13 Awesome Jobs for 13-Year-Olds

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated June 9, 2022 | Published July 10, 2020

Updated June 9, 2022

Published July 10, 2020

A variety of jobs are available for 13-year-olds at home and in their local community to help them build useful skills and make a small income. Most of these positions require some community connections, so it's important to know where to look for them before beginning the job search.

In this article, we go over a few reasons why 13-year-olds should pursue work if they want and provide a list of 13 great job opportunities for young teenagers.

Why should 13-year-olds work?

Thirteen-year-old teenagers are often mature enough to work part-time and have an interest in making their own money. However, the legal age to work under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is 14 (for non-agricultural jobs), leaving 13-year-olds in a unique position. Federal law also restricts the hours anyone under the age of 16 can work, per the U.S. Department of Labor.

This said, an exemption to the FLSA is for children under the age of 16 who work for a business solely owned and operated by their parents or “persons standing in place of their parents” unless that business is in manufacturing, mining or a hazardous occupation. Allowing your 13-year-old to work for you, for a family member or in the local community offers benefits for the entire family:

  • You can hire your teenager to complete time-consuming household tasks.

  • Your teenager will learn valuable skills like time management and organization.

  • If your teenager works in the community, they'll grow their professional network and meet new people.

  • Your teenager will have their own money to spend on entertainment and other personal purchases.

The pay scale for most 13-year-old positions varies depending on the location. Research and speak with other local parents or look online to see what reasonable rates are for the job your teenager wants to perform.

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List of 13 great jobs for 13-year-olds

If you have a 13-year-old at home looking for a way to make money, consider one of these 13 excellent part-time jobs for young teenagers that will allow them to grow their skill set and make money:

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1. Babysitter

Babysitting is a fantastic job for 13-year-olds. If you have other young children at home, your 13-year-old can watch them while you go out. Family friends or neighbors can also hire your teenager to babysit their children. This position builds skills like communication, patience and decision-making.

2. Lawn mower or gardener

If your 13-year-old loves spending time outside, working as a lawn mower or gardener is a fantastic option. Have your teenager mow your lawn and then advertise within the neighborhood to gather other clients. This position builds hard skills like operating machinery and soft skills like negotiation and time management.

3. Dog walker

Dog walking is a wonderful job opportunity for 13-year-olds. They can perform this job year-round by walking neighborhood dogs after school and during the summer midday when the dog's owners are at work. Dog walking is a particularly great job option for teens that love animals. It builds skills like patience and management.

4. House or pet sitter

House sitting and pet sitting are great job options for introverted teens. In most cases, house sitters and pet sitters take care of the client's house and/or pets while the client is out of town. For 13-year-olds, this is best done during the summer, but they can offer their services year-round. This job builds soft skills like time management and hard skills like caring for a pet or caring for house plants.

5. Tutor

Tutoring is an excellent job for academically minded 13-year-olds. Many parents want their late-elementary or middle school students to receive individual tutoring support, so there's usually a high demand for this type of work. Your 13-year-old can advertise their services at local schools or through community organizations. This position builds a multitude of skills like communication, patience and time management.

6. Car washer

Another fun position for the outdoor-loving 13-year-old, washing cars is an awesome job option for young teenagers. Your teenager could set up a car-washing station in a high-traffic community area or visit established clients at their homes. If they have access to a vacuum cleaner, they could also detail the interior of cars. This job is great for the entrepreneurially minded 13-year-old since it does often require building a client list.

7. Junior camp counselor

Many camps hire past attendees as junior counselors before they're old enough to serve as full-counselors. This system benefits both the camp and the counselors since it gives the junior counselor an opportunity to see how camp counseling works and support the full-counselors while also providing the camp with extra help and a built-in training program for their counselors. This position builds skills like communication, creativity and resilience.

8. Newspaper deliverer

If your 13-year-old wants to work but has a busy schedule, they can consider a job delivering newspapers. While your teen will have to get up early in the morning, this job has a set schedule that leaves afternoons and evenings free for other endeavors. This job builds skills like time management and organization.

9. Actor or model

Working as an actor or model is one of the few positions for 13-year-olds that does not involve working in the community. Getting into this field requires some research and dedication, but it can be an extremely lucrative and fulfilling occupation for young teenagers. Acting and modeling builds skills like negotiation, organization and resilience.

10. Technology guru

For 13-year-olds who love and understand the latest technology, working as a community tech guru can be an excellent job. Your teenager can help clients set up new devices, update software or select new phones or computers to purchase. This position builds desirable skills like communication and technological understanding.

11. House cleaner

Cleaning houses is an excellent first job for 13-year-olds. They can start by cleaning your house and then offer their skills to other family members, neighbors or community members. This is a fantastic job for building a regular schedule, as your 13-year-old can establish regular clients that they work for on a weekly or monthly basis.

12. Mother's helper or elderly helper

Some mothers with young children hire "mother's helpers" who perform basic household tasks like cooking or cleaning while the mom takes care of the children or vice versa. Some elderly people who need help with household tasks do the same. This is an excellent position for teenagers who enjoy helping others and want to work with other people rather than on their own.

13. Lesson assistant

If your 13-year-old is skilled in dancing, singing or playing an instrument, they can find part-time work as a lesson assistant with a lead teacher. Many instructors like having a helper who can demonstrate movements or songs during a class. This job builds skills like communication, teamwork and patience.

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