There are many reasons why it is an advantage for a teenager to get a job.
The first is that he or she is going to learn something new. Not everything is in a classroom or in house. They need to get experience in the real world where they can interact with others. Another reason is that they can gain experience for future jobs where, in most cases, they are asked to have some sort of background. Also, by getting a job, they can meet new people and interact with different personalities, ideas, etc., which is very useful as they enter the real world. The most important benefits are they get really confident, develop a sense of responsibility and become a little more confident.
However, there are negative effects as well, such as possible low grades and stress, but if they do it correctly, finding a job would be a great decision. Here, we gathered 50 ideas as first jobs for teenagers:
Babysitting a younger child is a great way of making some money. The money is pretty good and they don´t have to work for too long — a few hours a day or over the weekend would be enough. This allows the teenager to have time to spend with friends and family or simply doing homework. This is a job that only the most responsible teens are hired for because taking care of a little child is something serious.
Parents want their children to learn at school and have good grades, so, many of them are willing to pay good money to those who want to help in the subjects that their kids are struggling in. So, if a teenager has some abilities in Maths, English or History (or any other subject), it wouldn’t be a bad idea to use this talent to earn money.
3. Car Wash
A group of teenage friends can work together and get organised in a car wash enterprise. They can do this for the neighbours and earn a good amount of money.
4. eBay/Gumtree Seller
If the teenager has a console that he or she does not use any more or maybe a mobile phone or iPod he or she doesn’t need, they can sell them on somewhere like eBay or Gumtree. It is an easy way to get rid of things that are not needed any more and at the same time, earn some money. They would need a Paypal account for this, so you may need to help them set this up.
There are many teenagers out there who happen to have a very developed skill, like creative writing. If this is the case, then writing articles would be a good option to make money. There are many platforms that offer a good payment for articles about different topics and the best is that all you need is a computer, internet and the time and energy to write a lot.
6. Baking Cakes, Cookies and/or Slices
These are products that can be easily sold anywhere. Who doesn’t like cakes, chocolate or cookies, right? And the best is that learning to bake is not that hard and can be loads of fun!
Housecleaning is a good option and is not really hard. All they have to do is go and offer the service to the neighbours. As long as they do a better job cleaning someone else’s house than their own room, they’ll be set!
8. Dog Walking
If the teenager knows an animal lover in the neighbourhood, then they can go and offer a good price to walk their dogs and even feed them too. This could apply for almost any pet. There are many people who love their animals and they are willing to pay for their well-being.
9. Music Lessons
If the teenager plays one or more instruments, then he might be ready to share knowledge with others who are willing to pay for lessons.
With this job, a good eye for detailed work is needed. If the teenager manages to be patient enough, they can sell their creations at market stalls and online.
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