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I remember being a teen and wanting to earn money for one thing or another but most for a car, and the expenses that came with a car. I did a bunch of jobs until I was able to get a job at McDonalds. Being you have to be 16 for that what are 14 and 15 year olds to do? Plus flipping burgers isn’t for everyone.
Plus having your teen have a job and earn their own money teaches them the value fo the dollar and when they want those expensive $100 shoes you can tell them they have to earn it and buy it themselves 9 times out of 10 they will this it’s not worth it when they realize they have to work 14+ hours for those shoes!
So here are some jobs your teen can do some of which I did, some of them my friends did and others are ideas I’ve seen mentioned.
Baby Sit – This is the classic age old job. If you child is good with kids they can baby sit. Start with family members and friends kids and then in your neighborhood and church. It is also a good idea for them to get first aid and CPR certified.
Nanny – Like babysitting but they have a set time and routine. Where babysitting is seratic like for your neighbors Friday night date nights, a nanny would be watching a child every day after school Monday through Friday.
Housekeeping – If you child has a knack for cleaning them can offers those skills to help out neighbors. Many elderly neighbors would love the help and company to talk to for an hour or so a week.
Tutoring – If you child is really good at math they can tutor other kids in math. This is true for any subject and in most cases tutors make more than those at McDonalds! Taking this a step further they can help homeschool parents as well. If they know a family who homeschool younger kids and needs help with some work or help making sure they do work one day or so a week. I knew a family who homeschooled and both parents opposite shifts worked so they needed someone to help them between make sure kids did school work and ‘baby sit’ for 2 hours while their jobs over lapped. they were there to help kids if needed and administer tests as needed.
Pet Walk – Is your child good with pets? They could walk dogs. This involves walking them normally 30 minutes a day sometimes more. This also means that they need to clean up the dog poop. So make sure they know the full extent of the job.
Pet Sit – This job I perfect if your kid has been asking you for a pet. Pet sitting allows them to get the full experience of owning a pet and you will know if they REALLY want one when they are done. Pet sitting is just like having a pet, they have to feed them clean up after them play with them several times a day!
House Sit – Many times when people go out of time for a length of time (1 -2 weeks or more) they look for a ‘house sitter’. This means getting the mail, bringing in papers and packages so the house doesn’t look vacant. This also means in many cases, mowing the lawn and water the grass and plants.
Car Detailing/ Car Wash – Cleaning and detailing neighbors cars. Many people don’t get to the car wash because of schedules ect if they can have someone come to their house and do it in their drive way they are likely yo choose this option!
Catering – Does your teen like to cook? They can cater small events for friends, family, and church.
Photography – Does your teen have a knack for photography? Have then build a portfolio and make some extra money. The girl who did our last family picture was another homeschooler who was 16 and did an AMAZING job!
Seamstress – Can your teen sew? They can do work especially around homecoming and prom time heming dresses for friends and classmates. They can also help out at weddings!
Paper Route – The age old paper route job! In most cases now you need a car to get one.
Tour Guide – Do you have some tourist attraction in your town? You tenn could be a tour guide for the attraction. bonus they will have to learn the history and takes around it so it’s like a living history lesson!
Some job can only be done is warm weather, or during the summer. Here are a few.
Camp Counselor – If you live near any summer camps your teen can get a job as a camp counselor. In most cases they will have to live on the camp for the length of the camp (normally 6 weeks) But they get to do all the fun stuff the campers do and more. So make sure if they decided to me a camp counselor it’s on a subject they like!
Golf Caddy – You know those guys that carry around golfers golf club bags? Yep, teens can do it. They bags are heavy after 18 holes so make sure your teen is in shape and the better they know their stuff the better the tips!
Lifeguard – Got a good swimmer? If they want to work on their tan while earning money they can become a lifeguard Lifeguards are needed at water parks, public pools, beaches, lakes and more.
Cut Grass – Cut your neighbors grass! Let me tell you the neighborhood kids who cut grass where life savers when hubby was deployed and I was preggo with baby #2!
Some job are winter jobs. These are always needed!
Shovel Snow – Shovel snow off walkways, driveaways, and sidewalks for neighbors. Another life saver when hubby was deployed and I was preggo!
Scrape Ice Off Neighbors Cars – So people aren’t able to scrape ice of their cars in the moring or they just plain don’t want to! If you child can set up some regulars to get up and scrape ice before they go to work and your child goes to school each day, they can make some good money!
Hang Holiday Decor – Got a wanna be interior decorator. They can make their services avalible to help people decortate their hosue for the holidays inside and out. This is big for Christmas but can also be needed for Halloween!
Put your teens strengths to wokr for them to earn some money!