Learning how to earn a living and manage money are important lessons that can be taught at an early age. Children gain valuable experience by working with others and learning how to manage their finances. They can save money to purchase a new toy or game, or even begin saving for college, by engaging in some of the following occupations.
Mowing lawns. Children need to be old enough to operate a push or riding mower to do this job. A job mowing lawns in the neighborhood is a great way for kids to be assertive by knocking on doors and offering their services. They will learn how to maintain a mowing schedule and be accountable for showing up on time for appointments.
- Babysitting. Children who like younger kids can offer to watch them in the early evenings or on weekends. If there are several children in the neighborhood old enough to babysit, they can band together to form a summer or weekend day camp for little ones.
- Parent’s helper. This is similar to a baby sitter but occurs under the supervision of adults. The helper can assist with childcare or home chores.
- Lemonade, cookie, or cupcake stand. This is popular during the warm weather months. Children can set up a stand on the front lawn and place signs around the neighborhood. In the fall, the stand can turn into an apple cider, coffee, and hot chocolate stand.
- House cleaning. Children can offer to dust, vacuum, or wash and dry dishes in neighborhood homes.
- Car washing. Neighborhood children can form a group to wash cars in the area. They can even sell some food and drinks while people are waiting for their cars to be washed.
- Pet or house sitting and plant watering. Children can do this for neighbors who are away on vacation.