A Delightfully Excellent List of Jobs for 13 Year Olds

Do you wish that your 13 year old does something productive this summer? Then take a look at the list of jobs for 13 year olds, that not only will pay good, but will also teach them how to be responsible.
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Finding a job at 13; doesn't that sound a bit too harsh? Not exactly. In today's world, everyone seems to be in such a hurry to reach the top, make more money, and get ahead of the game. Which is why, the competition to excel doesn't just limit to a particular state or country, it's now worldwide. And to compete with everyone globally, it won't be such a bad idea to teach and train kids this early. Finding jobs will give them a sense of responsibility and make them understand the value of money. Part-time jobs do exactly that. They don't inflict too much stress on them at this age, but can definitely prepare them for the future.
Jobs that Pay Good
Of course, over the years, whenever they needed to buy some toys, clothes, or anything else, you reluctantly agreed to their wishes. But now, the story changes. They are getting older and need to realize that the world can't be lived on their parents' money. So, where do they begin? Here, when they take their first steps towards deciding which jobs do they wish to pursue (plus, they can pay for things they want with the money they earn). In the following article, we will go over the list of jobs for 13 year olds as it can prepare them towards a successful life ahead.
Babysitting
Even though, babysitting sounds like an easy enough job, it can be quite tough. You have to be careful, alter, know what to do in emergency situations. Apart from that, you will also have to learn how to handle kids of different ages. Babysitting can help you learn the importance of taking responsibility of someone other than yourself.
Car Wash
Washing cars isn't rocket science. However, the workload will depend on who hires you. If you've got an easygoing employer, washing cars can be a piece of cake. On the other hand, if your employer is too fussy about how his/her car is washed, you may have extra work to handle.
Deliver Newspapers
Simple, quiet, and fun. Delivering newspapers will help you do two things in one - let you earn money and lets you stay active. You will implement the habit of waking up early and making sure that the people in your neighborhood get their newspapers on time. You can ask your friends to tag along.
Dog Walking
If you love dogs, then there's nothing more fun than getting paid to walk dogs. You are not only earning an allowance, but are also getting ample amount of time to play with the dogs as well. You can take them in parks or at the beach to walk them.
Entertain Kids
Be a clown, juggler, make balloon animals, or paint faces at the carnival or a birthday party, it sure is a fun way to earn money. Entertaining kids can be fun and you won't even feel like you're working. However, you'll have to find out whether or not you can work at a carnival in your area.
Help Senior Citizens
It's quite a noble thing to help senior citizens in their daily chores. So why not get paid for the same. You can help them when they go out to buy groceries, medication, feed their pets, water the plants, or help them visit their doctors or family members. Isn't that a wonderful idea!
Hired by Parents
Instead of asking for allowance from your parents, why not strike a deal with them. You can have your parents hire you to do small/odd jobs around the house. These jobs can be anything from washing cars to taking out garbage to doing the laundry to shoveling the driveway. And the plus point is, you won't have to hunt for jobs outside.
Lemonade Stand
When summer is just around the corner, every neighborhood will have lemonade stands out. So why don't you start one as well. With the help of your friends, elder sibling, or parent, you can start your very own lemonade stand. You can sell cookies and brownies with lemonade too to increase your earnings.
Mow the Lawn
How about offering to mow your neighbor's lawn? Print leaflets or use word-for-mouth to promote your lawn mowing service for summer. The money you make will depend on the size of the lawn, the number of lawns you mow and how frequently you do it, but you will surely earn a decent amount. And the added advantage is that you get some time out in the sun without having to go too far away from home. Mowing lawns is indeed a fun summer job. And if you are a gardening enthusiast, you would love it even more.
Pet Sitting
If you don't wish to walk dogs, then pet sitting can be a fun way to earn extra cash. Depending on what pets your employers have (cats, hamsters, parrots, etc.), you can watch them while the owners are out. All you have to do is take care of them, feed them, and enjoy your work.
Raking Leaves
Apart from mowing lawns, you can rake leaves as well. It's like targeting 2 jobs at the same time. You can rake leaves and then mow the lawn. This way, you get a chance to earn double. It's a wonderful physical activity and you can finish work while listening to music on your iPod or something.
Showbiz
Do you have a talent just waiting to come out? Then showbiz is the right place for you. If you love to sing, dance, or act, your talents will get you paid big time. All you have to do is find out places where you can give auditions. Give your best every time and earn cash while doing what you love.
Take Surveys
There are many business and organizations that does surveys on a regular basis. You can sign-up to help them get their surveys done. All you have to do is pass around the forms and ask people to fill them out.
Tutoring
If you're good at certain subjects, then why not turn that into making some money. Any of your friends or students at school might need a tutor. Volunteer to be one, teach the subjects you're good at, and earn money.
Labor Laws You Should Be Aware Of
Since 13 year olds are considered as minors, brainstorming on jobs can give you limited choices. Our focus will stick to only summer jobs, where kids can have fun while working as well. And with child labor acts (check the requirements based on the country you reside in), there are limitations to the number of hours they can work, wages, and time. Checkout the specific requirements in United States, United Kingdom, and Australia given in the table below. Depending on where you are living currently, do a little research online or from the local authorities. If you have complete knowledge about the rules and regulations of child labor, your kid can comfortably make the decision.
United States
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Work during non-school hours
  • 3 hours in a school day
  • 18 hours in a school week
  • 8 hours on non-school day
  • 40 hours on non-school week
  • Work between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wages less than US$ 5 (but not below US$ 4.25)
  • Wages vary depending on employer
United Kingdom
  • Children and Adolescents Act
  • Work between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Apply for work permit, signed by parent or guardian
  • Obtain performance license for jobs in television, theater & modeling
  • Cannot work 2 weeks during holidays
  • During holidays, work 5 hours a week
  • During holidays, work 2 hours on Sunday
  • During school, work 1 hour before and 1 hour after
Australia
  • Child Employment Act
  • Work between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • During school, work 3 hours/day, 12 hours/week
  • During holidays, work 6 hours/day, 30 hours/week
  • 12 hours of rest between shifts
  • Employment during school hours prohibited
  • Family business - no work permit required
* The child labor laws may change depending on which country/state you reside in. Check current laws to know more in detail.
It doesn't matter what they choose in the end, this list of jobs will show them that there are tons of ways in which they can increase their allowance. Sit with them and guide them, as the parents are their role models.