As we approach the end of another school year, it’s time to start thinking about summer jobs for the kids. They’re an awesome way for teens to contribute to bigger expenses like college or a car and young children can benefit from the opportunity to earn a little pocket money too. Even the simplest, most menial summer jobs can benefit kids by teaching them about personal finance, teamwork, responsibility and practical skills. According to Marc-David L. Seidel, co-author of a 2014 UBC Sauder School of Business study: “Parents may think that their kids could do better than a job at the local fast food joint. But our study shows even flipping burgers has value.”
It’s never too soon to start planning, so check out these 10 ways for kids of all ages to make money this summer!
1. Babysitting Babysitting is the classic starter job for tweens, especially those with younger siblings. Most kids are ready to start babysitting around the age of twelve. It sounds young but remember when you babysat and felt so grown-up? Moms should always meet the family and have all of the info (phone number, address, time) for each session. Kids can take an online Babysitting Basics course from the Red Cross for only $29.
2, Pet Sitting If your kid prefers dogs and cats to babies, pet sitting and dog walking are another way for younger kids to make a couple of bucks. And it’s a great way to get them outside and moving instead of glued to the couch all day!
3. Yard Work From mowing lawns to landscaping to weeding, summer is definitely the season of endless yard work. Small children can earn a little money by helping mom in the garden, while older kids can take on bigger chores like lawn mowing and hedge trimming.
4. Computer Lessons Let’s face it, most of us are far less skilled than our kids when it comes to technology these days. For tech-savvy youngsters this can mean big business. Kids can offer their services to adults—particularly elderly adults—and other kids who need help setting up their devices, social media accounts and other computer-related tasks.
5. National Park Service The National Park Service has tons of fantastic opportunities for nature loving high-school students. This is an amazing way to learn valuable skills and amp up college applications.
6. Lifeguard This is another one of those classic summer jobs for teens. Being a lifeguard is an ideal way to spend the summer by the pool while earning cash for college.
7. Tutoring Summer isn’t all about rest and relaxation for everyone. Lots of kids need to go to summer school or complete catch-up work. Children can tutor other kids (or even adults) in subjects they excel in. If you’ve got a bilingual kid, he or she can offer Spanish or English lessons too!
8. Yard Sale It’s true that most kids won’t make a fortune by having a yard sale but moms will definitely appreciate eliminating some clutter. If you have a little go-getter, he or she can organize a neighborhood yard sale to maximize profits for everyone.
9. Crafts Crafty entrepreneurs can turn their hobbies into a business by selling them online through a site like Etsy or setting up a stand at local farmer’s markets, craft fairs and even your front yard.
10. Summer Camp A job at a summer camp is perfect for active teens who love working with kids. The American Camp Association has listings for camp jobs all across the country.