As a 15-year-old teen, you have more chances to get a higher-paying and satisfying job than when you were younger. Employees consider you more responsible. You have fewer restrictions, from the legal point of view.
And still, the list of jobs you’re allowed to have is limited as your working hours and schedule are. You need to refer to the child labor laws of your state for details, but typically the rules are as follows:
- you may work three hours a day (if it’s a school day) or eight hours a day (if it’s a non-school day)
- you’re allowed to work not more than 40 hours a week during the summer or school holidays and not more than 18 hours a week during a school week
- you have to comply with a particular schedule, which forbids working before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
If you find it difficult to motivate yourself for working, you may start your search from the jobs that pay well. Here are several ideas that pay over $10 an hour, and with the potential to get $40 or more.
If you are the type of person who enjoys teaching and helping others, the option of working from home as a tutor can be among perfect home-based jobs for you. You have to be strong in the given subject to be able to help others. Watch out for scams and take into consideration that most respectable platforms don’t have any upfront costs.
If you prefer to have a safe start, you may try people you know first. Also, ask your teachers whether they can offer connections to kids in need.
Construction cleanup job
Look for any construction going on a retail outlet or other commercial properties or private homes. You may do this while on the road (for instance, when your parents are driving you to school). Now, stop in and try to find the site manager. Just say hi and introduce yourself briefly as the person will probably be very busy. You may give him your flyer or card and say you’d like a cleanup job there.
Starting from 15 years old, you may get a lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross. The class typically lasts from two to five days and costs from $200 to $400. This is a seemingly effortless and fun gig, but there’s also great responsibility involved. While most of the time, you’ll be just hanging out by the pool or beach, you’ll also need to act fast and wise in case of an emergency.
Working at a standard swimming pool you get around $10 per hour. The pay may reach twice as much if you’re lifeguarding at lakes, beaches or water parks.
If you are interested in higher-paying jobs and creating a strong personal network, then this can be the job for you. While a teenage golf caddy carrying two bags typically earns from $100 to $120 per around four hours, the real money is in the tips.
Social media specialist
The owners of small local businesses rarely have enough time to post to social media. You probably have enough knowledge of how the most popular networks work. You may write or talk to local business owners and offer them help with getting social media accounts and managing them: writing posts, doing videos, uploading product photos.
Working in the library
Some of the roles where teens are welcome are library technician or assistant and a library page. As working as an assistant for a large library will require a high-school diploma, you may try smaller libraries that may be more lenient about their needs.
If you possess strong writing skills, this can be your job of choice. You should be patient enough and fact-oriented as most projects require some internet research. While not all platforms accept teenagers, there are still quite a few of them that welcome teens and preteens, including, for instance, Helium and Hubpages. You may also try good old Upwork, which gives you the access not only to writing jobs but to a variety of tasks, from web and graphic design to coding.
While you may start doing photography at the age of five or even younger, you’ll have to be several years older to be treated seriously and get orders like portraits or at weddings. The good news is that when you sell your photos as prints or various forms of merchandise, people judge your work, not your age.
Your financial results don’t depend merely on the hours you work – that’s a combination of your talent and training, the camera, hard work, and inspiration. You can be much younger than 15 to get awards for photos or have your works featured in National publications or popular magazines – the quality of the photos and your links to the magazines is what matters.
Selling handmade items
The job to be considered if and only if you’re really into the handmade craft and this type of activity is rewarding in itself for you. Setting up and promoting an online store on Etsy, as well as filling it with items can take much time. And yet, if you know you have the talent and desire to make handmade items, this can become an awesome job.
Do you have younger siblings? If you do, you probably already have some “training” in this type of job. If you find such work is right for you, why do it – this time, for money?
Like in case of many jobs in private homes, there’s a safety concern. If possible, ask your parents to meet the families you’re going to work for and get a sense for the environment in their home.
Typically, you can’t charge much for employment like this. If you’re 15 years old and that’s the first time you’ve tried this role, expect about $8 per hour. As you gain more experience, demand as much as $15 and more per hour. If you plan to work as a babysitter often, Red Cross babysitting courses or similar classes available in your area or online may be an excellent option for you. Also, these courses can have some relevance if you’re going to work in healthcare later.
Babysitting jobs can be found on websites like Care.com. You need to keep in mind, though, that before you reach 17, you need to ask your parents to approve your account. They will be notified about any activity on the website.
While for preteens this is typically just a gig, at 15 you may even turn it into a business. For this, you will need to borrow or purchase lawn equipment and other things essential for performing the task (including a lawn mower, string trimmer or lawn edger, gardening supplies, and gas, as well as a vehicle to transport the equipment).
Also, you’ll have to put some effort into advertising – hang flyers around your neighborhood or other parts of the town you’re interested in. Other options include stapling the flyers to telephone poles, putting them in mailboxes, or placing an ad in a local newspaper.
Here’re various jobs that don’t require formal qualifications – just enthusiasm and willingness to get new skills
- car washing — you will need to be thorough and responsible so as not to scratch or dent your customer’s car. Other than this, there’s hardly anything that could be difficult for a 15-year-old
- Internet researcher (the type of job that can be found with the help of Upwork or Indeed.com, which are some of the most helpful resources when it comes to searching for teen jobs
- blogging (for those who enjoy writing about their hobby or making photos)
- video game tester
- working as a junior camp counselor. Most camps require their employees to be at least 16 or even 18 years old, yet some of them accept 15-year-old teens. You need to be ready for a long stay away from home.
- farm hand (you will probably get some informal training)
- cleaning houses – while you may start in your neighborhood to get references, looking for clients online can be a good option if you want to get more orders. Think such websites as Housekeeper.com
- paper route can be a decent choice for early risers, although the number of jobs is going down
- music teacher (provided you’re good at music).
- cleaning and maintaining swimming pools – the easier (and lower-paid) part includes just cleaning the pool. Later, you may learn to maintain the balance of chemicals in the water and earn more cash.