Jobs For 15 Year Olds

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The focus is on where you can get hired, and there are a lot of places that you can find work at 15. If a job is not considered a physical hazard, 15-year-olds are eligible to work it. This means you can become a model, be a movie extra, get started in a restaurant, find yourself working in a number of different retail spaces and even find yourself working in an office. Note that there are restrictions on the hours you can work when you are 15 established by the US Department of Labor. Take this into account and get started on your job search.

Babysitting Jobs For 15 Year Olds

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This is a great way for you to earn money in your community helping your neighbors who are parents (maybe your parents). Babysitting involves caring for younger children while their parents are away, or even at the house working or taking care of other things. If you enjoy younger kids and are willing to put in some work to take care of them, this can be a very rewarding and fruitful job.

To get started, most parents expect babysitters to be certified. This means completing a babysitting class. From there, it is highly recommended that you become CPR certified. Many parents look for this when considering babysitters and it will help you get more work. Look on google for babysitting courses in your area and check out the local fire department websites for CPR classes. Sometimes you will find the two combined into a convenient one-day course that gets everything taken care of.

For more information on becoming a babysitter or nanny view our detailed guide.

Doing What You Love

As a teen, because your options to find and work at “real jobs” are somewhat limited, it is best to look at the things you enjoy and the knowledge you have and find ways to make some money doing those things.

If you start a career as an actor or a model or an artist, you are free to work as much or as little as you like. And remember that you don’t just have to be thinking of Hollywood to make a decent chunk of money acting or modeling or making your art. Tons of teenagers do that sort of work locally in print and television ads, sharing their talents on YouTube, and building a faithful following of fans. Consider Lindsay Stirling, Devin (Supertramp) Graham, and Jasmine Thompson.

Likewise, if you have a particular talent that is obvious by 15, try to think of ways to make money doing it. If you’re a good guitarist, for example, consider giving lessons to younger children who are just starting out. This can often be a great way of making some extra money and also setting your own hours. Teenagers can also use their technology skills to great results. Countless high school students now focus on things like doing web page design or helping people fix simple computer programs or set up new systems. Remember that you at 15 might find using a computer simple, but that there are lots of people who grew up before they were around who find things a whole lot more difficult.

Here are some ideas of areas you can take your knowledge or hobby or capability and turn them into ways to make money as a fifteen-year-old.

Work Online

There are many ways you can earn money online. In many cases, you can do these things on your phone, tablet, or any internet connected computer… even at the library.

  • Complete surveys in your spare time – There are a lot of websites that are looking for people to complete simple tasks, to share opinions and information about their lives. Some of them will pay you for your time. The great thing here is that if you have 5 minutes free in the day you can make a little money.
  • Write music reviews to earn money – SliceThePie is a well know website where you can write reviews of music from new and aspiring artists. In return, you earn a small amount of money for the review.
  • Create websites, like me – If you are good with computers and the internet you might like creating websites and social media communities on the topics that interest you. Over time, these can provide some income since as you pour into other people they will start to pour back into you.

Become a Model

Modeling is a fun job that you can do at any age and you can work into your schedule depending on the positions available. Literally, everyone from babies to elders are able to find modeling, movie extra, and advertisement jobs. If you are interested in this sort of work the most important thing you can do is create an account with a talent agency. This gets you in front of advertisers for consideration.

Build Work Experience

If you have the financial flexibility consider taking an internship or apprenticeship at a local business. This is an excellent way to learn about a career path, build work experience for your resume, and work directly with someone already successful in the field. All sorts of businesses offer internships so search around for something that lines up with your interests.

Internships at the local newspaper or at a weekly magazine. This is a great way to get some feedback on your writing, get started on a career you might find enjoyable, and even get a stipend. Also, with writing for a local newspaper or magazine, you also get the chance to enjoy freebies. Since writers get free access to concerts and sometimes even get copies of CDs to review before anyone else, that might be worth it for you.

Lawn Mowing

In cities and suburbs, there are a lot of people with lawns that would rather not spend the time and energy to care for them and they are happy to pay people to do it. This creates a great opportunity for you because taking care of yards is simple work, you only need basic equipment, and neighbors are happy to pay the local “kids” cash to take care of it for them.

To get started you will need:

  1. A lawn mower
  2. A gas can, with gas
  3. Some neighbors that need their lawn mowed

Get your first client by asking your parents if you can mow their lawn. Also, ask them who else you should ask. When you see neighbors that you know, make sure to let them know that you mow lawns and would be happy to mow theirs. If you go to church, be sure to let people know what you do. Over time your mini-business will grow.


As a student, you have a lot of knowledge that younger kids are just learning. Some younger kids need extra help in certain subjects or just need someone to work on homework with them. This presents a great opportunity for you to earn some cash. Start by figuring out which subjects you’re interested in helping others with. Next, start helping your friends and younger students with those topics so that you gain some experience helping others as a tutor.

Now it is time to get some money flowing so, start letting parents in your community know that you are a tutor in those subjects and that if their kids need help, you would be happy to be their tutor. It may take some time to find your first client. Once you have a client, be sure to do a great job, because parents talk to each other and if you get good results, you will probably have a lot more tutoring opportunities coming your way. Be sure to continue advertising as well.


Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community and to gain some work experience at the same time. Employers generally consider regular volunteering with a single organization to be work experience, so if you’re really focused on getting a job, later on, this is a great place to start. There is a huge range of opportunities to volunteer though it can take a little work to find the ongoing positions that will be considered work experience.

Here are some ideas of where to ask if you can start an ongoing volunteer position:

  1. Museums
  2. Libraries
  3. Food Banks
  4. Community Centers
  5. Your Church, Temple, or Other Place of Worship
  6. Parks Department

Jobs at Local Businesses

There are a lot of jobs near me at local businesses and I’m sure it is the same near you. Local businesses do not always advertise on the large, established job boards. They are more likely to put a help wanted sign in the window. So, as you are going around town be sure to look for these signs. If you know a local business owner, be sure to ask them for help finding a job. If you have a friend with a job, ask them if their employer is hiring. Local businesses are a great source of local jobs when you are a teenager.

After School Job Ideas

Everything in this article applies to your job search no matter if you are looking for after school jobs, summer jobs, holiday jobs, or weekend jobs. If you really want a job, understand that you might need to put some effort in to finding a job as a teenager. Don’t give up before you have what you want.

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