As you get older, you probably have realized that sooner or later you are going to need to start making money. After all, mom and dad aren't always going to give you money, and it isn't very much fun to need to ask them for some cash each time you want to go somewhere or buy something for yourself. Many teens find that they feel better about the things that they do get when they pay for them all on their own.
Sometimes, families like to have teens working so that teens can take care of themselves and learn a little bit more about what responsibility is. Even if your parents can afford to get you whatever you want, nothing will beat the pride that you take in things that you buy all on your own. You won't have to worry about your parents saying no when you want to buy something, and it is great to feel the independence that comes along with making your own cash.
There are lots of jobs that might be good for teens, and then some that aren't so good. Remember that while you are a teen you already have responsibilities, like school and chores and spending time with your family. Therefore, jobs that require you to work more than 15 or 20 hours a week, or jobs that keep you working late on school nights are not good jobs for teens to have. Also, jobs that aren't sympathetic to your school schedule might be a problem. You don't want to have to worry about not getting to go to school functions because you have to work. The best jobs are jobs with flexible schedules, so you can work every other weekend, and some week nights, but not too late.
Many teens like to work in fast food or in retail. There are lots of pros to these jobs. You can usually get them part time, and they will usually be able to work around your school schedule. Also, you'll probably be working with lots of people your age so you might even make more friends.
Having jobs are great, and it is always nice to be able to make some money. However, you can't allow a job to interfere with your school work, or keep you away from the things that you need to be doing for school. It is also important that you don't let your job interfere with your friendships. Be prepared to find out that having a job might change a lot about the way you are with your friends as well as your family.
If you find the right job for you, you'll be able to learn a lot about working and a lot about the world around you. Those lessons will teach you more about how to act in school and how to treat the people that you have relationships with. You'll learn how to be on time, have a great attitude, and respect the people who are in charge of you. Plus, you'll be able to make some great money, as well!