Motherhood is in a state of evolution as the children grow and develop different needs. One of the most sensitive times for teenagers is when they have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives by working, which can help them develop important life skills. Here’s a list of five job ideas your teenager can do this summer to help them grow and learn while they enjoy the long break.
1. Selling Handmade Items Online
If your teen is naturally creative and has a set of crafting tools by their side at all times, they can turn this hobby into a lucrative venture. Sites like Etsy and Ebay, among others, are great platforms on which they can sell anything they’ve made, from jewelry to items of clothing. You can guide them on how to set up a shop and help them come up with good packaging to start them off. Soon enough, this may evolve into a lucrative job for them that will be fun and pay off in more ways than one.
2. Working a Retail Job
There’s a lot of need for help in retail, so it should be easy enough for your teenager to get a job in this industry. As long as they’re willing to put in some hard work and stay disciplined, they can learn some important life skills while making some spare pocket money. The 40-hour workweek, which was established by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, still guides most employers in retail. Your teenager will learn facts such as these and they could also get some amazing perks such as discounts when shopping for things they need at the store they work for in summer.
If your teenager is caring and gentle with children, another possible summer job they can take on is babysitting. They will be helping a family that needs some time to deal with other issues and, in this way, they can make a positive impact on the community. Help them go through adverts for babysitters in the locals and vet them together so you can be sure of their safety. Set the hours within which they should work and they may just find a young new friend who they will help to bring up.
4. Being a Lifeguard
For teenagers who love nothing more than the outdoors and can swim well, being a lifeguard is an amazing summer job to think about. If you live close to a beach or local pool, find out if they need the services of a lifeguard in summer, which is going to be a busy period for them. Given the fact that 58 million people visit a health club or gym each year, there’s bound to be an influx of people in gyms that have a pool. Your teenager may enjoy this summer gig as it lets them spend time doing something they already love to do and getting paid for it.
5. Offering Housecleaning Services
The fifth potential summer job that your teenager could get is one that may appeal to a few teenagers but has a great payoff. This is offering cleaning services to local houses and small businesses. Almost 10% of all the households in America paid a professional service to clean up their homes last year. The US Department of Commerce forecasts that within the next few years, 80% of households with two incomes will use an outside cleaning service. This shows that there’s a potential gap in the market that can be filled by someone who is motivated to do it.
These summer job ideas can help your teenager spend the summer break constructively and enable them to make some money doing something they love. Share them with your teens to see which one appeals to them the most and guide them on getting started.