Trying to find a company that posts jobs for 14 and 15-year-old teens is a challenge! Today, we are going to discuss a list of options available for mature teenagers that want to start making their own money.
First, let me say that I plan to update this list often, so you should “pin”, “share”, “bookmark”, or whatever you do to save information for the future. I want this list to help as many people as possible!
If you know of a place that isn’t listed, add it to the comments below so we can keep this list fresh!
Now, since this is the “Ultimate List,” I am going to include all types of jobs for 14 and 15-year-old teens.
I am including the companies that I have been able to PERSONALLY VERIFY that they hire young teens. I’m also including the companies that I have HEARD hire them.
Furthermore, I’ve added a general list of jobs that teens can usually do to make money.
Lastly, I am going to discuss my favorite way for teens to make money; which I discovered when I first started learning about financial independence. Let’s get started!
Large Chain Companies that Post Jobs for 14 and 15-year-Old Teens:
These companies can be easily found in most areas.
- AMC Theaters (14+ for ushers and concession employees)
- Ben & Jerry’s (team members 14+)
- Chick-fil-A (select locations; team members 14+)
- Dairy Queen (select locations; team members 15+)
- Dunkin Donuts (select locations; team members 14+)
- Kroger & affiliates (14+ for baggers or stockers)
- McDonald’s (hires crew members as young as 14, but I’m told you will have better luck at 15)
- Pizza Hut (hires team members 14+ for non-driving positions)
- Publix (cashiers 14+)
- Rita’s Italian Ice (select locations; hires team members 14+)
- Culver’s (team members 14+)
- Fareway (hires team members 14+ for the Grocery Department)
- Food City (hires team members 14+ as clerks/baggers)
- Herschend Family Entertainment (Many of their theme parks like Dollywood hire at 15 years of age.)
- Palace Entertainment (Amusement parks such as Dutch Wonderland, Kennywood, Noah’s Ark, and more. Hires team members 14+ for positions in Park Services)
- Runza (crew members 14+)
- Six Flags (hires 15+)
Businesses that Could NOT be Verified – (but may have jobs for 14 and 15-year-old teens)
Despite not being able to confirm that these places hire young teens myself, others have told me that these businesses will sometimes hire 14 and 15-year-olds at select locations.
I encourage you to check these places out, but they may require some work in order to find a location willing to hire under 16.
General List of Jobs that Teens can Earn Money From
These are some job ideas that teenagers can do to earn some money. Most of these make for great start-up business ideas for future entrepreneurs.
- Artist – sell handmade arts/crafts online (Etsy is good!) As an idea, I know a little 10-year-old girl who makes ‘play food’ out of felt and sells it on Etsy.
- Babysitter – Cliché I know, but my 14-year-old neighbor has made bank watching kids. If you really want to run with this, I suggest making flyers and passing them out around town. Make sure that those flyers look professional and mention that a responsible adult will be nearby.
Also, take those flyers and hand them out to your local foster care agencies. Foster parents need babysitters for their foster kids, too.
- Blogger – While completely possible, don’t expect to make money as a new blogger. However, I think blogging is a great way for teens to learn how websites work. Website building is a great resume skill.
- Busser/Dishwasher – Check with small mom & pop restaurants. One of my first jobs was at a small-town dairy bar washing dishes. I also helped out at a tea room.
- Car Washer – Print out some flyers and pass them around your street! Be sure to add some before/after photos!
- Dog Walker – I suggest making business card magnets for this. Hand them out to your neighbors so they always know who to call when they need someone to walk their dog!
- Farm Helper – Your local farmer or orchard owner may be looking for help. Check with small farmers, too.
- Fast Food Employee – Some places that hire are listed above but check out your local spots, too.
- Freelancer – Try Fiverr, which is available for ages 13+
- Food Prep Employee – This could be at a restaurant, diner, catering business, etc.
- Grocery Store Bagger – Very common for lots of places to hire young baggers.
- Haunted House Employee – This seasonal job can be a lot of fun. At 14, I worked at a haunted house as a ‘scarer.’ Just make sure that you agree on an hourly wage and you keep track of your hours. It should be noted that these places don’t have a great reputation for their record keeping.
- House Sitter – Water people’s plants and feed their pets when they go on vacation.
- Instrument Tutor – Put some business cards at your local library and online.
- Paper Delivery Person – I’ve even seen this job available to 13-year-olds!
- Pet Sitter – Advertise locally or get a larger reach by creating an account with a pet sitting website
- Photographer – Sell photos online, try Shutterstock.
- Stable Help – Live near some horses? Stable work isn’t the most glamorous, but you can sure learn a lot about these majestic animals!
- eBay Seller (with a parent or guardian) – It’s easier than you think to sell on eBay, and it’s a great first business. Also, keep in mind that you will need to learn how to ship items and handle returns.
- Yard worker – Mow lawns, blow leaves and pull weeds.
Tip: Before your teen helps out that sweet little old neighbor lady – be sure to ask her where her flowers are located.
- YouTube Content Creator – To make money on YouTube, you have to have a lot of dedication. However, with that being said, there are literally 10-year-old YouTube Content Creators that make more money than you and I have ever made put together. How does that make you feel?
Small Business Owner? Hire your Teenager Yourself
Are you a business owner? The absolute best way for your teenager to make money is by working for you. You do not need to issue a w-2 if you pay them less than the standard deduction and call the costs “outside labor.”
You can read, “How to Hire Your Kids if You Are a Small Business Owner ” for more information about this. But to summarize, here are some reasons why I think your small business will provide the best options for you and your teenager:
- You get to write off the money that you pay them.
- Your child of any age can work for you
- Your child can start paying for ALL their own expenses. For example, when they work and earn a decent wage, they can start paying for their sports programs and school lunches. Then, you no longer have to pay those expenses with after-tax money.
What kind of work can your kid do for your small business? Here are a few ideas:
- Office Cleaner
- Janitorial work
- Worksite help
- Posting Ads
- Stuffing envelopes
When teens earn their own money, they develop a taste of independence. Encourage your teenager to work in many positions (company employed and self-employed,) because that’s how they will increase their workplace knowledge.
While it can be challenging to find jobs for 14 and 15-year-old teens, it’s certainly not impossible. To conclude, I’d like to ask for your help. If you know of a business that hires young teenagers, whether locally, nationally, or globally, tell me about it in the comments. The hiring process is always changing and we all need to help each other out!
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