There are many ways that teenagers can make money, and we’ll cover them all here. You don’t have to work hard or wait until your parents give you an allowance anymore.
Here is how a teenager can make money in Kenya:
1. Start a YouTube Channel
These days, YouTube has become a social media giant, and teenagers with a knack for entertaining others can make some serious income online through the site.
If you are good with your hands, there are even more opportunities for you on YouTube. You can build a kick-ass gaming PC or start a how-to channel to show other teenagers how to do everyday tasks.
Just remember that once you earn money online, not only is it taxable, but it will also be counted towards your income in South Africa. So, before you earn money online, make sure that the earnings are high enough to cover everything you will need when tax season comes around.
2. Make money online on TikTok
If YouTube is not for you, you can also start making money online through TikTok.
TikTok is a social video app that is perfect for people who have a knack for exciting videos. I think your content is good enough to earn money; all you need to do is create an account and let the community see what you are capable of as a social media influencer.
Aside from earning money from TikTok through ads and sponsored content that may appear on your profile, there are also opportunities for other companies to use influencer marketing to connect with your followers and promote their products.
3. Become a blogger
If writing is more your thing, then starting a blog could be the way for you to earn extra cash as a teenager in Kenya.
Nowadays, many companies and businesses are interested in youth opinions and reviews, and they will happily pay people who bring them this information.
All you need to do is start a blog, use hosting services like WordPress or blogger, and develop content ideas for your posts. You can write anything interesting to teenagers (and anyone interested in reading about what it’s like growing up as one), such as dating advice, sports news, entertainment gossip, and more.
4. Use Instagram to make money
If you already have a lot of followers on Instagram, then why not put that following to good use and start making some money online too?
Many companies and businesses will pay people like you to promote their products and services through posts and sponsored stories to drive more traffic and revenue to their business.
For this to work, you will need a lot of followers, and if you do not have that many yet, there are scams online that will teach teenagers how to boost their number of Instagram followers for free. And don’t forget, once you earn money from your social media presence, it is taxable, so keep an eye out for it.
5. Do Freelancing jobs
Another way to earn money online as a teenager in South Africa is by offering your services on Upwork, Fiverr, and other freelancing websites.
All you need to do is sign-up for an account with one or more of these sites, complete your profile by adding a cover letter and portfolio of previous projects, and start searching for jobs you think you can do.
Freelancing jobs are a great way to earn money online. If you want to work from home or anywhere else, you can get an Internet connection.
6. Deliver Food or Pizza
You can order a pizza online and get it delivered to your home or meet the driver somewhere else and collect the food yourself.
This is an easy way for teenagers to make extra cash because you can choose your hours, what you want to work for and how much money you want to earn.
Another option that you could consider is to become a food courier for a company like Uber Eats. As a delivery rider, all you need is a fast motorbike or bicycle and the app on—your phone to deliver food from local restaurants to customers in your area.
7. Resell unwanted items
If you are looking for a simple way to make money online, reselling items can help. People can resell anything they no longer need to make some extra cash by selling the item on one of many resale websites like eBay or Etsy.
It does not matter if your family members do not want the things they “get for free” from you, as you can offer them to strangers and use the money to buy something else – perhaps a new pair of shoes or a book?
8. Take online Surveys
You can get paid for sharing your opinion, and it only takes a few minutes because the surveys are usually short.
All you need to do is sign-up to one of many online survey websites like opinion Outpost, My Survey, or Cash Crate; complete your profile by providing contact information, tax identification number (TIN), and bank account details so that they can pay you. You will start receiving survey invitations in your inbox.
9. Play Video Games
Yes, many games have built-in systems that allow players to earn real money by buying virtual goods with their hard-earned cash.
You can take part in Esports tournaments, play games like DOTA and CS: GO that have in-game items that can be sold on Steam or other online marketplaces, join a professional teamand get paid salaries to play with them, or become one of many YouTubers who are making tens of thousands of dollars every month because their followers pay for virtual goods.
10. Sell Stuff at School
Teens do not think selling stuff at school is cool, but it is a great way to make money online.
So, instead of hanging around in the canteen or outside during lunch break, you can sell snacks and drinks to your classmates, buy old books from students who don’t want them anymore and sell them back at school for a profit, deal with old CD’s and games so you can make some extra cash for yourself…
These are just ten ways to make money online as a Kenyan teenager. So if you have been unemployed or unable to find a part-time job in your area, try one of these ideas and share it with your friends who might need some extra cash, too.
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