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As kids grow up, small odd jobs can be a great way to teach lessons of hard work and the value of a dollar. Here are some summer job ideas for kids!
1. Have a lemonade stand
Lemonade stands are a classic and for a good reason. They are perfect for beginner businesses. Get creative and turn it into a smoothie stand, or make a different flavored lemonade! Gather ingredients, and use this opportunity to teach business concepts like cost of goods sold and marketing. Check out my free entrepreneurship for kids packet.
Babysitting is a classic, and for a lot of girls, it can be their first job! As a tween, one of my favorite books was The Babysitter’s Handbook: The Care and Keeping of Kids by American Girl. It has a variety of babysitting how-to’s, from handling sibling squabbles to changing a diaper.
3. Sell personal items
If you have a garage sale, have kids put own belongings in there for a couple bucks.
4. Library page
Our local library begins hiring at 14. I worked as a page there for a year, which basically meant I put away books and other media. It’s a great beginner job!
5. Yard work
Raking leaves, planting flowers, or shoveling snow for neighbors is a great beginner job for kiddos. Whether it’s for a busy young family or an elderly person, help kids turn their skills and energy into some pocket change.
Know a family out-of-town for a bit? Use this opportunity to housesit!
7. Create and sell crafts
Whether it be jewelry, cards or canvases, grow an entrepreneurial spirit by selling something they created! It’s a great way to teach finding a market, pricing, and social skills.
8. Have a bake sale
For graduation and wedding season, a young child with a talent for baking could find an excellent market!
9. Mother’s helper
Mom need help around the house? Especially for younger kids, pay a couple extra bucks for help with extra above-and-beyond chores around the house!
10. Cleaning cars
With summer carpool schedules, our cars get really dirty! Offer a service to sweep out cars and clean their interiors.