Our kids have been looking for ways to make money to save up for a FitBit. Both Beau and Jack made themselves “businesses” where they could earn money.
We wanted to help them out, so here are some suggestions that we gave them (they went with #1):
1. Pet Washing. Our boys both started this business. They went online to the photo editing website (PicMonkey) and they made flyers. They gave them out to three people that I knew had dogs that they could take care of (puppies or very small dogs).
2. Being a Parent Helper (helping out by watching a young child, when a parent is at home. I used to do this when I was younger. I worked for a family that worked from home, so I would go and play with the young children while the mom worked in her office, in the room beside the playroom.)
3. Computer Tutor – I can’t tell you how many times they have told me that COMMAND+Q makes me quit what I am doing or that Command+Shift+4 is how to take a screenshot. They help Becky & my father-in-law, too. That computer class in their school is helping us a lot at home.
4. Pulling Weeds. This is a job that they actually really enjoy doing. They usually make it a game and shoot the weeds into the bucket, like basketball.
5. Take care of pets – our son fed our neighbor’s frogs for a week while they were gone. Feeding fish, frogs or cats are all easy jobs that a child could do.
(I found this picture from a few years ago. Always looking for a to earn a buck.)
6. Entertain at a little kid’s birthday party with magic or cool sports tricks or games. (We have a few cousins that would be great for this). Plan parties like pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, Simon Says, Freeze Tag and charades.
7. Plant sitting – take care of a neighbor’s plants while they are away.
8. Sell things that they don’t want anymore. Teach them how to make things look new again before they sell it. Wash them, patch up old stuffed animals, dust off books, tighten bolts, etc…
9. Shovel snow in the winter. I used to do this and so did Becky.
10. Sweeping decks, porches and raking leaves.
We ordered this piggy bank for them, too. It is a pretty cool concept and we want them to learn these lessons.
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