Can a 13 Year Old Make Money Online?

There is no getting around it, with the exception of full-time students, junior high school age children don’t have very many opportunities to make money. Even those who do quite well financially often struggle with the burden of student loans. The fact is, until you’re about 18 years old, you’re mainly relying on your parents for financial support. While this is perfectly normal, it doesn’t mean that you have to limit your career options because of this.

In fact, there are many ways in which a junior high schooler can make money. Some of them are:

Start An Online Store

The most basic – and potentially the one with the highest earning potential – is to start an online store. Essentially, you’ll be selling and displaying items (usually products related to technology and/or gaming) on your website. You can use either a manual payment processing system (like PayPal) or a secure online payment processor (like Stripe or Braintree).

One of the biggest challenges with this option is finding the time to manage the site and create sales. Not to mention, if you’re still in junior high school, the idea of earning money online might be a lot to handle. Why? Well, for starters, the amount of money you can make per hour is somewhat minimal at best. Also, depending on how advanced a state your website is in, there could be a lot of work to do before you even see a profit.

Sell Your Photos On Society Photos Website

If you’re among the 20% of Americans that have a Flickr account, then you have an amazing opportunity in front of you. The fact is, many large companies such as Google and Apple offer cash incentives to people who provide photos for their services. For example, when you make a free profile on Flickr, you’ll notice that there’s a “+” button at the top of the page. Click this button and you’ll be taken to a page that allows you to sell your photos. (Make sure you read the rules and regulations first.)

The beauty of this option is that you don’t need to have any previous experience to get started. Simply find a niche and then use the tools that are made available to you to build a small audience.

Become A Freelancer

Another great way for a junior high schooler to make money is to become a freelancer. This is especially beneficial if you’re artistic or have a specific skill – like editing, designing, or programming. In those cases, you can develop your talent and build a portfolio of sorts to prove to companies that you’re capable of doing the work (and doing it well).

The challenge with this option is finding the time to gain experience and make money. You’re essentially competing for clientele with established freelancers, so the odds are you’ll have to work hard to prove yourself and make a name for yourself. The benefit is that once you do, you’ll be able to charge whatever you want for your services and the money you earn will be yours to keep. (Be sure to take some time to read our guides on how to become a freelancer.)

Sell Your Skills Online

If you’re among the 20% of Americans that have a skill that you’re anxious to sell, then you can make money online by doing so. The key word here is “skill”, not “job”. When you have a skill that you can apply to making money, like copywriting, editing, or graphic designing, you can use online marketplaces (like Fiverr) to find customers. (For extra money-making tips, check out our guide on how to make money online from a freelance writing gig.)

The challenge with this option is finding the time to sell your skills online. Although you’ll be able to build a nice portfolio and prove to potential customers that you’re skilled, the fact is you’re still a busy junior high schooler. So, you’ll have to find a way to make this a part-time job that you do in addition to your usual school activities. If you do, you’ll have the opportunity to make some fantastic additional income that you can put towards your college fund.

Start A Blog

Blogs are quite literally the food that bloggers eat. However, you don’t need to be a blogger to make money from blogging. In fact, you don’t even need to own a blog to make money from blogging. All you need is a niche, a way to find an audience, and the will to make money online. (Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on all counts.)

The challenge with this option is finding the time to write and post the content that your audience comes back for time and time again. If you’re a regular blogger who makes a living from selling and displaying ads on her site, the amount of time you spend writing and posting content is already pretty high. So, if you want to make a quick buck or two from blogging, consider starting a food blog or a travel blog (the two most popular ones around these days) – just keep it simple and tasteful. (We also recommend checking out our top affiliate programs to help you make money from blogging.)

Sign Up For An Online Brokerage Account

Another way to make money from investing is to sign up for an online brokerage account. These are accounts that let you trade securities (stocks, bonds, and other investment vehicles) online. The beauty of this option is that you don’t need any previous experience to get started (though some may benefit from it). Simply find a fund that you like the look of and then make a quick purchase. (You’ll be taking a big risk if you don’t know what you’re doing, but given the popularity of online brokering services, it’s probably the safest way to go as well.)

The key thing to keep in mind with this option is that the amount of money you can make per day is quite low. Some days, you might only make a couple of dollars. Also, the amount of money you’ll be able to make will depend on how much money you invest. The more you invest, the more you’ll be able to make. (Remember: this is also a risky game. Make sure you’re aware of all the risks before you even think about getting started.)

Start An eBay Store

If you’re familiar with eBay, then you know that they offer a way for people to buy and sell items online. Essentially, you can open a store on eBay that sells various gadgets, games, and tech-related items. (Think Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung phones, among others.) If a customer makes an online purchase of an item that you’ve listed on eBay, you’ll be able to mark it as sold and earn a small commission. (You can also set your own price for the item.)

The challenge with this option is finding the time to manage the store, respond to emails, and list new items every week. You’d be surprised how many people that are making a living from eBay stores, but the fact is, it’s a very time-consuming process. You can use a tool like Shopify to help you get started (and for free!).

Sell Your Music On Streaming Services

Music lovers that are seeking to make money from their music can do so on several different platforms. The most popular and easily accessible one is Google Play. Simply find the songs you want to sell, remove the DRM (which stands for Digital Rights Management) and put them up for sale. After that, all you have to do is follow the directions – which are pretty self-explanatory – and you’ll be able to start earning money.

The challenge with this option is getting your music approved for streaming. Due to copyright laws and contracts with music publishers, musicians often have restrictions on the music that they’re allowed to stream. However, there are numerous ways that you can get around it. For example, you can contact the music company directly and ask for their creative commons music or check out their profile on YouTube to see if they’ve got any content available for licensing.

There are countless ways that a junior high schooler can make money. Keep in mind that the earlier you start, the better. The older you are, the more you’ll have to rely on your parents for financial support. If you start early enough, you may be able to build up some savings that you can use to fund your future.