Real Ways to Make Money
Holding down a part-time job during the school year is difficult for many kids, especially teenagers. If your kids are involved in a lot of activities, the day can be a whirlwind of school, after-school sports practices and clubs, and evening games or performances. It’s hard enough for your kids to find time to complete their homework and eat dinner, let alone juggle a part-time job.
So, how can kids earn money during the school year, without running themselves (and their parents) into the ground?
Most of us, including our kids, have way more “stuff” than we need. Encourage your kids to clean out their rooms, and they also might be able to clean-up on eBay, Amazon, or at the local consignment shop. Gently used clothes, shoes, video games, jewelry, stuffed animals, old handheld devices, and phones are all possible sources of untapped income.
Be a Good Neighbor
Mr. Rogers knew what he was talking about when he advocated for all of us to be good neighbors. There are likely people right next door to you and your kids who need help with things like household chores, lawn mowing, raking leaves, shoveling their driveways, and much more. Not only will you build relationships with those around you by going door-to-door, but you’ll find that many people are grateful for your assistance and willing to compensate for the helping hand.
Here comes the weekend and you know who is looking forward to it - parents! They are exhausted from running kids around all week, and they would love a weekend night or afternoon off. The weekends are the perfect opportunity for your kids to put some money in the bank.
In the time it takes to watch a sit-com on TV, your kid could earn some fast cash walking dogs. Depending on where you live, dog walkers can make up to $30 for a 30-minute walk.
If your kid is a good student, tutoring other students might be a great way to earn some additional money. They don’t have to tutor other teens if that isn’t comfortable for them. Often, younger kids need assistance with beginning skills like reading and math. Tutoring doesn’t have to be limited to schoolwork either. Perhaps your teen is particularly skilled at sports and could help coach a younger athlete to perfect his or her skills.
Do Jobs Around the House
Do you have a major weekend chore that you were going to do or that you were going to pay someone else to do, like paint the shed, mulch the flower beds, or organize the closets? If it’s something your child can do, offer it up to him or her first as an opportunity to make some money.
Even if your teen can’t commit to a part-time job during the school year because of scheduling conflicts, there is still money to be made. Kids need to be persistent and confident in looking for ways to make money and then professional and responsible once that perfect opportunity lands in their lap.