Jobs may be hard to come by, yet there is some excellent part-time, seasonal employment for teens during the summer. Some may require putting your services out on a community bulletin board or online at Craigslist. Another may require you to live away from home for a few weeks. Most of the jobs listed will give you a good idea on how to market yourself. If you’re looking for a summer job that isn’t flipping burgers or working at the mall, here are five excellent summer jobs that will allow you a taste of independence and being your own boss.
This is one of the most recommended and highly rewarding summer jobs for any teen. They are likely to be competitive too. If you love the great outdoors this is your niche. There are different types of camps. These range from the ones in the wilderness with sleep away cabins to nearby community day camps in your area.
Camp Counselors are the first to arise and the last to go to sleep. This position will require confidence, personal responsibility, and self-discipline. You’ll be responsible for campers in your care. The rewards from this job position will give you excellent communication skills, experience in conflict resolution, and valuable leadership abilities, in addition to being on your own.
Here’s an excellent opportunity for those teens who are gifted musicians. You can provide one-on-one music lessons in guitar, piano, voice, or other musical instruments. Younger students will appreciate a music teacher closer to their age than adults. They can come to your home for a one-hour lesson bringing their own instruments, except piano. Be sure to stock up on sheet music or songbooks in different genres. This is one of several summer jobs where you can post your musical services to your high school, community theatre groups, or other interested parties at Craigslist.
This one brings back memories for me during my summer job one year. If you enjoy being with kids this is the ideal summertime employment. You can set your own hours. However, weekend nights may be a popular time for babysitters. Parents are likely wanting to go out on date night or any other occasion. Valuable lessons to be learned as a babysitter/nanny are sacrifices required with taking care of a child, and putting their needs first before your own. You can advertise your services on Craigslist or ask around your neighborhood if they need someone. Summer is an excellent opportunity to take care of kids who are out of school during the weekday, when a parent(s) have to work.
Summer is a busy time for lawn maintenance. If you live in a suburban area there should be a lot of opportunities to do lawn care. Even if homeowners hire a landscaping company for cutting grass, there are many tasks such as weeding, planting, pulling up plants, and raking they do not have the time for. You can go around the neighborhood advertising your lawn services. All you need are garden gloves and some tools.
If you excel in the challenging school subjects, math and science, you will be in demand. Students enrolled in summer school will likely benefit. There are even some adults who have little to no computer skills that could use your help. You can charge $15 an hour for tutoring services. Craigslist is an excellent place to start your business as a math and science tutor.