Adolescence is not an easy time, financially speaking. We start to need pocket money, to get dressed, to go out or to equip ourselves with hi-tech equipment. However, the budget does not increase or little: we are generally dependent on his parents for the least cent without necessarily being the legal age to work.
However, not everything is lost. There are ways to earn pocket money for a teenager. On the one hand, we can pick up a few euros through parental help and odd jobs, especially even before the official age of 14, and secondly, it is possible to find a real job from this age.
Make Money When You’re Too Young For A Work Contract
Potential first source of income: parents and grandparents: French law does not allow young people under 14 to have a work contract. The main source of income is therefore parental help. This depends largely on particular situations and different criteria: parents’ approach to money, their standard of living, their child’s educational achievements, what they think that this one will make money etc. The first advice for a teen looking for funding would already be to convince his parents that he has, at a minimum, earned this pocket money.
The first element is obviously the behavior, in general. This includes the expected qualities of a young person, especially the seriousness of schooling. If the financial need is felt, why not try to reach an agreement with the parents? For example a condition of academic results in exchange for a small increase in monthly pocket money.
Then the second element is also to show the reasons for this financial need. At this age, it is not really a question of asking a few euros without saying what we plan to do with it: few parents would agree to give carte blanche to their children, especially with larger sums.
We must try to understand how this money is needed: explain for example, how our wardrobe should be renewed, we would like to go on vacation next summer, etc. Without showing this need, it will be difficult to convince a parent of the merits of regular pocket money.
Moreover, in addition to parents, it is also possible to make this financial need felt by grandparents, who are usually quite willing to help their grandchildren. Again, we must still say what we will do with: Grandpa is not willing to give 20 euros that will be used to buy alcohol!
In addition to asking for a small amount for no consideration, it is also possible to ask his parents a little job in exchange for remuneration. Parents will be much more likely to put their hands in the pocket if it is done in exchange for a job.
Many tasks are possible. If participation in strict household chores can hardly be marketable, there are other things your parents could pay for: small jobs, painting, gardening, or car washing. The same is true not only for grandparents, but for other adults who would need similar help, such as neighbors, family friends, uncles and aunts, and so on. This technique of odd jobs also applies outside the family.
Sell Your Unused Items:
This advice works absolutely at any age. It often happens that after a few years, we realize that we no longer use certain objects. It can be a little too old fashioned clothing, books for children when you have become a teenager, or toys that you no longer want. It is then very easy to make pocket money by selling his objects, on the internet or during garage sales.
The Odd Jobs
Warning ! This section concerns children under 14, but also any age group, until one has a stable employment situation while being an adult: students over 20 can indeed also use the advice given in this part. We have seen that minors’ work was technically prohibited until age 14. However, there is still a tradition of odd jobs before this age.
Of course, it is very good that adolescents of this age are protected against work, and that they can instead concentrate on their studies. However, some kinds of odd jobs are not really excluded for young teens. Indeed, a young person of 12 or 13, if he is mature enough, can hope to find a small punctual job.
This is for example babysitting. If it’s just a matter of looking after (not too young) children who are sleeping, a young teenager may be able to do so. Baby-sitting can be relatively well paid (from 10 euros per hour) and babysitters are usually quite in demand by parents who would like to take off a few hours. Moreover, it is often not a really active job, which requires a constant concentration. Often it’s just being in the house, periodically watching the child (ren) sleep well and doing what you want, whether it’s doing homework, reading a book or watching a movie.
In addition to babysitting, it is even possible to consider giving homework help to younger children, if you are good at school. This is not for everyone, but it is not impossible for a young teenager to help a primary school child to do his schoolwork and learn his lessons.
There are many other similar jobs for neighbors or family members: small housework or gardening, looking after their animals, etc. These odd jobs, as long as they do not interfere with teenagers’ sleep and do not take up too much time, are a very good way to gain maturity. They also represent, obviously, a non-negligible supplement to the pocket money.
How to find this kind of odd jobs? It’s one thing to want to be a babysitter, for example, but it’s another to find a parent in distress who needs it. There are several ways to do this. The first, the most important, remains undeniably word-of-mouth. The idea is to let parents, their friends or local traders know that services are being offered, and ask them to let them know about them. Then you have to use the classifieds.
These can be real or virtual. You can print classified ads, which contain the necessary information and a way to reach you, and which are attractive enough for potential customers to be interested. It is advisable to post these ads wherever it is likely that people are interested: the entrance of a school or the showcase of a local business, for example. In general, most merchants agree to post ads like these. You can also publish virtual ads on classified ads sites, such as Leboncoin or Yoopies.
We’ll see this kind of odd jobs later, because it’s hard to find when you’re so young. It is not impossible to work before 14 years but the possibilities are quite limited. This is not so much due to the law but rather that at this age, it is difficult to find things that can be done and for which adults can trust us. It is from this age that the possibilities open a little.