Recently, we received an email from the parent of a teenager who was conned of $75 on the pretext of landing a juicy online job.
That sucks. We know from experience.
But unfortunately, the only thing that can be said is that you have to watch out for your own back on the internet and always do your due diligence. Online jobs for teens are quite popular and scammers are well aware that millions of teens around the world are looking for some extra pocket money.
You’d be shocked at the sheer number of scam websites that are floated each day to con gullible teenagers. The worst part is that it is becoming almost impossible to sift through the muck and spot a scam.
So, we figured that it was time to share some information that we have gathered over the years.
First things first, there are a plethora of legitimate job websites that have some amazing part time gigs which can net you even more than a full time job posting. The caveat is that it takes a lot of research, patience and the knack to spot a scam from a mile away to make money on the internet.
Irrespective of whether it’s a summer break or pooling towards your educational loan, online jobs for teens can be a great way to make some Benjamin while you are unable to work full time.
The question is, ‘how do you land a legitimate job and avoid being conned’?
Finding the real jobs
Without sounding blasphemous, the first and most important piece of advice that we can give you is, do not rely on Google search alone to find part time jobs for teens. It is reasonably easy to optimize or advertise a website on Google and make it show on the first page while you search for online jobs for teens.
Google does not check the authenticity or the credibility of its search listings unless there are numerous complaints about a website.
The best way to find legitimate part time job sites for teens is to rely on word of mouth. Ask your friends, relatives or anyone else for recommendations. If they have worked online and been paid on time, then chances are that it’s a legitimate website.
Check out our list of the best part time job websites over here.
The best part time job websites rarely advertise themselves because they don’t need to. For example, Upwork.com, Fiverr.com or U-Haul, are some of the top websites for online jobs for teens But they never advertise.
Check user reviews online. While it is easy to fake reviews as well, there are many websites which offer unbiased reviews about job portals. If you compare some of the top rated websites on such sites with the ones that usually show up on Google search, you will be shocked out of your shoes.
Never pay upfront for getting part time jobs. Well, to be honest, this statement may not be true in its entirety. But we have to mention this here because this is how most of the online job scam sites operate. They ask you to pay an amount of money upfront for getting access to job gigs which only they can provide you with. The fact is that there are tons of job sites that list free online jobs and you rarely need to pay anything to get access to it. Flexjobs.com is an obvious exception. This is one of the top rated job boards that offer flexible part time job postings. They have a monthly subscription charge though. If any unknown job site asks you to pay any sort of fee with a fancy name, skedaddle.
Pay attention to the name. If you are cautious enough and do your due diligence, it is pretty easy to spot a scam website. Here are a few that we found in just minutes. www.onlinedataentryjob.com, www.datapostingjobs.in. Both these websites claim to give part time jobs for teens in the form of offline data entry jobs and copy pasting jobs. There are claims that you can earn up to $20 with just a few hours of effortless copy pasting tasks. It seems so good that most people would sign up straight away and then comes the hidden membership fee. Some of these sites ask for $25 as a one time fee and then just stop replying to your emails. Others will give you some kind of ridiculously difficult tasks and reject your submitted work on the basis of quality.
Register on multiple sites: To maximize your chances of making a good part time income with part time jobs for teens, register yourself on multiple websites. Backdoorjobs.com, elance.com, behance.net, upwork.com and freelancer.com are just some of the names that we can think of at the moment. There are a lot more. Registering on multiple websites will give you a much bigger job pool to select jobs from.
The learning curve: Working part time on the internet comes with a learning curve. On most of these freelance job board sites, you will be competing with millions of other part timers. You must learn how to present yourself in a professional manner so that you are more likely to land the job than others. If you are bidding for a job, then you will need to learn how much to bid and how to time your bid. Bid too low and you risk being viewed as an inexperienced noob. Bid too high and you will most likely be outbid by teens from other parts of the world. There is a balance. Like we said earlier, it takes patience and persistence.
Getting paid: Most sites will pay you via PayPal. But there are some who may pay you directly into your bank account too. Be aware of the payment terms before you begin working. Is there a minimum balance threshold that needs to be met before you can withdraw your money? Some sites allow you to withdraw only on one particular day of the week. Others have a minimum balance threshold like $100 or $50.
We hope that this helps you understand how to find online jobs for teens. Do your research and feel free to ask us for help.