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Paying Jobs for 9-Year-Olds

Updated on November 24, 2012

Let's face it, kids are expensive. They often "want" without understanding the value of a dollar. They may also want beyond what you are willing or able to give them. Fortunately, you can help your kids understand the value of money by having them earn their own money to buy the things they want. Even young kids can start earning some income. Here are some paying jobs for 9-10 year olds.

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Sell Something

There are lots of product ideas that can help a 9-year old earn money.

  • Fresh Herbs - Help your little entrepreneur grow fresh herbs. Herbs are easy to grow and don't take a lot of room. In fact, they can even be grown in a container. At my local farmer's market, a bundle of fresh sage or basil goes for $2.50. At $2.50 per bundle, it won't take a lot of herbs to have enough money for a new video game. Your child can set up an herb stand in front yard or at your next garage sale.
  • Lemonade Stand - Yes, it's cliche, but only because it works.
  • Homemade Christmas Cards - Let your kid develop and create Christmas or holiday cards and sell them to friends and neighbors
  • Nuts - When I was younger, I knew some kids who picked pecans and sold them by the bagful. I wish I knew a kid selling pecans today.

Provide a Service

While 9 years old may be to young for baby sitting, there are lots of services that a 9 year old can provide that others would be willing to pay for. Here are some ideas:

  • dog walking
  • car washing
  • pulling weeds
  • sweeping porches
  • washing windows
  • raking leaves
  • picking up dog poo
  • gift wrapping (this picks up at Christmas, but can really be done year round)
  • collecting mail when neighbors are traveling
  • picking vegetables
  • spreading mulch
  • pet sitting

Marketing Basics

With any job your child takes on, it's important for you to answer questions and help make decisions. With the ideas above, your child will need to market his product or service to friends and neighbors. You can help him or her come up with a marketing plan - will she leave flyers on the front doors of neighbors, will he post signs on the street corner?

Let your child have fun with this and use it as a learning opportunity. After the sale, talk to your kid about what went right and what went wrong. Help him or her grow from this experience and get better next time. At this rate, his summer job might just help him pay for a car one day. Mom and dad have to like that. But, beyond the financial benefits, there is so much a child can learn from this experience: the value of hard work, the importance of product quality, the impact of marketing, the importance of saving, and more.

While 9 years old may seem young to work, there are some kids that are so excited about earning money that they can really make things happen. If your kid is interesting in earning money, they are also likely to be interested in learning about money and personal finance. It's never too early to help kids learn about money. Help kids understand the value of saving, giving and spending to help them grow into financially sounds adults. Some lessons are better learned at a young age with a few dollars rather than thousands of dollars as a young adult. Good luck to the kids and parents out there.


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    • Written Up profile imageAUTHOR

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      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Thanks just for fun. You are so right, it does reinforce that success isn't simply getting paid and teaches how to learn from mistakes, something we can all do more of.

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Good ideas. I especially like this part. "After the sale talk to your kid about what went right and what went wrong." It reinforces that success isn't just clock in, clock out, get paid. It's about providing great service in a competitive market. It's easy to lose sight of that sometimes when you get paid hourly.

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      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      CJ that's awesome that you have a little entrepreneur. How old is she now?

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      6 years ago from BC, Canada

      Great daughter began delivering papers around our neighborhood at 9 years old and did that for two years, dog walked, cat sitted and she now babysits. She is VERY motivated by money and she enjoys making her own money and buying her own things and treating others.

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      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Glimmer, I'm glad it was relevant and timely. Let me know what she ends up doing.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Well this is perfect for me. My 9 year old daughter has been begging us for an allowance and we've been trying to think of odd jobs to give her. I'd pay her to pick up our dog's poop, but apparently that is a non-starter for her. Good hub!


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