Responsible 11-year-olds are often interested in making some extra money outside the house during the summer or after-school hours. Not only does working provide cash to buy new games, toys or clothes, but it also provides valuable experience that will be useful in getting more serious jobs as a teen.
Kids who enjoy being outside can make money taking care of other people’s yards. Although an 11-year-old might not yet be old enough to operate a power lawn mower, a push mower is a safer alternative. Kids can also rake and bag leaves, weed gardens, shovel snow and complete other yard chores for homes in the neighborhood.
Busy families with young children may be willing to hire 11-year-olds in the role of parents’ helper. In this job, the preteen plays with younger children whose parents are at home but occupied with other tasks. This job is a step below being a babysitter in terms of responsibility, but it allows the preteen to practice babysitting in a safe environment, developing skills to use later as a solo babysitter.
Jobs such as feeding a pet while the owners are away on vacation or walking dogs in the afternoons while the owners are at work are both appropriate for 11-year-olds. Jobs should be within walking or biking distance of the preteen’s home unless the parents are willing to provide transportation regularly.
In addition to going through items the family owns and selecting things to sell, the 11-year-old could also let neighbors know about the sale and collect items they no longer want. Tasks to complete before having the sale include sorting items into categories so people can find things at the sale and pricing items by labeling boxes or bins or putting colored stickers on items that represent different prices. She can advertise the sale in local newspapers and with signs posted around the neighborhood.
For the crafty 11-year-old, making and selling craft items can be a fun way to make money. Potential items include beaded jewelry, knit scarves or hats, and sewing projects such as coin purses or handbags. Kids can sell items to friends and family members or arrange to have booth space at local craft fairs.