Picking up a summer job is a great way to gain work experience, make new friends, and earn some cash! Here are our top picks:
Do you enjoy being outdoors, working with kids, and leading others? If so, consider applying to be a summer camp counselor! Bonus: If you apply to an over-night camp, you’ll get the chance to live away from home for a while and test out your independence.
YOUTH SPORTS REFEREE
Am I qualified for that? Yes, youth sports referees require some training and certification, but the entry-level certification is only a day-long program. There are so many summer tournaments which allow teen referees to schedule multiple games in a day or weekend, resulting in a substantial paycheck!
PET SITTER OR DOG WALKER
Animal lovers: This one’s for you! Start up your own business, set your own prices, and establish your own hours. It’s a great way to earn extra cash and keep a flexible summer schedule. Try posting on local neighborhood Facebook pages to advertise your services.
Tutoring is a great side-gig if you’re academically inclined, and you’ll get to set your own prices and hours. Try asking a few teachers if they know anyone looking for a tutor, or post flyers on community boards—these can usually be found at libraries, grocery stores, and coffee shops.
Working in retail is a great way to build your people skills. Look for openings at your favorite store—they probably offer an employee discount! You might even be able to continue your retail job part-time during the school year.
GOLF COURSE CADDY
I know what you’re thinking—who wants to follow people around all day? Trust me, when they tip you 50% or more, you will! While the hourly pay may not be great, the tips make it a worthwhile way to spend your summer. To be a caddy, you will need to understand the game of golf, the course where you work, and have the ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time.
This one requires a little more preparation—lifeguard and CPR training are a must. For those who like to spend time outdoors, swim, help others, (and look cool!) it’s a great option.
GREAT JOB WEBSITES FOR TEENS:
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