In 2010, Robert Ney, who was just 14 years old, launched Bubble Ball. A simple puzzle game with a hundred fifty-six levels, ranging from very simple to really challenging. Expectations were low. But in two weeks, the game did better than anyone would have expected. It generated two million downloads from the App Store in such a short period of time, which is phenomenal. That was just the beginning. Soon it generated millions more and replaced Angry Birds as the number one game on the App Store. Making Robert Nay a millionaire. Just 14 years old.
Not everyone gets such an opportunity to become so wealthy at a young age. However, that does not mean you can’t make a lot of money as a teenager. In the age of the Internet, opportunities are unlimited. I am going to show you seven real ways you can make money as a teenager. You don’t need anything except a smartphone that you probably already have. Since you’re reading this article on a computer or mobile. Maybe you can start making money right after reading this article. So let’s start with the first one.
This is probably the easiest way to make even a living online if you’re a teenager and it doesn’t matter in what corner of the world you are living. All that you need is a smartphone with a proper camera. Here’s how it works. A lot of youtube channels and other social media are using stock footage to create content.
And what do they get the footage? Shutterstock free big story blogs and many more. You can find pictures or videos of your stuff and upload them on these Web sites. Every time someone downloads your picture, you get a number of dollars depending on the site. Let’s say you upload 300 pictures within the next few months and you get an average 50 downloads a day.
That is at least 50 bucks a day or fifteen hundred dollars of pure passive income every month. This is not a scam. For example, on the internet popular channels & websites use Shutterstock and Freepik footage to maintain their business. So Of course, if you have a DSLR camera, that would be better.
But if you do not, a smartphone is fine. If you don’t know what kind of pictures should check out any of these sites and see what’s popular and create similar alternative images. It might take you a month before you start earning. But you can quickly turn it into passive income even if you stop doing it.
Shoot picture for Instagram
The Internet is filled with different ways to make money on Instagram. And unfortunately, a lot of them are scams. But here is a simple and legit way to make money from Instagram right now. Spend a couple of hours or days to learn how to take good pictures with the respect phone and use your skills to take some good shots of your friends and upload them on your Instagram and update your bio.
Nowadays everyone wants to cool pictures. But no matter how good the camera on your phone is, Most people just don’t know how to take a proper picture. And hiring a photographer is expensive. But what if somebody can help me to dig decent shots for a very reasonable amount? Maybe half or even one-third of what a professional photographer would charge?
I am sure that there are plenty of people who would pay you for that. You can start messaging the people, you know, maybe your neighbors, friends, classmates. And as you get more clients, people start recommending you. Of course, if you’re good at what you do. In fact, if you’re good enough, you will have the same clients coming back to you over and over because everyone wants to take good shots for their Instagram every now and then.
Use presets to edit pictures
This is probably the easiest method out of this list. All you need to learn a little bit about Photoshop. You don’t need to buy any course for hundreds of thousands dollars. There are plenty of free materials here on YouTube, but you have to purchase a couple of presets. A preset is basically a bunch of settings designed to achieve a certain local style of your photo. Something like a filter, but it’s not. You probably have seen that some famous people on Instagram have one consistent style of pictures.
They do not edit every detail every time, but save these settings and just apply them every time. They want to edit a picture. It just makes the whole process much easier and faster. You can buy a couple of these presets that you really find impressive and start editing pictures for a small fee. A preset cost, 20 or thirty dollars.
That may not be much, but most people do not upload that often on Instagram. So it doesn’t make sense for them to buy these presets or they are not aware of these presets or aren’t ready to pay 30 bucks to edit one picture. And that’s where you come into the picture. Open a five-year account and start editing photos with these presets for five bucks a picture. One image might take your five, ten, or fifteen minutes, which means in a few hours you can earn the 50 bucks.
Your clients will probably get back to you over and over. So the longer you keep doing this, the more you will probably earn.
This one is slightly difficult, but nevertheless possible for most people, including the teenagers. All you need is a computer. Pretty much every laptop can handle a dog premiere, which is the leading software to edit videos. It may not be easy to learn the software at the beginning, but after watching a few tutorials here on YouTube, you will get it quickly. When I started this channel, I literally knew nothing about video editing, and to make my first video I had to watch a few videos.
Here on YouTube to learn the basics of video editing, fast forward to 2020. Videos are getting more and more popular. The demand for video editors has skyrocketed. You don’t need a college degree to edit videos. All that matters in this industry is the end result. You might ask if it’s so easy, why don’t they do it themselves? Well, because it’s time-consuming. You have to sit for hours on the computer. And if you’re a Broc teenager with plenty of free time, why not use that time to make some extra cash? Especially since you’re watching this video.
Trade is overlooked today. Because so many new professions have emerged. In fact, trade is viewed as something that only grown-up adults still. But the core of every business it sells as a teenager. But you don’t need to ask anyone to buy and sell. You don’t need to start with huge capital.
Start with little things that you can sell to your friends, neighbors, classmates. Search on eBay or Amazon. What’s popular? What is currently on demand. If you’re completely broke, find something in your house that you don’t need and try to sell it. I am sure that there are plenty of them. First of all, it’s fun. Secondly, it’s going to make your money. And thirdly, it will teach you how business works.
I’m not really a gamer. I play every now and then random games. However, I have friends and relatives who play literally three, four, or even five hours a day for nine. League of Legends, whatever. If you’re one of those guys who plays nonstop. How about you take a break and do something slightly different, like stream your games, create a twitch account, and start recording your games or even here on YouTube.
It might take you some time before you start earning, but you’re going to play anyways. Why not record it? People also search for how to pass a mission if they are stuck. Creating mini-tutorials is also an option. I am sure that there are plenty more ways to earn money by playing games, but these are some of the popular ones.
Keep searching in Fiverr
If you’re a teenager, you are living in the best of times. The Internet has changed the world so much that opportunities are just endless and Fiverr is a perfect example of that. If none of these things we have discussed in this video inspire you or motivate you, don’t worry, you still have got a chance. Just go to Fiverr and look at all the different ways people are earning money.
Drawing, designing, recording, writing, researching. There must be at least one thing that you have a talent for, or at least find pretty easy to learn. Back then, when I was a kid, we had Windows XP, and whenever your computer got filled with a virus, reinstalling the windows was one of the options. And back then, YouTube wasn’t a thing and most people didn’t know how to do that, or at least the people around me.
I reinstalled it on my friend’s computer. He suggested to me others and slowly I started charging for the service. Soon, every time someone in my school or neighborhood needed to reinstall his windows, he would give me a call. Thinking that I am some kind of a computer genius when in reality it was a simple job that anyone could have easily learn. The opportunity is always there as long as you keep looking around.