It's never too soon to start generating an income for yourself. In addition to applying for part-time jobs at retail outlets and fast food joints, there are plenty of odd jobs you can take to earn spending money or start a savings account. If you’re enterprising, you might even think about starting your own business.
Make a list of things you're good at dong. Maybe you have a green thumb and enjoy yard work or gardening and can hire yourself out as a landscaping assistant for yard chores. If you're a wiz at math, consider making your services available as a tutor. Focus on things you enjoy and have a knack for doing.
Start your own business. If you have a car, consider grocery delivery services for the elderly or for people who find it difficult to get around. Invest in ladders, brushes and cleaning supplies, and start your own house-painting business. Learn how to clean pools and test water chemicals, and start your own full-service pool maintenance business.
Ask your local parks and recreation department about part-time, summer and seasonal jobs for teens. You might be able to find work as a lifeguard, child care center assistant, summer camp counselor, or assistant sports league coach or manager.
Run errands for adults or be a mother’s helper. Set a competitive hourly rate for your services and build a clientele with whom you do repeat business.
A good work ethic and professional attitude are essential to earning money at a young age. Always wear clean and pressed dress clothes to job interviews, and once on the job, show up for work on time consistently. Never bad-mouth your employer or customers to others or on online social media forums, and always behave in a mature, responsible and respective manner while at work.
Look for money-earning opportunities that are flexible and don't interfere with your school or extracurricular activities.
Consider internship or job-shadowing opportunities. While you might not get paid to start, this type of on-the-job training can help you gain valuable experience that can lead to high-paying jobs in the future.
There might be state age requirements for different types of employment opportunities, so make sure you learn what’s required where you live before applying for or accepting a job. You’ll also be responsible for opening a checking account for cashing your paychecks and possibly filing a tax return at the end of the year. These are all good opportunities to learn how to manage your personal finances. If you start your own business, the jurisdiction where you live might require certain licenses and other regulatory hoops you must jump through.
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