If your teenage children want to go on dates, buy their own clothes, save up for their first car, or start saving for college then they’ll need to get out there and start earning some real money.
The only way they can do this, without it impacting your own wallet, is for them to start a small business or get a job.
There are many jobs available out there for teens. There are even many jobs for teens with no experience in any field of work.
At a real place of work, young people can also learn a lot of life lessons like responsibility and working with other coworkers.
They'll gain experience and skills they can put on their resume and college applications.
Working at an already established place of work is also easier than creating your own business from scratch, even if it is a small business.
What better way to get experience in work ethic than to start a small business?
Starting a small business as a teen can be much more beneficial than getting a job at the burger joint down the street for minimum wage.
First of all, your kids will be able to make their own hours, so they’ll still have the flexibility to focus on school and extracurricular activities.
Kids can also potentially make more money working for themselves than they will making minimum wage. With their own mini business they'll be able to set their own pay.
More importantly, starting a mini business teaches your kids many valuable lessons about finance, responsibility, and business.
They’ll learn how to manage their money and be responsible for the work they're being paid to do. They'll also learn great business know-how like how to advertise their business and schedule their own time.
Here are some of the best job ideas for teens and small business ideas for teens:
Summer is a great time for teens to make some extra money. School is out for the summer and they have all the free time in the world at their disposal.
Some summer job ideas for teens include things like,
These are all job ideas that teens can do during the warm summer months.
Be on the lookout for any other seasonal jobs for teens going on in the summer, like carnivals, festivals, food trucks, and amusement parks.
If there are any other local summer-time events that go on in your community, there's a chance your teens can also get involved in those.
Seasonal jobs are any job that lasts only a few months during a certain season of the year.
For example, carnivals and festivals aren't usually open all year round. They open for a couple weeks out of the year only.
Seasonal jobs for teens can be especially lucrative because they often require lots of long hours in a short span of time.
Some examples of seasonal jobs for teens include,
Some teens are really extroverted and others are more introverted.
More introverted teens will feel more comfortable working from home or working online.
Extroverted teens might also enjoy the flexibility of working online.
Some ideas for online jobs for teens include:
Jobs like freelance writing and editing might require some skills. But teens can also gain a lot of experience by diligently offering their entry-level skills at a fair price.
Then they can strengthen their resumes while they strengthen their own skills.
Many teens want to work part time rather than full time.
A part time job is about 20 hours a week, while a full time job is about 40 hours a week.
By working only part time, teens can still have plenty of time to enjoy their youth and keep up with schoolwork and friends.
Most jobs for teens offer part time options. They could work part time as a cashier, in a warehouse, as a stock person, or work part time during the week babysitting or walking the neighbor's dog.
Babysitting is a very popular job option for young people.
Babysitting doesn't require a lot of skill or know-how, especially if a teen has younger siblings they're already used to taking care of.
A babysitting wage can also be plenty for a teenager who just wants to pay for some cool new shoes.
Babysitting also allows teens to work with parents in their own neighborhood that they already know and feel safe and comfortable with.
Maybe you're a parent who would rather pay your teens to do jobs around your own house than send them off to do work for someone else.
This can be a great way to get older children to do difficult but necessary chores around the house without complaint.
You can get the lawn mowed, the garage cleaned out, or a room repainted and your teen will do it happily because they're working toward a personal financial goal.
Tutoring is a job that can be done at home, online, at a public place like school or the library, or at the home of the student getting tutored.
In order to tutor someone on a subject, you usually need 3 things:
A tutor's curriculum doesn't need to teach the class in place of the actual teacher.
Your curriculum should instead help support the class the student is already taking.
If you can, try and pinpoint which parts of the class students most struggle with and try to become an expert on helping students understand those parts.
You can also accumulate helpful resources like videos and infographics that explain the subject in ways that are easier to understand.
Introverted adults aren't the only ones who want to work from home. Teens can benefit from working from home too!
With a work from home job, teens can save on gas and won't have to borrow the family car to go to work each day.
Find some entry-level work from home jobs for teens on freelance websites like Upwork.
Upwork is also a great place to find writing jobs for teens.
All of the jobs listed on Upwork are remote jobs, so teens can use their writing skills and make some extra money all from home!
Writing jobs for teens might include writing reviews, writing articles, coaching others through the writing process, or proofreading someone's writing.
Is your teen a big animal lover?
Animal jobs for teens are everywhere if you just know where to look and how to promote your services.
All you have to do is go to the animal places where you want to work and ask for an application.
Volunteer jobs for teens don't always pay because they're considered volunteer work.
But sometimes volunteer work can lead to connections and jobs later down the road.
Volunteer work can also teach teens new skills for free since they are volunteering their time.
You can find volunteer jobs for teens near you by talking to your local school, community center, library, or by visiting sites like PowerOf.org.
The library is another safe and educational place for teens to work.
At the library, teens can work shelving books, helping visitors get library cards, or helping people find the books they're looking for.
There might also be a computer center at the library that they can work managing and helping visitors log in.
Nursing homes are a great place for teens to find jobs.
Teens can potentially help work in the kitchens, prepare the meals, clean, and assist the elderly residents and nursing home staff.
If there is no nursing home available, teens can also work as caregivers for elderly neighbors. They can do their grocery shopping and help out with housekeeping and cooking each day.
Warehouses are large storage buildings where stores keep their inventory.
Warehouse employees work with incoming and outgoing shipments. They have to keep all the inventory organized and accounted for.
Cleaning jobs are an easy job for teens to get into.
They can apply to work as janitors at almost any building or they can set up their own cleaning business.
To set up a cleaning business teens will need cleaning supplies and a way of promoting their business.
The easiest way to get started as a teen with a cleaning business is to ask around the neighborhood first for people whose homes or offices need a custodian.
Chances are you’ve already got a functioning lawn mower in the shed.
Let your teen use the lawn mower and turn it into some steady income during the warmer months.
To have a successful lawn mowing business, teens will need a lawn mower, appropriate attire and footwear for outdoor work, and some local advertising for their lawn mowing service.
It's that easy!
You can even include your own lawn in their pool of clients.
Here’s an added benefit of a lawn mowing business—plenty of exercise!
Your child can learn a great lesson about serving those in need by running errands for the elderly people in the neighborhood.
Your neighbors will be happy, because your teenager’s services will probably cost less than the more expensive delivery and errand services they would normally have to pay for.
They'll also be happy because they'll get to keep the company of the younger generation all while making a positive difference in the lives of local youth.
This errand business could even expand to include all demographics.
Many people love to get their groceries delivered. Paying someone else to run your errands for you can save so much time!
Some people aren’t capable of shoveling their own sidewalks and driveways when heavy snow starts to fall.
Other snow removal clients simply don't have the time or energy for the task.
Either way, teens can take advantage of the snow by offering their snow-shoveling services to the neighborhood!
All they need are some warm snow clothes and a shovel.
Capitalize on the autumn months when the leaves start to fall from all the trees by raking leaves in your neighborhood and raking in the profits while you're at it!
All you need to get started with a leaf raking business is a rake and some large black trash bags to clean up the raked leaf piles.
A wheelbarrow for carrying the large, bagged leaf piles might also come in handy.
Not everyone has the time to take the dog for a walk every day.
But dogs need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy.
Your teens need adequate exercise each day to stay happy and healthy too.
Tackle these 2 objectives in one chore by starting a professional dog walking business.
Walking dogs can potentially be really profitable too, since you can walk 4 or 5 dogs at one time.
Where do most people take their cars to get washed?
Usually some mega-chain or automatic car wash that costs a lot and only gets parts of the car clean.
Wouldn’t it be better to pay some kids in the neighborhood to wash your car, rather than giving that money to some giant car wash chain?
Teens can even work together to set up a car washing business where they all help out and split the profits.
The first thing you need to do when searching for a job as a teenager is write a resume. A good resume will include your work experience so far, volunteer work you've done, classes you've taken, awards, accomplishments, and skills you have.
Even if you don't have actual work experience, there are probably other examples of experience you have that can go on your resume. Like being an honors student, serving as student class president, or working as a summer camp counselor.
One copy will be for you to reference and the other will be for the job interviewer in case they don’t come to the interview with their own copy.
Coming to a job interview prepared with copies of your resume will make you look professional, prepared, and ready to answer their questions.
Most likely the interviewer will ask you questions about your resume. Be prepared to talk about each item you have listed.
Make a note on your personal resume copy to remind you of a short story or example you could talk about for each item on your resume.
The more you practice for a job interview the less nervous you'll feel in the job interview.
Practice answering basic interview questions with a parent, sibling, friend, or in front of the mirror.
For more tips and tricks on how to succeed at job interviews read our article, "Job Interviews Tips."
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