With winter break just around the corner, you, like me, are probably counting down the days until you can close your backpack and just relax. After a long semester of tests and quizzes, most teenagers are more than ready for a December break. However, we often forget that taking a break from school doesn't mean we have to spend every day sleeping until noon. In fact, school breaks are a great time to do something almost as important as classes: make money! How?
With schools closed, many working parents will be on the lookout for casual childcare. Doing a few hours of babysitting a week is a great way to ensure you can afford to purchase those holiday gifts for your family!
2. Pet and House Sitting
The holidays are also a time when many families pack up and travel to see their loved ones. If you're staying home this break, taking care of a neighbor's pets or looking after their home while they're away is a simple way to make some extra cash.
3. Your Summer Job
If you held a job last summer, there's no harm in reaching out to your old boss to see if you could work for a week or two. Many companies will be hustling to handle the holiday rush or finish projects by the end of the year, so they'll probably be happy to have some familiar help.
4. Stock Photography
After years of perfecting Instagram posts, many Gen-Zers have learned to love and become skilled in photography. If this sounds like you, you may make some money by selling your photos to a stock photo company.
5. Paid Focus Groups
Being paid to give your opinion is a dream for many extraverts. Make that dream a reality by joining paid focus groups. You can make up to $300 an hour by participating, so these are a foolproof way to fill your wallet.
In the world of COVID-19, there's no doubt that working from home is the new normal. However, most traditional high school jobs don't lend themselves well to a virtual format.
Let's be honest. Trying to find a part-time job as a teen can be overwhelming. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent on Google, searching every company I know, only to find out that most of them are only hiring college kids. If you take this approach, this process can be frustrating, to say the least.