With the dawn of the ever-growing internet age, new ways to earn a sizeable income from the internet are emerging on a daily basis. From busy stay-at-home moms, to college students, to kids looking to earn an extra buck, anyone can make money from the internet these days. A quick search of the internet for potential online jobs will no doubt yield quick and bountiful results; however, the obstacle that kids will need to hurdle is sifting through the chaff of the job offers to find the ones that are legit, without any scams.
Some of these scam offers will pose as enticing too-good-to-be-true deals; and they often are. In reality however, these deals are a con deal and they will often charge you a fee before you can begin working and “earning” with them.
So, here is a list of 10 legitimate ways that kids can earn money online.
Start a Blog Or Website
Blogging is arguably the most popular, fairly easy and legal way to make money online. With the help of host sites like WordPress, even 10 year old kids can now create and own their own blog.
Creating a blog is easy; although, if you want to take it a step further and properly monetize it, it can require some more professional touches. To create a blog using WordPress, simply go to wordpress.com, click on the “create your site” button and follow the prompts. You can do all this in 10 minutes and voila, you are the proud owner of a brand new blog.
To make your content really interesting and unique, you will have to consider the topics you will like your blog to discuss. Consider topics such as;
- Entertainment and lifestyle
- Personal Finance
- Every other thing
- Affiliate marketing based product review sites
Enroll in Paid Online Surveys
By simply registering to take part in online surveys, you can earn some money staying at home. You can easily make $200 sitting at home, taking online tests and product surveys.
Some of the online survey sites don’t just pay for the surveys taken; they reward survey takers with gift cards and vouchers. An added bonus is that these survey sites are completely free of any sign-up fees; if any site asks you to pay a registration fee, be careful; they’re most likely a scam.
Some of the best survey sites include;
- Survey Junkie
- Inbox Dollars
- One Opinion
- Survey Monkey
- Global Test Market
- American Consumer Opinion
Watch YouTube Videos
If you enjoy surfing YouTube for the latest in trending videos, you might as well do it while earning some bucks. Watch and like celebrity videos, movie previews and news for pay. Survey sites like SwagBucks will ask you to watch and like certain videos for a specified length of time and then you can redeem your points earned either via gift cards or PayPal.
An added bonus is a $5 tip that can be added just for signing up.
Download and Install Apps
Techie kids are forfeiting some sweet earnings if they have not signed up for these.
Some big-name companies- Google included- will pay users for installing their applications. Your pay varies depending on how long and how many times you install these apps on your device.
Some of the sites that offer these are;
- MobilExpression : installation of this app qualifies you to win prizes each week
- Nielsen Mobile Panel: This app pays you for using your device. Earnings can add up to $50 a year.
- ShopTracker: Users will earn an instant $3 just for installing the app and answering a few questions. Extra income will be added for each month you keep the app on your device.
You can get paid to share your thoughts on what you think about a website. Some new website owners will reward you for clicking around on their site and giving them feedback.
With User Testing, your earnings can be as high as $30 an hour; they pay you $10 for every 20 minute video you view and they also pay you to test/visit websites and apps or complete some tasks.
This one is perfect for students looking to earn some extra bucks. Give private online tuition with your experience with musical instruments, mathematics, science, etc. and, do it conveniently from the comfort of your own home and according to your preferred schedule.
With online tutoring sites like Chegg Tutors, earn as much as $20 an hour.
Get Paid For Surfing the Web
Why not get paid for doing what you’re going to do anyway? This one has to be the easiest methods of earning money online involving minimal effort.
Qmee.com compensates you for searches you make on Bing, Google or Yahoo. All you need to do is install an add-on to your browser and for each search you conduct, you get a reward.
The best thing about this innovation is there is no minimal withdrawal limit. You can withdraw to your PayPal account as soon as you make your first penny. There is also the option of donating your earnings to charity.
Do you love music? Do you have a good ear for potential hits or flops? Make some money by reviewing unsigned artists with Slicethepie.
The setback to this is it might take a while for you to build a reputation as a good critic. Also, the earnings are not the best in the business.
However, you are doing something you love and getting paid for it, plus anyone can sign up to the site.
Sell Your Notes
If you do not mind selling your notes to other students for some cash, then this is for you. There are sites which allow you upload your old notes and affix a price to them then, when another person downloads these notes, you get paid for it.
These sites are usually free but, the downside is they tend to take a cut of your earnings as their charging fee. Sites like Stuvia and Notesale are good for this.
Work as a Freelancer
Freelancing is a perfect method for absolutely anyone, including kids, to earn legit, generous income on the internet. Anyone from a mom to an English degree holder to a kid pianist can make big bucks doing this.
Sites like UpWork are kid friendly platforms for employers and freelancers to connect; with every job from technical writing and editing to drawing and singing, available.
One of the few setbacks of having an online job is the inconsistency of earnings. Some online jobs will yield you a surprisingly good pay, others not so much. Nonetheless, nothing is too little for a child and earnings will increase as they accumulate experience.