There are restrictions on hiring anyone under 16 years of age for many jobs but there are a number of "classics” you can fall back on for income.
Paper routes, yard work, housework, snow shoveling, babysitting, washing cars and dog walking are tried and true ways to generate income. If you brainstorm some more, you can probably come up with other options to have your own business.
You could set up an errand/delivery service for your neighbourhood and work it from both ends. Advertise your service to the neighbours to save them time picking up, dropping off, and shopping for things (groceries, dry cleaning, shoe repairs, forgotten orange juice or diapers). Then talk to some of the local businesses and explain that you can offer them the same service. Perhaps you can arrange to leave some flyers with them advertising your service to their customers.
Run a party service for neighbourhood kids. Talk to the moms, research ideas for birthday parties, organize games and decorate the house or yard.
Some types of telemarketing may be an option; investigate call center work in your area.
You can also tutor younger students in subjects you’re good at. If you have computer skills, that’s another area where you can profit; offer a class on getting around the internet at the local Seniors Center.
Hire yourself out to help prep and serve at parties in the neighbourhood. If you also do party clean-up, you’ll make yourself popular in no time.
You’ll find more job suggestions for under 16’s on the internet, and information that’s specific to where you live. There’s a U.S. Website with informative articles, advice and job listings at teenjobscene.com/, or see what comes up on a job search at U.K. Website www.jobisjob.co.uk/under-16-age/jobs