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10 Fun Jobs for Teens

Teens are finding they need more and more money to purchase items they need for school and for entertainment. Teens want to go out and have fun and to be able to do this, they need money.

Families are finding themselves unable to give an allowance and teens who still receive an allowance are finding that this is not enough. Because of this, many teens find themselves on the lookout for ways to make money.

As teens are often unable to perform professional work because of their age, there are fewer jobs they can choose from. Also, teens have their own personal preferences in the type of work they may wish to do. Luckily, there are many different ways teens can make money. These are just some of the many ways that are not only fun but to receive decent pay.

Working at a summer camp is a fun and rewarding way for teens to make money.

Working at a summer camp is a fun and rewarding way for teens to make money.

Movie theater

Working in a movie theater can be a lot of fun. Jobs often include selling tickets, concession stand, and cleaning. Workers in a movie often receive free popcorn and movie posters.

Employees also get discounts on movies. This job often appeals to younger workers just starting out, so you'll likely be working with others in your age group.

Deliver Newspapers (Still a Thing?)

This may seem like a cheesy job right out of an 80's teen flick, but many newspaper companies still need people to deliver newspapers. Whether you drive a car or have a bike, this is a great job that will allow a teen to make a few hundred dollars a month while not taking up their entire social calendar.

It's easy to find a job delivering newspapers:

  • Check the classifieds of your local newspaper as they usually put their delivery job listings there.
  • Another option would be to give your local newspaper a call -- they may be able to give you information about their job listings over the phone.


This is another one of those stereotypical teen jobs, but it's a popular choice for a very good reason. If you're good with kids and you need extra cash, babysitting is a great way to help out a parent who needs someone to watch their children.

There are tons of babysitting jobs available and the best way to find a job as a babysitter is to ask around and let people know you're looking for a job taking care of children. You may also want to check the classifieds of your local paper, but make sure you have your parents check out the people you will meet, in order to ensure your safety.

Handmade Christmas Cards - Crafting/ Etsy

If you're a creative type of person who enjoys crafts, making innovative Christmas cards is a really lucrative way of making money. Unique and trendy Christmas cards are extremely popular and can bring in quite a bit of money. Other ideas include gift tags and cards for other holidays. With practice, your card making skill will get better and it may even turn into a business.

Have your parents bring some of your cards with them to work so their coworkers can see your work. Another idea would be to turn some of your handmade cards into business cards and hand them out. A great venue to sell your work through is Many people shop through Etsy to purchase unique, handmade items.


If you're looking for a way to make money that can offer quite a bit of money, gardening is one of those ways. There are two ways to go about this. One way is to do it yourself and offer your services to your neighbors and family members. Another way is to contact a landscaper and ask if they have any positions available. If you ask early in the season, chances are they'll have work available for you.

This type of work includes mowing lawns, trimming hedges, raking leaves, planting flowers, and more! This is a great way to catch the sun's rays and work in the great outdoors. Make sure this is something you're up for as this type of work can often feel like hard labor!

Writing Articles

This job is for the more studious types who enjoy writing. Teens can easily find online jobs that allow them to be paid for writing articles on a variety of topics. After a quick Google search, teens can find someone who needs their writing expertise.

Many of these types of jobs pay via PayPal which makes for a safe and flexible way for a teen to make money.

Have a Garage Sale?

By having a garage sale, you can help your parents get rid of unwanted items. You may be able to work out a deal with them that allows you to receive a commission if you set up the garage sale and manage the sales. A garage sale can quickly draw a crowd and can be a successful way to make money. To make your garage sale successful, make sure you list it in your local paper and put up signs ahead of time so that people in your town know when and where your garage sale will be.

This is also a great way to help out your friends. If they have some things that they would like to sell in your garage sale, allow them to include them in your sale. The more things you have available for sale in your garage sale, the more curb appeal it will have thus bringing more people to your sale.

Be a Golf Caddy

Working as a golf caddy is a great job for those that live near a golf course. While the pay isn't the greatest, you can rub elbows with golfers and meet interesting people. It's also a fairly relaxed job compared to babysitting or working in a fast food restaurant. Being a golf caddy is a great way to enjoy the outdoors without the hard work of landscaping.

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Summer Camp Counselor

For teenagers looking for a summer job, being a counselor at a summer camp has its rewards. Camp counselors get to work with kids, do crafts, go swimming, and enjoy a sweet paycheck when the day is done.

There are many different types of camps around the US and probably a few in or near your town. Keep in mind the types of camp you would like to work at: a day camp or a camp that has campers stay for several nights/weeks. Also, there are camps for different interests: sports, religion, etc. If you have any particular interests, be on the lookout for a camp where you can share your interests with campers.

As you can see, there are many jobs for teenagers. It may be difficult for teens in a small town to find work, but with a little creativity, teens can find fun ways to earn extra money. Whether it's an online job or a job in your town, make sure your parents are in the know about where you will be working. This is not only to ensure your safety but will allow your parents peace of mind.






Busing is a great job for just starting out in a restaurant. You can be as young as 14 and get your feet wet without a lot of pressure while still earning tips. You'll get to see the "behind-the-scenes" aspect of restaurants which can help prepare you for a different role in a restaurant. Busing is the very There a lot of room for advancement.

Icecream Shop

An ice cream shop is a great place to work in the summer. It never gets boring, you get plenty of hours, and can even earn tips. Ice cream parlors are open later in the evening. You quickly become friends with your team, so it doesn't feel like work and you have a lot of fun.

Since many employees in an icecream shop are younger, managers are willing to work around your school schedule.





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If you have family, friends, or neighbors who will be away, you may want to consider offering to housesit for them. If they know you well and find you to be trustworthy, this can be a way to earn a little bit of money.

Tasks can include getting the mail, taking in the newspaper, watering plants, and other small odds and ends while the family is out of town.

© 2011 Melanie Palen


clintonb from Adelaide, Australia on October 30, 2011:

These are the best ones..especially the writing content ones :)

interns on September 10, 2011:

Writing content! That's another good idea. Teenagers under 18 should have parents' or their older brother or sister's to sign up for Paypal and AdSense though. Great writing!

holliann from Inland Empire on August 10, 2011:

LOVE THIS! Looking for a job myself, I found this hub very helpful :)

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on July 30, 2011:

Good advice for teens. I live north of Chicago and around here where there are more teens than jobs, if you are interested in caddying or being a camp counselor it is best to apply in February or so when snow is still on the ground.

Ikeji Chinweuba from Nigeria on March 25, 2011:

interesting hub, a bit of information.

SUSIE405 from Delray Beach, Florida on March 24, 2011:

Great ideas, I will suggestthese to my teenage son.

Andrew Gubb from Barcelona, Spain on March 24, 2011:

If I'd known about hubpages as a teen, I'd have 10,000 hubs by now :D

Melanie Palen (author) from Midwest, USA on March 23, 2011:

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jaime Dawn Thompson from Oregon on March 23, 2011:

I love your Hub. I am going to have to show it to my teen daughter :)

thedutchman on March 21, 2011:

Nice advice for teenagers. Good Job.

AllSuretyBonds on March 21, 2011:

Great Hub. These are some neat ideas for jobs for teenagers.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 18, 2011:

Well advised and well written.

Lew Sauder on March 17, 2011:

Great ideas. I'm going to share them with my teenagers.

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