What Jobs Can Under 16's Do?

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First, make sure you understand what the employment laws are in your area.  You may be able to work certain jobs for a specific number of hours; find the government website or call a local employment center to ask where you get information for your age and situation.

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
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Before you turn 16 finding work can be a little tricky. It also will inevitably involve doing things you might not actually enjoy or get paid a great deal for.

Some ideas which may inspire you are:

Paper Rounds - ask at local newsagents

Waiter/Waitress - apply to restaurants and pubs

Shops - vacancies are usually advertised in places such as bakeries, gift shops etc

Babysitting - offer for parent's friends and neighbours, but remember some may be difficult to convince if they don't know you very well.

Dog-Walking - ask your neighbours (the elderly may appreciate this service) but ensure you can control the animal before you agree to walking it!

Gardening - mowing someone's lawn or helping to revive overgrown gardens could earn you a few pounds on a Saturday or Sunday.

Car-Valeting - see if anyone in your street would like their car cleaned inside and out for a small charge, like ?5.00 a car.

Fruit-picking - if you live in a farming area during the summer months there is sometimes opportunities to help harvest fruit. Call local farms to see if they need a hand with anything.

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I am 15 years old soon to be 16 and i am finding it really difficult to find the right job. Its not that i wont do it its just that they say you have to be sixteen for example in little chef as a waitress you have to be sixteen so something must be wrond some ware !!!! ANY JOBS GOIN ANYWARE IN WITNEY OR OXFORD!!!!! Ring me if there are on 07817586910 !!!


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Im only 12 and need to earn some money
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Im only 12 and need to earn a bit money seens as i get realy bored in holidays and weekends
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Keisha Dowdall answered
I'm 15 and I've been looking for a job for about a year. Nobody hires people under 16!! I've tried grocery stores, clothing shops, everywhere but the only place that will hire anybody under 16 is fast food places. At first I was set against working there but after I changed mind and went to ask for an application they told me that there was barely any time. They would actually hire anyone because as soon as there is an opening somebody will get it. Well I guess I will just have to wait until I'm 16...
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Ami Harvey answered
Just because you're under 16 doesn't mean you can only get summer jobs, jobs are all around at all times you just got to look.. And if you get a job stick at it for a while don't go and get board otherwise word will spread and no one else will want you!!
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to sharkey,
and how many u16s did you employ???????????????
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I really want a job, but i cant seem to find 1.. So if anybody knows and good paying jobs in leeds... Let me know.. Because i really need one..
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This is all wrong!
You can get a job if your 14, basically once your in high school.
Just ask the teacher or whoever handles the job permits,
and go get an application,
then fill it out and the teacher gives you another paper,
and then you get it signed by your manager and principle
I'm 14, and I work at pet-co.
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Busking- that is- playing a Musical Instrument in a Busy Shopping Area. This is what I do. On an average week, I can expect to make around 160 quid (bout 20 quid an hour) and this is only in a small town without a large shopping district. I'm 15, and id bet everything I made so far that there isn't a job out there that pays as well as busking.

HOWEVER, you must apply to your local council for a Busking Licence. They are free, all you need to do is prove you are able to play. Do not try to play without one. I am regularly stopped and checked, and the fine for not having one is up to £500.

If you do it properly, the very best way to earn. Enjoyable, too.
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nettie answered
Sweeping and cleaning parking lots at grocery stores and or shops, washing store front windows, but you are only allowed to work so many hours per week because of school and home work but weekends you can get more time in and you need a parent or guardian to sign a work permit if you are under 16, you did not say your age but there are child work laws in the U.S so you may need a signature to work, perhaps you need to get a work permit from the unemployment office in your area and have a parent to sign it......the best to you
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If you're under 16 years old I have taught other people in your situation to make money and it is legal. You will need to put some effort into it.
You've probably heard by now that there are people making thousands of dollars every single month. You can be one of them. How do I know? Simple, because it's the same way I got started making money online. You will need to put in some effort.
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Ask at soft play areas / nursery's  I'm 15 worked in a nursery when I was 13 nd got 15 pound a day wow I earn 35 pound 10 till 4 in a soft play center
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I'm 15 and I currently have 2 jobs I sacked school off and now get home tought by my mum at the night. In the day from 9 in the morning till 3 I work in a pub collecting glass and cleaning I get 4.96 an hour which is ok my other job is from half 3 till 8 which is delivering pizza leaflets for a shop in wythenshawe I love it normally a month I get for the two jobs is 400 pounds that is all goin towards my future .....I havent really had a good school life but hay look at me now xx
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Hi I am 14 and I live in leicester, a pub has offered me a job but my parents wont allow it what job can I do friday from 4pm to sunday can anybody help me ASAP
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I told my dad that I can wash the car but instead I mow the lawn and I think baby siting,mowing the lawn and washing the car are good jobs to get money and you do more chores you get a raise
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To the person who said work in a resturant, legally you can't until a certain age wich I think is either 16 or 18 if they are a licence holding pub (can serve alcohol). I've reaserched it all.
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To the person who said that you need to be 16 or 18 to work on a license holding premises:- a person of any age can work in a pub or restaurant serving behind a bar or waiting tables. The only thing is that they cant do is take money to pay for items such as beer or food. They can take orders, pull pints and serve food. My mother is a personal licence holder for a restaurant in Manchester and i've asked her.
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I'm 15 next week and I really would love a job, there are so many things you can do with money. I'm fed up of my 18 year old brother and my 16 year old sister sat at home when they could go out and earn so much money, I would do anything but a paper round. I like to have money on me all the time.
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You sound pretty switched on there.wish there was more youngsters out there wanting to work,Fed up of so many people saying youngsters don't wanna work .All the Best
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I'm 15 years old, my name is paige rowley and I would love to have a job close to home in Sheffield, something that is at least £4.00 or above a hour. I am happy and I get on with other people I can communicate in two languages Spanish and English. I wish to have a job and  thank you for taking your time to read this I appreciate it.
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There are absolutely no jobs where I live, iv tried going around and asking, and calling people with adverts but no1 will take an under 16, my parents make me pay for all my clothes and going out with my mates and currently I don't get out much, am running out of jeans and need a new bikini as summer is afoot. Iv read about the ebay comment and would say it is a good idea but I believe you have to be a certain age? Other than that I am completely stuck. Any help here?
Beth
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If you are under 16 their is loads of jobs on offer for you, some people just car`nt be bothered to get up and walk to a local shop and apply, I have been working in a cafe at morrisons for over 1 year now; I earn 6.50 a hour which is great pay.
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I have a paper round and I will give you a bit of advice to anyone who wants/needs a job do not get a paperround it is the worst thing you could possibly do honestly I'm thinking about packing it in I'm going to go round to the hairdressers just seconds from my house and ask if they have any jobs even if its just sweeping the hairs off the floor at least its something and you get money :) I'm 13 by the way .
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To the person who asked for jobs in mildenhall, I live near there and my advice is get what you can, I work in a pub and get paid. £2.50 an hour! Its awful apy and its complely crap job. All my mates are all looking for jobs and some have been lucky enough to find some in pubs and paper rounds but other than that there is hardsly any jobs in this area going, so get what you. £30 a day is brilliant pay compared to £20 for the whole entire weekend! Count your self lucky for that pay!
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Why don't you try Jobcentre they might help....or you can work in litle shops like martins or  shopps you don't get anywhere but you have to be safe .work in a place where there is other young people or a ;lot of people so you don't get abused..;.if you live in london..your lucky try boutiques and I guarantee you will get a job if you keep looking and present yourself nicely xx
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It's really difficult to find a job or Job Search  under 16. Paper round is the most obvious, you could get something like
~£25/week... You  could apply to work in a chemist, I started when I was
15.
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Alexander Mason answered

Mind you, I was living in England at the time, so laws may vary.

I was running contract jobs {petty errands that people were too lazy to do} in order to earn money. Being an unofficial job, there were no laws against it.

There were a variety of jobs to be done. Some jobs consisted or running letters or packages to the intended target. Others were to run to the post and mail something. Others would pay you to run to the market to buy some trinkets for the employer.

I am currently in the United States, and I'm not familiar with the laws regarding under-sixteen contract jobs.

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I am a paper boy and I've just been given a promotion to senior sorter and head of paper rounds! There is hope yet!!! But getting work under 16 is very very hard and I got this just by luck!
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Ebay is actually a really good idea! I do it because I have M.E and can't leave the house for a real job so grant yourself lucky if all you have is 'a measly paper round' or whatever - at least its something!!
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Hei, I'm 16 years old and I think what job that you can do is be a waiter because my friend that was 15 and he was a waiter for a small restaurants..and, that can give you little money too..
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Look out for posters and advertisements, I emailed for one that I saw unfortunately there were no vancancies. It was basically distribution like leaflets and stuff. I wouldnt have minded though as long as I got some money. Theres just no work for under 16's. You never know though local newsagents are a good place to start
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I'm 14 and got a job in a cafe... I called up and she said she would call when there was a vacancy. And there had been names on the list for like a year - it took a couple of weeks and she phones. She said she called me because I lived so local. So just keep trying your local places, get your names put on lists and you never know who might call...cya guys
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I know that where I live, in Ontario some 14 year old kids work in grocery stores, and some of them also work in campgrounds around town. And finally a lot of the kids do the lawns for people during summer times.
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The best thing to do is be a paper boy/girl the moneys not to bad but I got around 700 pound a year. Wen I started there I was 13 and now I'm 15 looking for a different job, can anyone help!
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If your 14 and live with your bf and have a baby on the way surely you are in-titled to some benefits or something instead of working.
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Yeah but it's not enough to pay for the house, the baby, and everything, my bf can't get a job either
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What sort of thing is that to say, live on benefits, surely she wants her child to see that she was independant and didnt count on tax payers money to help her afford her own child!!!!!!!!!!!!
Its a GOOD thing she wants a job, thats whats wrong with this country lazy people on benefits.
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You could always think about volunteering. I am 14 and I volunteer at a sweet little church cafe. You obviously don't get paid but its a great way of meeting people and making new friends its really worth it if you can't find anywhere that will pay.
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Well there are many jobs which are available for the students who are under age of 16s. The students who have small sage can participate in the home jobs and communication jobs like the call center. So you can be the call center agent there are many jobs which are advertised on the daily basis for the call center executives so you can also find the jobs on the different regions for the call center.

So there are many other jobs which are available for the students and youngsters who are under age of 16 year. Hey can go for the jobs related to programming, internet marketing, telemarketing and other internet based jobs. So you can search for the different jobs on the internet. So this is the easy way which you can use in order to get the job. There are few restrictions on the jobs for the students or that requires some experience so that you can not apply for the jobs. So this is the reason you can find the jobs for yourself. So this is all about the jobs for the students.
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Hey guys.
I'm 15 as of september last year, and I hope to receive my national insurance soon.
I live in leeds, Seacroft & I've been eager to get a job for around a year.
I'm aware that most places require their employees to have national insurance numbers, so I hadn't had much success.
I was thinking of calling a fairly local cafe' in the morning, I'm aware that there's a 15 year old female already working there. I asked her how she got the job, and she said her mum knew the owner, unfortunately, my parents don't want to help me find a job but insist I stop asking for money. I don't get pocket money, or dinner money, and only sometimes get it when I asked for it.

So do you guys think I should call the cafe?
I'm not sure if I should cause I hadn't had much luck and I reckon I will be wasting my time.
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Ermmm well what to say I think we should have more jobs I am 14 and  I would love to do a baby sitting job  I love children and would love to earn a bit of money I always pester my mum for money when I could be erning my own money !! And I also live in a  small village called wistow near selby witch is a small town I had a chance to do avon but was a rubbish pay because we have such a small village x I NEEDDD MONEY-YYY loll x ohh actually am going to go in the army you can join when your 16 and you get paid lots and they feed you and keep you and teach you how to drive its an awsome job and you don't always have to fight infact you don't have to fight at all xx  there is alsorts of jobs you can do in the army x laura x
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Hi!!!! I turn 14 in 17 days I'm looking for a job in my town and I have a working permit already since I was turning 14 so soon^^ I need some ideas were to apply I live in richmond, indiana and its nearly impossible for my older sister to find work the others have a steady job. There are several fast food places like wendys , burger king, and mcdonalds that hire minors. Also Krogers,Publix and other  stores hires teens 14 and older as baggers and lot sweepers. *Michelle*
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Listen people
I and most of you want and need a job to get a good start to life ! So we are going have to think of somthing knew somthing that people do a lot of  somthing that know one else has done iylli will leave this to you guys for the day and get back on yours and my ideas then we will all have jobs
Trust me I know What I'm doing just hang on in there
cya later peeps
from XSazzleX
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Sazzle u need t get real , ask youur faimil or mates for ideas , my sister leah has just mentiond that i could try my nephews nursery ,, now i can keep an eye on my nephew and get work !!! Genius xxx
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I cannot find a job at 15, they don't really take you in when your under the age of 16,
cannot wait till I'm 16 in a few months time so I can earn some money and have a JOB !
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I'm 15 and have applied for 4 different paper rounds, however none have got back to me (and that was over a year ago). So I decided to take things into my own hands and work for myself. So I set up an ebay account not long ago and just by selling unwanted items in my house I've made over £100 in just over a month (which is better than nothing) and I can work to my own hours.
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I am 13 14 in april
I'm looking for a job. I went to a local pub resturant and they said I had to be 16/18 :(
but he said I can be a runner in the summer so hopefully it will work but its really hard.
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Im 15 and ive only just noticed this site and it talks a lot of s**t , no pub or resterante will employ a minor and the shops near were i live u have to be 16 xx

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