Getting a driver's license means independence for many teens. At last, you don’t have to rely on mom and dad to cart you around. You can also start gaining some financial independence by using your car to earn money. Here are five types of jobs for teens who have a driver’s license.
5 Jobs for Teen Drivers
Teens can put their newly acquired driver’s license to use by getting one of these driving jobs.
1. Food Delivery
While technology has changed how people can order meals for delivery, getting that pizza or Big Mac delivered remains the same. Restaurants still need drivers. Alternatively, you can sign up with a food delivery company like UberEats, GrubHub, or DoorDash. You must be 18 years old to become a driver for DoorDash and 19 years old for UberEats and GrubHub.
2. Newspaper Delivery
Do you currently deliver newspapers by bicycle? Now that you have a driver’s license, you can swap the bicycle for a car and make your rounds much faster. This is typically an early-morning job, so if you are a college student, you can finish your route before your first class starts.
3. U.S. Postal Service Driver
To be eligible to drive for the U.S. Postal Service, you must be 18 years old and have at least two years of driving experience.
Candidates undergo a thorough screening process that includes medical and drug screening and a criminal background check. You also need to prove a safe driving record and will be required to pass an entrance exam.
If you are accepted, this could turn into a long-term position with opportunities to work your way up within the service.
4. Florist Delivery
Is there a florist in your neighborhood? Delivering flowers could be a great weekend gig to earn extra cash.
If there is a local “mom and pop” florist shop in your area, all it may take to land a job is to drop by a shop and ask the owner if they need help with deliveries. If you have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, they may be happy to hire a local teen who knows the area to handle deliveries part-time.
5. Personal Errands Runner
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, this is a great option if you want to work for yourself. You can run errands for the elderly, working professionals with tight schedules, busy moms, those with limited access to transport, and those confined to their home due to an illness or disability.
Advertise your service both online and offline. Once you start picking up clients, word of mouth may spread, and soon, you may have a thriving little business.
Keep Safe Driving Top of Mind
Safety should always come first when you get behind the wheel of a car, be it for personal or business purposes. Employers take driving violations seriously and if you commit too many, you could lose your job. Follow these safe driving principles:
Adhere to traffic laws. Don’t speed, tailgate, run stoplights, or park illegally.
Be courteous to other drivers. Remember, you are representing the company you work for, and reckless driving will reflect badly on the business.
If you use your own vehicle for work, make sure you regularly maintain and service it.
Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Consider taking a defensive driving course. In a driving job, you’ll be on the road more often and, therefore, exposed to more risks. A defensive driving course will teach how to anticipate and mitigate potential threats to avoid collisions and keep you safe.
Having a driver’s license opens up endless opportunities to earn an income. Don’t have your driver’s license yet? Check out a few other ways teens can make money that doesn’t require a license.