Many 14 year-olds are keen to get a job, but government restrictions can make it tricky. Nevertheless, it’s worth the effort to find one, as part-time work will help teens make money, and gain skills that will advance their career and financial know-how.
2. Help out at home
3. Start a blog
4. Wash cars
5. Pet sitting
6. Freelance writing
8. Make and sell things
9. Create digital art
10. Start your own business
Can kids get a job at 14?
Is your teen eager to get a job and earn some money of their own? If so, they are not alone. While the proportion of teenagers working in Saturday jobs has almost halved in the past 20 years, and only a quarter of 16- and 17-year-olds now do any conventional paid work, according to the Resolution Foundation think-tank, the drive to make their own money is still there,
The good news is that kids can get a part-time job from the age of 13 in the UK (though there are restrictions depending on who your child is working for and what job they are doing).
In a nutshell, children aged 13 - 14 are not allowed to work:
- During school hours
- Before 7 am or after 7 pm
- In any work that may be harmful to their health, well-being or education
- More than 12 hours per week during term time. This includes 2 hours on school days and Sundays and 5 hours on Saturdays
- More than 25 hours per week during holidays
There is also no minimum wage for under 16s. So be sure to talk to your child about what constitutes a fair wage for the work they do.
Many local councils also have their own bylaws, so it's worth checking before applying for a job. For example, in Manchester, work permits are required for children under 16 to work for:
- Salons and barber shops
- Shop work, including shelf stacking
- Newspaper delivery
- Receptionist work
- Waiting tables
- Caring for animals
What jobs can 14-year-olds get?
Help out at home
As it can be so challenging for 14-year-olds to find a job, you can help them with motivation and dedication by talking to them about earning money from home. While there are chores you might expect them to do as part of family life, there will be others you could allocate to them for paid work. For instance, cleaning windows, taking items to the charity shop for you, or helping younger siblings with homework.
If your child has a GoHenry card, add these paid tasks and the frequency to the app. When your child completes the task, money will be added to their weekly pocket money.
Babysitting is a traditional coming-of-age job that teaches responsibility, business know-how (generating work and setting fees) and money management.
Start a blog
Blogging is a great way to make extra money, especially if your child has a topic they are super passionate about. However, it takes lots of motivation and hard work to make money from sponsored posts and affiliate links.
Washing cars is another rite of passage job and teaches kids about price setting, marketing and finding their niche in a competitive marketplace.
If your child is good with animals, they could offer pet-sitting services for a few hours and at weekends.
Does your child excel in certain subjects? Could they help younger children with homework and reading? If so, tutoring may be a job for them.
Create and sell art
There's a vast market for selling digital art in local markets and online marketplaces like Etsy.
Offer up gardening help
Your child may not know how to redesign a garden but weeding, planting and mowing the lawn are all much in-demand.
Start a business
Brainstorm kids' small business ideas with your child that they could easily set up and work at alone. Could they sell cupcakes, make party bags for kids' parties, and sell afternoon tea packages or chocolates at Christmas?
How can a 14-year-old make money online?
Becoming an established YouTuber takes work. Behind every vlogger is a long process of hard work and investment (before they even make money). If your child is willing to put in the effort, it's worth a try.
Do online paid-surveys
Your child can sign up to fill in online paid surveys as long as they are 13 years old. However, as the parent, you must consent when they sign up.
Social media influencer
According to our Youth Economy report, 23% of kids aged 10+ are already making money from social media, topping up their pocket money payments with social media stardom. Suggest they give it a try on TikTok.
Teens can learn quite a lot about the corporate world by being virtual assistants. VAs answer and send emails, schedule appointments, format presentations, and perform various administrative tasks.
Nearly one in five (18%) kids earn money from gaming, with 12-year-olds making the most, taking home £8.24 a month on average.
Sell stock photos online
Is your kid great at taking photos on their phone? If so, they could sell photos to stock agencies online or offer photography services for family and pet photos.
Sell old clothing online
A quarter of teens (25%) are now earning from selling things on online marketplaces such as Etsy, eBay, Depop and Vinted. Skills learnt here include marketing and price setting.
Sell custom products online
If your teen is creative, they can create, market and sell customised products from t-shirts to totes and make-up bags online.
Sell old toys online
Are there a lot of old toys lying around? Think LEGO, Beanie babies, Barbie dolls and My Little Pony, to name a few. If so, they could make extra money selling their old toys online.
A good option for creative teens with some knowledge of software like Adobe Illustrator or Canva is to create anything from logos to business cards and worksheets and sell them online.
More ways to make money at 14
Earn money from your money
It’s not always easy to delay gratification, once you feel the thrill of being paid. Yet, saving is a win-win scenario if your 14 year old wants to make money.
Explain to teens that when we put our saved money to work, it can grow and earn more for the future; this is called investing. Then thanks to compound interest, putting money in a savings account also helps you to make interest (money) on both the money you save and the interest you earn on that saving.
Teach them not to be afraid to try
Our Youth Economy Report 2022, shows the entrepreneurial attitude of Generation Z is alive and kicking. 26% plan to be their own boss in the future, with one in five (21%) saying this is their career priority. It's why it pays to encourage them to find a part time job, and even work for themselves so that they learn lessons about resilience, motivation and commitment.
What to do with the money they make
Set up an emergency fund
Help your child to understand that everyone needs an emergency money fund for those expenses that come out of the blue. You may be their financial safety net, but in adulthood, rent, bills, and lost phones will become their responsibility.
Save for something they want
What does your teen want? Give them ideas beyond the usual clothes and devices. They could save towards a day out, a special concert or something for their room that they thought was beyond their reach. Show them how quickly savings stack up and grow by making them automatically put away a part of their earnings.
Save for later life
Get paid, save, and budget. Teens can learn how to prepare for a healthier financial life as an adult with a GoHenry prepaid debit card. It's the perfect way for them to get paid, learn to budget and keep their money in saving pots whether they are saving for driving lessons, university or a longer-term goal.