Finding the best jobs for teens isn’t just about pay
Waiting tables, barista, telemarketing all these jobs suck no matter how old you are.
For teens, it sometimes seems like these jobs are a rite of passage. You have to take these crap jobs when you’re younger to appreciate a great job when you find it.
It doesn’t have to be like that!
In this video, I’ll show you five jobs for teenagers that not only make money but will change the way you think about work. Not only that but I’ll reveal two things to look for in any job that will keep you from falling into the same soul-crushing trap 90% of workers fall for.
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Breaking the Myth of Bad Teen Jobs
So these videos have been really popular on the channel where we look at some of the highest paying jobs either ones without a degree or for college students. And you know by now that I don’t go in for all the lame types of jobs you see in other videos.
First of all, if you need me to tell you that
a teenager can work as a babysitter or waiting tables, you’ve got bigger
problems than making a buck. We all know these menial labor, minimum wage jobs
are out there just waiting for kids that companies can screw over for cheap
Also though, besides the fact that nobody’s
learning anything with these crap jobs, do you really want to be mowing lawns
for $5 an hour?
Instead, what we’re looking at are jobs for teenagers that you haven’t thought of, jobs where you can make more than minimum wage and that can lead to something bigger.
But it’s also much more than finding a job that makes money. What I really want you to get out of this list is there are jobs for teenagers that you’ll enjoy and can lead to a career that doesn’t feel like a rat-race!
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Secrets to Finding Good Jobs for Teens
I’m going to reveal five great jobs for teens
but first I want to highlight two things you need to look for in any job you
consider. Now I know you just want to jump right to those five jobs for ideas
but bear with me for two minutes because I guarantee these two factors WILL
change your life.
First is that you want a job that is going to
show you the power of enjoying what you do for a living. This is a lesson I
wish I had learned earlier and the job trap is something 90% of the people out
there fall into.
Most teens HATE their first jobs but that’s just how it is, you hate your job but you do it because you need money to buy fun things. This never ends for a lot of people. They grow up and they hate their job but they feel trapped because they need it to pay the bills and buy fun things like jet skis.
They never learn that there is a completely different life out there.
I fell into this. I started bussing tables when I was 14, then I started waiting tables. I worked in a coffee shop and I worked in telemarketing. I hated every one of those jobs. I was miserable and went from one job to another. When I graduated college, I got a job in corporate accounting, and again absolutely hated it my job.
The thing is, I thought that’s just how it is.
You don’t have to like you’re job, you just have to do it. I rolled my eyes
every time I heard someone say, find a job you love, because I didn’t believe
But it is out there. It is possible to make money doing something you enjoy and I can tell you, as someone that felt that soul crushing feeling of hating his job, it is an amazing feeling when you learn how to enjoy your work.
Do not get trapped into that job mentality.
Even if you don’t go for one of the five jobs for teens we’ll talk about, look
for a job doing something you enjoy from the start.
The next factor that all these jobs have and
that really sets them apart from all those dead-end teen jobs is control over
your financial future.
Another horrible thing people learn with their
first jobs is that hourly pay hopelessness. You get paid the same whether you
flip 10 burgers or 100. There’s no reason to get better at the job, no reason
to do it well or even care.
You have no control and nothing you do
Sure, if you enjoyed your job, maybe you’d
work harder to get a promotion or a raise but if you hate your job then you
just fall into that zombie-like state of indifference. And it’s this experience
that creates lazy workers that are going to be lazy and unfulfilled their
entire life. That is, until they’re 50 and get laid off because their skills
are shit and they’ve never tried to take control of their job.
A good job for teenagers or for anyone really is going to give you some control over how much you make. That might mean either some kind of a base plus commission incentive or it might mean working for yourself, creating a business or an online asset that you control.
These two perspectives on finding a job are crucial. If you ignore them, even if you’re making great money, you will never be happy. There’s no reason to be miserable for a third of your day, whether it’s in a job during your teens or later in life. Find a job you enjoy and one that gives you some control over the future!
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How to Find the Best Jobs for Teens Near You
Now we all know that you’re pretty limited to
what you can get as a teen. We looked at some great college jobs that
technically need a degree but you can talk yourself into them in another video.
With good jobs for teens, this isn’t going to happen.
So we have to make these jobs.
These jobs aren’t going to be as easy as walking into the local Starbucks and taking the Help Wanted sign out of the window. We’ll talk about how to set up and get started on each of the jobs below but it might take a little help from parents to get things going.
A lot of this is going to mean creating an online business or freelance work in something like social media jobs. I’ve hired three people to help me with social media on the blogs and I could care less if they’re 15 or 50 as long as they do good work. You can find the jobs like this but you have to put yourself in front of them.
To the parents out there, please, if you want your kids to live a happy, fulfilled lives help them out in this. Help them get a job with those two factors we talked about and it will be supremely worth it.
Selling Photography for Teens
Our first job for teens is also probably the
easiest to get started, selling photography through sites like Depositphotos
There isn’t much to this one because it’s so
simple to get started. You can create an account on dozens of photo or video
sites and upload your images. You’ll get paid from a quarter to two dollars
every time someone downloads your image.
That means you can make money on this one for
months and years even after you’ve stopped. You don’t need to be the next Ansel
Adams or Andy Warhol on this one. Just browse some of the images and stock
video on sites like Shutterstock and fotomoto. You’ll get ideas on setting up a
shot and images that people want to buy.
This one is the ultimate for flexibility and ease. Spend a few hours learning basic photography and then however many hours you want each week creating your images. Not only is this going to start making money as soon as you upload photos but it’s going to show creativity on your resume.
You get paid per image or graphic that’s downloaded on the site and sometimes it’s not much but I know teen photographers making $300 a week. It’s all about building up a library of images you’re selling on different sites.
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Social Media Jobs for Teens
Our next job idea is tailor-made for teens, a
social media assistant on Instagram, Facebook and the social platforms.
This has been a job we’ve looked at in other videos, where we’ve talked about being a social media manager for online influencers and entrepreneurs.
The social media revolution has created stars
as big as any Hollywood blockbuster. Besides these personality influencers, no
business can be successful without the obligatory social media following.
Take it from someone that operates three
Twitter accounts, two Facebook pages, plus social profiles on three other
platforms, managing all these can be a major pain. It’s 21st century
marketing and I along with tens of thousands of other businesses and
influencers want to outsource our marketing department.
Sometimes that means outsourcing it completely
to a social media manager and sometimes we just want a little help from a
social media assistant.
I can think of no one better for this job than
a teenager that has grown up in the social revolution, someone that tweets
faster than I can talk or that knows what works on Instagram.
As a social media manager, you’d work to plan a marketing strategy. You’d organize social updates for each platform and design graphics that work best on each. The work of an assistant is just taking a part of this, maybe just designing the graphics or managing the updates.
Do it right though and you can make a solid
paycheck from anywhere with an internet connection. Glassdoor reports the
average salary for a social media manager is just under $60,000 with some
making as much as $85,000 a year. Even as an assistant, you’re making $20 an
hour or more.
This is another one with huge potential to
turn it into a career. You’ll learn organization and marketing as well as other
If you’ve got a social profile, you’ve got all
you need to get started. Reach out to bloggers or other influencers and talk
about how you can help them with their social marketing. Be flexible and talk
about learning from and some project ideas to really boost their social
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Teen Jobs from Home
Another job we’ve talked about before and one
that you can do from home is to start a meal service business.
This one isn’t as complicated as it seems. The
average family spends over three thousand a year eating out and some groups
like my own Gen X spend over four grand a year.
That’s over $350 a month eating out and
doesn’t include the thousand or so a month on groceries. I actually think
people would spend more eating out if it wasn’t so damn expensive…and that’s where
you come in, offering home cooking at half the cost of a restaurant. Think
about it, the average dinner out for a family of three is over $50 and most
families are out just because they don’t want to cook.
This doesn’t have to be a big business. If you
cook just three meals a week and have on average three customer families each
meal, you’re making $200 to $300 profit each week. It costs less than $5 a
plate to cook at home and meal delivery businesses typically charge at least
$10 to $15 per serving with delivery. That’s a 200% profit on your costs and
there are a few things you can do to make this an even bigger money-maker.
First, you want to plan a menu for each week.
This means you’re not making dinners to order, people aren’t calling up like
it’s a restaurant. You plan on making a specific mean each night. You take
pre-orders from a website or social media a night or two in advance so you have
an idea of how much to make. This really cuts down on costs because you’re
making one meal in bulk to feed your own family and all your customers.
Also, while you’re preparing your meal plan,
look for the meals you can make with the biggest profit. A study by Wellio
found the difference between restaurant prices and home cooking as high as $32
per serving for some dinners. Some dinners like Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli
Alfredo Pasta even cost less than two dollars a serving to make.
Of course, the most obvious challenge here is
that you need to learn how to cook but that’s something you’re going to use your
entire life. Spend a month learning how to cook a few dinners and you’re all
Selling Crafts on Etsy
Another job for teens that involves some creativity is selling handmade crafts on sites like Etsy and Artfire.
This is a great one for the creatively-minded
because it’s going to involve ideas like production, marketing and business
organization. More than 33 million people visit Etsy every month so it’s a
built-in market for your crafts. The site really makes it easy to set up your
listing and sell.
It costs just $0.20 to list something on the
site and Etsy takes 5% of any sales. You get paid right into your PayPal
account and can list as many items as you like.
With this one, it helps to have another source
for marketing your crafts, something like a blog or social media profiles. Like
some of these job ideas, this is something that’s going to take a week or two
to set up but tools on Etsy make it very easy and you’ll learn how to market
your products fast.
Teen Jobs Online
Our fifth great job for teens is blogging or
as a blogger assistant.
There’s nothing stopping you from starting your own blog but as a teenager, maybe you want to start off as a blog manager or helping an established blogger run their site. This means you only have to focus on one task like content writing or graphics or scheduling instead of everything that goes into the business of blogging.
Bloggers can make tens of thousands a month
through affiliate marketing, ads, digital downloads and their own products but
it’s a full-time job with a million moving parts. Believe me, if you can take a
part of the workload and do it well, that’s easily worth twenty or thirty bucks
an hour to the blogger.
Just like with that social media assistant
job, you’ll look to bloggers or online influencers to get hired. The best way
to do this is to go to a blogging or social media conference and just start
talking to people.
With any of these jobs, there’s the possibility that you won’t make a lot of money but what did you really miss compared to the lame, typical teenager job? The take-home pay on minimum wage is about $6 an hour which means about $350 a month on a part-time schedule. You can easily do that in any of these jobs and even more, it’s all up to you because you control how much you make.
You’ll notice common themes in many of these jobs. Whatever teen job you choose, make sure it’s one where you’re learning and can apply that knowledge to do more. You also want a job that gives you control, which means you’re going to need to take the initiative over starting the job and doing more than the bare minimum.
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With many of these jobs, not only are you going to be getting paid but you’ll also be creating an asset that could keep making money. You’ll be learning something other than how to bus tables and will have a great story that will get the attention of any college recruiter.