10 Jobs Your Teen Can Do This Summer

10 Jobs Your Teen Can Do This Summer
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    Right about now, teenagers across the country are saying, “I’m bored!”

    That’s a logical response to a summer break where the school routine has ended.


As a parent, you can find only so much for your youngsters to do. Beyond that, your teenagers need to keep themselves amused.

One way for teenagers to keep themselves busy and make money in the process is to do odd jobs. Not just cut lawns or watch the neighbor’s kids, but to take up a variety of other tasks that can earn them some money. The following are 10 jobs your teen can do this summer.

1. Clean out foreclosed homes. This job is truly a parent-child endeavor. What you can do is provide clean out and cleaning services for bank-owned properties. Usually, banks rely on large companies to get the job done. However, if you have a good relationship with your banker, announce your plans and include your son or daughter with your idea.

2. Provide online gigs. Your son or daughter can make money online by performing gigs through a site such as Fiverr. Each gig costs the user $5 and your take is $4, after commission. Provide any service you want including writing, photo bombing, pulling a prank or what not. Easy cash that can be fun to earn too.

3. Host a yard sale. You’ve been meaning to have the garage, basement or attic cleaned out. Tap your teen power to get this done. Have your youngster separate the items into things you want to keep and things you want to sell. Organize a yard sale and pay your teen a commission for selling your stuff.

4. Design websites. A lot of people need help designing websites, but simply do not have the time or the expertise to get this job done. If your talents are definitely of the online kind, then offer your services to the community. Charge a flat rate for the site or a per page cost to cover five, six or seven pages of material.

5. Sell your photos. If you are good with a camera and take interesting photos, there is an audience of people that would love to buy your pictures. Shutterstock is the best known of the companies, but there are others too including Fotolia, BigStockPhoto and Veer.

6. Teach swimming lessons. If you are a very good swimmer, why not teach a young child how to swim? Parents want their children to learn, but may not have the time to teach them. Props to you if you have your Red Cross certification too.

7. Pet sit. Lots of families like to get away for the summer, but only a few will take their dogs with them. Most people prefer to leave their dogs and cats in the care of someone else, a service you can provide. Feed, walk and keep pets company, earning money as you do the work.

8. Make and sell your own product. If you have a talent, especially for crafts, you can make your own products and sell these at street festivals, garage sales and even online. Etsy is the place where crafts are bought and sold. Create an account and begin to hawk what you make.

9. Wash and wax cars. It can cost upwards of $150 to wash, wax and detail cars. You can charge less than half that and still make good money. Provide on-site services or, with your parents’ permission, clean cars in your driveway. The more thorough you are in your work, the better your chances of getting this side business going.

10. Entertain at a children’s party. If you like kids, then you will love helping out at parties. Busy Moms and Dads can always use extra hands especially from active teens that love to jump, run and play with the youngsters. Don’t sell yourself short either: charge at least your hourly babysitting rate, perhaps setting a flat fee to make it worth your while.

Employment Considerations

If you get really good at what you’re doing, chances are you will have a side gig to continue through the school year. As of 2013, the amount of money you could earn before you are required to file taxes was $3,900, therefore keep track of what you earn to stay within tax guidelines.

See AlsoTeen Money Matters That Matter


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".