If you are a teenager and are looking for a job, it can be difficult to determine where to start. The first step is to identify the type of job you want. One of the first ways you can start to narrow down your options is to ask yourself some questions such as: Do you want to work alone or with other people? Do you want to work inside or outside? Do you want to be your own boss or work for someone else? What type of job perks are important to you? How much money do you want to/need to make? Do you have the ability to provide an initial investment?. All of these are guiding questions that can help you determine where you want to be spending your time. For some ideas, check out one of these great jobs:
Movie Theater Employee
If you love going to the movies and staying up on all the latest films, then being a movie theater employee can have its perks. Most theaters allow their employees to watch all the free movies and popcorn they want. On the downside, wages are likely to hover around minimum wage.
For those of you who are food lovers, then working at a restaurant has its obvious perks. It is a great job for people who are social and like to be out and about. It can be a very stressful job at times and can definitely seem somewhat overwhelming to those who are just entering into the workforce. You have to have a thick hide and have the ability to take verbal abuse from upset customers without taking it personally or retaliating yourself.
We couldn’t be bigger advocates of blogging, well because that is what Best Ten Everything is! Of all the jobs on this list, blogging probably has the highest earning potential for teenagers. If you have a successful blog you can easily make a good deal of money. On the other hand, if your blog fails to take off then you will be left without any income after having probably invested a good amount of time and energy. It also requires good writing ability and a fair amount of technical knowledge. Also if you prefer to have your site hosted on your own domain it will require some money upfront as well.
Being a camp counselor has many perks. It provides a great opportunity to spend time outdoors and away from home. As a counselor you get to participate in pretty much all the same events and activities the campers do. It is typically recommended for teenagers who are just a few years shy of going to college as it will prepare them for college life and living away from home. The downsides are it is season and can require quite a bit of patience and being passionate about being around kids.
If you love being around water and soaking up the sunshine, then being a life guard is the perfect job for a teenager. Of course, unless you are working at an indoor pool, this will likely only be a good job for the summer. Being a life guard also requires a tremendous amount of maturity and being able to cope with a ton of responsibility. Ultimately, you are in charge of making sure everyone in the water is safe and in the event of an emergency you need to be able to act calmly and swiftly.
If you are an outdoorsy person or like physical work, then landscaping is great. If you are successful you can actually make good money doing it. Typically there is some overhead costs like owning a lawnmower, trimmer, and other basic tools, but if you buy used or have some money to use as an initial investment you can get a good return on your capital. The other issue is, if you don’t have a driver’s license you will need to figure out transportation to and from where you are going to be working. Unless you live in a rather warm climate, it is also likely to only be a summer job. Those who are outgoing and have an entrepreneurial spirit are the most likely to do well. As an anecdotal side note, when I was in high school a classmate started his own landscaping business which eventually also grew into a snow plow business which he still owns and runs to this day and makes a very good living doing so.
Out of all the jobs on the list, retail is the most diverse option for teens. Retail offers quite a bit of opportunity for teens looking for work. Pay typically ranges between $10.00 and $15.00 per hour depending on the store and the nature of the work. Some examples of jobs include inventory, stocking, sales, customer service, cashier, or merchandising. Most of all retail teaches a lot of valuable life skills such as how to be sociable, how to react to different situations, and working as a part of a team toward a common goal. It can also introduce some basic business concepts such as profit, revenue, inventory control, and human resources.
Perhaps, if you succeed in the academic world, tutoring is one of the best jobs a teenager can have. Pay is often in excess of $10.00 per hour and tutoring sessions can be setup when they are convenient for you. Not only will you have the opportunity to help someone else succeed, it will reinforce your own learning. If you continue to tutor through college wages go up exponentially.
For animal lovers, pet sitting is an excellent job for teenagers. Some of the benefits include being around animals, setting your own hours, and often pretty good pay. Be sure to only pet sit for people you know somewhat well because you will often spend your day sitting in their home. There needs to be a mutual amount of trust. You also need to know what to do in the event of an emergency and how to get a hold of the owners.
Babysitting is probably considered to be the most famous example of a teenage job, and it is one of the best. The perks are great, you get to go to someone else’s house, enjoy their things while they are gone, typically eat their food (as long as its okay with the client) and hang around children until its time for them to go to bed. The pay ranges widely depending on the age of the child and how well the clients know you. It also is a job that demands a ton of responsibility and maturity. The clients need to know they can trust you with their possessions and most importantly their children.
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