Hello Hello F22 crew!
While certain aspects of the freelance world can only be done by those over 21, there are still many jobs that can be done by teens and college-age students. I know as a teenager I was trying to make money from whatever I could! I even set up a by-hand screen printing company for awhile! I made some pretty ehhhh shirts for our Yearbook class. BUT it doesn’t have to be that way anymore! There are so many more opportunities for people under 21! Here are some of my favorites.
Online Surveys: Age 13+
While the money doesn’t seem all that impressive at first, a little dedication can lead to a decent sum of money for youth ages 13 and up. New surveys are constantly being posted and they pay real money that adds up. The surveys are age-appropriate and driven by the user’s honest opinions and habits.
Website Testing: Age 15+
Enroll needs users to test websites and offer feedback. Website testing, like taking surveys is not a get-rich-quick proposition, but if you allot time every day and work steadily, you will make a little extra spending money.
Work from Home Customer Service: Age 16+
Uhaul accepts customer service reps starting at age 16. This is a job that needs to be applied for and you will have to commit to a certain number of hours but the schedule is flexible. Starting pay is between $7.50 and $8.50 an hour and bonuses are available. This is a great opportunity to learn about professionalism and commitment from the comfort of your home. You will need a high-speed internet connection and a USB headset.
Freelancer: Various Ages
Teens and college students can offer a variety of employable skills including data entry, graphic design, voiceovers, content creation, editing, visual artists and so on. Many of the things that adults went to college to learn are now taught in high school. Plus, today’s youth have a near-cellular understanding of the internet and social media.
- Fiverr (age 13+): With Fiverr, the sky is the limit regarding what kind of job skills can be offered. Fiverr ‘sellers’ (freelancers) create ‘gigs’ that highlight whatever their talent is and ‘buyers’ (potential employers) can communicate their needs. Fiverr charges a 20% commission
- Upwork (age 18+): Upwork doesn’t have the same variety of job possibilities but it still offers many opportunities. Users need to submit a proposal for jobs using Connects; each job requires the use of up to 6 Connects. For the basic, free membership the cost is .15 per Connect sold in bundles up to 80. With a Plus membership costing $14.99 per month, the user receives 70 Connects. Upwork charges a sliding scale fee for work secured through the site.
- Taskrabbit (age 18+): Jobs on Taskrabbit are generally IRL. Employers on the site need help with moving, gardening, housecleaning, data entry, party planning, running errands and so on.
- Rover (age 18+): This pet sitting/dog walking service is designed to help users create their own pet-centered businesses. When signing up for the site, freelancers are asked the various kinds of services they are willing to offer: from dog walking and cat sitting to in-home daycare and overnight stays.
- com (age 14+): Care offers a variety of IRL jobs including pet sitting, child and elder care, housekeeping, tutoring, odd jobs and errands and so on. Parental consent is required for youth under the age of 18.
Manage social media: all ages
There is probably some adult in your life who needs help with their social media game. (And we know I love being a social media manager so of course I’m going to include it here!) They need more activity on their Instagram, a better story on their Facebook, updating their website and so on. Things that would baffle adults of a certain age are topics that you learned in sixth grade. Offer your services to your mother’s book club or your aunt’s community theater company. Be mindful of saying what you can do and what you can’t do. Sometimes, those who aren’t especially tech-savvy think that updating their Twitter account takes the same amount of effort as creating a website from scratch.
For college students who own a vehicle, there are many possibilities for side hustles, including:
- Uber: A ridesharing service. You must be at least 19 years old and have had your driver’s license for at least 3 years.
- DoorDash: Food delivery. You must be at least 18 years old.
- Instacart: Grocery shopping and delivery: You must be at least 18 years old.