With summer coming and your wallet nearly empty, you may be thinking of getting a job. We have listed 101 summer jobs for teens that may be as rewarding in how you spend your time as they are in the money you can earn.
Even though the market seems limited for teenagers, it is actually thriving. Read on to learn more.
Summer is coming, and after the novelty and initial freedom wears off (and the money runs out), you may find yourself bored and poor.
Summer Jobs For Teens
Earning money is a great way to use your time and increase your funds. There are several reasons why you should earn money:
- Occupy your time productively
- Increase feelings of self-worth
- Develop your sense of responsibility
- Learn great working and earning ethics
- Learn to manage and budget money
Perhaps these reasons don’t sound persuasive enough for you to get a job.
But if you consider the following ways you can spend money, you may feel a little more motivated to earn it this summer.
- Theme parks/fun activities
- Electronics, toys, etc.
- Fast food runs
- New summer clothes
- DVDs and games
Summer jobs for teens may seem limited, but there are literally hundreds of great opportunities for teenage employment if you look in the right places. Consider the following 101 ideas that will either fit well for you or stimulate more creative ideas to fill your bank account. Keep in mind that some summer jobs for teens require a minimum age, while others aren’t restricted.
Your family might have opportunities for you to earn money. Talk with your parents and discuss available options.
1. Make Meals for the Family. Get paid to make meals during the week.
2. Do Extra Chores. Find extra jobs around the house that could lighten the burden on your parents. Maybe it’s dusting, or cleaning out the garage. You might even offer dish washing, toilet cleaning, vacuuming or folding clothes.
3. Family Business. Often, families have businesses with small tasks that take up time but are important to get done. If your family owns a business, ask if they need any help you can get paid for.
If you enjoy working in the yard, this may be the section for you.
4. Lawn Care. Mow the grass and trim the edges.
5. Plant Gardens. Till a neighbor’s garden and plant their choice of produce.
6. Weed Gardens. Offer to weed people’s gardens or flower beds on a regular basis.
7. Landscape. If you have an eye for design and enjoy creating gardens, this could be a fit.
Caring for Others
There are many opportunities to care for others in different ways. Contact the main caregivers and ask if they have any openings to assist with their responsibilities.
8. Babysitting. You can babysit your own siblings, cousins or neighbors.
9. Caring for the Elderly. The elderly may need someone to shop for them, clean their house or listen to their stories.
10. Caring for Someone With Special Needs. Whether they are four years old or 49, people with special needs want a pal. You may be assigned to go to a theme park, watch a movie or play a game with them since parents or caregivers don’t always have the time.
11. Pet Sitting. Take care of pets while the owners are on vacation.
12. Walking Dogs. Start a regular dog-walking service. Some people are too busy, while others might not be up to taking their dogs on walks.
13. Dog Wash. Set up a dog-wash concession with buckets, a hose and dog shampoo where people can bring their dog for a bath. As with any pet-related service, you should follow safety guidelines when handling pets so that you — and they — will stay safe.
Cleaning is an endless market. There are various opportunities in this industry.
14. Cleaning Houses. Offer single-room cleaning or entire house maintenance. You can include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, mopping and cleaning bathrooms.
15. Washing Cars. Set up a car wash at your home, or apply at the local car wash.
16. Detailing Cars. Vacuum carpets and seats, clean surfaces and windows, and discard any garbage.
17. Washing Dishes. Some restaurants and college cafeterias need dish washers.
18. Cleaning Pools. Enlist with companies who professionally clean pools. They will train you to handle the cleaning chemicals safely.
19. Cleaning Windows. Businesses and homes are in the market for clean windows. Invest in a few cleaning tools and watch a couple of how-to videos on YouTube.
20. Cleaning Hotels. Apply at nearby hotels for housekeeping positions.
21. Work as a Janitor. There are many businesses and schools that hire teenagers to clean their buildings after hours.
If you are not sold on cleaning toilets but enjoy putting things in order, organizing may be for you. There are a variety of opportunities that fall under this category.
22. Organizing Houses. Organize single rooms or entire houses.
23. Organizing Basements or Attics. Attics and basements naturally accumulate junk just begging to be organized.
24. Moving Boxes and Other Stuff. Sometimes people need help rearranging their things, or moving boxes and totes from one location to another.
25. Organizing Garages. Offer to organize the garage so the owners can finally park their cars inside.
26. Organizing Papers. Paper clutter can be endlessly taxing. Offer to organize piles of paper into a filing cabinet so the owners can locate things with ease.
Selling or reselling something is a standard way of making money. Think of a unique and engaging way to present your product so that buyers want it.
27. Have a Yard Sale. Pull your old toys, books, electronics, and games out of your closets and sell them.
28. Organize Yard Sales. You can organize yard sales for other people. Offer your services to advertise and put up signs in exchange for payment.
29. Used Books. Sometimes you can get more for your books at a used book store, or by selling them online.
30. Used Clothing. Take your gently used clothing to a consignment shop.
31. Used Toys. There are kids’ stores that buy used toys. Collect the ones you don’t play with anymore and sell them. You can even sell some of your older electronic games online.
32. Lemonade or Refreshments. Drinks and refreshments at a soccer game hit the spot. Ask for permission from the people in charge of the games if you can earn a little money by selling snacks and lemonade.
33. Baked Goods or Crafts at Fairs or Farmers’ Markets. If you are good at baking treats or making crafts, you can arrange to sell them at fairs or farmers’ markets.
34. Ideas. You can sell any idea you can come up with. Sell your marketing strategies, stories that can be written, business ideas, website logos and games to play.
35. Antiques. There might be some antique items sitting around that you can get permission from your parents to sell on eBay. Also, watch for items you can buy at yard sales that might resell for a higher price online.
36. Products on eBay. You can sell anything from collectibles to electronics on eBay. Look around your house for things that might reap more money online than at a yard sale.
If you enjoy being outdoors, this category might suit you best. It’s great being outside, working the land and appreciating nature.
37. Camp Counselor. If you like working with kids, you can enjoy becoming a mentor, spending time managing campgrounds.
38. Lifeguard. Use your great swimming skills to help keep swimmers at the pools and beaches safe.
39. Fruit Picker. Picking fruit is seasonal but can reap great financial rewards.
40. Harvest Crops. Some farms hire summer help to maintain the fields and harvest the produce.
41. Construction Work. Construction companies will hire teenagers to do certain jobs, such as directing traffic.
42. Sign Spinner. If you don’t mind standing or dancing on a corner spinning a sign to grab the attention of drivers passing by, this is a good job for you.
43. National Parks. Living next to a national park can have an advantage. Watch for and inquire about job openings.
44. Tour Guide. Take advantage of any tour guide opportunities near you.
45. Amusement Parks. A great summer job is working at one of your favorite amusement parks. In addition to wages, you can sometimes get free entrance for the entire summer.
46. Aquariums. If you love working with sea animals, a job at an aquarium is a good match.
47. Zoos. You could work a variety of jobs at a zoo, ranging from ground maintenance to ticket taker.
48. Fair Worker. A fair is another classic summer job where you can enjoy working outside in a fun environment.
49. Paper Route. Newspaper delivery positions are still around, but you may need a car to do this job.
50. Referee. Being a referee is a great way of getting into the game without playing the game. It’s a nice way to get paid, too.
51. Sports Scorer. If you know something about how scoring and timing works as far as sports are concerned, this job might be a good fit for you.
Not everyone has the patience or skills to teach, but if you have a skill that you can teach, there are numerous opportunities. Give it a chance and see how you do.
52. Tutoring. If you are adept in math, science, English or another school subject, put your knowledge to good use and help a younger child.
53. Teach Piano Lessons. Don’t just play the piano, but get paid to teach the piano. You can set your own hours and pay rate.
54. Teach Other Instruments. Maybe you know how to play the drums, the violin, the saxophone or the cello. Teach someone else and enjoy the payback.
55. Dance Teacher. You don’t have to retire your ballet slippers. Keep other children on their toes teaching them the skills you sweated so hard to learn.
56. Swimming Instructor. Maybe you were on the swim team, or you’re as comfortable in the water like a fish. Put your swimmer’s experience back in the water and earn a little money.
57. Art Teacher. Drawing and painting may not be the only thing you’re good at. Teach someone else your art and your perspective.
58. Singing Teacher. Share your vocal expertise with hopeful singers.
59. Riding Instructor. If you know horses, check with the local stables about applying for an instructor job.
60. Yoga. Once you know the art of yoga, you may feel a desire to share its benefits with others.
Take your talents up a notch and get paid for what you love to do.
61. Singer. Sing for weddings, plays, operas or other local events. A few summer productions might even take place under the stars.
62. Bands. Join a band, singing or playing your favorite instrument. You can even pull your own band together if you know a few other musicians.
63. Pianist for Events. Play for weddings or parties that appreciate quality music.
64. Accompanist. Choirs and soloists need accompanists, as well as singers auditioning for productions.
65. Organist. Not a lot of people know how to play the organ. Some churches may be looking for summer organists.
66. Dancer. Keep your dancing feet moving and audition for local professional productions.
67. Magician. If you can make a silver coin disappear behind someone’s ear, perhaps you can make money appear in your own wallet. Solicit your skills and perform at parties and fun events.
68. Pit Orchestra. Professional orchestras or community theaters could benefit from your musical abilities, and you can make a few dollars while you’re at it.
69. Actor. Look for the paid jobs with professional productions and theaters.
70. Princess/Prince and Character Parties. Get paid to dress and act like Jack Sparrow, Prince Charming, Cinderella or Elsa.
71. YouTube. Set the computer screen as your stage and earn money by going viral. It may be worth the effort to see where your talents take you.
72. Public Speaker. What message do you have deep within your heart? Get paid to share it with others.
If you have a talent or ability, you can get paid to share it. Think about the things you are good at, and figure out a way to help solve a problem or satisfy a need.
73. Delivery Service and Running Errands. Deliver the mail, shop for groceries or pick up the dry cleaning for an overwhelmed mother, an engrossed business owner or an elderly person.
74. Caring for Plants or Yards While People are on Vacation. Take care of plants and water the yard while the homeowners are on a summer trip.
75. Watching Houses While People are on Vacation. Watch a neighbor or friend’s house so the family can go on their trip with peace of mind.
76. Altering or Sewing. Sew on buttons, alter suits or mend a torn outfit.
77. Photographer. Do photoshoots for families and weddings.
78. Home Interior Design. Help someone redecorate their home.
79. Design Business Cards. Design flashy or modest business cards for businesses.
80. DVD and CD Rental Service. Collect all your movies and music, and set up a rental service.
81. Paint Rooms. Solicit to repaint that dreary kitchen or that outdated living room.
82. Makeup and Hairstyling. Offer your skills for new brides.
83. Create T-shirt Designs. Contact T-shirt companies and sell your artwork.
84. Create Portraits for People and Animals. Use your skills to create artistic memories of loved ones and special pets.
If you are good at writing, put your pen to the paper or your fingers to the keyboard, and turn your writings into wages.
85. Articles and Stories. Submit your articles or stories to magazines.
86. Blogs. Write for bloggers and get paid.
87. Author. Write your own book.
88. Proofreader. Charge others to proofread and edit their essays, articles, term papers and books.
89. Write Songs. If you have a musical inclination, put your words to music and sell them.
90. Quotes. Create zany, witty, funny and thoughtful quotes for others to buy.
91. Computer Support. Offer to train or assist people who are not computer savvy.
92. Computer Repair. If computer repair is something you do well, offer help to others.
93. Graphic Designer. Use your creative skills to design flyers, book covers or websites.
94. Social Media Marketing. Do more than post to your friends. Use your social media skills to help businesses with their marketing.
Working for Local Businesses
Respecting customers you serve or the people you work for is a great quality to develop. Here are some of the requirements that may be expected of you if you get a job working for these types of businesses.
95. Grocery Stores. Bag groceries ring up orders and stock shelves.
96. Movie Theaters. Sell popcorn and drinks, take tickets and clean the theater.
97. Restaurants. Serve as a host or waiter/waitress.
98. Gas Stations. Watch over the register, stock shelves, sell gas and in-store products.
99. Retail. Organize shelves, create displays and sell products.
100. Fast Food. Take orders, clean up the dining area and prepare food.
101. Receptionist. Answer phones, take messages, greet customers or clients and organize files.
Now you have a lot of choices for summer jobs for teens.
Don’t sit around and watch the days pass by, ending the summer with nothing to show for it. Find a job that you love doing and enjoy earning money along the way. You may even have some money left over for new school clothes.