Jobs For 13 Year Olds

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While younger teens might not be able to legally take on part-time work in larger establishments, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more than enough jobs for 13 year olds out there for those that go beyond babysitting. After all, a little bit of creativity can pay off big when it comes to your bank account! And there’s never been a better time to start brainstorming about what sort of part-time work you can manage, what companies you can work for, and how you will land that job.

As a 13 year old you are allowed to work. However, there are some restrictions in the hours and types of work that you can take. In general, businesses will not hire you yet and that means your best options for searching for work are jobs that you create yourself. Don’t worry, this is really, really easy, you just have to apply yourself. Think about the other young men and women you know that mow lawns or babysit or tutor or take care of pets. If they can do it, you can do it to.

Here are a bunch of options for you as you start your job search for 13 jobs. If you know you want to take on Nanny Jobs head straight for babysitting, otherwise, take your time to go through each one and decide which might work for you

Babysitting jobs for 13 year olds

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Many parents could use a break from the kids to go to work, get chores done, cook, run errands, and have some adult time. This creates an opportunity for you. In particular, if you are trustworthy and dependable then you can the option to be a peer tutor is always there, too. Generally parents want to know that you have completed a class that familiarizes you with young children, first aid, CPR, and when to get help. The great thing about babysitting is that you can start today if you already know some of these things and you are available.

Here are the steps to become a babysitter or nanny.

  1. Find out if there is a Babysitting class you can take in your town (13 is the generally the minimum age). Look at community centers and the local hospital.
  2. If that class doesn’t include CPR training, find and take CPR training. Parents want to know you have practiced CPR before, just in case. You can find classes through the Red Cross and American Heart Association
  3. Check your schedule with your parents to figure out when you are available to babysit each week
  4. Determine the rate you will charge as a babysitter or nanny

Now that you are ready to get started, it is time to spread the word that you want to become a babysitter. Here are some steps you can take to let parents know that you are available to help them.

  1. Create small flyers to advertise your Babysitting services that includes your name and phone number
  2. Hand out your flyers to the parents that are friends of the family
  3. Ask your parents to send out an email to let their parent friends know you are available

That’s it, this is easy. Just start going through the list and you’ll have a job in no time.

Online jobs for 13 year olds

You can get started working online and in your spare time today. All you need for these options is an internet connection and a phone or computer. The amazing part about working online is that there are a lot of ways to work in your spare time and start making money right away. Now that you are 13 you can have your own accounts on websites, and that is exactly what you need to get going. The best option we have found is a company called CashCrate. They specialize in surveys and tasks that you complete online. For each you complete there is a reward that gets applied to your account.

You may also be able to become a freelancer by signing up on websites like,, and to offer services based on the skills you have. Note that in the USA you must be old enough to sign a contract for yourself to become a freelancer. Talk with your parents about creating an account for you.

Technology jobs for teens

When it comes to today’s technology, jobs for 13 year olds means something a lot different than it did even just 20 years ago. Most teens know more about computers than their parents, and it is even possible that simple web design, computer repair, or blogging is a better choice than taking on a paper route. For teens who know a little bit about building websites or helping older people get their computers hooked up to printers, offer simple computer services at an hourly rate. Starting out with computers is also a great idea, because it will lead to a lot of work down the line.

Pets and Pet Sitting 13 year old jobs

But if you are looking for jobs for 13 year olds that don’t involve technology, there are still a bunch of choices out there. Most 13 year-olds know that baby-sitting is an okay job to have, often quite profitable, but what about pet-sitting or dog walking? Whether it is taking care of a dog or group of dogs for the afternoon or simply offering to do dog-walking on weekends, you can come up with a number of great ways to make money involving the care of animals. Just be sure to check with your parents before you decide to open a dogie daycare center at your house, of course. Mom and dad might prefer that you keep your work to taking care of animals in other people’s homes, and that’s just fine.

Here are the steps to becoming a Pet-sitter:

  1. Learn about the animals most people keep as pets (Dogs, Cats, Birds) and how to care for them. Use google.
  2. Decide on your rate per day or per hour
  3. Look at your schedule and determine when you can be available
  4. Create a flyer that you can pass out to local adults and give them to the friends of the family
  5. Ask your parents to send out an email to let their friends know you are available as a pet sitter

Start working down each item in the list and you will have a pet sitting job soon.


Tutoring for teenagers

For particularly studious 13 year olds, the option to be a peer tutor is always there, too. Many parents would happily pay for their child to receive some extra help with classes, so if you are a straight-A student looking for a way to make some extra dough, consider going into the tutoring business. Best yet, you can offer to assist younger children with their courses, which is sometimes easier than giving tutoring to your friends or people your age.

Here is how you can get started as a tutor while you are 13:

  1. Figure out which topics you can be a tutor for. Maybe you are good at English or Math or something else
  2. Look at your schedule to figure out when and where you can be available
  3. Decide on how much you will charge per hour for being a teenage tutor
  4. Create a flyer that you can pass out to local adults and give them to parents you know
  5. Ask your parents to send out an email to let their friends know you are available as a pet sitter

Once you have tutored a couple kids you might find you want to adjust your schedule or your rate. Just go for it.

Be Yourself

YouTube presents a completely new option for teens that have an idea about connecting with people or sharing their talents. Consider Lindsey Stirling, Jasmine Thompson, Nicole Cross, Devin Graham (devinsupertramp), and Eric Thomas. These people are sharing their skills and talents with the world and in doing so, in impacting other people’s lives, they are being rewarded by their fans. No matter what age, you have the ability to get yourself in front of the world to be recognized

Starting Something

When it comes to jobs for 13 year olds, being an entrepreneur is also a huge part of the game today. After all, there’s no age limit on having a good idea, and younger and younger children are coming up with great concepts. Whether it is designing a blog that is hugely popular or making cool t-shirts and selling them online via a site like Etsy, there is always something that teens can do. And with some of the best fashion bloggers in the world getting flown to Paris three years before they can even legally drive, it’s never been a better time to get creative like that!

Here is a list of ideas you can use to turn in to something that builds experience and fattens your wallet:

  • Become a model
  • Social Media Manager
  • Computer repair
  • Website design
  • Errand boy/girl
  • Window washing
  • Nanny, babysitter, pet-sitter
  • Freelance writing
  • Lawn and garden care
  • T-Shirt design and printing
  • Reselling just about anything
  • Professional blogging
  • Tutoring
  • Flip websites
  • Flip Facebook pages
  • Install stereos, TVs, etc
  • Start small and become a YouTube star

Complete Tasks And Surveys

You can start earning money right now by completing online surveys. Some surveys also offer sweet prize opportunities. You can start at the age of 13. This is not the most predictable or traditional way to start earning money but if you want to start today, this is an option.

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Other Resources

So if you don’t feel like going the paper route or baby-sitting route but are eager to make some extra money now, consider all of the ways that being a bit tech-savvy can help you out, and remember that a little bit of creativity is always the key to finding a way to make money that is both fun and rewarding!

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Clarke Wilson

May 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

i’m available for weekend jobs in the melksham area

Rylandis Littlejohn

August 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Hey I am open for any job in the Milwaukee area must have a nice pay