After school and during the summer months when school is out, tweens seek ways to keep busy and earn extra money at the same time. Earning money by working teaches tweens responsibility, can improve their self-worth and introduce them to the proper ways of budgeting their money. Help your teen come up with easy ways to make money, based on the knowledge and skills he already has.
Walk the Neighborhood Dogs
With busy schedules split between work, caring for the kids and other obligations, many dog owners cannot give their pets the daily workout they need to stay healthy and fit. Help your tween set up a dog walking service in your area, providing 15-to-30 minute dog walking services to interested residents. Your child can deliver flyers to neighbors and hang posters around town to advertise his services.
Set a limit on the size dog your child can walk; dogs that are small- to medium-sized are ideal. Also, map out a safe walking route you’d like your child to follow, if possible, accompany your tween on some of his dog-walking ventures.
Offer Computer Lessons
If you have a computer-savvy tween who loves to teach people how to use the computer for everything from surfing the web and uploading pictures to creating videos and chatting, consider letting your tween offer computer lessons to residents in your area. This service may be especially beneficial for adults who want to use the computer to connect with their kids and grandchildren.
Start a Jewelry-Making Business
Creative kids can sell everything from earrings and bracelets to headbands and hair bows from home. Your child can host home parties, inviting moms and their daughters to attend, enjoy treats and purchase jewelry. She can also display her jewelry at local craft shows, yard sales and children’s boutiques.
Teach your child the importance of reinvesting money into her venture by taking her to the craft store to purchase additional supplies she has to pay for with the money she earned.
Tweens are bundles of energy, constantly on the move, looking for the next thing to do. Your tween can use his energy to offer errand services to neighbors. Whether it’s taking a quick trip to the store to pick up eggs and milk for a nearby neighbor, mailing letters for a local business man or delivering lunch to a new mom, tweens can offer errand running services to earn money.
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