How to find jobs for someone under the age of 16

Written by k.t. solis
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Many kids under the age of 16 often want to get a job, but they are not legally allowed to work at traditional companies. The U.S. legal working age is 16 years old, so if a child is under 16, it makes it more difficult to find work. Despite this fact, there are a variety of ways for younger kids to earn money. If you'd like to help your child make some extra cash, here are some ways to do so.

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    Let your child sell items at the flea market. Go with your child to the local flea market and set up shop. Your child can sell old toys, used children's books or any other unwanted items you find around the house. This is a simple way for your child to have a job and make a few extra dollars.

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    Help your child start her own business. If she knows how to design web pages she can design websites for people. Younger children can have a lemonade stand or sell baked goods.

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    Try to help your child find a job cutting neighbours' lawns. If your child is old enough to operate a lawnmower, this is an ideal job for someone under the age of 16. She can also rake leaves, shovel snow or do other simple landscaping jobs as a money making opportunity.

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    Ask your elderly neighbours if your child can walk their dogs in the afternoon. Many older people aren't physically able to take their dogs for a walk, and they would appreciate someone doing the job for them.

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    Help your child apply for a paper route. Many kids under the age of 16 deliver papers. This could be the ideal job for a teenager. On the other hand, if your teen isn't a morning person, this might not be the best job for him.

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    Go with your child around the neighbourhood and ask neighbours if they'd like to have their cars washed. Kids can earn money washing cars on a regular basis.

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    Suggest that your child place flyers in school, advertising a typing service. If a teen is a fast accurate typist, he can offer a paper typing service. If other students need to type their research papers or reports, your teen can charge money to do the typing for them.

Tips and warnings

  • Never let your child go to strangers' houses alone. If he is washing cars of people you don't know, you will need to accompany him.

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