Teens Can’t Find a Summer Job? Ways to Earn Money

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No summer jobs for teens this year? Here are a few ways to earn some extra money. Make a flyer for your services and pass it out in your neighborhood.

Sign up for free on Care.com. You can find work as a babysitter, petsitter, senior care helper, tutor and more. I wrote more about the tips and inside scoop, you can read my article HERE.  Most kids are home for the summer but many parents are working and need help.

Do you know how to sell items on eBay and Craig’s list? Offer your services to sell un-needed items for your neighbors and charge a percentage of the sale.

You can sell used textbooks HERE. This site shows you who pays the highest price. It’s so easy, just print out a shipping label (included) and mail the books. My daughter’s friend Meghan just made $87.00.

Do you sew? Offer to do alterations for your neighbors. Are you a fashionista? Offer your services as a wardrobe consultant to a busy mom. Spend time culling through her wardrobe and suggest inexpensive ways to update and freshen her look. Then offer to do the discount shopping for her. You can also take her unneeded items to a local charity or consignment store.

Are you organized? Offer to clip coupons for your family, do the meal planning and grocery shopping, and ask if you can split the savings. Once you become proficient, offer your services to a busy neighbor. I have articles on my website to help you get started with beginning and advanced coupon shopping strategies.

Have friends looking for money too? Host a group garage sale. Post the event on your Facebook page and invite all your friends to spread the word.

Save money on tuition by taking a class at your local community college while you are still in high school. You can get a jump on your general education requirements and explore a subject to clarify your future major. You can also take a Physical Education class, or learn a new sport. You will get one to three units of transferrable college credit.  At my daughter’s college, each unit costs about $1,000, so a 3 unit summer class at the community college is a real money saver. If you can’t find a job, take two classes!

Volunteer in your community. You will learn valuable skills, network, accumulate volunteer hours and gain insight for your college application essays.

A note to parents- having teens searching on the Internet and knocking on stranger’s doors can be a dangerous undertaking.  Please monitor all activities and exercise caution and common sense at all times.


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