Allowing your children to make their own money during the summer when they are not in school is a good way to help them learn the value of money and about taking personal financial responsibility. While some of the ways kids can make money during the summer are tried-and-true methods, giving them lots of different suggestions lets them use their own creativity to come up with something. Many of these ideas can be modified to suit your child's skills and goals.
If your children do chores at home, let them ask neighbors or friends if they would pay your child to help with their housework or lawn care. Many people would be willing to let kids wash windows, mop floors, water plants or mow the grass.
Many people go on vacation during summer. If your child is responsible enough, she could offer to care for people's animals. Alternatively, she could start a dog-walking service, or ask at kennels or veterinary offices if they need help in walking or feeding animals.
Teenagers could become errand runners, especially if they have a bicycle or if you live in an area close to shops or other businesses. Examples of the types of things they could do include delivering groceries for neighbors, making quick trips to the store, picking up dry cleaning, or even delivering take-out lunches to office workers.
Teenagers can also make money babysitting younger children or working at day camps. Often, this requires some experience or a basic babysitting, CPR, or first aid class. These classes are usually offered at community and recreation centers for a small fee. Experience can be as simple as supervising younger siblings while parents are running errands.
Lessons and Tutoring
If your child has a special skill, such as playing the piano, baking cookies or building bird houses, suggest that he teach other children how to do this. Let him offer a class in your home. Alternatively, if he is ahead of his class in certain subjects, consider allowing him to offer paid summer tutoring to others (this is more appropriate for middle school and high school kids).