by Vanessa Diem
Places that Hire at 14 and 15 Year Olds - There are many 14 15-year-olds out there who may want to know what it feels enjoy hustling for their own money, having control of their finances. Some may have that dream project they want to start early and want to source for funds. Some, to save up for college.
Do you fall in this category? Then there are opportunities available for you.
· Knowledge of financial control including budgeting
· Appreciating the value of work
· Keep money for projects like college tuition etc.
Before we begin with the list of employers of young workers, we need to learn the rules for under 16-year-old employees as there differ from workers of 16 and over.
There are laws known as “Child Labor laws” that bounds under 16 years old, dictating the conditions of work.
The first law in this category is the “Fair Labor Standards Act”.
This act shields the employees from being treated unfairly by employers and there are special blankets for under 16-year-old workers.
First in the list is that the minimum age to employ is 14. However, this does not apply in cases of
· Working in your parents' company (except it is a factory or other dangerous jobs)
· The theatrical industry (there’s no age limit for this line)
· Newspaper deliveries
These areas do not require an age limit.
The Fair Labor Standards Actalso determines how long a day and days under 16-years old can work, it states that;
· A total of 18 hours every school week and 3 hours on a school day
· 40 hours only on vacation weeks and 8 hours on a non-school day
For timing, the act only allows from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 pm per day. However, this limit on June 1 (labor day) changes to 9:00 p.m.
Find out more here Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA)for more rules for these workers.
There are several factors that is involved for payment for 14- and 15- year olds. But first, youare paid the minimum wage as a worker. The normal minimum wage set by the federal government is $7.25 per hour and it is mandatory for all this states to pay this. It is mandatory that all employers bound by FLSA pay the stipulated minimum wage.
This minimum wage rule is not uniform for all young workers. For the first 90 calendar days under FLSA, young employees of under 20-years will be paid $4.25 per hour.
After the 90 calendar days, they must be paid the minimum wage. There are states though, that pay higher than the national minimum wage.
However, two states including Wyoming and Georgia pay lesser than the minimum wage; $5.15 per hour.
There are many firms that can willingly hire under 16-year-olds to work and also opportunities as a freelancer you can do.
The three major types of companies that can hire you include
· Entertainment places
· The mall/ stores
This list includes;
You can get a job as a 14-year-old in any of the 25 Six Flags amusement park branches in North America.
However, the job offers vary from season to season and location. Asides Six Flags, other local amusement parks can offer you a job.
The local amusement park in my area hires 14-year-olds.
There are over 600 branches in the United States. Many if not these branches hire 14-year-olds.
You can confirm with the branch closest to you if they have job offers for you.
Some cities have local entertainment spots including
· Water parks
· Climbing rock centers
· Laser tag centers, etc.
You can enquire to see if they employ 14 and 15-year-olds as most are privately owned. These entertainment spots are child-friendly enterprises, so I think they hire young workers.
Even though most of these malls employ under the 16-year-olds, state labor laws still play a role in the age required for a job role.
Check with the local Giant Food branch in your area to see if they hire 14-year-old workers. There are over 150 branches in Washington D.C, Maryland and Virginia.
Branches of Giant Eagle in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Ohio may employ 14-year-olds for different posts. They are over 400 branches in five states in the U.S.
Kroger owns other stores such as Fry’s And Smith’s in addition to their 2700 branches in the U.S. They may hire 14 year olds but state laws still have a say. Enquire with the branch in your area to see if they hire.
The Hy-Vee has about 240 branches in the U.S. however; because each branch is individually managed, not all hire 14 year olds.
Job roles for young workers vary.
Winn Dixie has positions for 14-year-olds in their nearly 500 branches in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Check in with the nearest Winn Dixie branch in your area to see if they are hiring.
Publix normally employ 14-year-olds for the roles of cashiers, service desk clerks and horticulture clerks in their over 1,100 branches in the following states
· South Carolina
· Georgia, etc
Jobs in Dairy Queen for 14-year-olds vary by location in this company. They have over 4000 branches. Jobs like cashier or restaurant cleaner are available.
This company serves Italian ice, custard and more in their over 6000 locations in the U.S. They employ 14 year olds though job roles vary.
This company is popular for the famous “Chunky Monkey” ice cream mix. They have over 4000 branches in U.S. and hire 14-year-olds.
The popular Baskin Robbins, the maker of various flavors of ice cream. With branches in almost all states in the U.S, they have the need for employees and often employ 14-year-olds.
With over 700 locations in half the states in the U.S., they are competitors to Dairy Queen. Jobs in Culver’s vary from location to location.
Chick-Fil-A is a fast-food restaurant using chicken as the preferred sandwich. With over 2000 branches, they require workers at 14 years old. A plus is they are closed on Sundays.
They serve rotisserie chicken with accompanying dishes in their 450 branches. The catch is the minimum age requirement is 15 years. Job roles are dish-washing and waiters.
They are arguably the biggest restaurant with over 14,000 branches in the U.S. Most of the locations employ 14-year-olds for roles like restaurant maintenance and cooking.
With over 160 branches in 20 states in the U.S., they employ 14-year-olds as ice cream scoopers. The only thing needed is a “teamwork” and a jolly spirit. Now tell me why you won’t be happy at this job?
You can start up your own company if you got that entrepreneurship spirit, plus there are many benefits why go into business. This includes;
· You decide the outcome of the business and the clients needed.
· You build your self-esteem.
· Last, you have a firm grip over your finances.
These are a few ideas to spark off your thinking;
What do you think about a lawn mowing business? You will need a lawn mower though. Ask your parents to lend you the one in the house. You can do your own adverts by talking to neighbors and make money.
Are you a pet lover? Do you care much about pets? How about turning that passion into a business venture? You can offer to care for the pets for a fee. Most pet owners may travel and may require you take the pet to your home while they travel. You will need your parents’ permission though.
Lots of kids are available that can help you earn money by babysitting them. Their parents may be workers who are busy, but you need some skills to enable this parents’ trust you with their kids.
First, parents are supercurious about potential babysitters and will hand over their kids to someone perceived responsible and disciplined, matured and caring.
Spread the word by talking to your neighbors, church members and also via social media.
This is another amazing business prospect. The only con is that people are super selective of the strangers they let into their home. So start from your neighbors, friends, church members and other close friends.
Under 14-year-olds now have legal means of making their own money and learning the ropes of financial control early in life, a blessing most of us never had when we were kids. So if you 14-15 years old and don’t want to rely on your parents, I suggest you try out the options listed above to gain tangible skills.
About Vanessa Diem
Vanessa Diem is a finance blogger who has gained widespread recognition for her insightful and informative content on personal finance, investing, and money management. With a keen understanding of the complexities of the financial world, Vanessa is dedicated to providing her readers with practical advice and strategies to enhance their financial well-being.