When your children's spending habits begin to outpace their allowance, it might be time for them to look for a job. There are many options that can fit your child's age and interests. In addition to earning spending money, jobs can help kids learn about responsibility and money management.
Types of Jobs for Kids
Kids can get started earning their own money in a wide variety of ways that suit their personalities and interests. Read on for ideas and resources.
Babysitting: Watching other children is a job available for children age 12 and over. If your child is mature and responsible enough for this job, check into getting training and getting started with babysitting.
Mowing Lawns: If your child is old enough to operate a lawnmower and you live in a neighborhood with lawns, this is a good choice. Your child can start out with neighbors and grow the lawn-mowing business from there.
Walking Dogs: Dog walking is a job for children of a variety of ages, and they can develop a regular clientele. It's a great job for before or after school. Younger children can start out by assisting an older child.
Pet Sitting: If you can take in pets or provide care at the neighbors' homes, pet sitting is a job a responsible child can do or assist with.
Family Business Jobs: You can find tasks in your family business suitable for your child, teaching him responsibility and letting him earn money.
Need some more ideas? From bake sales and craft sales to recycling and washing cars, there are many ways for your child to earn money in the neighborhood.
Job Ideas by Age
Looking for an age-appropriate job? Our collection of jobs for kids sorted by age will help your child find out what other kids their age are doing to earn spending money. These jobs may need to be modified if your child is more or less mature and responsible, but this will give you a starting point.
Jobs for 9-Year-Olds: For children this young, it's often good for them to start in an assistant position, helping an adult or older child as they learn the job. Ideas include yard work other than mowing, parent's helper, dog walker, pet sitter/house sitter assistant, family business tasks, and running a lemonade stand.
Jobs for 10-Year-Olds: This list is similar to the 9-year-old list, but you can judge whether or not your child is ready for more responsibility in the positions.
Jobs for 11-Year-Olds: By age 11, your child may be ready for the responsibility of babysitting, and doing other jobs such as dog walking and yard work independently rather than as an assistant.
Jobs for 12-Year-Olds: This is a common age to begin babysitting, and your child may also be able to begin tutoring. Most 12-year-olds can also take on mowing and heavier yard work. Some states allow agricultural work starting at age 12.
Jobs for 13-Year-Olds: As your child grows and matures, she may be ready for more responsibility in the jobs already listed, as well as able to do heavier mowing and yard work.
Jobs for 14-Year-Olds: Babysitting, yard work and pet care responsibilities can be increased at this age. Some states allow children to work in restaurants at age 14, so you can explore that option as well.
Jobs for Busy Kids
Is your child's schedule limited by school and extracurricular activities? Summer jobs or jobs limited to weekends may be ideal. These jobs can bring spending money during school breaks. Many times opportunities open up in summer for taking care of neighbors' children, yards, and pets. Other jobs include lifeguard, car wash, summer nanny, lemonade stand, mowing, yard work, babysitting, pet sitting, house sitting, and dog walking,
Once you and your children have determined what type of job they want, it's time to go job hunting!