It is hard to find a job at 14 because there are limits on when and how much you can work. most companies have their own policies concerning the hiring of minors so the only way to know about individual businesses is to apply. restaurants and grocery stores are usually the best options for minors under 16 because they find it easier to work within the labor guidelines for that age group.
you are young and inexperienced so the first impression you make is critical. be sure when you go to apply that you are dressed appropriately that you go when the business is slow and ask for a manager, introduce yourself and politely ask for an application and the appropriate time to bring it back. you must have great references so talk to coaches, teachers, clergy, friends parents, anyone you have done casual labor for or places you have volunteered. make sure you ask them if you may use them for a reference and get current contact information for them.
for info about hours you can work, work permit, job suggestions, interview information etcetera go to: http://www.youthrules.dol.gov
there are links for each state with info for employers, educators, parents and TEENS
at 14 or older you can work in an:
municipal parks(city or county),
amusement park, or
gasoline service station just to name a few……………….
some businesses that do hire 14 and 15 year old employees include:
McDonald's, Burger King, Chic-Fil-A, Sonic, Krogers, Publix, Stop & Shop, Hardee's, Dollar Store, Target
most businesses are independently owned or operated so their policies for hiring minors may vary. although it is legal to work not all operators will hire those under 16 so just apply everywhere, the worse that can happen is you don't get hired.
you also have all the options available to those under 14:
You can deliver, or sell at a street stand, newspapers and periodicals (selling subscriptions is not allowed)
You can work as an actor or performer in motion pictures, television, theater or radio.
You can work in a business solely owned or operated by your parents.
You can work on a farm owned or operated by your parents.
When school is out of session you can work on a private farm picking and selling fruits and vegetables.
(most agriculture employment falls under a different set of laws not part of FLSA and in some states allows agricultural employment as young as 10)
you always have the options of casual labor(working for an individual):
You can mow lawns and other yard work(as casual labor only)
You can clean houses(as casual labor only)
You can wash cars(as casual labor only)
You can Tutor(as casual labor only)
You can work as a pet-sitter/dog-walker(as casual labor only)
You can assist the elderly.(as casual labor only)
You can work as a baby-sitter.(as casual labor only and some states do restrict the age for baby-sitting)
just to name a few ideas............................