Cashing In On Summer Jobs For Teens & Tweens

Summer is upon us, the kids are out of school and looking to take it easy, at least for a little while.  Your tweens and teens are going to want to go and hang out with their friends; go to the movies and just do stuff this summer.  The kick of it is they are going to look to their parents for the cash to do so.  They will be looking to pull some cash off of the money tree in the back yard.  Oh wait there really is no money tree just Mom & Dad.

One way to help ease the financial burden (for parents) this summer is to have your children do some work to earn some extra money.  There is nothing wrong with teaching them the value of a dollar early on, actually the tween and early teen years is the perfect time to do so.

Here are a few of the top tween and teen jobs for this summer:

Cleaning up the yard – Yes it would be great to have them clean up your yard (and save dads back along the way) but don’t forget they can clean up your neighbor’s yard also.  Raking leaves, mowing the grass, watering the flowers and weeding the garden are just some of the things they can do.

Pet care – If your child has always wanted a dog or a cat or some other exotic animal like a ferret and you have resisted because you don’t believe they will be responsible enough with them than this could be a wonderful experience for them.  First they will get to see what it is like to take care of a pet with full responsibility and they will get to earn some money along the way.  They could offer pet sitting, dog walking and even give baths to the pets (get the first bath on video, it will be a blast).

House cleaning – Please don’t discount this one, everyone has to clean up at some time or another.   You might be surprised after one full summer of your kids cleaning up other people’s houses they might even keep their room clean.

Babysitting – This works best for the teens but the tweens are welcome to join in also.  When our daughter was eleven she babysat in our home so my wife was there to keep a watchful eye on her and the baby.  Kids are getting between $5 – $15 per hour for babysitting these days (not bad money).

Bake sale / lemonade stand – These types of events are usually less frequent than some of the others mentioned above.  They work well around block sales and sporting events.  One trick is to ask a store owner if your child could set up shop outside of their store for one or two days a week.

Try making up flyers and posting them at the local supermarket or library.  Also give them out to your neighbors and have them available at sporting events.  Let the kids help create them on the computer, it’s their business so let them treat it that way.

So there you have it a few good ideas for helping your kids not only to make extra money but you will be teaching them the value of a dollar.

Strategy Based Profits TIP: – Start teaching your children early about the responsibilities of money.  Have them pick out a niche and help them advertise it.  Most importantly keep them encouraged and motivated, be their hero!

Robert J. Roy
Money Man

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