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What jobs can I get as a 15yo?

I want to start paying for my own things, but I can't get a job because most jobs hire at 16.

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Hansi’s Answer

You can talk to your neighbors or your community - and ask them if they want any lawn mowing service done or anything that could help any one and pay you in cash.
As legally - you cannot work with an income until you are 16 yrs old.
Some options are helping in churches or your community organizations.
This should not be at the cost of your education. Ensure you keep your studying on and do not quit studying, as it will help you in the long run.
Washing automobiles or offering any services like cleaning is also a good option.
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Shaye’s Answer

Hi there, starting with your neighborhood is a great way to get a starting job. You could offer baby sitting or pet sitting services for your friends and/or neighbors. You can also tutor someone who is a grade or two below you. Start with the people that you and your family knows and let them know you're available to do these type of jobs. Do NOT go inside people's houses by yourself if you don't know your neighbors well. Also like Hansi said, it shouldn't be at the cost of your education and time to study.
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Alex’s Answer

Hi Kayla,

At 15 there are a few jobs you can do to help paying for things you want. Below is a small list.
- Dog walking of sitting.
- Chores around a private home such as leaf raking, pulling out weeds around the yard or taking the trash out for an elderly neighbor.
- Car washing with adult supervision

At 15 years of age most states have labor laws that would prevent you from performing other simple jobs you would otherwise be able to do once you reach 16.
As Shaye mentioned, Do Not enter neighbors house you or your family do not know well.
Best of luck and be safe.

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Gynielle’s Answer

Hi Kayla,

I have a 15 yr old and she has the same idea. In SC she was able to find a part time job with limited hours at Chic Fila. You may want to check with your local fast food restaurants and be sure to check the labor laws there in MA.

Hope this helps.
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Derek’s Answer

Hi Kayla -

A couple great options would be Starbucks and Chic-Fil-A. The reason these could be great options and simply because they offer tuition assistance for college. Since you're in high school now and likely looking to attend college afterwards having that work can help you pay for school once you start to go. It could also be a way to earn certifications in specific areas if you don't plan on college. From my experience Starbucks has a better assistance program and works well with a high school schedule.
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Chris’s Answer

Hi Kayla,

Here are some basic ideas for jobs, some which you can do on your own, and other through an employer-

Babysitting: This is a great option if you enjoy being around children and have some experience in child care. You can advertise your services to families in your neighborhood.

Dog walking or pet sitting: If you are an animal lover, you can offer your services to take care of pets in your neighborhood.

Yard work: Offer to mow lawns, rake leaves, landscape or do other yard work.

Retail jobs: Many stores, such as supermarkets and clothing stores, hire teenagers for part-time work.

Food service jobs: Fast food restaurants and cafes often hire teenagers for part-time jobs such as cashiering or food preparation.

Online jobs: There are many online jobs that a 15-year-old can do, such as data entry, surveys, and virtual tutoring.

Tutoring: If you excel in a particular subject, consider offering your services as a tutor to other students.

I'd talk to your parents about what you want to do as well. Perhaps they can guide you or even connect you with friends and family who may be in need of help!
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david’s Answer

You might check to see if your neighborhood is registered to the social media site nextdoor.com. If available, you could register there and promote your availability for lawn care, dog walking, baby sitting, house cleaning, etc. In our neighborhood, such offers are welcome and we have a number of teenagers doing this. Mowing lawns or clearing out gardens in preparation for spring are other possibilities. I admire your enthusiasm.
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