How to Earn Money Online in the Philippines as a Teenager

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Compared to adults, teens have fewer options for making money online because many companies don’t hire people under 18 years old. 

If you’re a minor who needs extra cash, here are the ways to earn money online.

  • Selling homemade food or items online – If you can bake cookies, make desserts, create accessories, or any other stuff that people would want to buy, why don’t you do them at home and post on social media to sell? Related: An Ultimate Guide to the Best Business Ideas in the Philippines
  • Doing micro jobs – Fiverr, a website where people can sell freelance services, allows teenagers (with 13 as the minimum age requirement) to use its site to take on and get paid for simple tasks.
  • Answering online surveys – Companies that sell to Gen Z consumers (including teenagers) are willing to pay to get their opinions. Take paid surveys through websites that accept teens as respondents. For example, Swagbucks and Toluna have a minimum age requirement of 13 and 16, respectively.
  • Vlogging – Did you know that the highest-paid YouTuber (with US$26 million earnings in 2019 and 25.6 million subscribers as of July 2020) is an eight-year-old? If children can make that much money on YouTube, teenagers can do it, too.
  • Blogging – A few of today’s notable Filipino bloggers—especially in the field of fashion—started out in their teenage years. If you love writing about your area of interest, you can build a rewarding career in blogging at a young age.
  • Being an Instagram influencer – Instagram allows people 13 years old and above to create an account. If you keep posting great content on IG, companies might start to notice you and pay you to promote their brand to their teen customers.
  • Being a TikTok star – Like Instagram, TikTok allows teen users aged 13 and above. There are different ways teenage content creators can earn money through this social networking app. However, you have to be at least 16 years old to live stream on TikTok.
  • Completing fun tasks – Some apps like BuzzBreak and SnippetMedia allow users who are at least 13 years old to watch videos, read the news, play games and do other easy and fun tasks. This is a great way to earn money in your spare time.

The internet isn’t a 100% safe place for minors, especially when money is involved. Teenagers should be extra careful when dealing with anyone online.

The most important advice for teenagers trying to earn money online: Let your parents or guardians know that you’re looking for an online gig. You need protection and guidance from your elders, particularly when it comes to using social media and dealing with clients. They’re more experienced in detecting scammers and knowing if someone is taking advantage of you. 

Also, check the age requirement before you sign up for a side hustle or download a money-making app. Don’t waste your time and effort in starting an online gig, only to find out later that you’re not accepted because of your age.

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