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Summer Job Ideas for 12 & 13 Year Olds

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With all the new toys and electronic gadgets on the market today, preteens and teens may find that life gets pricey. Although labor laws prevent 12- and 13-year-olds from getting most part-time jobs, there are simple services this age group can provide to help them earn some extra cash during the summer.


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Family members and neighbors will often need a babysitter for a few hours during the day while they run errands. Some parents may even need a “mother's helper” to assist with children while the parent does housework or works from home. Taking a babysitting class or obtaining a CPR certification will help you land babysitting gigs.

Yard Work

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Doing yard work may not be an ideal job, but cutting grass and pruning shrubs isn't so bad when you're getting paid. If you have experience mowing lawns, offer your services to friends and neighbors. If your parents feel you're too young to operate that type of machinery, offer to pull weeds, plant flowers, prune shrubs or water lawns.

Paper Route

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You have to be very reliable to be a successful newspaper carrier. Before you take on such a job, you may want to fill in for a carrier to see how you like it. When searching for a paper route, don’t just look at major papers because these routes typically require a car and a driver's license. Instead, contact small, weekly papers in your area to inquire about openings. Keep in mind that your parents may need to fill out some paperwork before you can be assigned a route.

Dog Walking

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If you have experience with dogs, dog walking may be a fun summer job. Put up fliers around your neighborhood and talk to the local veterinary clinic about finding clients. Just remember that when you walk dogs, you also have to clean up after them!