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Are there jobs for 13 year olds?

I want to get a job and I've been looking for pet sitting. I have been looking forever on Google and I can't find anything. Thanks

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Alyssa’s Answer

Hi Anna,


There's a lot of creative ways you can work at a young age! When I was 13, I was pet sitting, babysitting, and volunteering for a local organization helping with food drives. Getting involved with your community can be a great way to explore what you're interested in, as well as teach you some valuable life lessons. If you are looking specifically for pet sitting and babysitting opportunities, I would suggest starting with your neighbors and family friends, and maybe even consider putting fliers in their mailboxes. Hope this helps!

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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Anna: I agree with Mr. Constant. I'd like to add to the list of jobs for 13 year olds.  .  .

*Babysit in your church nursery or children ministry area - this could eventually lead to you becoming a Sunday School teacher, which looks good on your college application (definitely makes you stand out above the pack)

*House sit or walk dogs - make sure you house sit for someone you know and trust. My daughter does this from time to time when friends go on vacation and need a trusted friend or someone they know to watch their pet(s)

*Help family members clean their house - I've paid my 12 year old niece to help me with small tasks such as dusting bookshelves, blinds, sweeping stairs etc. I've even solicited her to help me take down Christmas decorations for a small fee

*Wash cars - I'd love for someone to wash my car every weekend

*Lawn care - most people are very particular about how their lawn look (ie, my spouse). So this might be a tricky area

*Counselor - summer or seasonal

*Tutor - in a subject that you are good at. Or, a language you want to help someone learn

These are just a few things to help you start thinking about ways to earn money. Hope this helps.

Source:    Mom's experience with her own young adults, nieces and first cousins. :)

Good Luck to You!

Thank you comment icon p.s. (sorry, the answer feature isn't working!) Whatever you do, do it well, and your reputation will get you more work. If you walk dogs, remember to pick up the poo. Be punctual, polite, and friendly. Don't set your prices so high that no one wants you, but don't let people take advantage of you either (this means you need to find out what the "going rate" is for others who provide the service). Kim Igleheart
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Mr.’s Answer

Anna L,


Yes you can cut grass, tutor and or become a junior counselor. I would prefer looking into tutoring because it pays more and open more doors into future positions while cutting grass and junior counselors are based on specific seasons. I wish you the best on your jouney.

Thank you comment icon There is a site called care.com that lists odd-jobs. I think you should probably do word-of-mouth self-promotion. I've seen people do this through FB and Nextdoor.com. There is a business picking up dog poop in yards. I think it's 50 cents per pile, $5.00 minimum. Also a business putting out people's trash on trash day. Shoveling snow. Because I am wobbly on step-ladders, I wish I had somebody who would come about once a month to change my AC filter(in the ceiling), replace burned out lightbulbs, smoke detector batteries, etc. I'd happily pay someone $20 for one hour of their time to do odd jobs. I also wish somebody would put away my groceries! Kim Igleheart
Thank you comment icon If that works for you go for it either way I wish you the best on your laborious endeavors. Mr. Constant III
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