Money-Making Summer Jobs for Kids


School is out and the entire summer is stretching before your bored teen. He is too old for many of the activities he used to enjoy and would like some extra pocket money for excursions and activities with his friends as well as new clothes and accessories. Teach your child the value of the dollar by assisting him in gaining employment at a lucrative summer job.

Washing Cars

  • Washing cars can be time consuming and physically taxing. Busy neighbors who don't have time to care for their vehicles may offer the perfect employment opportunity. An attention to detail and the stamina to work in the heat and sun are the main requirements. Equipment needed include a water source, buckets, terry cloth rags, car wax, an array of tire and rim cleaners, and a shop vacuum. The more thorough the job, the more likely the customer will be to ask for the same auto cleaning services again.

Lawn Care

  • Pushing lawnmowers and handling weed eaters can create a cash flow all summer long. Putting their best foot forward and providing quality lawn and yard services can provide teens with steady and regular work until school begins and even beyond. Equipment needs include a lawnmower, weed eater, trash bags, a rake and a broom. Offer extra services such as fertilizing, garage organization and trash removal for even more repeat business opportunities.


  • If your child has a love for small children, babysitting may be a lucrative opportunity. Taking courses in childcare and first aid may be the first steps in preparing a youngster for this very demanding and high-energy position. The best quality a teen can bring to the job interview is a zest for fun and play as well as maturity and a true love for small children. A reliable babysitter can earn even more gold stars when she goes the extra mile by doing light housework.

Pet Care

  • Taking care of friends' and neighbors' pets while they are out of town can be the perfect opportunity to make some extra cash. This is a huge responsibility, and patience, diligence and a love for animals is required. Feeding dogs on time, letting them out in the yard for exercise and brushing their coats may be part of the employment requirements. Cats may need litter boxes cleaned and fish may need to be fed. A dog-walking business can also be a method of making some extra dollars for summer fun and activities.


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