How to make money as a 16 year old in 2019 [12 legit ways]

How to make money as a 16 year old in 2019 [12 legit ways]

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So you have grown up now and don’t want to be a burden on your parents anymore?

Do you want to become financially independent in your teens?

Do you want to know how to make money as a 16 year old from the comfort of your living room?

Well, i have a great news for you!

In this post i have listed 12 ways to make money as a 16 year old, which include ten online and two offline ways to make money,

Reason for putting more online ways than offline ways?


Making money online is easier, more reliable and has way more earning potential than making money offline.

Let’s start,

How to make money as a 16 year old online (10 ways)

Start a blog (best way – highly recommended)

Start a blog

It’s no secret that blogging is one of the most profitable ways to make money online,

Not a stupid claim!

But, the result of a research conducted by Authority Hacker,

Blogging has helped millions of people make their living from the comfort of their homes,

You can literally start a blog today and start making a full time income within an year (provided you do the things right as shown in my guide)

Want to make a blog?

Don’t worry!

It takes only 20 minutes to start a blog and i have a step by step guide on it here.

There is no technical stuff involved in the process and all you have to do is to click, click and click and it’s done.


It takes only $65 to start a blog and work on it for an year.

These $65 can be the best investment of your life if you take the things seriously and treat blogging professionally.

Click on this button to get access to my step by step guide to starting a profitable blog,

Start your blog today!

Make money on Youtube

Make money on youtube

Youtube is one of the biggest opportunities to make money as a 16 year old,

This is because people are preferring videos over written content for entertainment and learning purposes.

You can start making any kind of videos you are comfortable with like some people love facing camera so they start vlogging and those who don’t want to face the camera start making gaming videos, cooking tutorials, coding tutorials or anything they are good at.

The key to be successful at youtube is to create quality content, be consistent and patient.

Sign up on Swagbucks

Make money on Swagbucks

Do you spend a lot of time surfing the web, watching videos or playing games?

Most of you must be!


Did you know you could make money doing so?

Swagbucks is an amazing website that allows you make money while taking surveys, playing online games, installing apps, watching videos and much more!

Keep this thing in mind!

Swagbucks can never help you make a full time living rather it is a platform to make some coffee money every month or get an Amazon gift card!

Join Swagbuck through our link and get $5 bonus when you reach the required threshold.

Join Swagbucks NOW!

Test websites on Usertesting



Usertesting is a website that allows you to test websites and earn money per test.

Companies are very much concerned about the user experience on their websites so they contact testing companies like Usertesting.

Usertesting gets their websites tested from normal people who can sign up on the website as a user tester.

They pay you $10 per test and the test lasts for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Tests are not available every time so be patient if you don’t get any test for some time.

Also read: Best online jobs for 16 year olds in 2019

Start self publishing with Amazon

Self publishing with Amazon kindle

Do you love writing?

Do you love writing fiction or non-fiction?

The whole process of approaching a publisher and getting your book published is so much tedious and time consuming that most of the writers simply quit!


Amazon has solved this problem!

Now you can write a book and self-publish it on Amazon Kindle for FREE!

You don’t need to be a professional author for this,

IF you can’t write fiction, no problem!

Just go for short 3000 words non-fiction books with eye catching covers as shown below,

Best sellers

The average price of the e-books on Amazon is relatively less as compared to physical books but you should not forget the amount of traffic Amazon receives,

You get all the traction for free!

If you are serious about self publishing and want a step by step guide for it, check out this guide by Stefan James from Project Life Mastery.

Start Affiliate marketing

Start affiliate marketing

Ever heard of affiliate marketing?

“Affiliate marketing involves promoting the products or services of someone else and getting commission per sale or lead.”

It is one of the coolest, quickest and most profitable way to make money online.

In order to start affiliate marketing, you have to join some affiliate program which allows you to promote it’s products and make money whenever somebody buys any product through your referral link.

Some companies run their affiliate programs independently like Amazon and Ebay, whereas most of the companies operate their affiliate programs through third party websites like Shareasale, Commission Junction and Rakuten Affiliate network.

What is the best way to start affiliate marketing?

The best way to start affiliate marketing is to make a blog and start reviewing and promoting niche related products on it.


Let me explain,

Let’s say i want to make money by promoting gaming laptops from Amazon, then the first thing i would do is to make a blog about gaming and start writing reviews about gaming laptops on my blog.

Once people would visit my site to check the review about a certain laptop, they would buy it through the affiliate link present on my website. Once they would click on the link, they would be redirected to Amazon product page where they would buy the product and i would get a commission.

Amazon affiliate program is just one affiliate program, there are actually hundreds of affiliate programs in almost every niche you could think of.

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Become a proofreader

start proofreading

Are you a native english speaker?

Do you have a strong grip on grammar and usage of punctuation marks?

Can you sort out the grammatical and punctuation mistakes from an article or an ebook?

If your answer is yes then you have a great opportunity to start making money online.

Proofreading is one of the highly paid freelance professions trending right now!

Most of the people write an article or an ebook but they either don’t have time to proofread it or they are weak at english.

You can offer your proofreading services on different freelance websites like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer and Guru.

Get paid to search the web

Get paid to search

Sounds fake!

Doesn’t it?

Who would pay people just to search the web?

Well, it’s not fake!

There are companies which pay you to search the web through their search engines,

Some of these companies include Swagbucks, Qmee, Bing rewards and Inboxdollars etc.

Although the amount they pay is quite less but after all the only thing you have to do is to surf, which you normally do for free.

Why not get some extra bucks every months for free!

Not a bad deal!

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Get paid for taking surveys

Get paid for your opinion

Taking surveys online is perhaps the quickest way to make some extra money.

There are a lot of survey sites out there that pay you to take small or some time large surveys.

You can not get rich this way but can surely make some extra bucks every months.

There a lot of survey websites on the web, however the most authentic and genuine ones are Surveyjunkie, Swagbucks, Cashcrate and Vindale research.

All you have to do is to sign up on these websites and then start taking surveys (if they are available), if they are not available at the moment, just wait and they would send you the notification mail whenever there is some survey available.

Start drop shipping

Start dropshipping

Dropshipping is one of the most profitable and lucrative ways to make money online. Just like blogging it has a huge earning potential provided you do everything right.

In Dropshipping, you basically act as a middle man, where you sell products without having to worry about the production and shipping.

All you to do is to create an online store on Shopify and import products from Aliexpress virtually on your shopify store. Whenever someone buys the product from your store, the actual owner of the product or supplier from Aliexpress ships the product to him/her.

So what do i get, Basit?

Good question!

Actually the prices of items on Aliexpress are quite low, so what you do is that when you import some product from Aliexpress to your shopify store, you set your own price which is relatively higher.

If you are still confused, check out this step by step guide to dropshipping by Shopify.

How to make money as a 16 year old offline (2 ways)

Start babysitting

Not a new idea !

But definitely one of the best side jobs you can do in your free time and make a good amount of money every month.

The average hourly rate of baby sitters in the United States is 15 dollars an hour, which means even if you dedicate one hour daily you can make a decent amount of money.

Start from your neighbours and relatives and once you get some experience start approaching other people.

Tutor other teens

Are you good at studies or particularly at a specific subject like Maths?

There are a lot of teens that struggle at Maths or some other science subject.

If you think you can tutor them, there is nothing better than this!

Not only tutoring will help you make money but also improve your knowledge.


This comes to the end of the post on how to make money as a 16 year old.

Tell me in the below,

Which way are you going to adopt?

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