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Helping Your Child Get a Summer Job to Make Money
Never too Early to Start Making Money
Money is a Great Motivator
Maybe your child is always asking for more money than their allowance. Or maybe they wish they could get a job, but aren't at the legal age yet. For whatever reason, you may consider summer work for your kids. You can help them find ways to make money this summer.
The first step is figuring out what they can do. There are several options to consider.
- Mowing lawns and landscaping
- Running errands for elderly or sick people
- Helping with garage sales
- Housesitting or pet sitting
- Tutoring or teaching a skill such as playing the piano
You may think of other, unique ideas of ways for your kids to make money. The key is to find something they enjoy and are good at that they will want to do for three months.
Create a Plan
Once you have decided on a job, you will need to create a plan. When will they do this job? What will they need for the job? For instance, if they are mowing lawns, will they use their lawnmower or the customer's equipment? These things need to be planned in advance. If your daughter is babysitting, will it be at home or the parent's home? Will she be expected to provide snacks or will the parents?
By going over the details of a summer job, you will be teaching your kids responsibility and how to handle themselves in the work world. This will help them feel more confident if they have never worked for someone else.
Pricing and Advertising
The next step is figuring out how much to charge for their services. If you do not know what the going rate is, ask other parents. Do not try to use amounts you may have heard in the past. Kids need to be paid fairly for their work just like adults.
You will also need to help them advertise their services so they can get jobs. This may be as simple as putting up flyers on public bulletin boards or talking to your friends. For other jobs, you may have to put more thought into it. For instance, you could take out an ad in the newspaper for lawnmowing or babysitting services.
This can be an exciting time for your kids, but here are some tips to remember:
- Let your kids be involved with every step. Let them create the flyers for advertising, and ask for their opinion on prices. While you may have to direct them, they should feel like they are doing the work.
- Keep safety first. This applies to any job, but especially to ones where they go to other people's houses. If you do not know the person where they are going to work, go with them for the first time. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason, do not let them take the job.
- If you list a phone number in your advertisements, make sure it is a home phone or your cell phone even if the kids have one of their own. You will want to check out each potential customer with them.
- Discuss money with them after they start earning it. This can provide a valuable lesson about how hard it is to earn money and the importance of saving some. In the end, they should have some freedom to make the decisions, but guidance from you is essential.
A Fun Summer
Earning money through a summer job can be a fun way to spend the months they are out of school. It can also teach them important lessons that they will use later in life as adults looking for a job. It can improve their self esteem and confidence and strengthen the bond they have with you. A summer job is more than just about money.