As a homeschool family, summer phases us way less than public school families because we are used to having our kiddos around 24/7. However, as our teens have gotten older, and the longing for more independence, the teen summer jobs have been a lifesaver for our relationships and their savings account! ;)
As a parent, consider it their life skills class for the summer. :D They will learn time and money management, commitment and a job well done.
Summer camp is such a magical place for kids and teens! If your teen loves the outdoors, helping kids and camp, in general, they should totally consider working at a camp. They will probably not be able to be a camp counselor at a teen in high school, but there are other job options. They could be a cook, work in the office or even do maintenance on the facility. And if they want to be a camp counselor as a young adult, they are setting the groundwork nicely. :)
I love, Love, LOVE Chick-fil-A! Their food is good, the store is always clean, the employees are always so kind but look past all that - their leadership is just incredible! Hannah worked at 2 different CFA's during her teen years and the lessons learned during that time are priceless. Trust your employees, don't over-manage. Time management matters and we will reward you for managing it well. So many more... I may have to write a blog post about that someday, but for now - just know that Chick-fil-A is a great place for teens to work. And bonus - most CFA's are super homeschool friendly. :)
If your teen loves all things outdoors, another option is to become a lifeguard. They get to hang out around pools, keep the world of water recreation safe and make some money while doing it. Some things to keep in mind with this job is that it is very serious business and your teen needs to understand that they might be saving someone's life that summer. Also, there will be CPR and lifeguarding classes and certifications they will need to get at the beginning of the season as well.
If your teen enjoys a good movie and the smell of popcorn in the air, then working at your local movie theater is a great option. There are many tasks they could do, but all are geared towards helping the movie-goers have a fantastic experience.
Nothing says summer quite like snow cones, right?! Right around April, our snow cone trailers start popping and you know summer is almost here. The soft ice, the sugary syrup on the snow cone and in the air of the summer breeze. So.good. :) If your teen likes people, is super nice and enjoys delighting others with sugary goodness in a cup - snow cone stand attendee is for them!
Snow cones and theme parks. Yep. Summer has also arrived when the theme parks open. With theme parks being so large there are usually quite a few different jobs they can choose from. From ticket taker to funnel cake maker and everything in between. This job will more than likely call for late hours, but if they really enjoy the environment at theme parks, it's a win. :)
This could cover a multitude of jobs. For one, landscapers are super busy during the summer and they can use the extra help. The big deal when considering this job is that it is a very hot and labor-intensive job. Still a great job, but make sure your teen plans to work super hard and stay super hydrated.
Another option would be to encourage your teen to open their own mowing business. Encourage them to use their summer free time to create a simple business plan, make and pass out flyers around your neighborhood and do a great job on the homes that hire them. It could lead to steady income long past the summertime.
Another fun outdoor job to consider is being a golf caddy at your local country club or golfing range. If they know the sport of golf well, even better. If they are new to golf encourage them to learn the rules of the game as they wait for their interview.
Does your teen enjoy sports? Have them consider being a referee/umpire. Here is a book was written by a teen on how to do just that. ;) (Not an affiliate, just sharing, b/c how cool teens are writing books to help teens be and do more?!)
I don't know about y’all, but our local HEB grocery store will do the grocery shopping for us. We just order on an app, pay and then we let them know that we are there, and they will bring it out to our car. Now, call me old-fashioned, but I like walking up and down the aisles price comparing, etc., but it is a very real thing here and there are a TON more teens working at our grocery store. They go around the store with a digital list and a large cart and grocery shop. And of course, there is still the bagger option as a job as well.
Has your teen always loved to dress up? Do they use Halloween to create this elaborate costume, still? (*cough, Hannah*) ;) If so, you might encourage your teen to go be the entertainment at parties as characters from movies and such. They could create their own business or join a company already offering those services. If creating their own, of course, make fliers for your community, but also, I would recommend they tap into their babysitting network as well.
Does your teen want to be a teacher or enjoy helping others learn subjects? Then maybe they should consider being a tutor. This, again, maybe one of those entrepreneurship opportunities where they announce on the community board and put a flyer up at church sharing what ages and subjects, they are helping tutor this summer. They can make their own hours and can meet in places like the local library to do the job.
There is always a high demand for nannies during the summer. In many families, both parents work, and they need your teen's help! Have them search the local community boards and papers for possible nanny opportunities for the summer. And bonus - these are usually Monday - Friday gigs.
If your teen enjoys dogs and wants to get their steps in the for the summer, being the community dog walker is just the trick. If they would prefer to work for someone else, they might consider talking to the local vet or animal shelter and see if they are hiring part-time workers for the summer.
For older teens, being a house sitter is FREEDOM! You would need to decide if you were comfortable with them staying at the home by themselves while the owners are gone or if you would prefer, they can just visit the house daily to take care of animals and water plants. Either way, they get out of the house each day doing work for money. #winning. ;)
I hope this list gets the juices flowing and that your teen can find the perfect summer job for them.
Now, mom, with the kids gone working this summer... what are you going to do with your time?
Wishing you the best on the journey,
In case you have a go-getter 15-year-old, you may be wondering what the federal laws are for working at that age. The gist is there are very few rules for summertime. Federal law states that 14-15-year-olds cannot work over 8 hours a day, with no more than 3 hours on a school day, and over 40 hours a week, with no more than 18 hours per week while in school.