If you are 16 years old, you probably need some extra spending money to buy iPods, music, clothes, food, and fun times with friends. But who is trying to hire a “kid” these days? Sometimes it can be hard to get a job, especially when you are competing with adults for the same work. So what do you do if you say to yourself, “I’m 16 and I need a job?” Luckily, if you use your creativity and ingenuity, you’ll be able to find plenty of work that will make you cash – even if it’s not the traditional retail/fast food route. Here are fourteen ways to make money as a 16 year old:
- Try the traditional jobs. Two to focus on are fast food and retail. Many of these companies will always be hiring new people due to the constant turnover. If you want to make money, you can’t afford to be picky, so keep your mind open.
- Walk through your city or town and look for “Now Hiring” signs. You should see plenty at food stores, shops, and retail establishments. Make sure to dress to impress – no jeans and a T-shirt. Go in and ask to speak to the manager. Be confident and ask for work. If you give off a good impression, your future employer will believe you to be ambitious and hard working. Impression is everything when it comes to making money at work! Apply anywhere and everywhere.
- Check online job postings and job boards not only for companies hiring but also for people hiring for freelance or odd jobs. This is a good way to earn some extra money without having to apply for jobs and go through that whole process.
- Do odd jobs around your neighborhood. If it’s the winter, shovel snow from driveways and walkways. If it’s spring and summer, mow grass and do landscaping. If it’s fall, rake leaves. Think of the tools you have and the things you can do for others to make money. Babysitting is also a great way to earn some extra pocket money. Even if it’s manual labor, it’s something.
- How about starting your own business? If you have a skill, try to market it. Can you build websites? Then you’ll have plenty of ways to make money online? Can you write? How about tutor? Are you good with computers? Write down your skills and see how you can translate those skills into cash money.
- If you are looking for a seasonal job, such as during the summer, line up your job a couple months before the start time. This is when other people look, so you’ll want to beat the crowd to ensure yourself the best selection of work opportunities.
- Sell your stuff. You can do this at yard sales, or you can sell it to friends. Another great route is to go online and sell your books, DVDs, video games, and such on sites like Amazon, Ebay, and Craigslist. You can even buy old stuff from garage sales and other sources and then resell it on these sites to make a tidy profit.
- There are also plenty of ways to make money online. Try making your own websites and putting up advertising, such as through Google’s Adsense. Try online writing or web design. Fill out surveys and complete offers for cash. There are plenty of ways to make money online, even if you’re a teen – and you have the advantage of being computer and Internet literate. Leverage that knowledge and abilities into cold hard cash!
- Start a blog and write reviews for products. Become an affiliate and earn commissions by advertising other people’s goods and services.
- Use sites like Craiglist to find odd jobs. Be careful about scams, though! Never go anywhere without parental consent and supervision.
- Don’t give up! Sure, the economy can be rough sometimes, but you need to set yourself above your competitors through your dogged determination. When everyone else gives up, you’ll be there to pick up the victory!
- Don’t let working and making money have negative effects on your schooling.
- Try to make cash whenever possible – getting taxes and the like taken out of your check can be a pain!
- Have fun! While it’s good to have money when you’re young, don’t let it dominate your life. You’ll have plenty of time to do that when you’re older.
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