jobs for 15 year olds

15 Great Jobs for 15 Year Olds

by Tim on May 11, 2012

In today’s job market, it can be hard for a teenager to find a job.  I remember looking for jobs when I was 15 – they were hard to come by!  Don’t let the idea of not having a car keep you from finding work.  If you’re willing to work, you can find something that’s worth your time.

I wish I had this list of jobs for 15 year olds when I was a teenager!  Unfortunately, I can’t turn back time, but you can take advantage of your spare time with these teen job ideas.

1. Make Money Online

Granted, it takes an ambitious 15 year old to make money on the Internet – but it is possible! There are all sorts of ways to make money online.  You can start a blog, design websites, design logos, write articles, and create and sell products.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too young to be an entrepreneur!  Check out our resource page to get started with some tools to make money online.

2. Start a Tutoring Business

Tutoring services are in demand by parents of students who do not understand some of the essential school classes. The rates for tutoring may be difficult to calculate at first, but if you are successful and the child shows a significant improvement, then you may be able to negotiate a higher rate.  Start at $10 an hour and work your way up from there.

3. Typing Service

Teenagers who have good typing skills can offer their services to business owners who do not type well or would rather have someone else type for them. If you can type 40 wpm and charges a penny a word, you can make $24 an hour.  Not a bad job for a 15 year old!

4. Start a Babysitting CO-OP

Babysitting service may seem like a hit-or-miss low-paying job, but there are ways to create a unique service for people and drive business to the point where the next logical step can take place: networking. By pooling with a few close friends, you can offer more availability options. One way to increase the amount you can charge is by taking a CPR course and obtaining babysitting certification through the Red Cross.

5. Clean Houses

Another way teenagers may supplement the hourly rate of babysitting is to offer cleaning services. By adding housecleaning to the repertoire of services that a babysitting pool offers, teenagers can easily earn extra money by cleaning house on a regular basis and occasional specialty cleaning projects such as garages and basements. When performing a specialized cleaning project, the homeowner may wish to get rid of some unwanted items that are still functional and/or have value.

6. Become a Craigslist Scavenger

Scavenging includes any legal method to obtain items that people no longer want and only care to have it removed. People set things at the curb the night before garbage collection, post advertisements on bulletin boards at grocery stores, Laundromats, etc. and post advertisements on Craigslist. The teenager may have to clean the item up or even make minor repairs before selling it, whether at their own rummage sale, Craigslist, or at a local auction.

7. Become an eBay Expert

If you are good at selling items, especially on eBay, you can offer services to other people to sell their items for them. This is generally a commission-based job with rates between 30 and 50 percent of the net profit on the item.  You can also use your eBay skills to sell those items that you find for free.


8. Get Outside and Ask For Work!

Many homeowners are willing to pay teenagers to mow their lawn and perform other yard work. This is a very easy way for a 15 year old to find a job, especially during summer vacation.

9. Become a Gopher

If you don’t mind running errands for others and have the ability to get around town on public transit or a bike, you might consider an errand running service (what I like to call ‘gopher’ jobs…go for this and go for that…)  Include services such as grocery shopping, mailing letters and buying postal supplies at the post office and other errands. These types of jobs typically pay a lower rate of whatever the individual offers and what you will accept. However, simple errands often lead to more jobs and almost always additional referrals.

10. Work at a Restaurant

Many local restaurants hire 15 year-olds to bus tables and perform kitchen tasks, such as salad preparation or washing dishes. State labor laws may restrict certain tasks that an individual under the age of 18 can do, i.e. operating machinery.

11. Turn Crafts into Cash

If you’re a crafty teenager, you might consider making crafts and selling them on sites like eBay or etsy.com.  Afghans, quilts, clothing, fishing lures, shelves, Christmas ornaments – you name it!  If you can make it, you can probably sell it on etsy.com.

12. Housesitting

People who have a working relationship with a teenager may employ them for odd jobs like housesitting or petsitting while they are on vacation.  This usually involves bringing in the mail, feeding fish and other unattended pets, etc. Sometimes people utilize a house sitter to actually stay inside the residence for a specified event, such as a funeral for a close relative.  Try making these connections through your church or school.

13. Work at School Carnivals or Events

You might be able to find work at your own school if they’re hosting an event.  Check with the school office to see if they’re hiring students to work at the school carnivals or events.  At my high school, students could work track and cross country events to make a few extra dollars.

14. Hand out Flyers for Businesses

Local businesses sometimes offer anyone who is willing to hand out flyers money for canvassing large areas where people congregate. If it is lawful and permissible in your area, you may find work that involves leaving flyers underneath the windshield wiper of a parked car.  Yes, it’s annoying, but it’s a job nonetheless!

15. Work at Summer Camps

Organizations that offer summer camp programs for elementary children usually hire teenagers as assistants in gaming activities and crafts. This student who has CPR certification may have an upper hand in landing a job.

For even more ideas, check out these articles:

What kind of job would you recommend for a 15 year old?

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

krantcents May 11, 2012

I guess cutting grass is old fashioned! In southern California, brush clearance is a spring and summer task too.

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John @ Married (with Debt) May 11, 2012

I think it’s really important to get kids interested in online entrepreneurship. Blogging is a natural extension of social media, but it would take a bit of thinking to make it safe for minors. When I was 15 I worked at a trap range loading clay birds onto a thrower – don’t miss it at all!

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Whitney May 11, 2012

I have worked since I was 15. I worked at a Church Camp and we were not allowed to handle the knives before we were “under age”. I thought that was so funny. I have always loved working. I paid for my first car at the age of 19 and that included insurance and gas. It gives you such a sense of freedom when you get a job making your own money.

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Thad P @ thadthoughts.com May 13, 2012

I’m with Krantcents: it is amazing how many more avenues are available to a 15 year old now mostly due to the Internet.

When I was a kid, it was pretty much only mowing grass and maybe delivering newspapers (on a bike).

Great list!

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PK May 13, 2012

I worked on an apple farm at 15 – you know, kicking people out of trees and stopping them from throwing apples. Pretty nifty work, if you can get it (although it doesn’t pay well – but hey, I was 15. Any money was incredible)

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Breelynne June 23, 2012

This is complete bull. I have applied for almost every business in my town and the town over. Nothing! Everyone tells me to pay attention to the labor laws here and I tell them that I did. Online it would say that I could get a job at a certain store, I call the store and then tell me I need to be 16 or 18. I give up.

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Edward June 25, 2012

Have you tried publix??

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Simone August 14, 2012

What’s that?

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Ishmael Samad August 10, 2012

I was just wondering if you would help me find a job now please ?

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Simone August 14, 2012

Hi! I love this list a lot. I’m a fifteen year old girl and my typing speed is 72 WPM, I like the idea you said about typing for business but I’m not really how you would do that like just call up and be like hey can I type for your business? Haha. If you could message me back that would be wonderful.(:

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Oscar September 19, 2012

This gonna be hard for me but I think I’m interested in either being a gopher or handing out business flyers

I live in West Haven, CT, and I could be a gopher maybe :/

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Knuth Becker October 27, 2012

Great list! I had never through about some of the jobs you could get!

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Faithie January 26, 2013

This was fairly helpful, but I could use aby extra suggestions :/ im 15 and my family is not able to buy us new school clothes every school year- most school years. So im going to have to do this myself. Heck, I can’t even get now jeans when I need them. :/ just any extra suggestions :)

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Faithie January 26, 2013

So yeaa. I mean, im all good in most things, I just need to start helping the family out. We may do better.

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http://tinyurl.com/primshore08062 February 3, 2013

This specific article, “15 Great Jobs for 15 Year Olds”
was terrific. I’m making out a duplicate to present to my colleagues.

Thanks a lot-Wiley

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