Even in this tough economy, there are several great options for jobs that can be attained by teenagers. Entering the workforce earlier in life can prepare you for a lifelong career by instilling responsibility and work ethic.
One easy way for a teen to start working is by mowing neighbors lawns. All you need is a lawn mower and they can either knock on doors or pass out flyers offering to mow neighbor’s lawns for $10-$20. This is very good money for the time spent and teens will learn the value of hard work and how it can pay off. As they gain experience they can start offering other gardening services for an additional cost.
Many grocery and retail stores will hire teens as young as 16 and it is a great way for a teen to get a first experience with a real job. This will also be a great first job to put on their resume as they will gain some important experience in ares that is crucial in the business world. They will learn to deal with customers and a little about how a business works.
It might not sound glamorous but these jobs offer a chance for teens to also gain employment for teens 16 and over. They often won’t pay much more than minimum wage to start but it still has value in the work ethic learned. These jobs can also be a fast track to being promoted to store managers or other higher paying positions at a very young age. These stores often don’t have many employees at once with a fairly high turnover rate, so sticking around long enough will lead to you being the most qualified to be an assistant manager and beyond.
Babysitting can be great, and very lucrative, for teens who might not be old enough or comfortable enough to jump into a full fledged job. Some savvy teens even turn their babysitting into a mini business providing an income often significantly higher than minimum wage. Asking friends and family for some leads should provide several opportunities for a babysitting gig, possibly even recurring. This is a perfect position for teens who have experience caring for younger siblings and family members.