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The Perfect Jobs for Teens This Summer

A great way to earn money and experience new things, the best jobs out there for teens this summer

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s already ramping up to be the best season in recent history for jobs. With Covid vaccinations rolling out at break-neck speeds, places country-wide are preparing themselves for a busy summer. For teenagers across the country, there are more opportunities for teen summer jobs than ever.

A spike in jobs like this is rare, something we may not see in a long time. Seizing this opportunity is the key to success, and could lead to developing long-lasting skills. Whether you land the job of your dreams or not, you can learn valuable skills like working well with people, organizations, and money. To top it all off, you can even work part-time, maybe setting your own working hours. We’ve made this guide to help you understand the market before you dive in.

Freelancing (Fiverr)

Pay: Dependant on reviews and skill-level

Commitment: part-time

There’s something for just about everyone when it comes to freelancing. Providing a platform for software engineers, educators, and creatives, there are plenty of ways to use your skills. A relatively new platform, Fiverr provides you with the means to draw, analyze, teach, edit, code, write, act and more. Whether it’s building a website, designing a company’s logo, or teaching a class, it’s all offered through their website. With websites like fiverr, you can perfect your skills, choose your own rates, and build strong client relationships. There are no limits for today’s today.

Food Delivery (Foodhub, Deliveroo, UberEats, One Delivery)

Pay: pay per delivery (can also include tips)

Commitment: No minimum

With covid restrictions nationwide, food delivery is a booming industry right now. Whether you have a bicycle, a moped, or a car, all you will need is a way to get around. Delivering food is a easy way to make a bit of money, get some exercise, and keep your freedom. Being paid for each delivery, earning tips, and choosing your own hours, you can work as much or as little as you’d like, giving you the control on how much you want to earn and when.

There are many great companies to get started food delivery:

One Delivery

Deliveroo

Foodhub

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Tutoring

Pay: Up to $40/hour

Commitment: Part-time or full-time

Those among you with a more academic head on their shoulders, personal tutoring is a great way to earn extra money this summer. Typically, it’s during summer when parents start to invest in tutoring to ensure their children are well prepared for the first semester in the fall, creating a great opportunity for any teenagers looking to earn. Tutoring can be local work, or remote. So you could get a job as a Spanish tutor in Portland, Oregon even if you live in Portsmouth, England.

One of the real pros of tutoring is the complete flexibility over your working hours. Tutoring can help you keep your skills sharp, and provide an edge in school.

Local Jobs (Bookstore, Coffeeshop, library, summer camps)

Pay: Usually minimum wage

Commitment: Part-time or full-time

For those who are looking for something a bit more traditional, local employment can always be a great way to earn some extra cash. Local retail, coffee houses, and libraries are all likely to be looking for part-time employees during the summer months, especially as covid restrictions are slowly lifted nationwide. These types of opportunities do fill up pretty quickly though, so make sure you’re checking websites and notice boards frequently.

If you’re looking for something a bit more fun and interactive, you can’t go wrong with summer camps. With opportunities to teach art, sports, science, arts, and so much more, there’s plenty to do. Camps are a great way to have lots of fun and spend more time in nature. For overnight camps, basics like food and board are typically included, and extra cash can sometimes be given out to helpers and counsellors. Working in camps is a great way to enjoy a change of scenery, have a lot of fun, and make lots of new friends.

Just Some Last Minute Tips

Save Money. Having a summer job can really help you learn to handle many different types of responsibilities. These are important, but it’s important to spend time learning about managing your finances. You can start by taking a small amount and putting in a savings account each week, or making a budget, to help keep track of your finances over time. These practices can make a huge difference down the line. If you’re unsure, just ask a friend or parent.

Further your interests. Finding work related to your interests is a great way to develop. Whether the job pushes your passions further or shows you new paths, you are certain to gain plenty of knowledge and insight throughout the whole process.

Make This the Best Summer You Can

Although it may seem like more fun to just hang out with friends and enjoy time off, having a job over the summer can actually be an experience. You’ll learn new skills, meet new people, and make some money. With the amount of COVID-19 vaccinations increasing all the time, this is set to be a crazy summer. Enjoy your time, make loads of new friends, and embrace new experiences.

Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.

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