Despite the long list of jobs closed off to 14-year-old workers, a number of options are still open to them. Young teens are generally not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week during the school year, but they can work up to 40 hours per week during the summer. Unless they work for a business run by their immediate family, 14-year-olds entering the workforce should be aware that they need to fill out paperwork clearing them for employment.
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Supermarkets frequently hire 14-year-old teens for part-time positions such as grocery bagging and stocking. Other common supermarket jobs for young teens include rounding up shopping trolleys in the car park and delivering groceries on foot to nearby households. In some states, such as Florida, 14-year-old teens can even work as cashiers. By law, supermarkets are required to pay part-time teenage employees the current minimum wage.
Young teens whose parents own and operate a restaurant may be able to secure waitstaff employment, but for other teens, clearing tables and janitorial work is another option. Waitstaff and table-clearing work frequently pays less than minimum wage, with customer tips supplementing the lower wage. Waitstaff in most restaurants are instructed to give a percentage of their tips at the end of a shift to the bussers.The best time for young teens to seek restaurant employment is often in the summer, when they are legally allowed to work longer hours, and when some restaurants may need more help during a tourist season.
Neighbourhood paper routes have been a classic form of young teen employment for decades. Hiring older children and teens to deliver papers is mutually beneficial: young deliverers make a little extra pocket money, and publishers hire deliverers willing to work at a lower rate than an adult. Young teens don't need anything more than a bike to carry out their paper route, as routes given to younger employees usually encompass a small, local neighbourhood area.
Babysitting is another traditional form of young teen employment. 14-year-olds who wish to babysit can advertise their services on public notice boards, though it may be safer to elicit babysitting opportunities by having one's parents put the word out amongst the local community. There is no standard rate of pay for a young teen babysitter, though rates tend to fall between £1.30 to £6 an hour. Teens should to discuss what rate to charge for babysitting with their parents, and likely need to discuss their rates with the parents they'll be working for.
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