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How to make money as a teenager?

Dear Sam, I am 14 years old and I really want to start earning a small amount of money but the issue is - I don't know how! I also want to develop my CV as when I am older, I will need to stand out from the crowd when applying for various jobs. I want to have a small little job like every weekend or something like that as I don't do anything outside of school. Recently, I feel like I get up every morning just to work all the time and I want to force myself to have a break otherwise my mental health will suffer. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter! Many thanks, Anonymous

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Hi there

There are lots of reasons for wanting to have a job. It can help you feel independent and responsible if you have access to some money of your own, no matter how small the amount. You’ll also get experience and skills and might meet new people as well.

You’re legally allowed to have a part time job when you’re aged 13 or older unless you work in jobs like the theatre or TV where you might be able to work from a younger age. Whatever type of work you do, there are laws to protect you as a young worker to help make sure your job doesn’t affect your education or your health and wellbeing.

There are lots of ways to gain work experience for your CV, like having a formal job, helping at home, helping family members or neighbours, doing work experience or volunteering. Some families have an arrangement for you to have pocket money or an allowance and you might be expected to do certain jobs at home as part of the agreement. Helping someone with organising a fundraising event, running an errand for an elderly neighbour or spending an evening helping a family member with a work project are all things to add to your CV.

When you’re writing a CV it’s important to include relevant experience you have. Having a job will show that you’re responsible, reliable and committed. There are some skills you can include that will apply to a wide range of jobs, like being organised and good time management.

New challenges and different activities can help you have a healthy balance in your life and feel motivated with other tasks too. When you’re studying a lot it can help to have something to look forward to. Try to organise your week so you have a mix of studying, new activities and relaxation as well as times when you treat yourself or spend time doing something you enjoy with friends. It’s important to have regular breaks to help you take care of your mental health and cope with stress.

For more help and support you can talk to a counsellor at Childline or post on the message boards for the support of the online community.

Thank you for your letter.

Take care,

Sam

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