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Work For Teens In This Economy PDF Print E-mail

I have heard parents complain that there are no jobs for teens in this troubled economy. It is true, that there are less jobs, but for teens willing to work, there are still jobs.The key is to provide a very good to excellent service for the same or less money. Because your teen will not have to pay loads of overhead (no store front, advertising or franchise fees!) they can often provide services for less. Some teens will not be up to the task, but other teens are willing to work hard

Here are some ideas to name a few:

  • Babysitting plus – offer after school care or special instruction to a child after school for less than a daycare or less than an instructor.
  • Lawn mowing - again, a good job for less will win the day
  • Snow shoveling - fast and efficient for the same or less
  • Pet sitting or walking - doggie hotels are expensive, work with your neighbor to offer them a great deal
  • Neighborhood vacation business – take care of house plants, dogs, outside flowers, mail, etc.
  • Powerpoint or dvd movie production for special moments
  • Cleaning - cleaning service costs are rising, leaving a great opportunity for a teen to clean the home of a neighbor or two for the same cost or less than a service
  • Tutoring - always a need, but make sure you really know your subject
  • Car detailing - with some centers charging $150 many teens can do an excellent job of detailing for much less
  • Catering (baking, cook ahead, helper at parties)
  • Shopping companion – accompany mom and watch the toddler while she shops

For teens who are willing to work hard and understand the importance of a good job, there are still plenty of opportunities to make some extra cash!

Tell us some of your ideas below!

Mark Strohm -

Mark Strohm has served a Christian School principal, Children's pastor, seminar speaker and adjunct professor.

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