Many teens love to be independent and make their own money. Being self-sufficient is a giant step toward becoming an adult and making your own way in the world. Eighteen-year-old girls are considered adults in most states, but many may find it challenging to find jobs that pay well. There are several fun and interesting jobs which are fairly lucrative if time and energy are applied.
Become a Server
Working in food service be quite challenging and interesting. A server must be quick-thinking and have multi-tasking and people skills. A server can often work far fewer hours per week than she would in an office job and make a larger salary. Servers do not have to wait for a pay check as, in most places, they are tipped out in cash at the end of every shift. A server can expect to make an average of $20,000 to $25,00 per year, but in busier or finer establishments the earnings can be much more. Airport restaurants, resorts, cruise ships and casinos are all lucrative choices.
Train as a Model
You could also train as a model and make a good wage in print ads or on a runway. There is an initial cash outlay for classes, photos and proper makeup and accessories, but for the right person this could be a highly lucrative career. It requires discipline, punctuality and the ability to follow directions well. Besides the stereotypical tall and thin models, there are also markets for plus-size and petite pregnant women. There are many modeling agencies that provide training at minimal cost and then locate work for individuals. A good model can expect to make a minimum of $25 per hour and up.
Work in Promotions
Many talent agencies specifically look for young women to work in promotions. This could include handing out wine samples in a wine shop, distributing information at a car show or assisting at a food show registration booth. While the pay can be quite high per hour, this type of work is inconsistent but can be a stepping stone to something better. It is also a great opportunity to network and meet diverse and interesting people. Promotional jobs can be found through talent agencies for $15 per hour or more.
Become a Nanny
There is a big difference between a baby sitter and a nanny. A baby sitter is short-term and usually paid by the hour. A nanny is usually paid a much higher salary and has many more benefits. She may have the use of a car, travel opportunities and live with the family, therefore having few personal expenses. This position does require patience, understanding and a love for children. Jobs like these can often be found through employment agencies that specialize in child care. Pay will vary widely depending on the employer and benefits.