A teenage shoe shiner gets paid to bring out the shine in nice pairs of shoes. People who wear nice shoes on a regular basis and who work in jobs that require them to dress up every day need to regularly shine their shoes to keep them looking great. Many of them also prefer to pay someone to shine their shoes, so why not let that person be you?
Shoe shining requires you to remove dirt from shoes, apply shoe polish, then use a special brush and a rag to make them shiny. This needs to be done on a fairly regular basis for leather shoes in order to keep them in good condition. How often shoes are polished depends on how often they’re worn, but most experts agree that shoes should be polished about every 8 wears.
How much you can make as a teenage shoe shiner will depend on how much you’re charging for your services, how much work you’re getting, and how long it takes you to shine shoes. When you are first starting out, even a quick shine may take you a while, and even when you are a shoe shining expert, you’ll still need to take a long time for a deep cleaning and polishing.
As a teenage shoe shiner, you can expect to make between $5 and $30 per shoe shining. A quick polish should only take you between 5 and 15 minutes and a deep conditioning will take at least an hour, though some of that time is waiting for the polish to dry. Even so, you can make pretty good money as a shoe shiner as long as you have plenty of clients.