Five Ways for Teens to Make Money during Summer 2016

Summer is a great time of the year for kids all over the US. Most students in those districts that have not gone over to year-round schooling get to take nearly three months away from book learning. Summer is a great time for teens to go to the local pool, golf course, tennis court, or mall. Of course, all of these things take money. It is not too early to start thinking about ways to make money this coming summer.

The question then comes about, who should pay? Many parents have enough to fund their kids’ fun during the summer, but with aftereffects of the Great Recession, many families have budgets that are quite tight. There are several ways for teens to make money to pay for their fun and (hopefully) save some money for college, a car, or a home. Here are just five ideas for teens to make money in the summer of 2014:

1. Sign up for a GPT Site or Two

There are many sites up online that will allow any American over 13 to fill out surveys and watch videos to make money online. Most jobs require an employee to be at least 16 or to have parental permission if 14 or 15. These sites can let younger students start to get an entrepreneurial start.

A couple of the more common GPT sites are CashCrate and Treasure Trooper. Both have a long history of paying literally millions to users. Of course, most people will only earn about $50 or $100 per month if they work at these sites, but they pay without having to go out and work for someone else. They can also be used in free time in conjunction with another job.

You can sign up for CashCrate here. I have a more extensive review of the site here, as well to show how easy it is to make money on CashCrate. You can also sign up for Treasure Trooper here. I have reviewed Treasure Trooper here. Join the blog to get updates.

2. Sign up for SwagBucks or Another Paid to Search Site

One final way to earn money (or at least gift cards) is by signing up for SwagBucks. This site is open to anyone who is at least 13 years old. Users can perform tasks like searching the web through the site and earn virtual currency known as SwagBucks, which can then be used to purchase a number of items including gift cards or actual cash in a PayPal account. I’m currently using my SwagBucks earnings to buy stock via Loyal3. These earnings from Swagbucks should pay off over time.

Gift card redemption options are at great retailers and restaurants. Among the leading options are Amazon.com and WalMart. e-Gift cards from the latter can be used in the stores, so they are just as good as cash. Also, there are options to redeem a few SwagBucks for discounts at local attractions like golf courses. I have a more lengthy review of SwagBucks here. I’ve recently signed up for Bing Rewards, another search and earn site. I get a $5 gift card for Amazon every month or so.

3. Get a Part-time Job

This recommendation can sometime be easier said than done. Many businesses have cut back on the traditional summer hires. What are some good part-time opportunities for students? Many local retail outlets or fast food restaurants might be in the process of hiring for summer.

Those who like to play golf or swim might be able to land a job at one of their favorite places of all. These establishments are frequently seasonal, so they hire specifically during the summer. Those with a full-time job are not likely to apply, so students have a great opportunity to land their first paying gig.

4. Start a Business

One of the best ways to make money doing something you like is by starting a business. High school students can start summer jobs and make decent money in the process. Cutting grass and babysitting are two great methods for teens to make money during the summer. Many of the kids who need babysitting only need it during summer months. Make sure to charge the going rate and do a good job so that you can get repeat business.

5. Sell Lightly Worn Toys or Games

Online businesses like Amazon and eBay allow just about anyone to set up an account and sell items to the world. Most teenagers have no need for the toys that they had in their earlier years. People also start to like different types of video games as they get older. It is very easy to set up an account on an online dealer like Amazon or eBay with a parent and sell these items. While you will not get the full retail price, you can get some money that can go to something more desirable for a teenager.

Get Started Now in Planning to Make Money during the Summer of 2015

There are tons of ways for teens to make money during the summer. Some of the options allow people to actually make money in pajamas without leaving home. Some of the opportunities listed above are seasonal. Others, like CashCrate, Treasure Trooper, and SwagBucks can earn some money year-round. The sooner one signs up, the more quickly they can start to earn money.

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Over $100 in CashCrate Earnings

Many people wonder if CashCrate is a scam. Just fill out surveys and cash offers to earn money? This seems like one of those too good to be true concepts that will burn people. Can you use CashCrate to earn money in pajamas?

I can personally verify that I’ve already gotten three checks from the company with little in the way of work. I spend maybe 5 or 10 minutes a day on the site, and I’ve now passed the $100 mark in all-time earnings. Below is a picture of one of my checks from the CashCrate.

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It is literally very easy to earn money from CashCrate. New users get a $1 bonus just for signing up. People can also make money from using the cash search option. Of course, the bread and butter of the site are the cash offers and the daily surveys. People who are able to complete all of the daily surveys can earn close to $5 per day, and some of the surveys take all of 5 minutes (although some are quite a bit longer).

From time to time, the bonus surveys link will have videos to watch. These will pay out a few cents for about a minute of work. The videos are not up daily, but they are worth checking out.

Those who have friends can make quite a bit of money with the CashCrate referral system. There is the possibility of earning up to 30% of the amount earned on every cash offer completed by first-level referrer. To show that I’ve been able to make over $100 while sitting in my pajamas, check out the banner below that tracks my up-to-date earnings with the site:

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Monthly Online Earnings Report–Making Money in Pajamas for January

January was a pretty busy month. I was on the road for the first week of the month, so my online earning capabilities were not as big as they might have otherwise been. Also, I spent quite a bit of time getting my first draft of my dissertation finished, so that took a bit more time. Travel is not in the cards for February, but there will more than likely be some impressive revisions to do on the dissertation. Nevertheless, I was able to make a few bucks on the side during January.

Most of my money actually came from online writing. There are several sites that people can use to make money. Some of them are open to citizens from around the world. Some limit themselves to just American citizens. At times, my earning is limited by the types of jobs that are available. I might look at the board to see what jobs are available and conclude that the instructions are so convoluted that my pay per hour will come out to about $2.50 because of the research and or formatting involved. I tend to look for jobs in areas in which I already have some knowledge so that I can make more money more quickly.

In January, I made $116.79 from a freelance writing site. I also was able to make $70.52 from the online writing site HubPages, which is a Web 2.0 site that allows users to post their own articles and participate in discussions that are in a way like Facebook. HubPages has a large number of users and pays based upon the number of views and click that people get. I was able to earn some more money during January, but I did not make the payout amount necessary to get paid from these sites. I am continually on the lookout for legitimate ways to make money without leaving the house. I will continue to review some of these sites in the future and keep up with my goal of earning $5,000 in 2013 from my internet work. I am at $187.31 so far after one month. My hope is that the money will start to snowball over time.

What are your online earning goals for the year? I’m interested to know.