I want to help my family with finances but I’m not old enough. For those teenagers with that mind-set, I commend you. As a teenager, particular for those 13 to 15 years of age, many job opportunities are unavailable due to age requirements. But don’t worry, you are not limited to lemonade stands and babysitting jobs for those few years.
Start a cleaning or yard maintenance service. Depending on the season, you might be shoveling the snow out of someone’s front yard or raking leaves and cutting grass. For the cleaning service, when it’s Spring cleaning, you can help people clear their garages, attics or basements. This is a particularly effective service for the elderly who might have a tough time cleaning their homes.
Car washing, painting rooms or houses are jobs where you can get a bunch of your friends and get it done in one afternoon. The key is to find local businesses willing to give you a chance.
Other ideas include a dog walking or pet sitting job. You can look after the pets while the owners are away on business or vacation. Much like baby-sitting, you will have to clean and feed them. Most of the time, they will be asleep.
Like to travel a lot in your neighborhood? You could try an errand, messenger, or delivery service. Ask local businesses if they need someone to deliver their goods to their clients. It’s great exercise and lets you see more of your surroundings.
Are you savy with the latest technology and can fix computers? Then consider helping people with their computer problems. Much of the programs to fix software problems are free and widely available online. Maybe, you can also teach someone to use a computer. If computers aren’t your forte, find out what you could teach, such as a new language or math. Tutors get paid on average 10 to 20 dollars an hour. Charge your friends or school mates if they need additional help on a topic.
These ideas should be enough to get your started. Even if you don’t make a lot of money, you will build up your resume and have lots of work and job experience.