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Thinking of a Summer Job?

School's out! Time for summer...and a summer job!

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Getting started

Before you jump into a job or business of your own, be sure you have some basic stuff covered. Ask yourself these questions - and answer them honestly.

  • Do you like to work outside? Summer can offer some seasonal work options but some are outside. If you don't want to work outside, these won't be good options for you.
  • What are your hobbies? You might be able to turn a hobby into something profitable. The summer employment mix includes so many different options that you can find at least one option that hits your interests.
  • What services are needed in your neighborhood? Are neighbors vacationing and in need of pet sitting or house sitting? Student summer employment isn't just about finding a job. It can also be about making your own.
  • Do you have any physical limitations? Helping others move might sound like a good job and pay well, but not if you can't lift heavy furniture.
  • How much do you want to work? And how much can you actually work? Summer work (or work anytime) doesn't mean that you must work 40 hours per week. Be sure to factor in time for having fun, family vacations and summer camps.
  • How do your parents feel about it? You must have your parents permission and support in whatever you choose.

With this background, you can start looking at your summer employment options.

The job options

There are almost unlimited summer work options for kids and teens who want to work. The first step is to determine whether you will be working for yourself or for someone else. Depending on your age, your only option may be to work for yourself. If you do need (or just want) to work for yourself, check out these ideas. If you have decided that you'd rather work for someone else, this page can give you places to start looking.

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