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10 Ways Tweens Can Earn Money This Summer

May 23, 2016
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Melissa Hincha-Ownby

Summer is right around the corner, and teenagers across the country are looking for summer jobs. A summer job is almost a rite of passage for teens, where they can gain valuable work experience while earning a little cash. However, tweens can also get in on the action. Even though they aren’t old enough for traditional employment, tweens can earn spending money while building a resume. If you’re the parent of a tween, check out these 10 ways tweens can earn money this summer.

walking a dog 

1. Dog walking
Do you have a dog lover in your family? If so, dog walking may be the ideal summer job for him or her.

2. Recycling cans
Your tween can do his or her part to help the environment while earning spending money by recycling cans. Have her or him check with neighbors and family and coordinate a regular pickup day. Locate nearby deposit and recycling centers, and give them a lift to the center to recycle at the end of the week.

3. Light yard work
Yard work is probably one of the most traditional summer jobs for tweens. Pulling errant weeds, watering plants and running the lawnmower are tasks that most tweens can accomplish with just a little guidance.

4. Selling baked goods
Do you have a budding baker on your hands? If so, encourage him to explore a summer job selling baked goods in the neighborhood.

5. Mother’s helper or babysitting
Depending on your child’s age, a summer of babysitting or spending time as a mother’s helper is a great way to earn money while learning valuable skills like multitasking, crisis management and more.

6. Selling crafts
Crafty kids can turn their hobby into a little extra cash. For example, a few girls at my daughter’s ballet school sell handmade bun wreaths to earn money for summer ballet programs.

7. Washing cars
A water hose, some car-friendly soap, a few rags and you’ve got yourself a business washing cars. This is the perfect summer job, as your tween can keep cool while working hard!

8. Tutoring
Is your child gifted in math or loves to read to young children? If so, she or he is the perfect candidate for a summer tutoring job.

9. Modified house sitting
While a tween can’t house sit on her or his own, she can make sure that the mailbox is emptied, the newspaper is brought in and the plants are watered.

10. Helping a parent at work
Depending on the type of job you have, you may be able to bring your child to work with you. Do you have extra filing to do at your office and you can’t find the time? Offer to pay your son or daughter $10 if he or she comes to work with you and does your filing for you.

How did you earn summer money as a tween?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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