After the novelty of the first few weeks of summer wears off, kids who are used to being busy all day start to get antsy. If your kid is looking for something to do, why not introduce them to the idea of starting their own summer business?
Younger kids can learn to handle money in exchange for goods by managing their own table at your garage sale. Encourage them to gather toys and books and games they no longer enjoy and price them. Then let your little one practice his sales techniques with friendly browsers.
A lemonade stand may sound quaint, but it still has its appeal. If you live on an active street and know your neighbours, a stand selling cookies and juice will keep your children engaged all day and they might even make a few dollars. If not, they can eat the inventory.
Older kids can post online ads for their old sports equipment and other items on Kijiji, Craigslist or eBay, with your approval of course.
Tweens and preteens often have some special skills or interests that can translate into cash over the summer.
- Kids who like to be outside can advertise services for lawn care, car washing, and newspaper delivery.
- Animal lovers are always welcome as a dog walker, pet sitter or even a backyard poop scooper.
- Social nurturers are naturals for roles as babysitters, mother’s helpers, and camp counsellors.
- Musicians with years of lessons under their belts can teach a younger child what they know. Works with any musical skill your child has learned, such as piano, guitar, drums, etc.
- Artists and crafty kids who love making homemade jewellery, art or even custom t-shirts can try and sell their wares at local markets or fairs.
- Tech geniuses are kids who can program any digital device with their eyes closed. They should get paid for their skill when they help friends and relatives with I.T. support.
Once you start discussing ideas with your child, something may inspire them to come up with the perfect summer endeavour, and you’ll have created an entrepreneur!
Do you have other ideas for fun summer jobs for kids? Please share below – we’d love to hear your ideas!
About Jo-Anne Craine
Jo-Anne is a parent of two and a freelance writer and editor at Type A Creative, which delivers premium editorial services to local and international clientele on a spectrum of projects from article writing and blogging to copy editing and comprehensive manuscript editing in many genres. She writes for Metroland Media’s community section at Save.ca and has been published in YummyMummyClub.ca and Wedding Essentials magazine, among others. You can follow her on Twitter: @TypeACreative1 and Facebook or at www.typeacreative.ca.