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Seven Ways for Teenagers to Earn Some Extra Cash

Jul 22, 2008
Child labor laws regulate what jobs teens can hold and at what age. Teens that are too young to get a job are between a rock and a hard place when they need more money than their weekly allowance offers. Here are seven ways that teenagers can make some extra green, whether they are just under working age or right in the middle of it.

1. Babysitting A classic job for teenagers, babysitting jobs are usually easy to come by in the local neighborhood. Teens may have already shown their ability to baby-sit at home and it won't be difficult to start taking care of other people's children. If they don't feel confident in their ability to care for babies, they can choose to only care for toddlers and younger children.

2. Mow the lawn. Most people would rather help a child that wants to work than pay a lawn care service. Invest in a good lawnmower and get going. The business will be busy in the spring and summer months. Keeping a date planner with appointment times and dates avoids booking more work than they can handle. Lawn mowing is hard work, but rewarding work.

3. Assisting senior citizens Teenagers can help care for the needs of elderly neighbors who need assistance around the house with small jobs such as yard work. Older teenagers could also offer to drive senior citizens to the grocery store and various appointments. Parents can help their kids make handouts describing services they will offer and the price they plan to charge.

4. Caring for pets Many dog owners have busy schedules and find it difficult to spend the time necessary to train and exercise a dog, especially puppies, properly. A teenager who already has experience caring for their own pet at home could start a pet care service that is as simple as just walking dogs or they could choose to offer additional services like grooming.

5. Apply for a retail job Department stores often hire teenagers to do seasonal work, especially during the summer and winter. If teens do this, they will be able to enjoy the benefits that come along with this type of job, like discounted purchases in the store where they work.

6. Organizing the garage Getting a disastrous garage organized can be a daunting task, but it can also be a great way for a teenager to earn some money. Parents can negotiate a price based on exactly what they want their son or daughter to do before the work is done.

7. Make an online business Many kids are quite skilled at using the Internet, and especially talented kids can use an online marketplace like eBay to make money selling goods and services. Teens who like to write can put this skill to use financially by being paid for submitting articles to websites like Associated Content.

The seven ideas in this article are just a few of the many ways extra cash can be earned by teenagers. They may have their own ideas that they are interested in pursuing as well.
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