When kids want to spend money on toys, clothes, entertainment or other purchases and their parents will not give them money, one solution is to start working. Kids can also save their earnings for future purchases or for college. Working teaches children about earning and managing money effectively.
Jobs at Home
Children can earn money without even leaving their homes if their parents have odd jobs that they are willing to pay their children to complete. Potential jobs include vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, washing the car, babysitting younger siblings, washing the windows, raking leaves in the yard and shoveling snow. Kids can negotiate with their parents to set an hourly wage or a fixed rate for completing each job.
Caring for Others
Responsible children can find jobs taking care of other people or animals. For example, if a neighbor with cats is going out of town, a child could visit the cats every day to feed them and clean their litter boxes. Another idea is to walk people's dogs in the afternoon so they do not have to do this chore after work. Children who are at least 10 years old could work as a mother's helper taking care of younger children while the mother is around. By the time they are 12 years old, some children are responsible enough to work as babysitters.
When children are out of school for the summer, they have many options for types of outdoor services to provide. They can offer to wash cars, mow lawns, weed gardens or water plants. In the fall, children can rake leaves for neighbors and charge for each bag of leaves they gather. In cold climates, a snow shoveling service can be in high demand.
Children with an entrepreneurial mind-set can start their own businesses selling items to earn money. For example, girls who enjoy making beaded jewelry can purchase booth space at a craft fair and sell their earrings, necklaces and bracelets there. Children who enjoy woodworking can make birdhouses to sell to neighbors. Other small business ideas include having a lemonade stand, selling baked goods or holding a rummage sale.