Teenagers commonly ask about jobs that they can do. At the ages of 13, 14 and 15, kids want to make money but do not know where to start. According to Ask.com, the typical teen spends $9,626 per year; the majority of spending is on food and clothing. Teenagers get more than 50 percent of their income from their mom and dad. While they may get money for birthdays and allowance, many young people want more.
Why it is Hard to Get a Job
There are two factors limiting access to the job market. First there are strict Federal child labor laws. 14 and 15 year olds cannot work more than three hours per school day and not more than eight hours a day on days off from school. Furthermore, they cannot operate dangerous machinery or handle hazardous materials. A teen has to obtain working papers to make it legal to work for an employer. The second factor to a limited access to employment is just that most businesses have policy not to hire teens unless they are a minimum of 16 years old.
These two factors do not completely stop a teen from making money, however. Here are the best job suggestions for children under the age of 16.
Many of the odd jobs mentioned for 14 and 15 year olds also apply to 13 year olds. A resourceful teen can announce to every grown-up that he or she is ready and available for chores.
Pet-sitting is a great job for a 13-year-old who likes animals. Pet owners sometimes need a sitter for their dog or cat, and may hire teens to feed and play with pets while the owners are on vacation or at work. Another animal-related job is dog-walking. Not everyone has time or energy to walk their own dogs, but they know that their animals would benefit from the exercise and attention. Look around, probably every other home has a dog.
Younger teens that enjoy the sunshine can make money helping out neighbors with yard work. This can be hard physical labor that involves mowing lawns, trimming bushes, clearing weeds, raking leaves and gardening.
If outdoor work is not your thing, try online jobs. There are plenty to choose from. Read more about this here.
As noted earlier, most businesses do not hire 14 and 15 year olds. Some grocery chains might consider hiring someone this young to bag groceries and gather carts in the parking lot. Some small retail shops might hire kids to work a few hours after school.
Small privately owned restaurants will employ 14-year-olds to wash dishes and bus tables. The employee can also operate microwaves and prepare sandwiches.
Amusement parks hire teens to take tickets and entertain. This is a great summer job and it usually comes with free admission to the rides.
Landscaping work can be done by 14-year-olds but only in the capacity of pulling weeds, planting plants, laying mulch, and cleaning up. They are not allowed to use power tools. Landscaper jobs are offered by both businesses such as golf courses and neighbors who need assistance.
Some teens find work as referees for little league sports teams. Although this is not a lot of money, every little bit adds up.
Odd jobs for neighbors can lead to a bunch of money. This includes washing cars, shoveling snow, babysitting, dog sitting and walking, cleaning and moving.
Tutoring can pay well. Either tutor other students, or teach older people how to use their phone, computer or software.
Babysitting is the classic job for young people. Parents love finding dependable help. Babysitting can be easy, but it takes a responsible mature teenager to handle every situation. Job duties include diaper changing, feeding, changing clothes, play activities, bedtime rituals, and first-aid. Thirteen is young to start this job, but a teen can prepare by both starting out as a mother’s helper and by taking classes at the local Red Cross. Watching your brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews also helps.
What to Do Next
So you see it is not impossible to find a job at your young age. The key is to let everyone know you are seeking employment. With the approval of your parents, mention you are looking for work on websites such as Facebook. Talk to your school guidance counselor. Put a flyer up at church and at the village hall. Tell your neighbors and relatives. Even if they don’t have jobs for you, they may know someone who does. You would be surprised at the variety of work that teens have listed as their first jobs.