1. Organize a garage sale.
Even if you have nothing valuable to sell, your family probably has items in your house or garage that you want to get rid of. Ask your parents if they would like to get rid of old things and let you sell them as long as you do most of the work. If they agree, empty your closets, your attic or your basement and post announcements of your sale in the neighborhood.
Even though it may sound strange, do not price your items! People often start negotiating prices at a much higher price than you would expect, let interested buyers give you a price before saying anything. You can earn a little more money by offering drinks and snacks at a reasonable price. If the weather is nice, sell lemonades or sodas and if your sale takes place in winter, offer coffee or hot teas.
2. Sell your old clothes in thrift stores.
Charity stores like the Salvation Army accept your clothes as a donation, but some stores are willing to pay for second-hand clothes. Gather all the clothes and accessories you no longer wear and bring them to a second-hand shop like Kiloshop or Free’P’Star. Vendors may not accept your clothes if they are out of date or in poor condition, but you can always donate rejected items to a charity.
Wash your clothes and accessories before bringing them to a thrift store, as the cleanliness of the items and their condition will influence the sellers’ decision. The instructions are certainly your best option for designer pieces. You will not receive money immediately but will have a larger percentage once your business is sold.
3. List your collectibles in online classifieds.
If you have valuable items like collectibles that you want to resell, you can auction them on websites like eBay. Unlike random buyers who participate in granary sales, you will find people who are really interested in what you sell and will be willing to pay a higher price. The most important thing when selling items online is to take beautiful pictures of your product. Potential buyers will not take chances if they do not have access to quality images of your item, so use a good camera and lights to immortalize your items before posting your ad online. Talk about the security measures of the site where you spend with your parents and ask them to be present when you do the transaction with your buyer.
4. Sell your creations.
If you are manual and enjoy art, try selling your creations online. You can make friendship bracelets, beaded jewelry, origamis or screen printed t-shirts, depending on the material you have and the money you have to buy these materials. Start by presenting your creations on social networks and make word of mouth work with your friends and family.
Browse Etsy to explore your options and discover which creations sell best on the site. Doing this research before you start will help you avoid wasting your time and money by making things that nobody wants to buy. You have to sell your creations at twice the price they paid for (in materials and production) but start at more reasonable prices to attract your first customers.
If you are unsure of wanting to go through an online store, try making some seasonal creations during the holidays that will be easy to make and require a minimal investment. For example, you can pick up mistletoe and/or pine cones, tie them up in clusters with cheap ribbons and bells and sell them as Christmas decorations. If you are talented in this field, then it will be wise to open a more permanent shop.
4. Work in the service sector
Ask the grocers. Many grocery stores take teenagers as employees to store items on shelves or in customers’ bags, and these types of jobs can be a good experience for your resume. You will not be paid much more than the minimum wage, but your income will be stable, as long as you are punctual and reliable with your employer. You will also have the opportunity to work and spend time with other teenagers in your case. Make sure you can stand up for several hours in a row because storing items on the shelves or in customers’ bags is physically demanding. If you do not have a car, make sure the store is within walking distance or that your parents or siblings are ready to take you to work on a regular basis. If you have a car, make sure you make enough money to pay for gas.
5. Work in a restaurant.
Although the majority of restaurants require waiters and their bar staff to be over 16 (the legal age to work in France), many hire teens over the age of 14 to wash dishes, shop or deliver. dishes to their customers (if and only if they have a written parental agreement, an authorization from the labor inspectorate and offer their service during the school holidays). You’ll have fewer interactions with customers, but you’ll gain valuable experience in the restaurant industry and get some of the tips. It is also a physically demanding job and you must be prepared to stand for the duration of a service, so consider any mobility issues you may have before applying. Working in a restaurant also poses security problems, as you may fall or get burned, learn about safety rules before you start working, and make sure you receive proper training from your employer.
6. Work in a fast food.
This is not the most glamorous job that exists, but the fast food industry is one of the largest employers of teenagers in the world. The work is easy enough, but you must be prepared to work under pressure during peak hours. Also be aware that some economists and workers’ rights advocates claim that teens must avoid the fast food industry at all costs. They mention the lack of benefits, rights, and training and claim that employers benefit from their young employees, so do your research before taking up employment in this field. As with other jobs in the restaurant industry, there are workplace hazards you should know before you start. The risk of slipping, burns, and cuts are all problems you may encounter, as well as the potential hearing damage caused by the helmets transmitting the controls.
6. Candidate in places of entertainment.
Places like cinemas, amusement parks, swimming pools, and youth hostels employ many teenagers, so consider applying for this job or finding out about available positions. You will need to pass some qualifying training, especially if you want to become a lifeguard, but many positions will not require previous experience. Also, consider seasonal positions such as summer camps or aerated centers. These sectors engage many teenagers and can allow you to make new acquaintances, but also to live new exciting experiences.
Put yourself on your 31 for your talks. The first impression is very important and a neat outfit will allow you to appear more responsible and motivated. Think of these odd jobs as more than a way to earn some money. Every job and experience you get will allow you to learn new things and prepare for your next job, in a field you enjoy. Cafes or grocery stores with cork billboards can be a great place to hang your ad. Just check with management that you can post your ad. While this is not a very reliable way to make money, lotteries and raffles can earn you extra pocket money. Ask your parents first if you can participate and try your luck.