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How to Make Money as a Teenager

How to Make Money as a Teenager in the UK

Want to know how to make money as a teenager in the UK? well this article covers everything you need to know about working from the age of 13.

Can A 13-Year-Old Work?

Yes, A 13-year-old is allowed to work in the UK but under certain regulations, there must be balance with school work. This is why it is crucial for 13 year olds to find and apply for part-time jobs that are manageable and practicable. A 13 year old will not be able to work in a pub, factory or any other environment that has the potential of harming their health, but they can still take up opportunities that will help them earn money while schooling.

How Many Hours Can A 13-Year-Old Work?

As mentioned above, the hours a 13 years old can work in the UK are limited, especially during school time. During school holidays, the hours are more since working does not directly interrupt school work.

Here is a breakdown of the set working hours for 13 years olds in the UK…

During school term time…

  • a maximum of 12 hours a week
  • a maximum of 2 hours on weekdays and Sundays
  • a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays

During school holidays

  • a maximum of 25 hours a week
  • a maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays
  • a maximum of 2 hours on Sundays

With this said, a 13 year old is also required to have a break of at least 1 hour after working for 4 hours.

How much can a 13-year-old earn per hour?

On average, a 13-year-old will earn around £4.66 per hour. The earning per hour, however, may vary depending on the type of job and the area they are working in.

What jobs can a 13 year get in the UK?

Babysitting…

This is one of the most popular jobs for teenagers in the UK as it is relatively easy to do. Since many parents are constantly searching for babysitters, a teenager can find this job from as close as your next-door neighbour! The payment rates here depend on the generosity of the parents and how well your teenager does the job.

Newspaper Delivery…

Many newsagents have delivery jobs and while the pay is not great it gives your teen the opportunity to keep fit and make money during the process.

Dog Walker…

Many dog owners don’t have time to walk their companions every day. If your teen has a love for animals they can take this job as a way of making extra money.

Pet Sitting…

Instead of leaving pets alone in their house, many pet owners prefer to leave them with someone who can look after them when they are out for a weekend or on holiday. The beauty of this job is that your teen is only required to stop over the pet owner’s home to feed and water them once or twice a day. If the owner wants your teen to give their pets additional company, the hourly rate will be higher.

Car Washing…

Considering that professional car washes are expensive for many car owners, teens can take advantage of this by charging lower rates to wash cars. they only need a bucket and car washing supplies to get started (which can be purchased cheaply in stores such as Poundland, Home Bargains and B&M).

Gardening…

Your 13 year old is unlikely to have the skills of a professional landscaper, but they can, without doubt, help neighbours tidy their garden. To do gardening jobs, they simply need to learn how to weed, mow a lawn and plant & prune.

House Cleaner…

Same as babysitting, this is also a relatively easy job. There are tons of neighbours in your community who don’t see the need for employing cleaners but still need help in this area. Once your teen earns trust in one neighbour it’s likely more will want their services, making this a great way for them to earn money and help people at the same time.

Tutoring…

Is your teen is properly equipped with knowledge about a particular subject in school or extra-curricular activities? if so they can pass this knowledge to others and earn some money in the process. A good example is taking tutoring jobs in areas such as gymnastics and musical instruments.

Working in a Barber or Hairdressers…

There may be barber and hairdressing salons in your area that require help in some minor jobs such as sweeping hair. Your teen doesn’t need to have experience as they will learn on the job. This is a great weekend job.

Odd jobs for the elderly…

There are definitely some elderly neighbours in your community who may need the help of a 13 years old in their day to day activities. they can, for example, help them do house chores, handle daily or weekly shopping and mow their lawn.

Waiting Staff…

If your teen has more free time, they can work as a waiting staff in restaurants. Their work will be basically taking orders, recommending meals and delivering food to tables. This is an excellent way to earn decent money, especially during the school holidays.

Window Cleaner…

Many window cleaners require assistance and are more than happy to teach teenagers ‘the ropes’ and pay them for the help. The pay might not be the best but the experience gained could lead to your teenager starting their own window cleaning business later in life.

Final thoughts…

And that’s how you make money as a teenager! it’s worth noting while the law treats 13 years old as still children who are not entitled to employment rights, they can still take advantage of job opportunities. To get more information on what is required for working 13 years old in your area, don’t hesitate to contact your local council’s education department.

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