Teens will do better this year if they avoid traditional retail and hospitality positions, which may already be saturated by adult job seekers. Instead, they should focus on less traditional forms of employment. They will probably need to advertise and promote their services if they want to make money this year.
Here are 10 fun ways for your teen to make money this summer:
1. Mother's helper A mother's helper can do light housework chores, run errands, or even help watch kids for a short time while mom is busy. Have your teens advertise their services in your neighborhood and among your friends and family.
2. Babysitter Older teens who like kids can offer babysitting services to your friends and neighbors. Teens who wish to babysit should be familiar with CPR and other aspects of child safety.
3. Lawn care Do your teens love to be outdoors? They can get great tans while taking care of yards in your neighborhood. Lawn care can include mowing, weeding and watering lawns.
4. Fixer Your teen may be able to perform light household maintenance tasks such as painting, cleaning a garage or washing and wa a car.
5. Pet sitter Teens who love animals can advertise their services as neighborhood pet walkers or sitters. They should also note when neighbors will be going on vacation and offer to pet sit while they're away.
6. Lifeguard If your child has passed a lifeguard certification exam, they may be able to get a summer job as a lifeguard or swimming teacher. Check at public pools and country clubs.
7. Summer-only businesses Many businesses such as miniature golf courses and theme parks are only open during the summer. Often adult job seekers, who are looking for more permanent work, overlook these jobs in their search.
8. Camp counselor Churches and social groups often run camp programs for younger children. Older teens can apply for camp counselor positions.
9. Computer guru Are your teens great on the Web? If they have marketable skills such as programming or Web design, they may be able to sell programs or Web designs online.
10. Artist Creative and artistic teens may be able to make money this summer by selling their artwork. Jewelry, pottery or paintings can be sold via Web sites such as eBay or at a local consignment store.
Teen employment tip
Always put safety first. As a parent, you should familiarize yourself with the individual or individuals who your teen will be working for. Also familiarize yourself with your child's responsibilities. Your child's summer employer should maintain a safe, legal environment for them to work in. If something doesn't feel right about a summer job, don't allow your teen to take it.