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The Best Teen Summer Jobs

My tenth grade daughter’s last day of finals took place at the end of last week, so you know what that means! Time to get to work!

The fact she only had one weekday to sleep late before sinking into a stretch of nine-hour work days may seem brutal, but believe me — it is!

She works hard and deserves a rest, but she also needs to pad her bank account so she can deserve other things, too. Things that require you buy them.

She considered many possibilities when thinking of what summer job to chase. Her biggest concern was what sort of job affords her the chance to bugger off for a slice of summer when she attends theater camp. She settled on the idea of babysitting because she enjoys babies, and enjoys sitting even more. And because she could be in charge of her own schedule, working only those weeks when she’s available.

But many other ideas were tossed about — and the following represents a list of the best teen summer jobs that offer a bit more schedule flexibility. Shall we?


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  • landscaping 2 of 9
    landscaping
    Summer means increased yard work. Overhead is low, just a lawn mower and some gas, and headphones to listen to your favorite tunes. Better yet, several teens can form a neighborhood cooperative and share jobs and easily find substitutes when not available.
  • camp counselor 3 of 9
    camp counselor
    Most neighborhoods have day camps that foster the advancement of kids from attendees to counselors. Some begin as internships and then pay after the teen accrues a year's worth of experience. These camps are often limited to just one month and afford time for other things in the latter part of the summer.
  • restaurant work 4 of 9
    restaurant work
    Many local places are looking for entry level busboys and dishwashers and even hostesses -- and restaurants are accustomed to divvying up the schedule between many people. In fact, this is the best time to get restaurant experience, because if you wait until college, you may not stack up against other more experienced applicants.
  • pet sitting 5 of 9
    pet sitting
    Dog walking and feeding and pet sitting are all great ways to earn extra money, while being in charge of your own schedule.
  • lifeguard 6 of 9
    lifeguard
    Community pools often look to teenagers when it comes to staffing, which also can include those administrators who work in the pool office. Managers often hire more employees than necessary in order to swing teens into various roles as needed when others are unavailable. This is also a great way to meet neighborhood kids who need babysitting throughout the year
  • tutor 7 of 9
    tutor
    Summer is the perfect time to appeal to kids younger than you who need a subject boost before entering the next grade level. Placing signs in the local businesses and ads in area newspapers will help connect you with tutoring needs.
  • babysitting 8 of 9
    babysitting
    Work for one family filling their particular full time need, or multiple families on an as-needed basis -- this is the ideal way to earn lots of money while keeping some free time dear.
  • house helper 9 of 9
    house helper
    Consider hiring yourself out for whatever needs doing -- from party preparation to grocery shopping to light housework and childcare. Leave flyers with neighbors and your parents friends and friends of their friends and neighbors of those friends and neighbors.

Best of luck, to teens everywhere! Happy summer.

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