Over the past several decades, teens working during the summer has become less commonplace. In fact, in the United States, in July of 1978 a little over 70% of teens were part of the labor force during the summer. Today, only about 40% of teens have summer jobs. That’s a decline of about 30% over the past 40 years!
This is unfortunate because summer employment can teach kids so many important life skills that they cannot learn in school. Skills such as interviewing, teamwork, sales, customer service, prioritizing, money management, discipline, and responsibility.
Although educational studies should always come first for children, when children reach their teens, it is extremely important they learn how to hold jobs in addition to their studies. In many countries across the world, however, a minor must reach a certain age before he or she can obtain gainful employment. Often times this is older than 13 years old.
So, what jobs for 13 year olds are there that can get them started on the path to employment? As you will see, there are many jobs for 13 year olds that can be done at home or in their local neighborhood.
Many of these jobs will also help to build entrepreneurial skills, since in order to do the job, they will need to get customers first. This is another skill that will help them tremendously in life!
1. Dog Walking
This is an excellent job for a 13 year old who loves dogs and has a lot of energy.
2. Selling Crafts on Etsy
If your 13 year old loves to make jewelry or they have another craft they are really skilled at, then help them set up a store on etsy.com to sell their work. What a confidence booster for them to know they can get paid for something they love and are good at!
3. Weed Picking
There is a real benefit to getting weeds out of lawns and gardens when the weeds are young. If someone wants a beautiful lawn, they would be sure to pay a 13 year old for a weed picking service!
4. Lawn Mowing
Can’t leave out this classic job for a 13 year old!
5. Lawn Aerating
Lawns really only need to be aerated once a year, so maybe this can be an add on service to the weed picking or the lawn mowing.
6. Raking Leaves
What a help this can be to people during the fall when leaves are coming down in droves!
7. Car Washing
Washing cars and getting wet in the summertime can be such a fun job for a 13 year old!
Kids 11 years of age and older can become babysitter certified by the American Red Cross. They can take babysitting classes locally or online. They will receive a certificate to show that they completed the course. This can be a nice selling point for kids to sell their babysitting services.
9. Pet Sitting
This is another excellent job for 13 year olds who love pets. It would also have to be a family decision, since the pet would be staying with the entire family. Make sure to include all family members in the decision. However, make it clear that the pet is the full responsibility of the 13 year old, since the 13 year old is the one making the money from the job.
10. Gift Wrapper
There is so much activity and busyness during the holiday season that often times wrapping gifts is just one extra stressful item on the to do list. This is why offering to help neighbors and family friends wrap gifts can be an excellent job for 13 year olds during the holiday season.
11. Lemonade Stand
Of course the lemonade stand is classic, but it doesn’t have to be a lemonade stand. If your 13 year old loves to bake, then they could set up a brownie stand or a chocolate chip cookie stand. Maybe there is a place in your community where people love to run and walk. Your 13 year old could set up a Gatorade stand there. As a side note, some towns have been cracking down on kids setting up food stands so you’ll want to check your local laws first.
12. Packing Services
Helping people pack for moving can be an excellent job for 13 year olds. Moving is one of the biggest stressors in a person’s life. Having moved several times in my life, I know how much it would help to have a responsible 13 year old help me pack. It is definitely a service I would be happy to pay for and I’m sure many other people would as well.
13. Help In The Family Business
If your family has a business, what a perfect opportunity for your 13 year old to get real life business experience. Even if they just start out doing small jobs, it’s a great learning experience for them. Over time, they can work their way up to larger responsibilities. Eventually, they will be able to use the experience for future job applications and resumes.
14. Taking Out Trash Cans
On trash day, your 13 year old could be responsible for taking all your neighbors’ trash cans to and from the curb.
15. Plant Sitter
When people go on vacation, their plants often get neglected. A 13 year old could easily get a moisture meter and monitor the plants while people are on vacation.
16. Pick Up Doggie Do Do
This might be a great help for elderly neighbors who have dogs and have trouble bending down to pick up the doggie do do. It could also be a big help for very busy people or people with small children. A 13 year old could easily come by on a daily basis and pick up the nuisances in the yard.
17. Recycling For The Family
If your state offers money in exchange for recycling containers, then your 13 year old could be in charge of the recycling for the family. Allow your teen to set up a recycling collection system for the family. Then, let them be in charge of the collection and allow them to keep the money collected.
18. Making Meals
If your teen is anything like my kids who love to cook, then this would be a perfect job for them. Helping busy families prepare meals can be a lifesaver for many parents. Maybe your teen could offer this as an add on service to their babysitting service. It would even make a great stand alone service in itself as well!
19. Help with Holiday Decorations
Getting Christmas decorations up can be challenging and time consuming. Sometimes people just need an extra helping hand to get the decorations up without too much stress. What an awesome opportunity for a job for a 13 year old!
20. Mother’s Helper
Many mothers just need a helping hand. If your 13 year old is good with younger kids, then this job would be a perfect fit for them. This could be a summer job for 13 year olds who attend traditional school or a part time year round job for homeschoolers.
21. House Cleaning
This would be a great weekend job for a 13 year old. If your child decides to be a mother’s helper, this could be an add on service as well.
If your 13 year old excels in a certain subject, then he or she should consider offering tutoring services to elementary age students.
23. Start a Blog
Is there a topic your 13 year old is passionate about? Put their writing skills to work and help them get a blog up and running. They can use wordpress.org and monetize it with Google AdSense.
Of course, jobs on this list could be combined so that more value is offered to people and your teen is able to make more money. Also, this list of 23 jobs for 13 year olds doesn’t cover everything a 13 year old could possibly do. What are some ideas for jobs that your 13 year olds have come up with? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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