The beauty of online business is that you can do it from anywhere, it suits different schedules, it can be done part-time or full time, it is an unparalleled opportunity during this digital time. Now the question is if you are not making money online what are you doing?
Fortunately or unfortunately most teens spent most of their time online so why not use the time productively.
In this article I will be presenting different ideas teenagers can explore to monetize their stay online
Online businesses like any other business or job require skills that are not hard to acquire because it is very easy these days to acquire any skill of interest online. During this COVID 19 pandemic, many institutions made acquiring skills free and easy.
Graphic design is about memorably presenting information. Your primary responsibility is to create images and illustrations i.e ( logos, brochures, presentations, t-shirts, magazines, letterheads, business cards, and more) as per client requests and specifications.
What Do You Need To Start
- Skill ( There are a lot of places to acquire this skill online. Microsoft recently opened its graphic designer course for free. check it out here).
- Marketing ( The best way as a startup is to avail your services to at least ten people for free, this will help you build confidence and have testimonials under your belt). Many websites can help you build an amazing portfolio of evidence and expose your work to potential clients. Behance & Dribbble are the free ones I know.
Social media platforms are a way to go these days, you can reach thousands without a marketing, PR budget.
You can market your services on general freelancing platforms i.e Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, and on graphic designing freelancing platforms i.e design 99 and design hill.
How much can you expect to earn? – As s startup in 2020, you can expect to earn between $20 – $24. After offering your services to the first ten people for free, you can choose to offer your services to the next ten for $15 until you get comfortable and confident to charge $20 plus
We all know what a web designer is, but let us not confuse web designing with a web development
Developers use their programming knowledge to build a website using coding languages. Designers focus on the creative visual ( look & feel) that the user will interact with
You need to commit to developing this skill by taking up courses on web development.
How Do I Get Started ?
- Develop the skill
- Research and choose a platform you will use to create websites for clients i.e WordPress. Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and more
- Build your website – which will be your first point of reference.
How long does it take to develop the skill? This is directly linked to the amount of time you have available to invest. For some, it can be weeks and for some, it can be years, I will leave you to decide this one.
How much can you expect to earn? Just like other skills be willing to offer your services for free to few people/businesses that need a website After building confidence using freebies you can now expect $25 plus for an hour of designing.
Social Media managers manage the online presence of their clients across different social media platforms. You will be expected to respond to comments, compile campaigns and create content
As a teenager, you can do this, especially for older small business owners who cannot afford to hire social media agencies and are also not tech-savvy. You must however approach this with caution because you will come across a lot of skepticism due to your age and experience.
Many business owners would love to hire someone matured withbusiness insight to carry out this role
So beyond being conversant with how social media tech works, you must also equip yourself with the core of who your client is, and what they do. Make sure you research their industry and ask them relevant questions so that you can represent them well online
What do I need to start?
As a young person doing this part-time, I would recommend that you start with one social media platform, perfect your skill on it before you move to the next. Managing social media can be time-consuming so start with few clients, ensuring that you still have time for your school work and other important things.
How much can you expect to earn – You can expect to earn between $10 – $50 per hour depending on experience.
Blogger or Vlogger
These two are about online content creation. The question is which one is the best channel for your content. Your choice will be determined by your target audience and your personality. Check Adam Erhart article on the differences between blogging and vlogging.
How Do I Get Started
To start a blog you need:
- Choose a niche
- Setup a website
If you are just starting you can even start your blogging on Medium. Medium allows you to post your articles on their platforms without having to create your website. If you write quality articles that get curated, Medium will market your articles to their audience and pay you for the number of likes you get on the article. Overtime your earnings can accumulate into good income. I have seen people who are making over $3000 on medium monthly
Having said that it is recommended that you have your own website as a blogger, this gives you a sense of ownership and control of what happens to your content and how you monetize it.
The same requirement applies when you start a vlog except that with vlogging you need to record your content on video.
You can start a vlog with your phone but you don’t have to remain there, as you grow, invest in relevant quality equipment.
My number one recommendation for online business training for bloggers is Wealthy Affiliate, Sign up here to explore the training for free.
Photo & video editor
Videos and images are now a must-have for most businesses but unfortunately, most business owners do not have skills or time to edit their images and videos. These owners will appreciate your fresh creative mind and tech-savvy skills
What do I Need to Start
There are plenty of editing courses online plus the editing software of your choice will come with information and guidelines on how to use the software. So this can be a good starting point, get a software use the provided information to acquaint yourself with the software, This will give you a good foundation, take the given information and practice consistently in no time you will have a good skill to monetize.
What is crucial here is the commitment to practicing and learning. Learn as much as you can , and over time explore different editing softwares and different online editing courses.
How much can you expect to earn? Video editors can expect to earn $20 per hour.
Check this article on 15 best video editing software and apps for any budget in 2020.
Did you know that you can sell T-shirts online, without ever having an inventory, you never have to keep products or ship boxes, you can just design a kind of T-shirt you want and enjoy the business from the comfort of your home.
How It Works
- Create your online shop with platforms like Spreadshop
- Create designs for your Tshirt
- Promote your T-Shirts online
- Customers buy
- Spreadshop prints and ships the product
What do I Need to Start
- You need to have a designing skill or hire a graphic designer for this job, for your development I will recommend that you develop the skill yourself.
- Laptop & Internet
Write and publish a kindle book
Kindle has made publishing books easy, Anybody who has passion, ideas, or lessons he wants to share with the world can easily write and publish a kindle book. Publishing has been made very easy and attainable for new and upcoming authors.
There are systems already set that can make your book-writing journey pleasurable. With this kind of system, you can own an amazon kindle empire in no time.
My number one recommendation of such systems is Kindle Kings
- They teach you how to come up with the best book ideas.
- How to create covers using free tools
- How to do your keyword research
- How to publish the right way and bring more sales in
- You create a book once and you sell it forever ( aka Passive Income),
- Amazon advertise your book on their platform
- Amazon prints the book after an order has been made
- Amazon ships the book to the buyer
- Kindle Kings gives you a simplified and proven to work process of how to build your book empire on Amazon.
Many parents cry about the amount of time that their teens spent online. I believe it is time we teach our teens how to be productive online, its time we help them explore suitable opportunities online.
Both parents and teens should understand that the process is not only about making money, that there are a lot of life skills that teens will acquire as they run their businesses online.
This is an ideal opportunity to learn skills like consistency, commitment, resilience and more
Teens should also understand that the recommended online ideas does not have to be their main career but most can be a good side hustle as they develop in the career path of their choice.