8 Ways for Your Kids to Earn Money This Summer

At some point on summer vacation, kids find themselves doing the same thing—lying around the house, complaining about being bored, and looking for something to do.

If you see your children flipping channels for hours on end, then maybe it’s the perfect time for them to do some work and earn extra money. Don’t worry if they roll their eyes when you first bring up the subject. Once they see how they can pocket some cash, and even have fun doing it, they’ll get excited.

Here are some age-appropriate job ideas they can try.

Ages 5 to 11

Lemonade stand. Kids will love this one because they get to run the show. They pick the business name, put the word out, serve the customers, and make the money! Be sure to guide them along the way so they can learn what goes into running a business. Before you know it, your little entrepreneur will earn a big-time payday.

Extra chores. If your son or daughter wants a new toy, some new clothes or a few apps for their phone, then set up a list of extra chores for them around the house. Start with the easiest task to get them into the groove of working. Be their cheerleader. And when they finish a chore, pay them right away. After a while, they’ll actually look for other jobs. How awesome is that!

Ages 12 to 14

Camp counselor. Summer camp is full of opportunities to work with young kids, enjoy the great outdoors, and learn how to be a mentor. If that setup sounds interesting—and profitable—to your child, have them apply for counselor positions.

Neighborhood dog walker. This is a great idea if your son or daughter loves animals. Not only can they walk dogs and pile up savings, but by providing great customer service, they will also earn more clients and more money.

Cutting grass/lawn care. Another opportunity to start a summer small business! People love the thought of a beautifully manicured lawn, but they may not like the idea of doing it themselves. Help your kids gain new business by teaching them how to market their services to the neighborhood.

Ages 15 and Up

Lifeguard. The American Red Cross certifies lifeguards as young as age 15. Teenagers can  learn about safety and responsibility while soaking in the sun and being near the water. Not bad for a summer job.

Restaurant host/hostess. This position is great for teens who are outgoing and enjoy working with people. In addition to summertime money, teens will learn how to make a great first impression. This will be a great asset for future job interviews.

Grocery store. There are many different options for jobs within your local grocery store—stocking shelves, ringing up orders, and bagging groceries are awesome ways for your kids to learn a good work ethic. This is a great chance to develop their people skills and teach them to serve well.

Retail. This job shows your son or daughter the importance of presentation, customer service and attention to detail. Because this job requires organizing and tidying up store displays, it might appeal to someone who likes to put things in order. Maybe after a few months on the job, a few of those skills might translate to their housework?

Each of these jobs is a good opportunity to get your kid out of the house to earn a little—or a lot of—extra money this summer! And as a bonus, they’ll learn values that will help build work ethic and character. Talk with your kids about these or other jobs they would be interested in this summer. It’s never too early to teach the value of hard work and earning money!

Once your kids start making money, teach them how to give, save and spend their cash by setting up a free budget in EveryDollar.