30 Online Jobs for Teens That Beat Mowing Lawns

You no longer have to mow lawns or babysit after school to make money as a teenager. Online jobs for teens have completely changed the game.

Today, if you research on how to make money online as a teen, you’ll can easily get overwhelmed with just how many options are available. 

The internet has given anyone (women/men, introverts/extroverts, disabled, young/old, and everyone in between) a chance to earn honest and legit cash in the comfort of their own homes.

You’re lucky to be a teen at such an exciting time, and if you still can’t believe the availability of online jobs for teens, here’s a comprehensive guide of opportunities you are free to explore.

Two Types of Online Jobs for Teens

Anyone who is serious about learning how to make money online as a teen should know there are two routes they can take.

Part-time or even full-time jobs

This type of opportunity is like traditional office-based jobs.

From admin jobs to IT, writing, research, customer service, and a whole lot more, it’s impossible not to find a job you like.

The best thing about online jobs is that you can commit to part-time or full-time only when you’re available, so these would work for teens still attending school.

Create a Passive income

Passive income is the dream of many online workers because they essentially work on one project and wait for it to earn income each month.

There will be less or (in some cases) no more work involved in the future, but earnings will continue for as long as the project is live.

This could be anything from a blog with AdSense, affiliate marketing via Facebook, an ebook or podcast and so on.

I recommend learning both of these money-making opportunities and trying them out at the same time.

Just choose one from our 25 recommended ways of earning money while you sleep, and check out our ultimate guide of online jobs for teens (below), so you can decide which ones will work for your schedule, skills, and interest best.

30 Best Online Jobs for Teens That Pay

30 Online Jobs for Teens

Start with something you’re interested in, before exploring the rest of the jobs I’m going to list below.

Note that I chose only work-at-home jobs known to have flexible work hours (part-time, per-project basis) and entry-level positions with very minimal requirements, which should be perfect for teens aged 12 and above.

1. Stream your Video Games

This job will definitely make gamers think about their hobbies in another light.

You can stream yourself playing video games and people will sit there and watch you play.

Develop your online personality and grow your following and you can make some serious cash.

2. Become an Instagram Influencer

This isn’t technically “a job,” but it can be for the right teen.

If you’ve got mad makeup skills, a voice that catches the attention of people, or any other talent, you’d be surprised at how quickly you can build a fan base.

As an influencer, you are paid to promote products at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media accounts for each post, campaign, or ad.

3. Test New Products

Did you know major brands like Nike, adidas, Red Robin, and so many more pay people to test out new products before they hit the shelves?

Companies will mail you upcoming products and pay for your opinions on them. Most of the time, you get to keep what you receive as well!

4. Perform Data Entry

You’d need to be a fast typist with research skills. No education or specific experience requirements are needed.

Pay is by project or per entry.

Plus, you’re free to work only on your down time.

5. Answer Surveys

I know what you’re thinking, “not another post mentioning paid surveys…”

While surveys can get a bad rep online, there are some legit opportunities out there. I narrowed down a list to 5 of the best and highest paying survey sites to join.

6. Become a Virtual Assitant

As a VA, you’ll perform day-to-day admin tasks, such as answering emails and calls, scheduling meetings, researching and more.  Pay starts at $3 to $10 per hour.

7. Transcribe Documents

If you’re good with words and can type fast, there are legitimate transcription jobs for your taking.

Those who are bilingual would have twice the opportunities and with higher pay as well.

8. Assist with Customer Service

Part-timers can handle emails, calls, online chat, text messages, or other communication channels of companies from around the world.

These are home-based jobs with an hourly rate of $8 to $25.

9. Write for the Web

If you’ve got flair for words, there are plenty of writing opportunities available for you.

You can find work as a blogger, copywriter, ghostwriter for a book, recipe, and so on.

Teens with advanced writing skills can even work as a proofreader. Pay rates would vary (some are paid by the word, others on a per-project basis).

10. Help Manage Social Media Accounts

Instagram influencer in the woods

Out of all the online jobs for teens, social media management would come out naturally to anyone from this generation who love interacting on the Twitter, Instagram, Facebook accounts of entrepreneurs or companies. Many of these positions are part-time (and can be performed virtually anywhere in the world).

You do have to be aware of pop culture, industry news, and the  target audience to do this job well.

11. Online Tutor Your Peers

Do you love teaching your classmates or younger siblings? The great thing about the internet is that it allows you to connect to people from all over the world. You can get paid to tutor homework, or teach people with subjects you’re passionate with.

Some websites require tutors to have degrees (or teaching license), many tutoring positions don’t have strict requirements. You can earn as little as $5/hour or up to $25/hour, depending on the subject you’re teaching. What’s awesome about these jobs is that you can tutor with just your mobile phone and a Skype app.

12. Teach English

Don’t have a specific topic you’re good at? You can still teach online if you come from an English-speaking country and know the ins-and-outs of your mother tongue. There are tons of ESL companies today and most of them pay by the hour.

13. Offer Coaching

For home-schooled teens or those with a more flexible school schedule, coaching (either for fitness, personal development, or any skills-based coaching program) is a great way to earn money on the side. How cool would it be for a teenager to become an online fitness coach to fellow teens in need of losing weight?

You can do this as an employee for coaching sites (and earn by the hour) or create an online business (and control your earnings).

14. Perform SEO Work

Age is only a number when it comes to the Internet and skills we can master related to the web.

One category of jobs that were only created recently involves SEO (search engine optimization), so if you’ve always been interested in Google and the search engine giant’s algorithms, and the methods of bringing websites to the top of search engine results, you’ll find that the SEO industry is filled with online jobs for teens to adults.

15. Graphic Design

Kids in school are taught photo-editing programs as early as kinder, so it wouldn’t be surprising for teenagers to be masters of Photoshop or any other software preferred by graphic designers.

The online jobs for teens as a graphic designer know no bounds; you can create digital flyers, posters, infographics, ad banners, website logos and content for social media. Payment for your work depends if you’re working by the hour, per-project or by item.

16. Draw Cartoons

Teens with passion for animation also have amazing opportunities to earn from home and you can actually get paid to draw.

While these jobs are paid per order, you can commit to as little or as many as you can, and draw caricatures, cartoons, illustrations, anime, portraits, and so on for a fee.

You can check out the going rate for artworks similar to what you’re offering from places like Fiverr.

17. Sell Your Photos

Not only will teens with a love for photography be able to master their skills, they can also earn money along the way.

Do it as a freelancer first, so you can control your time and workload, but you can find local photography gigs from family portraits to product photography.

Some companies like Obeo hire people to document real estate properties.

18. Try Your Hand at Calligraphy

In the past, teenagers practiced their letterings and calligraphy to battle boredom.

Today, teens will be able to use their calligraphy skills to sell wedding invitations, posters, home décor, and other artwork. You can sell your services over at Etsy.com.

19. Write Closed Captions

Earn anywhere from $10 to $75 an hour when you transcribe texts for captions or subtitles of videos, TV shows, movies and other video content.

There are several companies that hire closed captioners regularly… make sure to check if they hire part-time before sending in your application.

20. Lend Out Your Voice

Ever think of your voice to be at-par with those you hear in commercials?

Explore the world of voice-over and learn how voice talents earn through companies like InternetJock.com or Voices.com.

Note that these sites get a huge chunk of your earnings, so if you prefer to receive 100% income, you can start freelance voice-over gigs on Fiverr.

21. Create Music

Aside from voice-over jobs, there are plenty of online jobs for teens available to the musically-gifted.

Whether you’re good at singing or rapping, playing the ukulele, writing lyrics, or composing original music, you can earn as much (or as little) as you want.

Writing jingles, for example, can get you anywhere from $20 to $500, while a music score for a company’s ad can go as high as $1,000 or more.

22. Produce Videos

If you’re deep into video-making during your free time, you can turn this hobby into a money-making one.

Because people just eat videos up, companies are using this medium for everything beyond ads; think product releases, announcements, company news, and so on.

Teens with 3D animation skills could also launch a career in video production. Considering 10-second videos cost $50 to $500 each, that’s something definitely to think about.

23. Answer Questions Online

For those with a natural love for solving problems, learning new things, and finding answers to various questions, research is a field you’d likely thrive in.

You can dedicate your downtime to answering questions online or providing a more customized service such as those offered on Fiverr to solve school-related problems, police questions and so on.

24. Plan Vacations

You don’t have to travel far to get a gig as a tourist guide.

Teens can still provide online travel guide services by creating itineraries for future guests, or selling local tours.

If you know your way around town, you can even suggest specific tours, such as food trips, kid-friendly tours, or any other off-the-trail tours.

25. Develop an App

Of all the online jobs for teens available today, creating apps or games is often at the top of teens’ wish list. And this isn’t surprising at all.

If they have the coding skills, who wouldn’t want to earn up to $65,000 a year as a home-based game developer? Or a lifelong commission for mobile games?

There’s a ton sub-niche in software programming too, so there are plenty of career options to choose from once you’ve gotten serious with this industry.

26. Conduct Family Tree Research

Had fun finding out all about your roots when you had to make your family tree in school?

What would you say if you can do this as a part-time job and get paid $25 to $100 per hour?

27. Run Quality Assurance

Quality assurance jobs don’t require much experience, but you do have to be detail-oriented.

QAs in the software development industry are paid $10 to $15/hour. You can start at Crossover for a chance to work part-time as a QA.

28. Help People with Their Problems

If helping people comes out naturally to you, you can be someone’s “shoulder to cry on.” You can just listen to people’s problems, or give life/relationship advice.

Teens can get $5 to $10 an hour as an online counselor, which can grow to up to $25/hour with experience.

29. Write Greeting Cards

Either you’ve got the words perfect for greeting cards, or you’re talented with meme-worthy drawings and cartoons, the greeting card industry would welcome you with open arms.

Check out more than 30 companies looking to hire talent for their greeting card business.

30. Create Memes

Believe it or not, there are some companies that will pay you to create memes.

It sounds ridiculous, but the right viral content can go for quite a bit of money.

Going Beyond Part-time Online Jobs for Teens

Teens can be busy with school and other extracurricular activities, but once they graduate, find more downtime, or need extra money, there are plenty more online jobs they can explore.

The jobs listed above are only just a handful of the opportunities working from home will open up.

If you really wish to do the make-money-online route full time, I recommend that you learn everything you can about both types of online jobs and do a regular home-based job while working to increase your passive income.  

This combo is the win-win and reason why online entrepreneurs are able to be their own bosses…and it’s never too early to begin your passive income-generating portfolio of online assets, so start today!

How to Get Paid to Design and Sell T-shirts Online

If you’ve got an eye for style and want to design and sell t-shirts as an online business, you’d be surprised how easy and beginner-friendly this niche has become.

In fact, there are several ways you can launch a shirt business online.

These methods vary based on the effort you’re willing to put into it, the amount of capital you have, and the business model you prefer.

There are two parts to every t-shirt business:

  1. The designing part (which involves your creativity)
  2. The business side (which includes marketing and selling the shirts)

These days, you only need to possess one of the skills to start making money selling t-shirts.

Teespring Marketing

For example, if you know your way around Illustrator, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, and other traditional design software, you can go a long way with various t-shirt design styles.

You don’t even have to be good at selling, since some websites host your designs for a fee and market your designs for you.

On the other hand, if you have a bigger capital fund with strong business skills, you can hire an impressive shirt designer and handle the online selling afterward.

Step 1: Design a Custom T-Shirt

Those who are banking on their creativity to launch an online t-shirt business will most likely use Illustrator, Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, any vector-based designing program, or a combination of two or more traditional design software.

If you prefer using built-in shirt design platforms that come with sites like TeeSpring, then you have to master their particular designing platform instead.

If you wish to hire a t-shirt designer either part-time, full-time or on a per-design basis, you could find endless talents on design communities like Deviantart, Dribble, or Behance, among others.

Some of these artists may not be for hire though, so if you want to be sure, you may scout from freelance sites like Fiverr or Upwork

You can even find people who are already selling t-shirt designs for a living.

Aside from the image editing or graphic design software, you also have to consider three important things:

a. Determine Your T-Shirt Niche

Ask anyone in the t-shirt printing business and he/she will say that the industry is saturated.

However, this statement changes when you land into a niche worth exploring. The niche could be anything from pop song lyrics with a cat’s meow twist or band logos featuring a unique customization…as long as it appeals a specific market.

Your chosen niche can even be as common as “funny statement shirts,” but with a unique category such as “funny shirts for architects.”

This may seem hard to brainstorm, but once you’ve hit gold on an idea, you’ll know it instantly.

b. Develop Your T-Shirt Brand

You don’t have to compete with global brands like Guess or Givenchy, but your shirts do need to have its own personality to grab your customers’ attention.

Big companies create mission and vision statement before their launch because these serve as guidelines about what your company believes and wants to share to the world.

As a t-shirt printing business, branding is vital to create recognition, build customer trust, guide your advertising and marketing efforts, build financial value to your products, and generate future business.

Branding gives your shirts a distinct personality that customers won’t find anywhere else.

c. Decide on Your T-Shirt Printing

Before you tackle the design and sell t-shirts online, you’ll be faced with operational decisions like this one.

The type of printing to use is a big decision, especially if you are planning to manufacture the shirts on your own (below, we’ll discuss the other option where you don’t have to do anything beyond designing your shirts).

There are several printing methods used in the t-shirt business, but these three are the most popular:

  • Screen printing – You can start small with just basic screens and paint, or go big with massive screen-printing setups. This method is the most labor-intensive, but it is also the most cost effective (especially if you’re working on bulk projects and with minimal colors). As more and more colors are required for a specific shirt design, screen printing becomes an expensive production method. `
  • Heat transfer – This method requires a heat press machine, which means you have to shell out for equipment upfront. The advantage of this method is that you can “print” a full-colored design on a single shirt or dozens of shirts with the same costs so this means you can print on demand. The problem, however, is that heat transfer-produced shirts are known to chip quicker than prints from screen printing.
  • Direct-to-garment – Ideal for designs with intricate details or numerous colors, this method is similar to your inkjet printer at home. A DTG prints the design directly onto the shirt, so expect a higher accuracy and unlimited color options. Unfortunately, the problem with this method is that it isn’t cost effective for bulk printing.

You can use 100% cotton for shirts, or go with the industry-standard cotton/polyester blend.

Note that if you’re going with the heat press route, you need to add pressing time if you’re planning to use 100% cotton shirts.  Finding a good shirt supplier is another task you’d have to check.

Step 2: Sell Your Custom Shirts Online

Now that you have chosen your niche and decided on branding, you have to figure out how to sell your shirts. Here are 3 options for selling your t-shirts online:

a. Create a website, sell your shirts there

It’s super easy to create an online store these days. With ecommerce platforms like Shopify that allow even beginners to build a website with just several clicks, anyone can start selling in just an hour of set-up. 

If you’re familiar with WordPress, HTML or a way to create websites from scratch, then you can do-it-yourself as well and customize the store to your heart’s content.

Cost-wise, you might need to spend anywhere from zero to $20/month in operating an online store. This is on top of the t-shirt printing equipment and supplies.

This route is best for t-shirt companies with its own following, or a startup with a huge upfront capital. It works for entrepreneurs with experience in this field and overall business knowledge.

The advantage of having your own website is that you are totally in control of prices, shipping procedures, promotions, and marketing.

Your brand is also safe from possible closure in the future (some sites do shut down and any hosted stores may be included).

b. Create your design and sell them at t-shirt marketplaces

You still design the shirts and handle production, which means you’d still require capital for equipment, labor, and supplies.

However, instead of working to spread word about your website and sell your t-shirts to the right audience (as with the first route), you join marketplaces like Etsy and sell your products there.

With sites like TeeSpring and SunFrog, you create an account, upload your t-shirt designs and let the company handle everything else (from printing, processing, shipping and post-sale customer support) whenever a customer buys your design.

These sites get a cut from every sale though.

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Good thing you have total control about prices, but since there is a lot of competition within the site, reducing prices to compete may be your only choice.

The advantage of this route is that you can jump right into the marketplace even if you’re just new to the industry.

The customers are already there. 

However, the problem with these sites is that they require a minimum amount order per design, which means they only print out your design if 10 or more people order within a given timeframe.

c. Drop-ship your shirt designs via a PoD vendor

In this method, you create t-shirt designs, then upload your portfolio at a print-on-demand vendor like Zazzle, DeviantArt, Threadless, Cafepress, and more. (Read about the pros and cons of each print-on-demand t-shirt vendor here).

Unlike t-shirt marketplaces that has a minimum order, print-on-demand vendors “print” your designs even with just a single order.

PoD vendors also get commissions with each sale, so choose which vendor works best for you. The great thing about these vendors is that you can expand your products from just t-shirts to practically anything (mugs, caps, hoodies, pillows, etc.).

As long as the PoD vendor offers it, your design can be adapted to any product available.

What’s the best well to sell t-shirts online?

When it comes to selling your product, you’ll have options no matter the amount of capital you have.

After you’ve given time with product research and branding, we recommend trying out t-shirt marketplaces and print-on-demand services first. While you build a name for your product, create a website on the side and begin to offer new t-shirt designs there as well.

It’s important that you have 100% control of your businesses, especially when your business is based completely online.

It’s just as important not to have all your eggs in one basket, so selling your products in multiple platforms is the way to go.

Note that some third-party sites may require exclusivity, so be wary before upload your t-shirt designs and figuratively “signing the dotted line.”

Wrap Up: How to Design and Sell T-shirts Online Like a Boss

There are multiple ways you can launch a shirt business online. The main difference of this business to traditional ones is that you can design and sell t-shirts completely online. There will be some legwork and research involved at the start, but not so much after launch.

For those who are serious, these three major decisions will help you shape your online t-shirt business:

  1. Design the shirt on your own vs. hire a designer to turn your ideas into reality
  2. Manufacture or print your own shirts vs. leaving the production process to the hands of a third-party company
  3. Sell shirts on your own site vs. selling them on a third-party site

Of course, every route you take has its pros and cons. Some people are making a killing on sites like TeeSpring, but others find success on their own sites but with major advertising involved.

The only surefire way of succeeding in this business is by treating it like any other business – work at it day in, day out, and continue to learn every aspect of the business from sourcing supplies to accounting, marketing, and so on.

How to Make Money on Etsy: Follow These 5 Successful Tips

If you want to make money on Etsy, the easiest way to do it is to sell your crafts, supplies, or services for custom orders.

Etsy is the go-to marketplace for arts, crafts and everything in between, so it’s not surprising that many artists, crafters and other creative people prefer this community over other ecommerce platforms.

Contrary to the most common misconception about Etsy sellers, you don’t have to be artsy to make money on Etsy. For one, the company welcomes affiliate marketers (who promote other people’s items in exchange for a percentage of the sale).

If affiliate marketing isn’t the route you’d like to take, or you don’t consider yourself crafty enough to offer something made by hand, you can still find success at Etsy like many Etsy craft supply stores have done.

How to Sell on Etsy with Enough Profit Margin

Like any ecommerce business, the key to success is to sell items on Etsy with enough profit margin (or the difference between the item cost and its selling price).

If you’re planning on opening up a craft store, the cost could mean the wholesale price you got from the factory or any direct supplier. If you’re creating your items for sale by hand, then cost means the amount you used in manufacturing the item.

To calculate profit margin, you’d have to subtract cost from the sale price. For example, you made a mermaid tail blanket with materials costing $50. You then decide to sell it for $95. The profit margin is $45.

Your goal as a seller is to increase profit margins high enough that your Etsy business can be sustained. Here are some tried-and-tested tips to do this:

  • Always know your gross profit margin. (FYI, gross profit margin is total sales minus cost of items sold). No matter how big or small your business is, identifying this number helps you assess your company’s financial health and adjust accordingly if needed.
  • Be on top of your items’ prices. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already decided on pricing for all your items. Sometimes, you have to make the tough call of upping the price for reasons beyond your control, such as increase in materials, change of supplier, and so on.
  • Bulk vs. retail pricing is OK. Don’t be guilty if you’re charging your customers different prices. Enterprises, government agencies, or large companies may be less price-sensitive than individuals who buy retail.
  • Avoid discounts. Sale and discounted prices are okay occasionally, but if you keep on discounting your items on Etsy, it could quickly damage your profit margins. If you really want to get ahead over your competition, find another non-financial way (such as improving customer service, adding valuable information with each purchase, and so on).
  • Master an inventory system. You can opt for manual paper-and-pen, app-based or PC programs, but as long as you’re on top of your inventory, invoices, and everything related to your company’s accounting, your chosen inventory system will work to your advantage.

How to Make Money on Etsy: Sell These Products

I’ve listed the highest-selling items on Etsy and in-demand Etsy categories in 2018. This guide will definitely give you an idea on what products to sell or not.

Of course, you shouldn’t just copy a successful Etsy store’s theme and be done with it. If you’re just starting your own Etsy store, make sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Is Your Idea Profitable? – Anyone can think of an amazing product idea, but ensuring its profitability is another story. One way to find out your idea’s profitability is through market research. Simply go to Etsy.com and use the search function to see if someone already thought of your product and if the seller is successfully selling the item.

Quick tip: when you go to an Etsy seller’s profile, you can see the number of sales they made since launching their store. This is a good indicator of how well the store is doing.

  • Research your potential competition. Check similar items on Etsy and weigh the pros and cons of competing against those sellers. Will you be able to offer something a bit more unique that others aren’t offering? It’s a good idea to scope prices of other sellers while doing this step.
  • Make Your Etsy Store Your Passion Project – Your product idea should be profitable, yes, but it should also be something you’re passionate about. Many of the craft supply stores on Etsy are owned by crafters who wanted to have supplies at cheaper prices and decided to order bulk from the manufacturer directly.
  • Calculate operation costs – If you’re planning to sell custom-made products, this is the time to research suppliers, prices of materials, and labor costs (if necessary). However, if your goal is to become a supplier, dig deep for manufacturers’ contact info and negotiate pricing of products.

Pro tip: When calculating costs, add Etsy charges to your list (Etsy has a $0.20 listing fee and 3.5% transaction fee with every item you sell). After these two fees, everything you earn from that sale is yours.

Make sure you are ready to get your head in the game. Even if setting up an Etsy store is completely online, you’ll be sacrificing a lot of effort and time at the start, but if you do the next steps right, your investment will be all worth it.

Successful Etsy Seller Secrets

In the past week, I’ve read numerous success stories of Etsy sellers and you’d be surprised by the simplicity of advice these sellers give out to Etsy-selling beginners.

If you’re serious about starting a business and want to learn how to make money on Etsy, take these tips to heart:

1. Non-DIY-ers are welcome too.

Even if you don’t knit scarves, sew superhero capes, weave baskets, do pottery, or create other awesome handmade items, there’s a place for you at Etsy. Don’t be put off by the impressive amount of talent at the marketplace. You can still make money on Etsy without making handmade products. Some ideas include:

  • Flip items. Buy from wholesalers, thrift stores, factories, and so on, then flip the items for a higher price.
  • Digital products are quick-sellers. If you have graphic design skills, use them to your advantage and create calendars, journal printables, stickers, greeting cards, tags and so on.

2. Creativity outshines the rest.

If you browse around Etsy, you’ll discover pretty quickly that many categories there are oversaturated. The key to beat this is to offer something no one else is offering. For example, while people can’t get enough of anything unicorn, find an item that hasn’t been dashed with pinks, purples, and glitters yet. It can be something unexpected, such as a unicorn-shaped door stopper or unicorn-themed tool kit.

Professional-looking photographs are also common to top Etsy sellers. They take the extra effort to make images look snappy, lively and eye-catchy. The difference of good photos vs. bad photos on Etsy products directly affects their sales numbers.

3. Take some time to earn SEO.

You don’t have to be a SEO master who magically ranks his/her Etsy store to the top of Google search results.

But you should take some time learning how to use keywords. In this age of hashtags, keywords are easier to understand and implement. Etsy allows its sellers to use 13 tags – use them and use them well.

Place yourself into your customers’ shoes and think about words or phrases they’d use in searching for your products. These words and phrases are now the tags you must use when setting up a listing.

Placing your item in the right category is also an important SEO trick. It’s so simple, yet many miss the chance of categorizing their items properly on Etsy.

Become a master of social media marketing.

Etsy has an advanced search engine within the marketplace and its own lively community.

But this shouldn’t stop you from marketing your products everywhere you can. Fortunately, social media has made marketing an inexpensive and easy thing to do.

Anyone can create a Facebook page or accounts on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and so on.

To market the products you sell on Etsy, you’d have to be super creative in publishing posts.

People’s attention these days are harder to catch, so think outside of the box when sharing your Etsy listings across your social media platforms.

Take advantage of social media functions such as polls and raffles not only to increase your customer base, but also to create noise about your products.

As you market your products and interact with your customers directly on social media, you’re also providing excellent customer service in the process.

5. Go beyond Etsy.

Etsy is a great marketplace and you can sell from this platform for as long as you like, but all Etsy sellers know that you shouldn’t be relying on Etsy alone.

You should go beyond Etsy at some point because:

  • Your own website continues to be the best selling platform. There are several advantages to choosing Etsy as your main platform for selling, but it is still important to have a website. This way, you can accommodate other customers not on Etsy and you are 100% in control of your marketing, product placement, SEO, and so on.
  • The 3.5% transaction fee for every sale you make (on top of the listing fee) can add up quite dramatically if you’re selling in the hundreds or thousands of items.
  • Your marketing efforts mostly benefits Etsy. If your products become viral and press comes your way, imagine how much attention Etsy will have (since you have to direct people to your products) instead of referring them to your own website.
  • There’s no way to build a list. Etsy doesn’t give sellers a way to communicate to its buyers after a sale, so it’s hard to up-sell or build a lasting relationship with your customers. Having your own website, on the other hand, gives you endless marketing possibilities and earning potential.

To Etsy or Not to Etsy

If you’re thinking about building an Etsy store in 2018, it’s never too late to start your own business and make money on Etsy with virtually no capital.

Your potential customers are already there. The store is easy to set-up, manage and operate. But as you just learned, Etsy stores do have its downsides too!

I recommend you start selling at the established platform first and once you make money on Etsy, slowly create your website and list your products there too.

There’s golden advice with any kind of investment: never put all your eggs in one basket to prevent losing everything at one fell swoop.

How to Get Paid to Answer Questions Online

Do you have a knack for helping people? Do you like solving problems? Would you like to get paid to answer questions?

Well then, you’re in the right place.

There are quite a few companies online that pay people to answer questions for their users and I’ve rounded up 9 businesses that are accepting new members right now.

How to Get Paid to Answer Questions

I’ve even thrown together a few tips and suggestions to make sure you make as much as you can answering questions.

Ready? Let’s go!

4 Things You Need to Get Paid to Answer Questions

If you’re looking for ways to make money online, answering questions can be a fun and legitimate experience that you can either do part-time or full-time.

You don’t need any formal training or a specific educational background to do this, but most websites require that you’re at least 18 years old to participate.

Other important things you need include:

  • The right location – Some companies have restrictions on location, so double-check before signing up.
  • The right tools – You’ll need a working computer and smartphone, both with high-speed internet connection.
  • The right knowledge – You can’t just answer questions without some knowledge of the topic. In fact, some websites may even require experts to verify their credentials, pass a test, or prove their expertise.
  • Excellent writing skills – Because your job relies on how well you answer questions, you should be able to explain the answers clearly in perfect English (or whichever language the website uses) and proper spelling, grammar, and structure.

If you’re a good fit for this job, read along and see the many ways to get started earning money from answering questions.

9 Ways to Answer Questions for Money

The following 9 companies are regularly hiring people to answer questions and get paid.

Find one that best suits your specialty and you can make some extra cash in your spare time.

1. Just Answer 

Just Answer

Founded in 2003, JustAnswer (also known as ExpertAsk and Pearl.com) is an online question and answer website, which connects real-life experts (vets, lawyers, etc.) with people in need of answers quickly.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To become a Just Answer expert, you’ll need to send an application, along with any diploma or certifications that prove your expertise in the chosen category.

Once accepted, you get to answer questions within the assigned category and paid only if the question-sender accepts your answer.

PAYMENT: Payment starts at 20% of the “fee” (from $20 to $50), which can go up to 50% as your rating increases.

Payments are sent via PayPal. You can also earn $50 per referral.

2. Wonder

Wonder is a resource site for researchers in need of instant feedback for their studies.

Customers ask a series of questions, which the Wonder team will answer.

Each job takes around 3 hours to complete, but the company offers its clients a 24-hour turnaround time so you’d have to finish the job before the deadline.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Researchers have to pass a short quiz and trial research assignments.

Once accepted, you must work on one job at a time and accept jobs at least once a week.

PAYMENT: Researchers earn from $15 to $25 per hour.

Payments are sent via PayPal every two weeks.

3. Ether

Ether doesn’t really advertise itself as a question-and-answer site, but it works in a similar fashion.

The main difference is that experts create their own listing, showcasing their set of skills and knowledge along with rates for their services.

Ether gives each expert an Ether phone number (1-888 plus a unique 8-digit extension).

APPLICATION PROCESS: Once you’ve set up your account and set your rate, you should indicate which hours you’re available to take calls.

PAYMENT: Ether takes 15% commission from your rate per call, per minute or per hour.

Payment is sent via Direct Deposit or as a check.

4. Maven

Maven

Maven is very similar to Ether. It serves as a platform for consultants (you) who are knowledgeable in certain topics and are willing to share what they know in exchange for cash.

What’s great about Maven is that it has an impressive roster of clients, from Intel to Boeing, Nestle and more.

APPLICATION PROCESS: You need to sign up, select your industry, indicate current rate (there’s a pricing calculator here), and you’re good to go.

Maven will contact you once a client is interested in your expertise.

PAYMENT: Rates vary depending on the industry you choose and amount of time you’re willing to commit.

5. Studypool

Studypool is a student resource, which tackles over 30 different subjects from accounting to biology, history, law, marketing, film and a whole lot more.

You’d have to bid to be awarded the job and paid only when the student’s questions are answered to his/her standards.

Studypool is like a tutoring site since you’re technically helping students with homework or projects, but instead of teaching the student via chat, e-mail, call or other means of communication, you’re going to work on the questions and submit the answer within a document.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Studypool requires its “tutors” to have a degree in higher education, or at least be a current college student.

Complete the straightforward registration process, then browse student questions on the site.

PAYMENT: Fees depend on the questions you choose to answer (students set their price and deadlines when posting their questions).

Payment is sent via PayPal.

6. PrestoExperts

This company also serves as a platform for those in need of answers to questions in the field of medicine, business, technology, social media, law, and so on.

When invited to join, freelance experts are given a profile where their education, work experience, specialization and rates are displayed. Clients could then contact you directly (via phone, email or online chat) for a job.

APPLICATION PROCESS: You should fill-up this form and wait for a PrestoExperts representative to contact you.

PAYMENT: You are in control of your fees, so you may set it by the hour, per project, or so on.

Payment goes through PrestoExperts, which gets a cut, before sending your pay via PayPal.

7. Weegy

Weegy is a community of live experts who answer stimulating questions (such as math problems, historical trivia, and so on).

APPLICATION PROCESS: Anyone can join Weegy, which means you can participate as much or as little as you like.

PAYMENT: Weegy experts receive 20 cents for every conversation they participate in. Your earnings have to reach $20 before it automatically gets transferred to your PayPal account.

8. Answeree

Answeree is fairly new, but anyone can join and answer as many questions as they can.

According to the site, even those who ask questions could earn through Answeree, but no earning details about asking questions is stated. There are only a few rules (no ads, no hatred posts, no affiliate links, no copy-paste answers and so on).

APPLICATION PROCESS: Anyone can register and join Answeree.

PAYMENT: Answeree pays 10 cents for every answer and 4 cents extra each time someone likes your answer.

Payments are sent via PayPal whenever you meet $30 and request for pay (they don’t send automatically).

9. Keen

Keen is a little bit different since it focuses on psychic and spiritual readings. If you have psychic abilities, this is the site for you.

APPLICATION PROCESS: You have to register and create an account.

You can then fill-out your profile along with your rates, and wait for clients to contact you for tarot readings or advice on love and relationships, career, life, and so on.

PAYMENT: Advisors are sent automatic payments via Express Pay, check or direct deposit.

Other Options

You can also find other websites or apps that let users answer questions in exchange for prizes.

Some websites like HelpOwl pays with points, which are redeemable as gift cards. Others like Experts 123 have a revenue-sharing approach, so you’ll earn money only when your answered questions earn ad revenues.

Some companies only operate via SMS. AQA 63336, for example, lets US or UK-based experts answer absolutely any question, may it be “funny, serious or downright challenging.”

The company promises to send an answer within minutes, so experts most probably work 24/7.

How much money can you make answering questions online?

If you can really get paid to answer questions, can you turn this into a full-time career?

Unfortunately, some JustAnswer.com experts are making over $4,000 a month not because they’re aggressively answering questions left and right.

Instead, these experts are doctors, lawyers, and other professionals with exceptional backgrounds.

Answering questions online pays, but not that much. If you’re lucky to land a full-time position with an hourly rate, this opportunity could serve as a good alternative for office-based job.

If you really want to try your luck answering questions for money, I recommend creating profile accounts for Ether, Maven and PrestoExperts (because you are in control of your consultation fees).

While waiting for clients across these three sites, you get active with JustAnswer.com.

Get Paid to Answer Questions in Other Fields

I wanted to give you a few more options here by rounding up some ideas that you can get paid to answer questions as a part of more comprehensive career.

For starters, you can always become a paid secret shopper. The questions you will be answering will mostly be evaluating how a store and it’s employees conduct their business.

The questions don’t really change over different evaluations, but it’s still a nice way to bring in some extra cash.

You can also get paid to test different products.

Companies will mail products directly to your door or invite you to watch videos or join focus groups and ask you questions about what you see and experience.

This is a rather cool option because you will get to see products before they ever hit the shelves and your feedback can directly influence and shape the future.

Share Your Experiences

Have you ever answered questions online for money? Do you have any experiences with any of the above companies? Please let me know in the comments below!

Here’s How to Find Virtual Assistant Jobs Online in 2020

Virtual assistant jobs have risen dramatically in the last few years, mostly because of globalization and economy trends.

Companies and entrepreneurs have discovered that they no longer have to lease an office space and hire employees in-house to operate a business. As more companies successfully transitioned from a brick-and-mortar approach into this home-based business model, the demand for VAs increased as well.

And when there’s a demand for a certain type of work, historically, this demand has always been met. In fact, Intuit predicts that 40% of the U.S. workforce will be replaced by freelancers.

Virtual assistants (VAs) perform very specific day-to-day tasks. So even if these employees live in the other side of the world, all is well as long as the business operates efficiently.

Just one quick search shows you that the virtual assistance industry is alive and very lucrative. This goes not only for individual, freelance VAs, but also for virtual assistant companies that hire VAs as employees and assign them to paying clients from around the world.

Virtual Assistant Jobs from Home

What is a virtual assistant? The answer depends on who you ask.

In general, VAs are like modern secretaries. Their jobs often include administrative duties such as answering calls and e-mails, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, transcribing documents, accounting duties, writing newsletters, handling business inquiries, and a whole lot more.

However, virtual assistants can also be assigned other job titles (often describing the focus of their work). For example, a SEO virtual assistant does everything a general VA does, but adds SEO tasks to the table. A marketing VA may take up social media tasks along with market research, analytics, Google AdWords, and so on.

You may also encounter other types of virtual assistant jobs like graphic design VA, article writer VA, WordPress VA, web developer VA and ecommerce VA, among others.

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

There is no formal education required to become a virtual assistant, but you’ll need:

  • Basic computer knowledge with fast typing skills
  • Social media skills (get acquainted with Facebook, Twitter and other popular platforms)
  • Excellent research skills (clients often ask you to find information online)
  • Perfect written and verbal English communication skills
  • Ability to take follow directions, learn quickly and take in positive criticisms

As for your tools of the trade, you’ll need a reliable computer with high-speed internet and a working headset. If your job requires taking calls, you might need a phone (landline) to perform your work. Understanding of basic programs like Microsoft Office and Google Suite are important as well.

Specialization in a certain area would give you an edge over your competition. For example, a SEO virtual assistant with proven experience in Google Analytics and AdWords will find his/her skills more marketable.

15 Virtual Assistant Companies Hiring VAs

The best thing about being employed by virtual assistant companies is the sense of stability. Your pay rate is lower than freelancers, but you will have constant work and clients. If you wish to go this route and focus on the job (instead of marketing your VA services), here are 15 companies to check out:

1. Boldly

Their general VA, called executive assistants, earn $20 an hour. This company is legit and has been operating since 2012.

Boldly also pays its VAs paid vacation, holidays and parental leave.

2. 24/7 Virtual Assitant

Ideal for virtual assistants with experience or in-demand skills, this company hires US-based VAs for $10 to $12 an hour.

3. Fancy Hands

Ideal for beginner virtual assistants who want to dip their fingers into the industry.

Fancy Hands pay freelancers by task. Each task completed earns VAs $3 to $7 per task, which means your takehome pay increases when you perform more tasks.

4. Virtual Office

US-based virtual assistants with excellent communication skills can earn $9 to $10 an hour to find real estate leads.

Payment is sent weekly.

5. Belay Solutions (formerly eaHELP)

eaHELP was named the 131st fastest growing company in America by Inc. Magazine in 2015.

Aside from general VAs, Belay Solutions also hires webmasters and bookkeeping VAs. You can earn from $18/hour upwards if you pass the application process.

6. Prialto

This company focuses on providing assistance to executives and boasts of an “enterprise-grade support.”

Pay can go from $20 to $80 per hour, depending on experience and location (Prialto has offices in the Philippines, Guatemala and the United States.

7. Assitant Match

Assistant Match currently has the need for part-time VAs and pays out $12 to $15 an hour depending on specialization.

Graphic design virtual assistants here make $20 to $25 an hour.

8. UASSIST

If you’re from El Salvador, you’re in luck. The company is looking for bilingual English/Spanish assistants to help with administrative duties.

9. Virtual Gal Friday

There are positions available as general VA, medical receptionists, general receptionists, and other job titles.

They accept workers from anywhere in the world, as long as the VA has solid work experience. Pay ranges from $5 to $20 per hour.

10. Zirtual

When home-based slots do open, you’re lucky to get hired by this company. The pay is decent ranging from $13-$18 per hour and all employees receive medical, dental and vision benefits.

Zirtual only hires in the US.

11. Premiere Veba

Premiere Veba’s target market involves executives, CEO and other higher-ups that require customized virtual assistance.

Those who are part of Premiere Veba’s team earn higher than industry standard rates ($20/hour or more).

12. Office 88

Graphic designers, web designers, proofreaders, writers, translators and general office assistants can find work-from-home positions with Hong Kong-based Office 88.

Salaries vary depending on the position you apply to.

13. 99 Dollar Social

This company hires social media VAs who can handle at least 10 accounts at a time and can commit to at least 4 hours daily.

Payment isn’t on an hourly basis, but a flat rate per account. The 99 Dollar Social website claims most of their VAs earn around $12 an hour.

14. Lifebushido

Open for VAs around the world, Lifebushido has been offering VA services since 2006.

Once you’re accepted, you can choose to work work anywhere from 5 to 20 hours per week. Pay starts at around $10 per hour.

15. Red Butler

Regularly accepts part-time and full-time virtual assistants from around the world.

These 15 are just the tip of the iceberg. You can find more VA companies if you specify a location (such as “virtual assistants United States”) or an area of focus (like “virtual assistants mobile app”) during your search.

How Much Do Virtual Assistants Make?

Today, general virtual assistants earn anywhere from $500 to $800 a month. Those with advanced skills (mobile app developers, graphic designers, video creators, web developers, etc.) take home higher pays from $800 to $1,500 a month.

Virtual Assistant Salaries

Source: Indeed.com

Many virtual assistant jobs also include benefits, paid time off, Christmas bonuses, and so on.

If the virtual assistant decides to join a VA company, his/her earnings are usually lower than those who prefer to do it on their own. However, freelancer VAs do have to find their own clients and market their virtual assistance service everywhere.

In the past, virtual bosses were able to hire full-time home-based assistants at only $250/month.

Many home-based workers were happy with this salary simply because there are no other jobs that require only several computer skills and offer stable income.

Also around this time, many entrepreneurs capitalized on the demand for virtual assistants and launched VA companies, which then took a percentage of the monthly earnings of VAs in exchange for finding clients. Eventually, the starting salary of virtual assistants increased.

More Resources for Future Virtual Assistants

If you’re interested in this career and want to learn more, you can start with our quick guide to become a Jack-of-all-trades virtual assistant. If you have some cash to spare to learn new skills, you can check courses on Udemy and Skillshare.

One of the best job boards to find a VA position comes from Hubstaff Talent, mainly because the company doesn’t charge freelancers a lot of fees and both clients and freelancers use the platform to complete projects.

WeAreVirtualAssistants is the sister site of Worldwide101 and a useful resource site if you’re serious about a career as a VA. Other virtual assistant job boards you can visit are Remotive, Working Nomads, and VA Networking, among others.

Virtual Assistant Jobs Outlook

The virtual assistance industry continues to be a lucrative (and still developing) industry. The job outlook of a virtual assistant remains positive. If you’re interested in entering this field, you have three options:

1) As a freelancer – You will be selling your own VA services to clients. Obviously, the main advantage of this route is that you get to keep 100% of your earnings. You have to be highly organized if you’re planning to juggle two or more clients at a time.

2) As an employee – You will be applying as a virtual assistant for a company offering VA services. Your income will be much less, but you don’t need marketing experience or continuous need to pitch yourself to clients. If you’re lucky, the company you work for could also offer benefits (medical, dental, or paid leave).

3) As a business owner – You will be launching your own virtual assistance company from scratch. You’d have to have some capital, business knowledge, huge network of contacts, and marketing skills. Revenues won’t get back so quickly, but if you do it right, becoming a boss of a VA company has the potential of a smart business plan.

Whichever route you hope to explore in this industry, know that virtual assistant jobs are here to stay.