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7 great online jobs for teens

The job market is becoming increasingly remote, and it’s not just adults who benefit from a virtual workspace. Many teens are also forgoing in-person positions and instead seek employment opportunities where they can earn a living from the comfort of their own home. With rising gas prices and infectious diseases swirling everywhere, who can blame them?

“Teen workers have an opportunity in front of them this summer,” says AnnElizabeth Konkel, economist for staffing firm Indeed. “The labor market is currently very tight and this is an advantage for teenagers.” Even better, Konkel reports that the company has seen substantial wage gains, “especially in the last few months.”

Teenagers who’d rather avoid mowing lawns or throwing burgers instead have plenty of virtual options for a summer job. You just need to know where to look. Here are some great ideas.

1. Land a virtual internship

It’s never too early to put a “real” gig on your resume. Internships are an age-old way to make inroads into a particular industry or simply learn more about it. Konkel reports that Indeed has seen a significant increase in remote internship offers in recent months. In fact, in March 2022, 8.7% of internship offers offered a remote work option. “It’s considerably more than before the pandemic,” she says. By comparison, only 0.9% of internships had remote benefits in March 2019, she notes.

Some of the main areas for remote internships include software development, administrative work, sales, and design. However, Konkel calls marketing a leader in remote internships, a plus for any young person’s resume as it translates into so many industries. “Almost every business does marketing,” she says, adding that marketing is “a valuable skill set to possess and understand.” Some internships are unpaid or only offer a stipend, but it’s not a total loss because of the CV value they bring.

To find an online internship (or other remote job) on Indeed, type “remote” into the box marked “where” on the Indeed homepage. You can fill in the “what” box on the same page with keywords for the jobs you’re looking for (like “marketing”) or just put “online internships” or even leave the box blank to see all the jobs on offer.

There are also specific websites that cater specifically to online or remote jobs, such as Flexjobs.com or HireTeen.com.

2. Become an Esports Commentator

The esports industry is doing gangbuster business, and the market is expected to grow another 21.3% by 2027. During the pandemic, Ryan Krichbaum was only 17 when he decided to aim for a goal. ambitious and applied to become an esports commentator. Now 20 years old, he has a whole list of clients, like Team Liquid, PlayVS, EsportsU and many more who run tournaments like Pound, Glitch and Low Tide City.

As “color commentator” for these tournaments, he provides play-by-play analysis and commentary. He does a lot of front-end research and uses skills learned over years in debate clubs and speech classes to deliver great commentary.

“When the quarantine started, I was a bit bored, so I started watching the tournament broadcasts on TV and the internet,” he recalled. He soon realized that he knew as much or more than the commentators on these games, so he started applying online for opportunities. “My name came out more and more and I started getting a better paying, higher paying job, and it just kept going from there.”

Now 20, the University of Alabama Huntsville student is earning his degree in computer engineering, while continuing as an esports commentator. Although he’s been hosting in-person events since the pandemic began to wane, he often works remotely with a camera and microphone, and much prefers it. “It’s definitely a lot easier when I do it from a distance. I don’t have to worry about the crowd behind me being a distraction.”

And the salary? “I definitely make a lot more than someone who works at Chick-Fil-A, so that’s pretty cool.” Plus, “I can work when I really want to,” he says. “It all depends on the opportunities I choose to take.”

To get started in the field, Krichbaum advises to simply go on the Internet. Look for a tournament that is local and small and tries to spread, then apply to be a commentator. If all goes well, you can “use it to create a resume and a reel to pitch at bigger gigs,” he says.

3. Sign up with some survey apps

Now here’s something even young teens (13+) can do. There are a handful of credible survey apps where users can earn anything from gift cards to PayPal cash for their time. Swagbucks is one that pays teens for “doing everyday activities, from sharing video content to taking quizzes and quizzes, to discovering new games and mobile apps,” says Andrew Robinson of Prodege, the parent company of Swagbucks.com.

The company also offers daily live quizzes, as well as daily goals and team challenges to help motivate users. It can also be done around a person’s schedule. “Swagbucks should be something members can enjoy and earn, while catching up with Netflix or hanging out in a waiting room,” Robinson says.

Although Prodege has paid out over $2 billion in rewards, Robinson is quick to manage expectations. “This is not a get-rich-quick scheme or some kind of job replacement tool,” he said. “Rather, Swagbucks is a way to supplement other sources of income with rewarding moments and a little something extra.” One blogger estimated you could earn $10-20 in gift cards in half an hour, but cautioned against spending too much time on the site just to get points.

Survey Junkie (16+), MyPoints (13+), and InboxDollars (18+) are other similar great options. Some will even pay users just to watch ads, review songs, and generally give feedback.

4. Complete Tasks Through Fiverr

If you’re at least 13 years old and have a budding talent for an in-demand skill, Fiverr is a fantastic option for launching a freelancing career. However, anyone under the age of 18 must use Fiverr through a parent/guardian account, with their permission.

People can hire a Fiverr freelancer for just about anything. For example, Trisha Diamond, the company’s senior director of customer success, says “gigs,” as they’re called on Fiverr, have limitless options. “Teenagers who are confident in their skills playing video games can help others improve. If an honor roll English student has a good command of grammar, they can work for themselves as If a teenager is skilled and creative when it comes to making Tik Tok videos can help businesses grow their social networks,” Diamond says.

Fiverr users have set up their own gig descriptions, complete with pay rates, so they don’t have to worry about someone underestimating them or trying to trade favors. You can browse the site to get an idea of ​​what others are charging before setting your own rates. Keep in mind that Fiverr will take a percentage of what you earn.

5. Sell Stuff

Whether you’re a one-of-a-kind artist with crafts to hawk, or you just have some extra stuff lying around the house, consider becoming a sales agent. Post items online through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay and other sites to earn extra money. Etsy is a great option for handmade pieces. Just be sure to follow all safety guidelines.

If you want to get serious about it, you can even browse the free listings on Craigslist and other sites like Freecycle and Nextdoor to find free stuff you can sell.

6. Online Tutor

Some kids just need a little extra help, and summer is the perfect time to catch up. If you’re a whiz in a particular subject, like math or language arts, let your community know you’re available for virtual tutoring via Facetime, Zoom, or another platform. Older teens (usually 18+) can apply for sites like TutorMe or Varsity Tutors. For both services, the pay is around $16 per hour.

7. Become an influencer

You don’t need to be followed by Charli d’Amelio or Kylie Jenner to make money. If you’re into cooking or makeup, you could possibly get paid for the posts you post on Instagram, YouTube, or Tik Tok. Even a “nano influencer” (someone with between 1,000 and 10,000 followers) can make money. Vox reported in 2018 that a nano-influencer could earn between $30,000 and $60,000 per year. However, it will take some work to get to the “influencer” stage, including posting videos or images (often), tagging them correctly, analyzing your stats, and showcasing the brands you want to work with. for “sponsored posts”. (YouTube influencers also make money from ads shown before or during their videos.)

To get started, figure out which social media platform you prefer and spend some time looking at what the top influencers are doing there. Next, determine what your content goal will be. There are plenty of free tips on the internet for getting started as an influencer.