Jobs for teens
My 13 year old son spent a day with my Dad last week. My Dad loves cars and my son has become more and more interested in them as he’s gotten closer to driving age. The type of car he wants t has changed overtime, but his latest “obsession” is with Jeeps. He wants one of the new Wrangler Unlimited models (the 4-door Jeep). Since going to he Jeep dealership with my Dad, all I’ve heard is “I so want a Jeep”.
While driving to the mountains this past weekend, we talked some about how he was going to get one of these $21,000+ Jeeps. He of course thinks I should just buy it for him…wrong! We then started a discussion about how he could begin earning some money. Here are some of the jobs for teens that I came up with (remember, he’s not old enough to get a job yet):
I suggested he should get a wagon or wheel barrow, fill it with car washing supplies and go door to door charging $10.00 to wash our neighbors cars. With a neighborhood our size, he could make a killing. I wrote an article sometime back on the proper way to wash a car.
Many people are still heading out on vacation and need someone to take care of their pets. Pet sitting would be a great job for a responsible young teen. They could walk the dogs and feed and water everyone’s critters. My son even has some experience with aquariums and could tend to them as well. I have no idea how much to charge, but $5.00 – $10.00 a day sounds fairly reasonable depending on what needs to be done.
Teens less than 14 can deliver papers and honestly make a fairly good income. The only problem is the hours, as most papers need to be delivered before 5:00am. I’m don’t think I would be comfortable with my son delivering papers before 5:00am on his bike. To be honest, I doubt seriously he would ever even consider getting up that early anyway. But if you have an early rising teen, this might be a great option.
This market is pretty saturated in our neighborhood, but home owners are always on the look-out for responsible teens that can do a good job mowing and tending to their yards. This can include trimming, seeding, aerating, leaf racking, weeding, etc. There are lots of opportunities here. Most likely, parents will have the tools to do all of this and will be willing to let their teen use them. While it is a great deal of hard work, if your teen does a great job there is lots of opportunity.
Start an online business
Starting an online store is pretty easy these days and most likely your teen may have some great ideas for popular products to sell. They also have a great marketing channel as well, school. If they pick the right product, and work with a good affiliate they can literally get rich. The great thing about this job is that it’s a skill they carry forward and maybe even pursue as a full-time job once they graduate.
None of these seem to interest your teen? Sit down with them and begin making a list of potential opportunities. Try to focus on things you do around the house or that you see your neighbors doing and ask the question “Would they pay someone to do that?” Most likely the answer is yes, if the the price was right and the work quality was good. Write down anything you can come up with. Once you have the initial list, begin trimming it down based on your teens interest and the potential market for the work. You want to pick something that has a good market, otherwise you profits will be low.
Once you’ve come up with an idea you’ll need to consider the following:
Marketing – How will you make people aware of your services? A good book on the subject is Guerrilla Marketing.
Pricing - How much will you charge? I would recommend having individual prices for each of the services and then packages of these at a reduced cost. For example: $10.00 to wash a car, $5.00 to vacuum, $10.00 to wax. Premium Car Wash includes all 3 for $20.00. When choosing price, it’s better to start low until you’ve established a customer base, then you can slowly raise the price.
Consider Costs – Car washing has some costs, equipment, soap, towels, etc. Make sure you factor these into the price you charge so you make a decent profit. If you decide on a car washing business, consider making your own car cleaning products to reduce your overall costs.
These of course are just a few of the many jobs for teens. What ideas do you have? Have a great story to tell about your teen or a teen you know? Please share. Add a comment!
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