.

Start a blog and make money

one of the easiest ways to make money as a teenager is blogging. Believe me, that was how I made my first $1000 before I reach 17yrs.

You may have heard about blogging, and how it has changed the life of many people, including Paul Franklin, Rusha Paenga and even me.

Honestly, if you’re looking for how to make money as a teenager online you should start creating your own blog.

On average, blogger who blogs well make between $500 to $10000 dollars extra per month in passive income. No one cares about your age.

If you can help people through your blog, you will definitely make a lot of money.

Here is how it works,

You find topic ideas people are interested in through keyword research, you then write a piece of content around that topic.

If your content is in depth and convey a lot of information you build an audience that you can easily monetize.

There are different ways to make money as a teenager with a blog. The most obvious way is through Google adsense program. This way, you sign up to Google adsense program,  if your blog meets their requirements – Read 21 adsense approval checklist.

Once your account is submitted, the program will give you a code snippet to place on your blog to enable their crawler easily access your blog and know what kind of contents topics you cover.

If your account is approved, people will start seeing ads when they visit your blog. And you start earning.

There are two ways you can make money as a teenager with Google adsense on your blog.

1. Per impression
2. Per click

Per impression means they will pay you each time an ads unit displays on your blog. While per click means you will be paid each time an ads unit get a click.

You practically make money with adsense on your blog whenever somebody visits your blog – Read adsense earning guide to learn more.

There are other ads networks that works similarly to adsense some of them even pay higher than Google. – Read Google adsense alternatives.

Another way to make money blogging as a teenager is through affiliate links. This one is more advanced than Google Access program.

Here, you will research people’s problem by finding keywords they type into search engines and then create content around those keywords on your blog where you will pinch their problems and recommend products to help solve those problems.

It is that easy and can even make more money for you than Google adsense.

Here is how it works

After you have started a blog (see below on how to start a blog), you sign up for an affiliate programs such as Amazon associate program and, pick an affiliate offer from the program and get a unique link (affiliate link). This link contains a unique ID that will be used to track your referrals.

If you place that link anywhere on your blog posts, you will earn money anytime someone clicks on it and buy something.

I will explain it better later on this post.

Meanwhile, If you’re looking for other ways on how to make money as a teenager blogging we have a post where we cover different ways to monetize a blog.

How to start a blog

Before you start a blog and make money from it, you need to choose a niche where there is a high demand in product and services. Without it, you may not make any money.

What’s a niche by the way?

A Niche is a smaller section of a market where you can target people with similar interests.

Why you must choose a niche is because it is easier to talk to the same category of people at the same time. It is also easier to convert them to customers!

If you create content for “everyone”  it will end up reaching to “no one”.

Products recommendation – how to choose a profitable niche.

After choosing a niche, there are three more things you need:

1. Domain name – The address of your blog on the internet. Eg. cost: $11
2. Hosting plan – A server that hosts all your blog file. Cost: $5.95
3. WordPress – Blog Platform. Cost : FREE

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Want to read more on how to start a blog? we have written an in-depth guide on that respect. – Read how to start a blog from scratch.

we also have a more advanced guide on how to create a six-figure blog from scratch. It is titled mktprofit profit guide to six-figure blogging.

Read on to find other ideas on how to make money as a teenager.

Become an affiliate marketer

Another good way to make money as a young adult is through affiliate marketing. I have already talked about it earlier but I’m talking about it again because it is an online business on its own. You may not even need a blog.

Affiliate marketing is all about promoting other people’s products and services through email campaigns, social media or maybe, through your blog.

Look at how it works:

You register on a certain affiliate network, for example and browse through their affiliate offers to see if there is anyone you would like to promote.

Once you find an affiliate offer, you can start recommending it to your audience and make money why you do so.

The highest paid affiliate offers can be found on clickbank and jvzoo. In the two platforms, you can find different offer that pays up to 75% commission when you sell them. That’s a lot of money.

How to become an affiliate marketer and make money as a teen?

The best way to make a huge amount of money from affiliate offers is through email campaigns. You equally need a blog to build an email list, but that’s completely optional.

First you need to capture email addresses or targeted customers into an email automation software such as mailchimp, from where you can send out email to customers containing your affiliate link.

How do you capture does email addresses you ask?

You need a web page. If ayou don’t have one yet, MailChimp and other email automation software enables you to create a landing page where people can come and leave their email address.

It is a good starting point if you don’t have enough money to spend by creating a blog yet. MailChimp is also free to use. – Good luck!

Once you build up to 1000 email subscribers with your emailchimp free account, you should find affiliate offers to promote.

How to find affiliate offers?

Continue to (opens in a new window) and create a free account.

After creating an account, click on ‘affiliate’ on the menu bar and select ‘find product’.

From here, you can find different affiliate offers.  Sort the products according to lunch date to ensure you promote an up to date product.

Pick any product to wish to promote and request vendors approval.

Meanwhile you should check if the product has additional information to help you with promotions.

For example some products comes with different promo materials such as email swipe, banners, etc.

Jvzoo products also come with a sales page. click on the view salespage.

Once your affiliate request is approved, it will appear on your approved product page.

From here, you can copy your affiliate link of that products. Promote it to your email list and make money while you do that.

Product recommendation – affiliate marketing blueprint.

Continue Reading to find more information on how to make money as a teenager.

Start dropshipping and make more money.

You can also start an e-commerce website right now and start making a lot of money. you don’t even need to own a product.

Dropshipping is a kind of e-commerce where you sell other peoples product right inside your own online shop and keep hundred percent of the profit.

You don’t need a warehouse space, you won’t worry about inventory and shipping. Which is why it is one of the best online business ideas especially for young adults.

Still don’t get the picture? Let me turn on the lights!

In dropshipping you have an e-commerce website built around a niche. no need to worry about crazy product launch because you will import product from other online stores like Amazon and AliExpress.

Once a product is copied to your online store through some sort of softwares, you are left with options to either publish it as it is (not recommend) or edit the product to make it unique.

You can practically change everything about the products including price, description, title, etc. But make sure it is not deceptive.

After you have edited the products and hit the publish button, it becomes live on your web store. From there people can come and buy.

When you make a sale you take your gain and forward the order to the supplier who will then continue with the rest of the fulfilment, including shipping the product to the buyers location.

That’s good right? Here is how to get started.

First you need to create an e-commerce website. Don’t worry, It is the same way you create your blog. It’s not difficult.

Just like creating a blog, you need three things to build an e-commerce website.

1. Domain Name
2. Hosting plan
3. A shopping cart (we recommend woocomerce because it works together with WordPress ).

Oh! One more thing – AliDropship (our recommended plugin for dropshipping on WordPress).

Follow the same procedure on how to start a WordPress blog.

Once you create a new WordPress blog, install a free plugin called woocommerce. The plug-in adds a cart function to your WordPress website.

Upon installation, a set up wizard appears to guide you on how to configure the plugin.

After configuration, install another plug-in called alidropship. This plug-in will be responsible for importing products from AliExpress onto your WordPress website.

Watch next video on how to configure alidropship.

Start a YouTube channel

Our next advice on how to make money as a teenager is to start a YouTube channel. This may sound like some sort of entertainment but there is a lot of money behind those cameras.

Ryan Kaji

Remember Ryan?

The young boy that recommends toys for kids? believe it or not he don’t have another side gigs apart from his channels.

And he’s worth over 11 million dollars.

Starting a YouTube channel is cheap and easy. You don’t even need to invest in expensive camera to shoot your videos or hire some video editors. With your smartphone you can record yourself and edit using some softwares.

If your YouTube videos are getting a lot of eyeballs you will start making so much money.

There are different ways to make money as a teen with YouTube. The most obvious way again is Google adsense.

Here is how it works.

You sign up to Google adsense program for YouTube, if your YouTube videos meets their requirements, Google will start displaying adverts on your YouTube videos and pay you anything someone views or click on those ads.

It is really that easy.

Another way to monetize a YouTube channel is through affiliate marketing.

We have talk about affiliate marketing twice on this post, yet we talking about it again because YouTube marketing employees a different strategy.

The only thing you need to make money with YouTube as an affiliate marketer is to create a video around and Affiliate offer and then provide your affiliate link to that offer.

It’s simple!

You can create a tutorial video on how to use a certain software and provide an affiliate link to that software.

How to start a YouTube channel?

If you have a Google account, you automatically have access to YouTube. And if you don’t,  you can register an account for free.

Google owns YouTube that is why you need a Google account to operate youtube channels. However, accessing YouTube dashboard does not mean you have a YouTube channel. You will need to create one yourself.

In the top right corner of your computer screen, click on your profile icon and then click “create a channel”. – See image below

Next,  you are faced with two options.

1. Use your name
2. Use a custom name.

If you want to have control over design and all-round customisation choose a custom name.

Next type in your channel name and continue with the rest of your channel customisation.

Buy and sell stuff in school

Sounds like a real business right? That’s what it really is.

During my first year in the university, I made a lot of money selling products I bought at cheap price from AliExpress to fellow students.

Basically, I was importing cheap China phones and accessories and then reselling them at a higher price to customers. It made me a lot of money to an extent that I hired a salesperson and even rented a shop.

You can buy gently used products for a cheap price at eBay and AliExpress, and then sell them at a higher price to make money.

For example, if you buy 100 pieces of a cell phone at $48 each and sell each of them for $80, you will make profit of $3200 at the end of the day.

That’s lucrative, right?

If you research what students need at school, you will find out there are plenty of products you can buy and sell.

They may include;

  • Laptops
  • Cell phones
  • Make-up kit
  • Hair styling materials, etc.

You see how easy it is to make money as a teenager?

  1. I wish I had some of these opportunities when I was a teenager! Luckily, I did always have jobs I enjoyed and that helped me learn what I was good at and liked doing so I knew what majors to consider in college. Now I have my own blog and work for myself and it’s amazing!

  2. While my daughters have jobs I think this is a great read. I’ll be passing it along to them for consideration. Great post.

  3. There are some really good ideas here. This provides some sound and sensible advice for the younger ones to get earning and learning to manage money x

  4. So many great ideas – wish they had been options when I was a teenager… I did have part-time jobs though, but they were generally pretty rubbish, lol!

  5. I had friends in high school who were already very entrepreneurial even then, selling all sorts of stuff. The hustle is real!

  6. Appreciated Anthony for such detailed content full of ideas to make money as a teenager. I think I need to share it with some teenagers as I missed it for myself. Very well-written and optimized content for better engagement. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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