Who am I? An observer! What strikes me as I look around is the amount of opportunities one has, to learn and earn. And why not start young, considering the amount of opportunities that are out there. As a teenager, one usually has ample time on their hands and a yearning to earn. Making money yourself not just gives financial independence but also gives a sense of achievement and teaches you how to value things.
To start with, there are conventional ways of taking a job like working in a restaurant, or in a supermarket. These jobs won’t just pay in monetary terms, but the amount of learning would also be immense. The best way to learn about a business is to be a part of it.
Many hotel owners started their careers by working in someone else’s restaurants. However, this is only possible if you are looking at the bigger picture and are keen on gaining positive experience from whatever you do.
You could also be facing some issues taking a regular job. For example, you are too young for this profile, or a regular job doesn’t interest you, lack of reliable transportation, suitability of timings or the total amount of time you can devote to a job. In such cases, one must not feel clueless since there are many part-time opportunities for them!
Think of things that interest you and you’d realize that the options are endless! It’s about choosing the one that works best for you.
If you like kids, you can be babysitting as there is dearth of responsible babysitters around.
A first aid course from Red Cross would add to your skillset to handle emergencies efficiently.
You could also be mowing lawns in the neighborhood during summers, and shoveling snow in winters.
Another interesting option is of in-house painting, but here you’d require prior experience; and for beginners, you could try some in your house first.
You could also be errand running for busy people, like paying their bills, buying groceries etc.
For people who love animals, you can be pet caretakers on daily basis and also while the owners are at vacation.
Another option is of car washing, which can go on to becoming a career of car detailing that includes things from waxing to vacuuming.
If you are tech savvy, you could use your skills of developing websites for small businesses or just take up teaching elderly people how to operate computers, using internet and various applications. This would be a lucrative option for the ones who want to work on hourly basis.
If none of this works, you could just make something you are good at and start selling it. The big question is what should you be charging, the answer to which is a market survey. It’s all about finding what you can relate with and what would come naturally to you. If not for the money, you can work as a volunteer and learn. Every community has big and small businesses that one would never think about. Once you discover what “the thing” is for you, there’s no limit to opportunity and learning.