15 Fun and Fruitful Summer Jobs for Teens

Ah, summer. When you are a kid, it means school’s out, responsibilities recede and long daylight hours open the possibilities for all of the fun and freedom your youthful heart can take. As ice cream truck-chasing kids turn into teens, for some, the summer months turn into an opportunity to make money—(whether by parental force or one’s own choosing). Either way, if you are saving up for that coveted new gadget, or if your parents don’t want to fund your pizza and movie budget all summer, here are a few fun and fruitful summer jobs for teens to consider as school comes to a close and summer steps into the spotlight.

  • No, not sitting on the couch. Babysitter, dog sitter, house sitter—you name it. With opportunities for both younger and older teens, sitting jobs can range from minimum wage up to $20-plus an hour depending on your area and the people you are sitting for.
  • If you have an artistic eye behind the lens, your talent can earn you cash. Look into opportunities to take and sell photography for stock photo services, sell your own creative photography or offer to take photos for weddings, baby announcements, high school and college graduates and more.
  • Web writer. Get online and search, and you will be surprised at how many sites offer to pay writers for content. This content could be in the form of informative articles, blogs or even journalistic stories. Payment can vary widely, but you can expect about $25 to $100 for an article or guest post—depending on the length and quality of content.
  • Lawn maintenance and landscaping is something that can pay big bucks in the hot summer months, simply because people would rather pay than to do it themselves. You could apply at a professional landscaping company, or attempt your own venture.
  • Use your knowledge of a particular subject to tutor someone younger or less proficient. In addition to school subjects, this could also include teaching music, dance or art.
  • It’s the cliché summer job for teens, but it is that for a reason. Lifeguarding allows you to enjoy your job poolside and earn more than minimum wage—all while getting a tan.
  • Camp counselor. Enjoy all of the fun parts of camp while being in a position of authority as a summer camp counselor. These positions do fill up quickly—sometimes months in advance, so you may have to plan for next year if it is already too late.
  • Sign spinner. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. You can get paid to stand by the side of the road, dance and wave a sign around to attract business. Depending on the job, you may be able to skip the dancing and do more standing, but if you are listening to your headphones, you may not be able to help but bust a move.
  • Or really, any position in a restaurant. Restaurant jobs like serving, bussing and cooking typically have high turnovers, which makes it ideal for a summer gig that you may not be able to keep when you go back to school in the fall. Servers make a low hourly wage but can take home a significant paycheck by earning tips.
  • Paid survey taker. It may not offer all that you can make at a full or even part-time job, but you can search for paid survey sites that do just what they say—pay you to take surveys on various topics. Keep in mind—not all survey sites accept people younger than 18.
  • Yard sale organizer. Hosting a yard sale can be a rewarding but stressful enterprise. If you think you have what it takes to set up a yard sale, price objects and man the cash register, consider offering your services as a yard sale organizer to people in your neighborhood.
  • Not all internships pay, but many do. An internship is a great way to explore an area of interest and determine whether it is really something you would enjoy doing in a career setting.
  • Uber driver. Disclaimer: you must be 18 or older. However, you can earn an average of $19 per hour driving your own car for Uber—depending on your location. The company does set requirements for the age and condition of your vehicle.
  • Band member. Playing an instrument in a band as a teen does not always have to be a pie-in-the-sky idea. It takes work, but if you and your band can find a paying gig in your town, you’ll be living the high life doing what you love—and getting paid for it.
  • Parent helper. It may seem a little less glamorous than rocking out in a band, but it can be an easy go-to way to make money. Ask your parents what they need done around the house, or about any special projects they have had on their to-do lists but have not had time to get around to. You likely won’t have to leave your house, you’ll look good to your parents, and you’ll be happy once you have the extra cash in your pocket!

With the internet at their fingertips, it can be easy for teens today to find work opportunities online and drum up business for their services via a website or social media. Young workers no longer have to go door to door or put fliers up on telephone poles throughout the neighborhood to showcase their skills as a babysitter or lawnmower (though, the most avid money makers may want to do this anyway). Look into one of these summer jobs for teens to get the season started on the right financial foot!

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