7 Ways For Teenagers To Earn Their Own Money

By: William Blake

Child labor laws regulate what jobs teens can hold and at what age. Teens that are too young to get a job are between a rock and a hard place when they need more money than their weekly allowance offers. Here are seven ways that teenagers can make some extra green, whether they are just under working age or right in the middle of it.

1. Babysitting A classic job for teenagers, babysitting jobs are usually easy to come by in the local neighborhood. Teens may have already shown their ability to baby-sit at home and it won't be difficult to start taking care of other people's children. If they don't feel confident in their ability to care for babies, they can choose to only care for toddlers and younger children.

2. Mow the lawn. Most people would rather help a child that wants to work than pay a lawn care service. Invest in a good lawnmower and get going. The business will be busy in the spring and summer months. Keeping a date planner with appointment times and dates avoids booking more work than they can handle. Lawn mowing is hard work, but rewarding work.

3. Help the elderly. Older neighbors may have a difficult time getting around. Starting an elder care service could be what the neighborhood needs. If you teen is old enough to drive alone, their services can include chauffeuring seniors to appointments, doing the grocery shopping, tidying up, and yard work. Create a flyer and decide on fees. Parents can help in that area. The amount charged should be commensurate with the time commitment involved in each task.

4. Walk those dogs! I've seen people come home from work to take care of a new puppy. They need set schedules to train them to go to the bathroom and play time to exercise those limbs. A pet service could be the thing your teen needs to make some money. This service can be just pet walking or it can include a certain amount of grooming. If they have their own pet, they will have learned how to care for them and that expertise can be valuable.

5. Apply for a retail job Department stores often hire teenagers to do seasonal work, especially during the summer and winter. If teens do this, they will be able to enjoy the benefits that come along with this type of job, like discounted purchases in the store where they work.

6. Organizing the garage Getting a disastrous garage organized can be a daunting task, but it can also be a great way for a teenager to earn some money. Parents can negotiate a price based on exactly what they want their son or daughter to do before the work is done.

7. Start a business on the Internet. Kids are usually savvier than parents when it comes to navigating the Internet. EBay offers a forum for selling goods and services. A teen with a talent can make cash here. Does your teen want to write? Use that reporter's instinct to create articles for sites like Associated Content and get paid for them.

The seven ideas in this article are just a few of the many ways extra cash can be earned by teenagers. They may have their own ideas that they are interested in pursuing as well.

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