It can be difficult for kids to find jobs in this economy, especially with so many adults out of work and these adults are taking jobs that kids might of had as a summer job or a job during the school year. The days of images of a newspaper delivery boy riding through a neighbor wreaking havoc and delivering papers, like from Nintendo, are getting rarer by the day in reality. That being said although times are tough a job can still be had and paper delivery jobs for kids may just be the right opportunity.
The benefit of newspaper delivery job for kids?
If your kid enjoys being outdoors and wouldn’t mind riding a bike or walking for a few hours a few days a week then paper delivery jobs may be the perfect place for them to find employment.
For kids aged 13 through 17, jobs teach them about responsibility and the value of money. With so many young adults having credit card problems and wasting their 20s away just being irresponsible you can’t help but wonder if they had a job as a child, and if so, would they be the same type of person they are now, or a more responsible person that managed their money better. Also, with your kid’s earning money you can help them budget it for things they want; like that cool outfit they’ve had their eye on at the mall. You can also teach them about long term savings and help them set something up like a college savings fund.
Where to find newspaper delivery jobs for kids and how to get them?
Local papers have taken a huge hit due to the rise of internet news reporting, but they still do exist and they may just be the best option for finding a paper delivery job. Local and home town papers have more invested in their local community and will be more willing to help out a youngster looking for their first job or just a job in general. That being said you should still exhaust all your options when searching for a job, so you should also contact major papers in your area as well. You can start by contacting local papers directly via phone or even stopping by one to talk to someone in the human resources or circulation department. As a parent always make sure you accompany your young teen if they are going to be walking into places of business (you can sit in your car and watch them walk in and be waiting for them when they walk out.) If they are walking into places or going for an interview they should always dress professional in a suit and tie.
If you aren’t have luck with the direct approach you can try online job boards, checking open jobs on the papers website, or in the job section of the paper itself.
Once you find a job and throughout your job search always be cautious with where you let your child go on their own as they will typically be dealing with strangers. In some cases you may, as a parent want to go meet the person first. When in doubt always be overly cautious, no one is going to think badly of you because you are over protective these are your precious children that we are talking about.
Visit the US Department of Labor – Youth And Labor division for more information on child labor laws. Remember that there are also state specific labor laws for children in addition to the federal ones that you will want to be aware of as well.
In most cases 13 year olds are not allowed to work outside the home. It can be difficult for 14 and 15 year old potential job candidates because where they can work for businesses many will not hire them due to the strong restrictions on the number of hours they can work and when they can work. Also, some local laws may require a work permit.
As dependents on your tax return there are earning thresholds in which a child must file their own taxes. You should check with your local accountant to make yourself aware of these specific thresholds and how to properly file your child’s tax return.
With so much to know and be aware of some people may just want to not worry about having their children find a paper delivery job. Although there is quite a bit of leg work to be needed on the parents end the benefits to your child’s money management skills and overall improvement to their sense of responsibility are priceless. So, go help your child find a newspaper delivery job today!