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Teen Job Ideas

Updated on August 16, 2010

Do you think that jobs for teens are simply impossible to find? Have you wanted to earn money, but no one is hiring? You aren't alone! At the time of this writing (2010), the current unemployment rate among teens is 26 percent. So what is a teen to do? The answer may be easier, and closer, than you realize.

Entrepreneurs are the ones who are going to make money during a down economy. With so many adults unemployed, older people who are between higher paying jobs will take the jobs at your local fast food restaurant.  Entrepreneurs are individuals who start their own business, usually doing something that they really enjoy doing. For that reason alone, entrepreneurs are usually highly successful at what they do.

Photo by Paula Fisher
Photo by Paula Fisher

How to Choose a Job

You've realized that there are no jobs available at local businesses, so you're ready to try anything (within reason, legally) to earn money. What can you do? For starters, sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and start writing down everything that you enjoy doing. Don't edit your responses at this point; just write down your thoughts as they occur.

After you've completed your list, it is time to take an honest look at the list and possibly crossing off items that have no real potential for making you money. For example, loving to watch television may be fun, but there aren't any places that you'll be paid to watch television for a living, at least not as a teenager.

Now that you've narrowed down your list, it is time to think of how you can turn these favorite things into ways to make money.  For example, if you like playing with dogs and puppies, you could turn that into a dog walking, dog washing, and/or dog babysitting job. Do you enjoy working on the computer? Start a business teaching younger, and sometimes even older people, how to use the Internet. You may even start a business that sets up computers and peripherals for new computer owners (the stores often charge around $75 to do this- charge $50 and you'll outbid the competition!).

Teen Job Ideas

The following are some of the teen job ideas I've heard from other teens. I've also added a few of my own from the many jobs I worked as a teen.

  • Babysitter
  • Housesitter
  • Dog walker
  • Dog washer
  • Dog sitter
  • Petsitter
  • Lawn mowing
  • Leaf raking
  • Snow removal
  • Garden weeding
  • Horse exercising
  • Horse grooming
  • Yard sale attendant/cashier
  • Photographer for smaller newspapers
  • House cleaner
  • Garage cleaner
  • Car washer
  • Model
  • Cell phone programmer
  • Errand boy/girl
  • Tutor – any subject- there's always a need
  • Painter – houses, barns, fences
  • Farm hand
  • Barn mucker
  • Writer/reporter on the Internet or local paper
  • Gourmet pet treat baker

There are probably a dozen more ideas that you may come up with, depending upon where you live and what your interests are. All it takes is one idea, one thing that you're good at, and you can make money from it if you're driven.

The next step is to advertise your services. Check out my corresponding Hub, Teen Job Flyers, for information on how to create a simple flyer to advertise your new service!


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  • ExpandYourMind profile image


    8 years ago from Midwest USA

    Great suggestions here. You're so right, sometimes all it takes is a good idea.


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