Do you remember if you had a job when you were 18 years old? I do. I worked at a golf course doing grounds maintenance work. Being a golfer – it was a fun job to have! I got to pick out the holes for the days play and cut the greens. The only thing bad about it was starting work at 6:00 in the morning!
I’m now a step-father to a soon-to-be 18-year-old and it’s a whole new world. The Internet has changed so much about how we do things and is offering a lot of ways to make money for the entrepreneurial teenager. It’s funny to think when I was that age – there was no Internet (wow, I’m old!).
While the current job market for the high-schooler and college student looks a little downcast right now, I still believe breaks abound for those who have applied themselves and have a desire to succeed.
As a parent I think it’s important to let your teenage work (especially if they want to and have proven themselves to be responsible) in high school. I know there are many different schools of thought on this. Overall, it can be a great learning experience for them – as it will teach them the value of a dollar and stewardship. The job can also provide them with a stepping stone or a jump start on a future career.
The Best Jobs for 18-Year-Olds
I’ve compiled a list of 18 jobs that are best suited for 18-year-olds. Of course these are not exhaustive – but I hope they provide some ideas for a parent helping a teen or a teenager looking to find some work on their own.
This is a great way to make extra money and is a great way for teens to learn valuable social skills.
Typically a teen will have their license by 18, so this can be a unique opportunity for an 18-year-old to make money while setting a flexible schedule and gain experience running a business.
Use the parent’s mower and tools and you’re all set!
4. Work at a nursing home
This has to be one of the most over-looked and devalued jobs around. I wish I would have done this as a teenager. It’s a super way to bless others in their golden years and honor/learn from those who have valuable life experience.
So many folks have pets today – start your own pet-sitting business! Low over-head, you could take care of the pet at their house or yours (ask the folks first!).
6. Concessions at a theater
This one has some benefits. You’ll likely get free popcorn and see the occasional flick for zero dollars!
7. Bank teller
Learn financial skills, how to deal with people, and get paid!
Teach a kid who is younger than you in a subject you are knowledgeable in.
9. Vending business
May take an initial investment from the parents – but this can be a great way to make some passive income.
10. Virtual assistant
With all the new website businesses out there – many owners are looking for someone to “manage the store.” Duties could include everything from answering emails to assisting with an online purchase.
11. Warehouse work
If you like to work with your hands – you may want to check out a local distributor or warehouse.
12. Car dealership
Like being around cars? Maybe it would be a great place to get your feet wet! Duties could include car washing/detailing, driving folks to work/back when their vehicle is in repair, or setting up cars for display.
13. Positions at parent’s employer
While probably not the most popular idea – if you ask your parent to see if their employer offers any summer jobs or entry-level positions, you’ll likely be surprised. My place of work hires several 18 to 22-year-olds every summer which are referrals from parents/other co-workers.
Many caterers hire high school/college help for food prep and serving.
Your local city recreation department is likely in need of coaches for various sports and activities. Great opportunity to mentor and teach kids.
16. Tech Support
Teenagers are inherently good with electronics – including cell phones and computers. Be a local techie-on-call to your neighbors and family and soon your services will spread via word-of-mouth.
17. Personal care attendant
Another great chance to bless others and get paid.
Have an eye for a good photo and know your way around a camera? You can take pics at weddings, sporting events, or even portraits for good cash.
What other jobs can you think of that would be perfect for 18-year-olds? Leave a comment below!