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Not Old Enough for A Summer Job? How Teens Earn Extra Cash

Jun 19, 2024 08:54PM ● By Nikki Ducas

My teenager is at the age of not old enough to get a summer job, but too old for summer camps. I told him this is his chance to make connections and get letters of commendation for when he does apply for his first job. The character strengths of working well with others, being entrepreneurial, punctual, and responsive are all traits that employers are looking for in a new hire. Volunteering in the community and doing odd jobs around the neighborhood will help stave off the “I’m bored” days of summer, all while earning extra cash. 

Here are just a few ideas for teens and tweens to make money and stay involved in their community this summer. 

Be a playmate. Your preschooler can invite a friend over for a playdate, giving his mom a much-needed break. Your tween can earn extra money by being a mother’s helper. Your teenager can baby sit or be a summer nanny. 

Life’s a Beach. There are lots of jobs that are seasonal at the beach, lake, or community pool. Depending on age requirements, your teenager could be a lifeguard, work at a concession stand, or be a helping hand. 

Be Entrepreneurial. If your neighborhood has a lot of kids, get your teens and tweens outside to watch younger kids and create a “sports camp” environment. Not only will your teens and tweens get much needed exercise (and less screen time), but they will be entertaining little ones that look up to them while earning a few extra bucks. 

Household Chores. Although most families don’t usually pay their children to help around the house, why not give them more responsibility and pay them for odd jobs – mowing the lawn, planting flowers, or washing the car. If they get your stamp of approval, then let them hit up the neighbors to do a job for a potential payday. 

No matter what your teens and tweens do with their free time this summer, the most important thing is to keep them busy. The odd job will make them feel more responsible and, with money in their pocket, give them a bit of financial freedom. It’s also important for parents to talk to them about their newfound wealth. Set them up for financial success and teach them the envelope system – have them put money in one for saving, one for giving, and one for spending now.

 

 

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