Great Summer Job Ideas For Teens
Summer is here. Some teens are out there actively looking for jobs that suit
them. Or are they? When I look at typical jobs for teens today, such as working
at a fast food restaurant, I think there must be a better way for kids to make
Other teens are thinking about relaxing and just
having fun. As a parent you may be wondering, "Who is going to pay for that
summer fun?" Maybe there is a happy medium. A part-time summer job is a good
solution because it allows teens to have fun and earn the money to pay for that
In addition to working with teens and being an
author, I have owned a few businesses. I love being my own boss because I get to
do things my way. It's also a great learning experience and-best of all-all the
pay for my hard work goes to me minus some small start-up costs and costs of
So here are some great business ideas for teens who want to work for themselves:
Lawn maintenance: Mowing, weed pulling, raking leaves, and with some research,
planting. Initial cost could be very low with a used lawn mower, hedge trimmers
Web consultant: Most teens I know have a way with computers, and most adults I
know struggle with them. Teens can help adults set up and manage social
networking sites, such as "MySpace" and "Facebook."
Nanny: Teens who like kids can baby sit during the summer while the parents of
young children are at work.
Dog walker or pet sitter: Animal-loving teens can walk dogs or pet sit while
their owners are on vacation. I'm always looking for someone to help me with my
animals, and I pay $35 to $50 a night.
Car detailer: With a few supplies and a little coaching, teens can wash and
wax cars, clean vents and vacuum car interiors right in their own driveway.
Errand runner: Elderly people and small business owners often need help
Guy or gal Friday: There are always odd jobs around the house or office that
are left undone. Teens can even cook meals for families where both parents work.
Cleaning service: For teens who have a sense of what is clean and what is not,
this is a great business. Most of the time people who want their homes or
offices cleaned buy the cleaning products so teens just have to show up and
Tutoring: Teens who excel at school can offer to help younger children who are
going to summer school or who need help with subjects they are having difficulty
with during the school year. Parents love this one.
Small business assistant: I have enjoyed hiring teens to help me with
different jobs for my business. They came in for two hours a day to shred
papers, organize inventory, help with mailings, make phone calls, clean and do
other jobs as needed.
Once teens choose a business, the next step is to make a business plan.
Things to consider include what supplies they will need, how many hours they
want to work, how much money they are going to charge, and how they are going to
market themselves. Getting the word out can include making and posting a flyer,
telling all of their parents' friends and asking for referrals, dialing numbers
in a phone book, or dropping in on businesses or service groups.
I think working is a lot more fun when you are your own boss. So my advice to
teens is: Go have some fun and make some money and let me know how it goes.
By: Debra Beck
Debra Beck, Author of award winning book
My Feet Aren't
Ugly, A girl's guide to loving herself from the inside out, is a
devoted mentor for parents and teens. Parents who are looking for tools to help
them guide their teens, while maintaining a close relationship. Also mentoring
teens to develop the tools they need to become confident, secure and independent
Debra's experiences with once being a tormented teen and a worried parent,
allows her to resonate with her clients.