What is the best job for teenagers?
The best job for teenagers is the one that doesn’t disrupt their school work. Whether that’s working at McDonald’s, your dad’s auto shop, or even doing volunteer work, where you’re building your network and skillset before you start socking money away.
Best Jobs for Teenagers – Pin for Later – via jessicafwalker.com
Individual states have different rules about what age a teenager can start working, the hours they’re allowed and how much they can get paid. You’ll want to check with your local labor and wage office to see what the laws are where you live.
I don’t think there is any one job that is the best for teenagers. You’re still an individual and what’s right for you might not be right for someone else. You’re also young enough that if you work at several different jobs for a short amount of time, it’s okay.
Really focus on deciding what you’re interested in.
Do you want to talk to people all day? Do you want to be left alone while you work? Do you need a high level of supervision? Do you want to start your own business? Do you like working with kids? It really just depends.
If you’re ready to start your first job search, I recommend signing up for the free six day job search challenge. It’s going to take you step by step through all the important parts of job searching like interviews, resumes, applications, and more. Job searching is one of those things that adults assume you should know how to do, but it’s actually a skill that you develop over time. So if you haven’t looked before, then knowing where to start is basically impossible.
This Job Challenge fixes that. For six days, you will learn:
- How to create a beautiful resume
- Important things to consider when filling out applications
- Where to find online job postings (pro tip: stay away from Craigslist if you can)
- What to say during your interview (and what to do after)
- How to address potential barriers to employment (like age, lack of experience, criminal background etc.)
- Plus more!
Click here to sign up!
Places to find jobs for Teenagers:
This website is great for those entry level type positions which are great jobs for teenagers. You’ll find a lot of fast food gigs, retail gigs, and military recruitment ads here. When you sign up for your account make sure you uncheck the boxes that allow partners to contact you, or you’ll be flooded with spammy emails.
Zip Recruiter is a RSS feed of jobs from company websites as well as other job search websites. There are a lot of opportunities here, but it is sometimes a little hard to search through.
Start your own gig
Like I mentioned before, sometimes the best way to find jobs for teenagers and get started with making money is to find odd jobs around your neighborhood. Take some time, identify what you could do, and if there is a gap in the services available. Do your neighbors complain about walking dogs, cleaning up after their pets, or mowing their lawns? Are there a lot of elderly people in the area who need assistance with groceries or cooking or other household chores? Any parents who need a night off and a reliable babysitter? You can create flyers and post them to doors, hang them on community posters in stores. You can reach out to your parents friends, and see if they have any work for you.
If you’re particularly enterprising, you could start a blog or an online store. It takes a lot of hard work, but depending on your niche, it could be very lucrative.
You can include these kinds of gigs on your resume because they show that you’re responsible, and motivated to work. Those things matter a whole lot more than actual skillsets in the beginning. Anyone can work a cash register. The real skill is showing up when you’re scheduled to work.
What was your first job as a teenager? Tell me in the comments!
I love a good round up post, especially when they’re related to things I love. Like Career Development. Self care. Entrepreneurship. And Personal Development. Awesome! Sometimes you’re looking for something to… help you out. But you’re not sure what. Well, this list has some great options on it. These were sourced from one of my favorite Facebook Groups called Online Business BFFs. I’ve signed up for a lot of them (and even created a few of them!)
These challenges, courses, and resources are from the best of the best right here for you. I hope you enjoy. If you know of any amazing free resources that would be great here, feel free to link to them in the comments!
Of course, I have a few courses for you to sign up for if you’re interested.
Job Search Challenge
Coming soon- Open your Dropship Shopify store in less than 14 days
Take this free 7-day e-course and develop a sustainable side hustle. This is will help you figure out which side hustle you want to pursue, how to market yourself, find clients on autopilot, and build a personal branding.
Start the pay raise conversation with confidence when meeting with your manager using these opening lines SCRIPTS.
Join a free email challenge for grant writers (or those who want to be), non-profit staff, board members, and volunteers: 5 Days to Better Grant Readiness
‘Free Resources’ page to house all of my best career and job search resources. I’ve currently stocked the page with four professionally designed resume template packages and a cover letter example–with much more to come!
6 Day Job Search Challenge: If you’re just starting to look for a job, you need to take this challenge. It’ll help you organize your resume, optimize your applications, teach you to be a strong interviewer, and more. In six days, you could be on the way to your new job!
Free 35 page chakra balancing workbook
A set of 12 free inspiring affirmation cards for female entrepreneurs to use in the home or office for a daily dose of motivation!. If you are a female entrepreneur who loves a bit of inspiration each day, then these are for you!
Free inspirational printable
If you are trying to kickstart your healthy eating goals, one of the best things that works for my clients is to keep track. I make it really simple, and fun with my Food Mood and Health Journal.
I’m offering a Free Pilate Foundations Course (which is usually $65!) This is essential for Pilates beginners and excellent as a refresher for the seasoned pro.
Lots of free resources in the library, all centering around self care and confidence. My latest (and favourite) is my guide to 50+ resources to practice self care!
Resource library which includes planners and stickers for organization, a coloring book for relaxation, and other printable downloadables for fun.
I have a free challenge designed for professionals and entrepreneurs who are busy and sedentary. if you are always sitting and feel overall stiff, and unhealthy.. I have a 14 days challenge for you! The lifestyle detox challenge will take you from sedentary to fit by cleansing your mindset, nutrition and fitness.
FREE motivational pack which includes
A printable quote for every day of the week
A flow chart to see if you are motivating yourself the right way
A simple TO DO list of things to get your butt moving TODAY
And just been added is a lovely watercolour BOOKMARK printable with a motivational quote on it.
There’s no point driving traffic to a website that doesn’t convert browsers into leads, and then customers. Yet 80% of sites fail to generate an ROI. 🙁 Which is exactly why I created this free 47-Point Homepage Checklist
BackStage PASS to my AWESOME Library for the NEW online Creative Entrepreneur
Free email course on the basics of business finance for self-employed folks. If you’re struggling to understand tracking your income and expenses and what financial tasks you need to so for your biz- this is for you!
Looking for guides and templates to help you in business? Sign up here.
Sign up for Ed Troxell’s Weekly and get access to my free resource library. Bonus: you get the ultimate toolkit for entrepreneurs.
FREE book club for 2017 where we read 12 books in the genre of business psychology/productivity.
This is a place where you can get access within moments to hundreds of free styled stock photos. What makes this stock photo library unique is that all of our photos are member influenced and curated.
I have recently put together an eBook called “Digital Nomad Secrets” for people wanting to travel whilst working, whether that’s the odd holiday with their family, or travel 24/7. My book gives them the tools to get going.
6 questions to ask yourself before turning your side hustle into a full time
How will the 100 Goals for the Year Exercise help me achieve my bucket list? This free planner (in our goal setting tools & resources library) AUTOMATICALLY tracks your progress towards all your goals, big or small, and shows you where you should focus your attention for the future. Effectively turning a bucket list into an ACTION list!
For all of the soul searching women looking to become their most radiant self, I have a free library full of practical tools and inspiration for heart-centered living! 🙂
Become your most productive self with my FREE time management guide
Do you feel stuck? Are you living your life or someone else’s? If you are ready to stop listening to the voices of your peanut gallery and start trusting your inner voice, do I have the resource for you!
Own Your Voice and Love Your Life! A free 30 minute webinar where I walk you through a step by step process to begin to tune in and listen to your inner voice.
If you don’t have a creative bone in your body and you want to know how an artist works, this digital painting eBook will highlight every step of painting an image. From the blank page to completion.
Here’s my best trick to declutter and purge your closet, with 6 questions to help you create a wardrobe you love. Plus get your FREE printable closet decluttering guide to make the process easier!
Are you looking to start travelling more in 2017? My new eBook + actionable checklist will help you do just that! You can download “7 Easy Ways to Save Money for Travel” for FREE
Rock Your Routine is a free 5-day house cleaning course for overwhelmed homemakers.
Free 23 page e-book (the backpackers guide to travelling in luxury) – Various travel tips and tricks including: planning your trip, how to save big on accommodation, finding cheap airfares, top frequent flyer programs to join and much more!
Hey you guys!! Anyone wanting to learn hand lettering and modern calligraphy?
I’m teaching basic lettering techniques fo’ FREE!
If you’d like to learn, check out the link below. When you sign up, you get free lettering worksheets and you can request an invite to watch free lettering tutorial videos. Each week I do a different technique, letter or pen review. 🤗Hope to see some of you soon!
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I got this question the other day in the email. A reader wanted to know:
“How can I get more traffic from Instagram? I see all these bloggers with thousands of followers… help!”
Well, the answer in a word, is Tailwind.
Tailwind is this incredible app that I signed up for a couple of months ago to help me with my Pinterest. But today, we’re talking about how their new features are going to upend the Instagram game. If you’re interested in learning how Tailwind can change your Pinterest game and why it is the most essential tool in your blogging tool box, click here (coming soon!).
Now, you’ve probably already figured this out, but you can’t auto post photos to Instagram. It is by far the lamest part of the whole app. But, you can schedule them before hand, which is where Tailwind comes in.
How to Use Tailwind for Instagram
First Tailwind lets you set up your schedule. Pick your photo, add your description, and then pick your hashtags.
Hashtags are how people find your photos. No tags, no visits, no likes. You can have up to 30 of them but you want to make sure you use them judiciously. There are a lot of changes happening on Instagram and you might have heard rumors of some sort of “shadowban”. Really, its just Instagram putting everyone in an A/B testing scheme to test engagement. Organic traffic is always preferred but people have to find you, right? And on Instagram, they find you through well placed hashtags.
Tailwind makes finding and choosing your hashtags easier than ever. Instead of loading each photo up, you can check to see which ones will work best for you. Check out this video:
If you’re ready to sign up for Tailwind, you can do it here. You’ll get a 30 day free trial which will allow you to schedule up to 100 photos. If you're using Pinterest, you can get a free trial of that. I cannot live without Pinterest.
So why Tailwind and not some other Instagram scheduler?
Yes, there are other Instagram schedulers out there, but not all of them are actually partnered with Instagram. Using them could be against the terms of service and get your account blocked. You’ll be happy to know that Tailwind is an official partner. So if you sign up with them, you’ll never have to worry about that.
Plus Tailwind is incredibly easy to use with both Adobe Spark and Canva. You'll be getting your Instagram feed all organized and pretty right from your phone. Cool, right?
How do you schedule your Instagram posts?
Welcome Lisa from Genuine! She’s joining us today to talk about how she was able to combine her love of essential oils into her yoga practice and start a side hustle as well.
Hi! Who are you?
My name is Lisa Machac, and I’m a freelance writer, blogger, and musician from Austin, Texas.
What is your side hustle, and where can we find it?
I’m lucky enough to have figured out a way to incorporate essential oils into my blog, so that my “side hustle” and my main hustle (my blog Genuine) support each other perfectly. I’ve dedicated a page of my blog to understanding Aroma, and that’s where my side hustle lives .
How long have you done this side hustle?
Five years, and it’s been financing my writing for three years, even though I only work on it a few hours a week.
What drew you to it?
I was a yoga teacher when another yoga teacher showed me how I could use essential oils in my lessons. At the time, I was teaching yoga at a grief retreat center, and I found that using the oils on my clients was a powerful tool to help them navigate a painful experience. Because I started sharing the oils organically, my side hustle grew very quickly and I was able to quit my little odd jobs to focus on my writing, exclusively. I’m very grateful to the person who introduced me to the oils!
How did you study/train/prepare for this business?
One thing that’s really fantastic about affiliate marketing is that when you find a product you love, it supports you, and not the other way around. All you need to do is learn how the product enhances your message and talk about it. Essential oils are a versatile product, literally anybody can use them to support their passion, whether it’s mindfulness and meditation, like mine, or whether it’s fitness, family, travel, creativity, or creating a healthy home. Anyone can use them as a platform for their work.
What is the best way for you to find clients?
Usually, my clients find me through my writing. I talk about how to use essential oils to create inner peace in some of my blog posts and I have a free continuing education course called “Emotional Support with Essential Oils” that people can opt in to from my website. From there, people usually purchase oils and I provide personalized education on how to use them.
Tell me about the platform/s you use. What are some of the features that make it incredible to use? Does it have any downsides?
For my blog, I use Weebly and MailChimp. Weebly is super easy to use, but now that I’m more informed about blogging and marketing, I wish that I’d used Squarespace, which is just as easy to use but includes more integration options with third parties. As for MailChimp, I have zero complaints now that they allow you to create automations for free. It’s the most user friendly email marketing platform I know of, and I’ve tried a few others.
For social media, I focus on Instagram because I find that my “people” hang out there the most. It’s so easy to find and connect with people like you on Instagram and I feel like the connections I make there are real and authentic. I love posting “microblogs” there. The downside is that I’m not a great photographer, so I have to get creative with finding photos to accompany my words.
And I am 100% dedicated to Canva for graphic design. It’s simply the best for novices, and it’s free.
What would you recommend to someone just starting their business?
Just start. There is no way of knowing exactly where it will lead you. Read Simon Sinek’s book, “Start with Why” to get inspired. I think if you have a clear vision of how you’re trying to impact the world, the business will take shape around it. For the first phase, really go with the flow and see what people respond it, and then narrow down your focus from there. Distill your message down to one sentence you could repeat over and over, for the rest of your life, and then make sure that everything you do fits in with that message.
How many hours a week do you think you spend on it?
I spend just a few hours a week talking with essential oil customers. All of my educational tools are automated now, so to maintain my income, it’s just a matter of answering questions from my customers and writing new blogs about essential oils. As for my main project, freelance writing, I spend about 30 hours a week on it.
What are your business goals for 2017?
My goal for 2017 is to go deep. It took me a while to feel fully resolved about the message of my blog and how my side hustle fit into it. Now that I’m super clear, I want to take time to really learn all I can about the topics I’m writing about so that my writing is helpful to others.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
In college, I was advised to talk to attend the office hours posted by my professors. Little did I know that following this advice would positively impact the rest of my life. By befriending my professors, not only did I learn about the subject matter more deeply, I also knew of opportunities for extra credit, internships, and upcoming assignments before any of my peers.
It’s a habit I have continued into adulthood and now it’s advice I give: If you want something, introduce yourself to the people that can help you get it and ask them what to do. You’d be shocked at how few people actually follow this advice, but if you do, you’ll have a competitive edge.
Tell me the greatest/favorite review/testimonial you’ve received?
My favorite kudos are those from people grieving. Though I write about all kinds of emotions, when I hear from someone who is suffering a loss telling me that my words helped them, it means the world to me, because I know what they’re going through. To help someone feel less alone in a dark time is the greatest gift I can imagine.
What is the best way to build a relationship with your clientele?
Be real. It can be hard these days to really be yourself when you’re promoting your business, because so many of the successful people are pretty, or peppy, or perfect. It’s natural to compare yourself to others, but ask yourself what kind of person you want to be when you’re 80 or 90. The people who are that old who have a real, inner light shining through are the ones who have stopped trying to impress everyone and love themselves. They’re irresistible.
How active are you on social media? Do you spread yourself around or stick to one or two mediums?
I definitely stick to one or two mediums. I have plans to hire an assistant at some point and then I can branch out to all of the platforms, but since it’s just me, trying to be effective on every platform distracts from creating quality content on my blog, which is my focus.
If you could go back and make your start a little easier, what is one thing you would have changed?
I think it’s important for people to just start. Start sharing, start talking about what you love, stop being afraid that it won’t be perfect. You’ll never stop learning how to improve your product, so just start sharing it now.
Any other advice, or stories to share?
For those interested in learning about how essential oils can support their message and supplement their income, I have a free affiliate marketing training here. It walks you through the exact steps of incorporating a product you love into your offerings.
Thank you so much!
The other day I received an email from a reader. It was one sentence.
“Why can’t I sell anything on Shopify before the 14 day free trial is over?”
I have a long answer so I thought I would share it here for everyone. Plus, at the end I have a special surprise (hint: Its a giveaway!)
Let’s talk about Shopify’s 14 day free trial. Maybe you’ve signed up, maybe you want to click here to sign up, whatever.
You’ve done it, you’ve picked your theme, you’ve got your apps all organized, and payment portal set up and you are ready to start making money.
But wait, you can’t yet! Why not?
Because Shopify’s 14 day free trial is to allow you time to set up your store and get excited about the possibility. You have to make the most of those 14 days.
You can pick out all the free apps, get your content all loaded and decide what your markup is going to be. In addition, you can start promoting your business on Facebook and building interest so when you do go live, you’ll already have customers interested in purchasing what you’re offering.
When you’re ready to go live, you’ll need to purchase your domain and your first month of service. Plans start as low as $29/mo. They have the option for month-to-month or annual plans so if you’re weary of investing too much in the first month that is a great option.
Of course, their best features come in at the $79/mo price point. You can really start to grow your business with the right amount of support.
Here’s the important part: if you’re ready to launch at day 3 or 7 of your 14 day free trial, you can! In order to remove your password page, you have to choose a plan and agree to be charged for your first month or annual plan at the end of your 14 day trial.
This means, if you’re ready to launch your store on day 4, you get ten days free of selling and can see if you make any conversions before you pay for your first month! It’s as simple as that!
So if you’re worried about investing your money- don’t. Many stores have opened up on less than $100 dollars. One Mr. Chris Guilbeaux even wrote a book called the $100 Start Up. (SIde note: I just finished it and it’s a pretty interested read. If you haven’t read it, it has lots of case studies about how people started their businesses for less than $100 and most didn’t have any business experience. Sound like anyone you know?)
And after 3 months, you’ll know if it’s worth it or not to continue, or if you’re ready to invest even more into it. After 3 months, if you’re not making a profit, then quit. You’ve lost $90 bucks, which isn’t the worst thing. Its like, 2 months worth of coffee at Starbucks.
But if you’re making a profit after 3 months, then great! Keep doing what you’re doing! And tell me all about it! I’d love to feature you on my Side Hustle Series!
If you’re wondering how much you could make, and where you’re going to find your customers, I have a plan. A business plan and you can download it for free.
Still not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge?
Then I suggest you absolutely sign up for the 14 day free trial. Worst case scenario, you don’t like the functions. You don’t like how it’s built. You’ve wasted a little time, and no money. You can even open your store and see if you get any sales before deciding to close it down for good if that’s what you want.
Best case scenario, you understand why thousands of people use Shopify as their store front. It’s beyond the easy user interface, and apps that make dropshipping simple. There’s a community spirit here that transcends individual stores. Their forums are super helpful and full of incredibly good information. If you have a question, someone has probably already asked it.
One of Shopify’s best features is that it allows you to take your online shop offline. Interested in craft bazaars? Pop up boutiques? Festivals or shows? Take your Shopify Point of Sale with you. All you need is their handy little swiper and a smartphone or tablet. (isn’t the world we live in fabulous?)
When your 14 day free trial is up, you need to be ready to make an investment in your future. The best way to feel sure about that is to do your research. Shopify has some amazing resources on their site, and I’ve even created a free Business Plan to help you make the most of your Shopify experience.
Check out these articles on Shopify for more information, and then get started with your shop with your 14 day free trial.
Bonus: Hey, you made it to the bottom of this post! Awesome!
I’ve launched my own store on Shopify and to celebrate its grand opening, I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!
Omg! Polka Dotted All The Things is almost here!
What is Polka Dotted All The Things? Its the one stop shop for all things polka dotted!
I’m so excited to start this store that I’ve decided to offer a giveaway as well! We officially open on June 1st, 2017! To build up excitement, this giveaway is starting a little early, and running a little long. I want to make sure everyone gets a chance to enter! If you want a chance at a $100 gift card to Polka Dotted All The Things, read more:
Here’s how to enter:
Using the widget below, plug in your name, and your valid email address. Then you have three more options:
1) Refer friends through your special link and receive an additional entry
2) Follow Polka Dotted All The Things on Instagram
3) Tag 5 Friends on the designated Instagram photo in the comments
If you love polka dots half as much as I do, you’re going to love this store. More items are being added all the time, so sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up to date on sales, new items, and other special deals.