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So what do you do when you need some quick cash for a new video game or something extra for yourself? Work some over-time, sell something on eBay, or maybe save for a week or two from your regular paycheck right? Well, what if you can not legally work? What if your parents do not have any extra money right now? What if it's an emergency like an expansion pack to a game that all your friends are playing online, or it's time to renew your Xbox live membership, or you just have the newest and coolest app for your smart-phone? In short, what if you're 12? With no steady income and so many technological gadgets to account for it can be extremely difficult to get the cash that being a kid these days demands. But it does not have to be.

The simplest way to make money when you're 12 is to sell some of your old things that you no longer need. This can be done for free on Craigslist but you will want to have your parents help with the actual transaction as this will involve a face-to-face meeting with a local buyer. Just post a free ad on Craigslist with a picture of whatever it is you are selling. Be sure to leave an email address or phone number in the ad so interested customers can contact you for more information. Obviously state that you will only accept cash for the item and give a price you wish to receive. Many people will "low ball" your price. This means they will offer less money. So simply keep in mind the minimum amount of cash you will accept, list it for more money, and see what offers come your way. Once you have agreed on a price arrange a meeting time and place with the person that you and your parents can all be present for. This is a quick and easy way to make some quick cash and simultaneously clean out your closet. You can also apply this concept on auction sites like eBay. You will need to setup a free PayPal account for this as this is how you will get paid. Then instead of meeting the buyer you will need to ship it to the address the winning bidder leaves you with their PayPal payment.

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Once you have run out of things to sell it's time to make money online. One method is simply writing articles for people that do not want to do it for themselves. Create a free account on Elance and search for topics in which you are interested in or have knowledge in. This can be anything from skateboarding trends to video game reviews to how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Virtually anything you can think of has a market online. Search Elance for projects in which buyers are interested in paying for articles to be written. Read their writers brief. This is their instructional guide detailing how many words are to be in the article, what it should say, along with which keywords to use and what you will get paid for each successful article you write. Commonly you will be able to get $ 3- $ 7 for each article they accept. With a little practice you can write a decent article on your targeted topic in 15 minutes or less. Writing 3 articles a day from home in your spare time can easily net you $ 21 or more. All for no cost to you! Do this just 3 days a week and you'll easily be able to afford any video game that comes out the day it is released.

Do not like writing? How about online surveys. Google search online survey companies. Pick the top rated company listed and sign-up. Many of these sites are free to join. Basically these companies will pay you cash money simply for filling out quick surveys on just about anything from product reviews to your views on new software downloads that you can download for free. You can make a few dollars to upwards of $ 20 per survey completed and get a check sorted to you weekly, or just have the money deposited into your PayPal account. Again, no products to sell and no creative writing involved. Just a bit of your time giving out your opinion on something. You'll also be helping steer markets and improving on quality control for things you are interested in!

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The last way for a 12 year old to make some money fast is to become an affiliate for a company selling a product online. Basically your "job" is to steer web traffic to a site through an affiliate link. Go to Click-bank and setup an account and create your affiliate link. Once you have this, and yes it's free, you need to get people to "click" on it. Find a product on Click-bank of interest to you and copy your affiliate ID into their "hop-link". This is all explained in detail on the Click-bank web-site so do not worry. A hop-link is simply the web URL of the website you are going to promote with your affiliate ID embedded in it. So when someone "clicks" it you get the credit and Click-bank will credit your account whatever the commission is if someone buys the product through your hop-link. It sounds confusing at first but trust me it's really very simple. Just copy your hop-link and paste it into whatever you do online. This can range from emails you send out, Twitter posts, Face-book updates, articles you write and submit on free publisher sites like EzineArticles, blogs, and forums related to the product you are promoting. The more traffic you expect your affiliate hop-link to the more people will click through it. If just 1 out of every hundred people that click on your hop-link actually buy the product you will gain anywhere from $ 45- $ 200 depending on what the commission is for the product you are selling. All for free and at home on your own time. Get good at this type of business and you can make a full time income, all at only 12 years old! That should cure any money woes you may have!

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With the advent and exponential growth of technology and the incredible power and reach of the internet it is easier than ever to make extra money online. Take the time to learn these few simple approaches and be patient at first. With a little practice you can have anything you want and never need to beg your over-worked parents for money again!

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Source by Ben D Anderson