Jobs for 13-Year-Olds That Pay

By Laura Agadoni

When children enter their teen years, many of them want to start making their own money. However, it is often hard for 13-year-olds to find work other than babysitting or mowing lawns. Wanting to earn some money should be a fun and positive experience for young teenagers, one that will teach them to have a good work ethic later in life. The good news is that there are jobs out there for 13-year-olds that pay.

Online Websites

SquishyCash.com is a website that pays people to complete surveys, try products, join websites and refer friends. While most online websites like this require people to be 18, with SquishyCash, you only have to be 13 to participate. The way it works is that when people sign up, they can browse though the database and choose an activity. SquishyCash pays monthly, unless you request a daily payment. However, daily payments come with a 33 percent transaction fee.

CashCrate is another site that pays people 13 and over to try and review products, services and websites. Once you earn $20, you are eligible for the payments that are processed by the 20th of the next month.

Be a Clown

You can dress up like a clown for children’s parties. Learn how to face paint for the entertainment. Klutz makes a series of books teaching people how to face paint. You will want to use non-toxic, washable, water-based paints. Some easy designs that almost anyone can do are cheek art such as hearts and rainbows, snowmen, ice cream cones, flowers, face of a teddy bear, Halloween pumpkin, bouquet of balloons, stars and cherries on a stem. You can also learn how to make balloon animals, possibly earning you even more money.

Babysitting with a Twist

Instead of the usual type of babysitting where you go to the child’s home while the parents are out, you could get together with a friend during the summer and run a camp. Advertise around your neighborhood that you will take up to six children, ages 5 to 10, during the day, while the parent/s are at work. If the children stay all day, you will provide lunch as well. You can have two rates, full day with lunch or half day, either morning or afternoon. You can set up outdoor and indoor activity stations to keep the children busy and entertained.

Pet Sitting

Another great summer job is to take care of people’s pets while they are on summer vacation. The type of pet will determine how many times you need to go over there. Dogs will need to be fed, walked and played with, so you will need to visit them two or three times a day. Cats may only need two visits a day.

Car Detailing

Start by washing your neighbor’s car. If you are good at that, you can try to get a job washing people’s cars while they are at work. Ask some local businesses if you can advertise your service to their employees.

About the Author

Laura Agadoni has been writing professionally since 1983. Her feature stories on area businesses, human interest and health and fitness appear in her local newspaper. She has also written and edited for a grassroots outreach effort and has been published in "Clean Eating" magazine and in "Dimensions" magazine, a CUNA Mutual publication. Agadoni has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Fullerton.