7. Provide tech support
Today’s kids are hooked on technology from birth. Have them put those skills to work this summer. Some possible tech-related jobs include:
- Helping a senior set up a computer and email.
- Retouching photos and creating albums.
- Data entry, such as entering contact information.
- Setting up a blog or website for themselves or someone else.
Children who want to start their own website should only do so under the supervision of an adult who can ensure they are taking proper precautions to protect their privacy.
8. Wash cars
It may be best to wash the family car as a trial run. Then, you can critique your child’s work, offer pointers and help him or her set a fair price. After that, ask friends and neighbors if they would like their car cleaned up.
9. Work on a farm
Child labor laws prevent preteens from being employed in most situations. However, preteens can work nonhazardous jobs on some farms with a parent’s written consent.
My own stint working on a farm involved a few weeks picking strawberries. It netted me $24 and lifelong appreciation for the people who harvest fruit for a living.
10. Sell unwanted items
This final suggestion isn’t a job, but it is a way for preteens to earn money: Have them sort through clothes, books and electronics and sell what they no longer use.
Take them to a consignment store like Plato’s Closet or Once Upon a Child to sell their castoffs. Or help them consign items through the mail to online shops such as Swap.com. Electronics can be sold to online companies like Gazelle and NextWorth.
How do preteens you know earn money? Let us know in a comment below or on our Facebook page.
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