Is your teen looking for a job? It can be difficult to find employment which is flexible enough to work with sports or other activities.
If a traditional job is not an option, your teen can work for him or herself. Teach them how to be an entrepreneur — and make money at the same time.
Pet Sitting. Many people go away on vacation during the summer, but that means the family pet needs to be taken care of. Offer pet sitting services to provide attention to these four legged family members. You will feed, walk and even play with the family pet while they are enjoying vacation.
Advertising Idea: Check with pet groomers to see if you could place cards with them to offer the service. In exchange, your teen could provide free sitting for the owner.
Personal Errands. Offer to run errands for your neighbors. While they are at work, your teen can stop by the post office, pick up dry cleaning or even make a trip the store. Your teen must be a responsible driver in oder to do this line of work.
House Sitting. If you have a responsible and trustworthy teen, this is an easy way to make money. When people travel, they often would prefer someone stay in the home rather than leaving it vacant. Just make sure the ground rules are clear (and make sure friends do not know so they don’t make those unexpected visits).
House Cleaning. If your teen is good at cleaning, he or she might be able to offer these services. This is not very common in teens, but it is a great option for that one who loves to clean.
Advertising Idea: As realtors who help people find homes that your teen does this type of work — offering some free cleaning for them in exchange for the advertising. Ask parents to also share via social media.
Landscape Maintenance. We know that teens can mow lawns, but what about landscaping maintenance. This could include trimming dead plants, removing weeds and even cleaning up/replacing mulch.
Find Online Work. There are actually virtual assistant positions that kids can try. They can include social media posting and sharing, photography, design etc.
Tech Set-Up and/or Tutor. When people purchase new computers or devices, they need to set them up. If it is a computer, it can mean transferring files and settings. It could even be programming a remote or other home device.
This could even go one step further in providing tutoring for tablets and phones. Many people don’t know how to get the most out of these devices. If you have a tech savvy teen he or she could try one (or both) of these services.
Advertising Idea: Visit with a local retailer who sells these products and see if they will share your teen’s info with new sales.
I’ve shared some different options when it comes to advertising, but another one is in your local newspaper (for a small fee), free billboards where stores allow this info to be shared or even Craigslist. I do recommend that if you opt for Craigslist that parents and/or another responsible adult tags along — just so that everyone stays safe.
What other ideas do you have to add to our list?