Paying Jobs for 9-Year-Olds
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.
At What Age Did You Start Earning Your Own Money?
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
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.