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17 Summer Jobs for Teens

by Carrie Lowrance

Want to earn cash this summer?  How about a summer job? There are all kinds of opportunities for teens these days to make money, both in person and online. 

In Person Jobs

1. Babysitter

If, you love kids, this may be the perfect job for you. Sometimes babysitting is done regularly, sometimes parents only need teens for a few days a week or even just the weekends.

To get started, ask friends and family if they need someone to take care of their kids. Once you build up a client base and gets some referrals, you can always sign up on an online babysitting site like so you can easily be found by future clients.

2. Lawn Mower

If you love the sun and don’t mind hard work, mowing lawns might be a great option. To get started, you can ask friends and neighbors if they need someone to take care of their lawn. If you have elderly neighbors that live on your street, they will be especially grateful to have someone handle their yard.

3. Fast Food or Restaurant Associate

If you like to be around people, a food service job could be a great fit. You will learn how to socialize responsibly, manage your time wisely, and how to give excellent customer service.

4. Pet Sitter

Do you love animals? A pet sitting business would be an ideal summer job. This job usually requires weekends and sometimes overnight stays. You will be expected to take care of all kinds of animals and keep owners updated on how their babies are while they are away.

You can start your own pet sitting business; however, I would look into being licensed, bonded, and insured if you go this route. You never know what could happen, I know from experience.

To find out more about starting a pet sitting business, you can go to Pet Sitters International or pick up this book, Pet Sitting For Profit or  30 Days to Start and Grow Your Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business.

You can also go to work for a pet sitting service.

5. Retail Store Associate

Do you have a specific store that you love? Working there may be a first dream job because you will get to spend time around what you love, whether it’s a clothing store, beauty store, book store, or pet store.

6. Pet Resort/Doggie Daycare/Dog Bakery Associate

These are all great options for the animal lover. You will probably be required to work nights and weekends, but at least you will get to be around  furry creatures.

7. Vet Receptionist

Another idea for anyone who loves animals is to get a job as a receptionist at a veterinarian’s office. You will need to have a calm demeanor, be good under pressure, organized, detail oriented, and be able to keep a clear head. You never know what will walk through the door.

8. Tutor

If you have a passion for a particular subject and can teach it, being a tutor might be a good option.

There are lots of parents who would love someone to tutor their child in a particular subject, so their skills don’t get rusty over the summer. To get started, let friends and family know you want to tutor kids this summer.

9. Lifeguard

If you have a passion for the pool (or the beach, depending on where you live) and would like to do more than just hang out with their friends there, then being a lifeguard is a fantastic option.

A lifeguard is someone who observes other people swimming and intervenes if something tragic happens. They also make sure the rules of the pool are enforced. You will have to be certified in CPR and first aid.

10. Newspaper Delivery Driver

If you are naturally up with the sun, delivering newspapers is a great summer job. Even in the digital age, we live in, people still love getting the morning paper and reading it over coffee.

Companies usually hire walkers and delivery drivers for very early morning hours. This job will depend on the frequency of the newspaper.

Online Jobs

If you want to earn money from home and have the flexibility to work on your own schedule, then these jobs are a perfect fit. 

11. Slice the Pie

Do you love music? You can use, Slice the Pie, to rate and review new artists. Just listen to a small clip of a song, rate it on a scale of 1-10, and write a few sentences about what you liked about it. Payment varies from .7 cents to .18 cents a clip.

12. Fiverr

Fiverr is a vast freelance market place that allows you to post services for $5 and up. They allow teens to sign up and post services here. Writing, drawing, graphic design, tech, or animation services are some ideas to get started.

They pay by Paypal, and after service fees, you will make $4 out of every five dollars. So, for example, if you post a service for $10, you will make $8.

13. U-Haul

This well-known company hires teens between 16-18 years of age to be customer support agents. Base pay with bonus structure averages around $14-$15 an hour, $7.50-$8.00 an hour without bonuses.

You get bonuses when you book rentals. They also offer four weeks of paid training. As a teen you are considered an employee and may be eligible for benefits if hired for a full time or permanent position.

14. YouTube

YouTube is an option if you like to make and post videos online. You will make money from ad revenue typically, and the more videos are seen, the more you earn. For more info on this read this article How to Start a YouTube Channel For Beginners.

15. Survey Panels

If you love giving your opinion (and what teen doesn’t) survey panels are an excellent way for you to do this and get paid.

Many panels will let teens sign up if they are at least 13 years of age, but you will need your parents permission. Here are some survey sites that allow teens to sign up.

Epoll (13+)

Harris Poll (13+)

Survey Savvy (13+)

YouGov (14+)

LifePoints (16+)

Panel Station (16+)

16. Enroll

This site allows teens at least 15 years of age to sign up and tutor others online in various subjects. If you have a specialty, this may be a good idea. It is also another avenue in addition to in-person tutoring in your town.

17. DoorDash

If you are at least 18, you can deliver food for DoorDash. Pay is $10 an hour, and you must have access to an iPhone or Android. This job is also very flexible, so you can do it when you have spare time. As you can see, there are many options for teens when it comes to summer jobs, so go out there and earn some cash. 

Carrie Lowrance is a writer and author. Her work has been featured on Huffington PostThe Penny Hoarder, & Crosswalk. She is also the author of two children’s books, Don’t Eat Your Boogers and Brock’s Bad Temper. You can find out more about Carrie and her writing at

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