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10 Best Side Gigs For Your Teenager

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It used to be almost mandatory for teens to get a part-time job while they were in high school or college, but today, thanks in large part to the rise of internships and parenthood in helicopter, it’s more optional. But that doesn’t make it any less important. A bona fide side hustle can not only earn teens that badly needed pocket money, but also allow them to save for crucial needs like college tuition and build skills and relationships they can use to flesh out their CV.

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Plus, doing a part-time gig is educational. Kids can get first-hand insight into how taxes work and what managing personal finances means on a daily basis. Money also helps – buying clothes, games, Starbucks and more is a great way to educate teens on the true cost of living they love.

So here’s a rundown of 10 perfect side activities for teens that they can keep going through school, or even better, during summer vacation, which for most is only a few months away.

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barista

“This is a great job because it usually involves fixed hours and therefore a stable hourly wage,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster. “You can develop skills, relationship skills [and] the attention to detail as well as how to make drinks that can lay the groundwork for returning to that gig later, like in college and beyond.”

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camp counselor

“This side gig can be especially fun if you’ve been a camper before and now you get paid to have fun at camp and lead activities,” Salemi said. “It’s a great side hustle for teens who want to work with groups of kids and have a passion for all the activities you do. Plus, there are a variety of camps like sports camps, academic camps , wilderness camps and more.”

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The cashier

“As it’s not industry specific, there are usually a variety of cashier roles available after school and on weekends for teens, from grocery stores to hardware stores to retail,” said Salemi. “It’s a great side hustle as the hours and pay are usually consistent. You’ll need the stamina to work standing up while developing strong people skills and knowledge about the store you’re working in and its services/products .”

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Referee/Junior Referee

“It could be a great scramble for someone who loves the sport and knows the rules,” Salemi said. “Becoming a junior umpire in a recreational or municipal league can also be another way to exercise, as you usually need to be in good physical shape to keep up with players on the field or in the field. also a stepping stone to a career path as a referee or professional referee, so working in this capacity can help develop valuable long-term skills.”

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Teaching seniors about technology

“Teenagers grew up with technology, so they know it much better than older generations,” said Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst at DealNews.com. “If they have a lot of patience, they can take it upon themselves to teach older people how to use different technologies. It can be as simple as knowing how to face someone or how to deal with emails, but it can also extend to more complicated topics, such as PC gaming.”

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fast food employee

“Take guest orders, answer menu questions, prepare food, stock and store groceries, clean up and more,” Salemi said. “This could be a great stepping stone into the food industry as well as developing customer service skills and soft skills such as developing a strong work ethic, showing up to work on time and a positive outlook.”

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Restoration

“Part-time roles in a food hall can be especially fun with a variety of responsibilities from food preparation to delivery to serving,” Salemi said. “Requirements are a passion for food as well as organization and attention to detail. Once you connect with a local catering venue for a banquet role, your weekends (and some evenings) can be booked with consistent work.”

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outdoor work

“Whether it’s mowing the grass, washing cars, raking leaves, shoveling snow, or even helping out with the garden, these are all great options for teens because they can usually be done in their spare time,” Ramhold said. “With the exception of snow removal, most of these tasks can wait until a weekend, for example. And even snow removal can wait, or they can do it early in the morning before school if they can. . .”

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Get Crafty – Maybe in the Kitchen

“If there’s a hobby they love, whether it’s art, crafts or even cooking, chances are they can make it a side gig,” Ramhold said. . “It’s important to note that if it’s producing food, you’ll need to research the proper licenses, so be prepared to look into the cottage food laws in your state. These are generally good for teenagers because they can go at their own pace for example they can make art or make something and then put it online to sell it If they cook something they can take pre-orders for a certain duration or quantity of product in order to manage only what they can and not overwork themselves.”

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On-demand delivery driver

“Yes, there’s an app for that and whether you’re delivering coffee or pizza or anything in between, delivery drivers are absolutely necessary,” Salemi said. “You’ll just need a driver’s license and a good driving record, but the main reason this is a great gig for teens is that it’s flexible. If you’re studying for the SATs, you You might not have as much time to work and that’s okay; it’s flexible so you can increase your hours when you have more time to work.”

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