School with a Side of Hustle…Yes, Please!
When I was young, my mom would always tell me that school was my job. Today, I find myself saying the same thing to my child. But if your child is truly interested in making some money or starting a business, now is the right time to explore an easy, expense-free side hustle. Here is a list of some businesses your kids can start with very little help from you or money out of their (your) pocket.
Pet sitting/Dog walking: If yours is anything like mine, they have asked, begged even, for a pet. Cat, dog, rabbit, bird, even a gerbil; YUCK! Maybe you don’t want the full time responsibility of a pet. If you think you can live with an animal for a few days, allow your child to be a responsible pet sitter. Or maybe they can start with just being the neighborhood walker. This is an ideal after school job for your tween. They are just old enough to take the neighbors’ dog out alone. They get some outdoor time with the dog and you don’t have a full time pet commitment.
Babysitting: Maybe your child isn’t an animal lover but has a knack with small children. Babysitting could be the way to go. Parents are always in search of a trustworthy, reliable sitter. Organizations like the Red Cross offer training courses and certification. Your neighbors, with small children, will jump at the chance to have your certified child babysit. Good babysitters can make upwards of $13 dollars an hour, depending on the average rate in your area. And it may give them additional comfort to know that you aren’t too far away if something happens.
Office work: You and I both probably despise data entry. I used to let mine pile up until the last day and stay up all night to get it entered before the end of the month. UGH! But here’s an opportunity for your child to earn some extra money by doing the data entry work for you. An hour or two each day, with just a little training from you can be a win-win.
Reselling by Upcycling: Do you have a creative crafter at home? A budding creative may see the treasure in someone else’s trash. Finding free or inexpensive small furniture or clothing and making it like new and uniquely beautiful could be the perfect job for your junior crafter. Seek out a DIY/Upcycling Meetup group. The experienced upcyclers can lend some know-how and also tell you where to find the best stuff. Craft stores, like Michaels and Home Depot, offer classes in a number of different crafting subjects like mosaic tiling and decoupage. Even small items like vases or picture frames could fetch a great price on ETSY or other crafter’s marketplaces.
Helping Hands/Odd jobs: Where we live, the threat of snow lasts until, at least, mid March. There will be plenty to shovel. Helping neighbors, especially the elderly ones, can be a great job for your outdoorsy kid. Spring planting, yard help, lawn care, and especially leaf raking can haul in some big bucks for a job well done. While the younger ones may not be ready to use the lawnmower, older kids can increase their services by offering not only yard maintenance but also lawn cutting. Jobs like painting, hanging or removing wallpaper can be quite exhausting, but could be perfect for your kid. Most local home improvement stores, like Home Depot, offer DIY courses in a plethora of different home improvement tasks. Cultivating skills is a perfect way to help your child build a successful business. Inside the house, an older neighbor may need some help cleaning up or cleaning out an unused room. This can be not only a great job but also an exciting history lesson as your child may discover some vintage treasures buried in your neighbor’s home.
Tutoring: Do you notice how proud your child feels when they have done a good job with an assignment or project? Why not help your child help another have this good feeling as well. Starting an after school tutoring business could be the perfect fit for your young smarty pants. Most schools encourage peer tutoring and will provide library or classroom space for the tutelage. Peer tutoring usually works well because, let’s face it, we don’t have any clue how to do that “new” math!
Whatever part time business you and your child settle on, keep in mind that this is their commitment. It won’t work unless they do. There are many options to explore and even a combination of different things. These decisions are based on their time and interests.
And hey, let us know what you’re doing! We’d love to hear about your child’s new business venture!