10 Job Ideas for Teens

February 5, 2021 | Crystal Paine

Last week, a mom asked me on Instagram if I had any ideas of something her teen could do that would be safe to do even during Covid if your teen is immunocompromised or you have an immunocompromised loved one in your home.

My followers came up with some great ideas and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you in a post!

  1. Yard Work
  2. Virtual Tutoring — So many kids are currently doing virtual learning and could use extra help with reading, math, or science.
  3. Craft Kits for Kids — One mom said, “I’m always looking for easy quiet time stuff for my preschoolers to do and having a kit would make things easier.” You could sell from your porch or just drop off on people’s porches and have them Venmo you the payment. (Or, if mailing was inexpensive, you could also sell online and ship these to people.
  4. Handmade Gifts — Is your teen crafty or artistic? Can they sew or crochet or paint? A mom messaged me and said, “My 14-year-old has a crocheting business that is booming. I set up a Facebook Page for her and many people see things that she makes and order from that.”
  5. Raising Chicks — I got this suggestion from a mom who said, “My 17-year-old is raising chicks. She’s sold out twice and is expecting her third delivery next week. She gets the chicks to where they can live without a heat lamp and then sells them. Many people don’t want to hassle with that part. She also choose birds that our local farm store doesn’t have or that are rare breeds to attract more customers.”
  6. Meal Prep Services — What about having your teen make prepared meals or meal kits for busy families? They could also specialize in baked goods or desserts. (As always, check your local food handling laws before starting this type of business.)
  7. Private Sports Coaching — A mom wrote me and said, “My daughter plays soccer year-round and is now coaching/practicing/training three kids from one family. She mainly just does structured drills that keep their skills up so they are not rusty when the season begins. She does it for an hour each week and they pay her $40/week.”
  8. Dog Poop Picker Upper — One mom said, “I know that sounds gross, but it’s a need and people love to pay something else to do it. We have three dogs and pay someone to come weekly. It’s a lifesaver. He tells us all the time that he is booked and can’t accept new clients because the need is so great.”

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