Weekend Only Jobs For Teens: How to Earn Cash Even if You're Busy
What Kind of Drive Do You Have?
As we come out of this recession, teens like you are finding jobs a little easier these days, but perhaps your situation is that you have such a busy schedule that you only can work weekends. If that is the case, you probably don't want to find yourself completely tied to someone else's schedule. If you are responsible, organized and diligent, you should consider the following ideas, Not only can you earn some extra cash, you can also build some valuable experience as you build your own business.
These ideas are not for the shy or faint at heart, but they can be very rewarding for any teen who is looking to earn extra cash on the weekend. Building a thriving enterprise is hard. Now is the perfect time for you to consider going for it.
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1) Start Washing & Detailing Cars
Yeah, I know. There is not much glamour in it, but if you live in a warm climate where everyone drives, you can build a pretty steady stream of income. Start first with your family, neighbors and friends at school. The whole idea is that you want to be a detailing service that comes to the client, but it's best to start with people you trust and let them refer clients they trust to you.
2) Become a Digital Archivist
Not all of us were fortunate enough to be born with a digital camera in our hands. But YOU come from a generation raised on Instagram and Flickr. Everyone loves having their family and friend photos preserved for generations to come. Today that means digitizing images into online scrap books as well. Do you have access to a high quality scanner? Why not offer a service to older relatives and neighbors who might not have the time or expertise to explore?
3) Build Websites for Small Local Businesses
How are your coding, copywriting and SEO skills? If you are a detailed oriented and technically savvy people person, this weekend only job could be for you. With sites like Weebly.com, Wix.com and Wordpress,com--www can have a whole new meaning for you. Never before in the history of the internet has building websites been so accessible to the average person. The key is finding the business owner who understands the importance of having a web presence, but does not have the time to build it.
4) Become A Fiverr Expert
If you have a special talent or if you have a skill that is in high demand, why not give Fiverr.com a try? It's a great way to build up your portfolio if you are a graphic designer or graphic artist or illustrator. It's also a good way to make money on the weekend, if you want to sharpen your writing or translation skills.
5) Sell Things Your Friends Want to Buy
Are there a lot of people who enjoy being around you because you genuinely care about them and make them laugh? Do you have something that you enjoy using and want to see others benefit from it? Make up? Jewelry? Fashion? There are tons of products and services looking for a person like you. If you have a good way with people and a product you enjoy using you should consider direct sales as a weekend job. But watch out! There usually will be an investment involved. Make sure that you read the fine print and go over the details with your parents. Don't hesitate to get their advice on this one! Mark from Avon will let teens start with $10.
6) Care For Others
Has anyone told you that you are compassionate or kind? Do you have a genuine need to see others do well? Being a caretaker could be for you. Whether you are caring for kids, pets, or an elderly companion, find fulfilment in more ways than one with this weekend job. You get to control your time and earn some extra money while truly helping others.
7) Teach Others New Skills
If your are exceptionally good at something perhaps you could teach it. Do you know another language? Are you patient enough to share a valuable skill with others? Turn all those years of instrument practice, dance lessons or martial arts instruction into a small business that can benefit you and your young students.
8) Or Help With Homework
When you excel in school, you are in a unique position to tutor your peers. Consider helping others boost their scores to achieve higher levels of success as well. You never know how you may help someone walk through a door they never dreamed would open for them.
9) Plan Events for Friends and Family
If you like to party AND if you like to plan them, consider arranging events for your friends, family and neighbors. From birthday parties and showers to formal events like Bar Mitzvahs Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s, let your social senses guide you as you plan memorable events for your clients.
10) Run Errands for Other Busy People
If you can already drive responsibly, try putting those wheels to good use every weekend by having your own errand service. There always senior citizens, busy parents, traveling business people (and others) who can never seem to find the time or energy to get it all done in a 24 hour day. Stick to serving people you and your guardians know well and build your client base outward upon referral only.
11) Bake Treats Your Friends (And Neighbors) Love to Eat
Baking can be a fun way to make some extra dough. I know corny, but I could not resist. Put your culinary skills to good use by making treats to customized orders for your friends, classmates, family and neighbors over the weekend. Then make arrangements to deliver them the next time you see them at school or around town.
12) Clean and Organize Houses
As a neat freak, you can cash in each weekend by helping those of us who slack on these types of jobs. Your expertise in this area and your work ethic will shine through as you put things in order and make a happy, healthy and safe environment for others to live, work, and play.
However--and I can't say it enough-- get jobs through people you know. You want to be sure that you are also safe. Or better yet, team up with another trusted friend who is also looking to work on the weekends.
13) Make & Sell Jewelry or Fashion Items
Have fun doing what you love and make money at it. If your friends are always asking you where you get your accessories and you have to tell them that you made it, this is a sign that perhaps you should start selling your stuff.
Get the ins and outs of how much it will cost you to make each item then set your prices and go from there.
14) Have a Year Round Yard Service
Mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow, and gardening-- all of these activities are a great foundation for building your cash flow. If you market yourself as a year round service--willing to do all of the above, you won't have a slow season and should be able to stay busy throughout the year.
15) Become a Thrifty Fashion Buyer
If you have fashion sense, a good eye for quality, and like to shop thrift, consider reselling your great new finds online. If you buy low and sell high enough to create a margin, you can pocket the difference and do well. Besides Ebay, here are some sites to consider: LikeTwice.com or ThredUp.com
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