Jobs For 14 Year Olds
When you’re looking for a job as a teenager, options can be a little bit limited until you are 16 when you can work full time. However, there are a lot more jobs for 14-year-olds than there are for 13-year-olds, and aside from the usual like having a paper route, babysitting, or doing odd jobs for extra cash, a number of different businesses can actually hire to you work, too.
Finding A Job for a 14 Year Old
At 14 years old it is hard to get a job that is typical later in life and so your best bet is to be creative, use your skills, and use your community, such as your parent’s friends, sports coaches, teachers, or other friends of the family to find a job. Here are some great ideas to start with. At 14 the most important thing to know is that your hours and types of work are restricted and that most established businesses will not hire you yet. That means you have to be a little more creative to get a job, but don’t worry, it’s really easy to start earning some cash.
Babysitting for 14 Year Olds
While babysitting is fun remember that you are there to provide a safe place for the children you are watching. In return, you can make great money. Generally, parents look for sitters that have completed a training course that includes child First Aid and CPR. If you are interested in being a babysitter, nanny, or caregiver, read our guide to becoming a babysitter or nanny.
Internet Jobs Near Me
There are many ways you can earn money online or in your free time. These days all you need is an internet connection and a phone or laptop. There are a few different ways you can make money on the internet. An easy one is to complete surveys and tasks online. You generally need to be 13 or older to create an account on a website so as a 14-year-old you are ready to go. We recommend CashCrate but there are other options as well.
- CashCrate: Complete free surveys in your spare time
- Write music reviews to earn money
- Create web sites that make money, like me
The power of the internet is its ability to connect people, and that includes people who need work done. You can start making money online today by going with any of these options.
How to Become a Teen Model
You can make money as a model at any age, though it takes some training and a look that a marketing agency is searching for. The best way to find a modeling job is to:
- Get some basic training
- Sign up with a local search agency
- Watch for casting calls in your area
- Find local photographers that need teen models
Your parents will be a really important part of your career in modeling as a 14-year-old since you need to get to casting calls, photo shoots, and movie sets. Talk with them about your interest and make a plan to get some experience. As a model, you will need to deal with a lot of rejection. Don’t let it get you down. If a photographer or casting agent doesn’t want to work with you it isn’t personal, they are trying to find a very specific look and you just weren’t right for that job. Go out there and get started!
Lawn Care, Mowing, and Gardening
This is a job that you can get going yourself. If you have a mower, gloves, and a wheelbarrow available then you can help your neighbors. Later, when you have a truck, you can service a larger area. You will learn a little marketing as you search for a customers, learn diligence as you show that you are reliable, and accounting when the money comes in. Start by talking to your parents.
You have been in school for years now and you would be surprised how many parents in your community are willing to pay for what you know. Create some business cards, consider your availability, and ask for help from your parents to find other families in your neighborhood that might want some help tutoring their child.
Working from home and on your own schedule is convenient. There are many data entry jobs available online with pay varying by job and your skill level. Learn more about Data Entry jobs.
Giving back to others in need or in your communication is rewarding. For some students, this is part of receiving a diploma. Find out how best to Find a Volunteer Position.
You might be able to find an office job filing things for your local church or other businesses, and it is often very easy to get a job in your neighborhood if you have been a customer somewhere for a long time. If you need a letter of recommendation, ask people who know you well and are adults to help you out, and remember that previous experience, like babysitting, counts when it comes to applying for a job.
Here are some ready-made searches for businesses in your area:
- Movie Theater
- Grocery Stores
- Theme Parks
- Amusement Parks
- Golf Courses
- Fast Food Restaurants
- Sports Stadium
Consider Your Interests
It’s also good to think of jobs for 14 year old’s like yourself that might be more closely related to an interest that you have. For example, if you aren’t that interested in free movies, working in a movie theater might not be as great of a choice as working in a restaurant, where you get free food instead. On a different note, take into consideration what you might be interested in later. Being around something that you find interesting, like a particular retail job or even in a kitchen of a restaurant.
Starting A Business
The best time to start a business is before you have major family or financial commitments (being engaged, owning a car, owning a house). The reason is that you gain incredibly valuable experience when a business is just starting out and when it has hard times. Now, at 14, is the perfect time to start gaining that experience. There are some ideas below and we also have a great guide to starting your own business available.
Here are some business ideas to get you started:
- Lawn care
- Pet sitting
- House sitting
- Odd jobs
- Mothers or Fathers helper
- Computer work
- Garage cleaning
- Car washing
- Potato artist
- Pool cleaning
- Freelancing on UpWork
- Website Builder
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.
How Much Can I Work
The first thing to remember when you’re looking for a job at 14 is that you cannot work a lot of hours while school is in session. During the summer, you are generally allowed to work longer hours and work earlier and later in the day. Be aware, though, that to work at businesses that aren’t run by your immediate family–like your mom or dad–you might also need to fill out some paperwork giving you permission to have a job, known as “Working Papers”. If you’re motivated, these don’t stand in your way, and you will have a great resume when you’re looking for work in the coming years. You will also have valuable experience others do not have.
During the summer months, there are lots of jobs for 14 year old’s in places like restaurants, movie theaters, and even shops. You cannot work with heavy equipment or complicated items, legally speaking, so it is important to remember that this leaves out things like manufacturing jobs. Often, you can get a job working as a stock boy or girl in a local grocery store, too. During the summer months, you can work over 20 hours a week, but if you have a part-time job during the school year, you are only permitted to work less than 20 hours a week at the absolute most.
To learn more about the laws and rules in your area, check out these resources:
- What Is The Youngest Age At Which A Person Can Be Employed?
- Youth Rules State Employment Information
- Department of Labor Youth Employment Overview
After School Jobs
When you are in school in the morning and early afternoon an after school job is a great way to make some money and gain work experience. After school jobs can start any time in the afternoon or evening and can go late in to the night or until “closing”.
Maybe you want to stay closer to home. If so, consider yard work, babysitting, and tutoring.
There’s really nothing special about working on Saturday’s as a teen except that you are out of school. Some part-time jobs will let you specify your hours and others won’t. The easiest way to make money only on Saturday is to be a babysitter or yard worker or provide some other service that you schedule yourself.
The guidance for Saturday jobs is exactly the same for Weekend Jobs except that more employers will be interested in hiring you if you can work both days.
Check out the MyFirstPaycheck Summer Jobs guide for ideas.
Winter Break Jobs
Winter break is all about retail for most teens. Look for retail jobs in November and let the employer know you are available specifically during your winter break, providing those dates.
You can also consider working for people you know who have businesses of their own. Let them know you are available and see if they just hire you.
Spring Break Jobs
Since there isn’t a retail holiday during spring break your best bet is to tell the adults you know that have their own business that you are looking for a spring break job.