Jobs 4 Kids

Activity: Type Papers


  • $0.10 Per Word (10+)



Tips On Getting Started:

  • Pass around flyers in your neighborhood or advertise at a local school (10+).

Tips For Success:

  • Be a fast and accurate typist. Always use spell checker and grammar check (10+).

Activity: Take Pet Pictures


  • $3.00 - $5.00 Per Picture (8-15)



Tips On Getting Started:

  • Buy your supplies first. Know what you need and what you don't need. Start out with a camera, film, backdrop, and other things you think you might need (8-15).

Tips For Success:

  • The best thing you could do is make flyers. It should state where you live, what you do, and your phone number. To make it snazzy, add a picture that you have once taken. You could also offer enlargements. Remember, the other person only keeps the picture. You have complete control over the negatives! You can even enter a picture contests with someone else's picture!


Activity: Buy And Sell Used Bikes


  • $20.00 To $60.00 Per Bike (10+)



Tips On Getting Started:

  • Buy old bikes that cost 5-10 dollars. Once you have them, you have to fix them up and sell them for more. Remember the experience depends on how well it sells (10+).

Tips For Success:

  • Buy in style bikes, but make sure they're cheap. Also, to sell them, go to garage sales of others with the bike and advertise (10+).


Activity: Shovel Snow


  • $5.00 To $10.00 (Depending On The Size Of The Yard) (10+)
  • $3.00 Per House (9+)


9+, 10+

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Try shoveling with a friend. Go to peoples houses you know (10+).
  • Go around your neighborhood and offer to shovel sidewalks for $3.00. Make sure you do a good job and that you don't forget any spots because they might not ask you back again. Be polite and even if they don't ask you to shovel say thank you because next time they may ask you because you were polite (9+)!

Tips For Success:

  • Don't take jobs you can't handle (10+)!
  • Be polite. Bring your own supplies. Wear warm clothes because you'll get cold (9+).


Activity: Take Kids' Pictures (Take a Polaroid camera to a fair where kids are getting their face painted. Put the picture in a cardboard frame you painted.)


  • Around $3.00 Per Picture (Frames Cost an Extra $2.00) (Canadian)


Old enough to operate a camera.

Tips On Getting Started:

  • First, buy a camera if you don't have one. Buy your film in bulk. You can use it after, if business isn't that great.

Tips For Success:

  • Buy enough film and make enough frames. Maybe, you can get the kids to paint the frames. Make everything look really cute and stuff. I recommend JoyCam because the pictures are small and neat looking!!


Activity: Teach Computers


  • $3.00 Per Hour (10)




Activity: Make Greeting Cards


  • $2.00 Per Card (8+)



Tips On Getting Started:

  • Make colorful decorations on construction or plain paper (8+).

Tips For Success:

  • Go door to door dressed for the occasion (8+).


Activity: Tutor / Teach


  • $2.50 Per Hour (14)
  • $10.00 Per Person (13)


13, 14

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Give lessons on what you're good at. I teach piano for 2 kids. It's easy and it's not labor or hard work! First of all, you need to be very good at the subject you prepare to each. Not just some silly knowledge of the subject. To get the word out, post posters at local market place's bulletin boards where a lot of people can see. Say how long you have been studying and the awards you have won to grab people's attention. Make little slips that people can take home to call you (13).
  • Find a kid who is struggling (14).

Tips For Success:

  • Know what you are doing. Respect your students, they are beginners, not like you, a professional. Picture yourself learning computer basics from an engineer. Ask questions before teaching a new student like when is your birthday, so you can always buy some treats to give him or her. If the student is really into this subject, teach some serious stuff. If the student is jest learning for fun, make the lesson fun! Be funny, broad, compliment your students to make them feel more confident (13).
  • Be nice (14).


Activity: Make Beaded Lizards


$1.00 to $2.00 Per Lizard (9&Up)
$1.00 Per Lizard (Doesn't Matter)


9&Up, Doesn't Matter

Tips On Getting Started:

First, you need to get one or two people to do it with you. Then, if you don't know how to make lizards, learn. After you learn how, then you need to make a lot of lizards. When you plan a date and time, you can get together and start selling (9&Up).
Get good, reliable friends to help you with the money you earn and to help make them.

Tips For Success:

At every door you get to be polite even if they are mean to you. You need to say thank you even if they don't buy a lizard. Sell all different kinds of lizards and not just one or two kinds or colors. Oh and have fun and good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (9&Up).
Don't be afraid to make the prices high for good profits.


Activity: Mow Lawns


  • $25.00 Per Yard (Depending on Size of Yard) (12)
  • $20.00 Per Lawn (13)(2)
  • $20.00 Per Lawn (12)
  • $20.00 Per Job (10)
  • $15.00 Per Week (11 And Up)
  • $10.00 Per Yard (12-15), (10-15)
  • $10.00 Per Yard (8-14)
  • $10.00 Per Lawn (13)(2)
  • $10.00 Per Lawn (12)
  • $10.00 Per Yard (12)
  • $10.00 Per Lawn (10)
  • $10.00 Per Lawn (7-60)
  • $8.00 - $10.00 Per Yard (8 And Up)
  • $6.00 Per Lawn (Any Age)
  • $5.00 - $15.00 Per Lawn (12)
  • $5.00 Per Yard (13-15)
  • $5.00 Per Yard (13)
  • $5.00 Per Yard (11)
  • $5.00 Per Lawn (7)
  • $5.00 Per Lawn
  • $3.00 Per Lawn (11)
  • $10.00 Per Half Hour (13)
  • $10.00 Per Hour (12)
  • $5.00 Per 30 Minutes (10+)
  • $7.00 Per Hour (12)
  • $5.00 (Canadian) Per Hour (14)
  • $3.00 Per Hour (12)
  • $4.00 Per 2 Hours (13-16)


7, 7-60, 8-14, 8 And Up, 10, 10-15, 11, 11 And Up, 12(7), 12-15, 13-16, 13, 14, Any Age

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Mower, Blower, Edger, Weedeater (12).
  • Mow neighbors first, then grow (12-15).
  • Brainstorm for your ideas for fliers then print out at least 30-50 of them and put your phone, address and other things so they can contact you (10-15)!!!!
  • Around neighborhood (14).
  • Put up signs, tell friends to tell parents, etc (12).
  • Just do it and have fun (10+).
  • Make business cards and put up a web site (13-16).
  • Ask parents if you can mow the grass (13-15).
  • Be consistent, work hard and give it your best (13).
  • Lawn mover, rakes (10).
  • You need two people, some customers and the right tools (13).
  • By getting a lawnmower then trying to find lawns to mow.
  • Have a mower and a couple of people you know (12).
  • Start with one and try to let your neighbors see you cutting (8-14).
  • Have your Dad teach you how to mow (10).
  • Put a sign in your yard telling people who you are, what you do and how much you charge. Post your sign also at the grocery stores and other businesses (8 And Up).
  • Lower the blade (7-60).
  • Ask people that are older or start at a lower price, do good and start raising your price.
  • Start with the biggest part of the yard first, then work your way to the smallest part (11 And Up).
  • Go from house to house asking people if they want yard work done (12).
  • Borrow parents lawn mower and rake (12).
  • Ask people (7).
  • Walk around the neighborhood asking for jobs to mow their yards (13).

Tips For Success:

  • Be Courteous (12).
  • Neat jobs do best (12-15).
  • Consistency in work (14).
  • Do a very good job (12).
  • When he / she says good job or you did so good, they will pay you extra (10+).
  • Be kind and be very generous (13-16).
  • Charge 2.00 - 3.00 dollars and as your business grows, charge more money like 4.00 - 6.00 dollars (13-15).
  • Be very nice and dress nicely and don't act like you are stupid and don't overcharge or u won't get a customer (13).
  • Work hard (10).
  • Be kind (13).
  • Going in straight lines so you don't miss a spot of grass.
  • Do the best job you can do, because I mowed lawns and if you do a better job than expected you might get more money than you asked for (12).
  • Take your time and never start hungry or thirsty (8-14).
  • Go slow and think about money (10).
  • Don't forget the money when u leave (7-60).
  • Go to rich neighborhoods and go to as many houses as possible (12).
  • Make up flyers (12).
  • Make sure you do a good job and ask them if they want you to come back (13).


Activity: Rake Leaves


$2.00 Per Hour (9)
$10.00 Per Half Hour (13)


9, 13

Tips On Getting Started:

Be consistent, work hard and give it your best (13).

Tips For Success:

Be very nice and dress nicely and don't act like you are stupid and don't overcharge or u won't get a customer (13).


Activity: Deliver Papers


  • $120.00 Per Month (12+)
  • $5.00 (Canadian) Per Day (It Depends)
  • $20.00 Per Week (10)
  • $30.00 Per Month (12)



It depends, 10, 12

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Have a bike. Get a route close to home. Make sure you can take the responsibility (12+).
  • Introduce yourself to all your customers, show your manager that you're interested in the job (It Depends).

Tips For Success:

  • Give good service. Be courteous. Be nice (12+).
  • Keep yourself organized in collecting the money. Pay your bills on time (It Depends).


Activity: Clean Houses


  • $5.00 Per Hour (15)
  • $4.00 Per Hour (12)
  • $3.00 Per Hour (Around 10)
  • $11.00 Per Week (10)
  • $10.00 Per Week (13)


10, Around 10, 12, 13, 15

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Work for people you know. Pack a lunch. Make sure you already have a couple of dollars for flyer copies (around 10).

Tips For Success:

  • Start around 11 o'clock so you're not tired and you can finish your job early but don't rush or else your job won't look good (around 10).


Activity: Wash Cars


  • $11.00 Per Week (10)
  • 5 Pounds (English) Per Car
  • 4 Rand (South African) Per Car (10)
  • 2 Pounds (Irish) Per Car (9)
  • $5.00 (Canadian) Per 30 Minutes (10+)
  • $5.00 (Canadian) Per Car (13), (8 and Up)
  • $5.00 Per Car (10-15)
  • $4.50 Per Car (8 Up)
  • $3.75 Per Car (10 and Up)


8 and up (2), 9, 10 (2), 10+, 10 and up, 10-15, 13

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Go around house to house and knock on door (8 Up).
  • Make a sign. Get water (10-15).
  • Buy different size brushes, car soap, window cleaner and have a hose nearby (10 and up).
  • Start small (10).
  • Get started by asking you Mum does she have any old sponges you could use or buy some (9).
  • Just get some soap and some rags and find some customers and you're all set (8 and up).
  • Make signs (13).
  • Just gotta wash (10+).

Tips For Success:

  • Wash a lot of cars (8 up).
  • Have fun (10-15).
  • Start a schedule like every Sunday, Monday night or weekend. Then, more people will come (10 and up).
  • Do a very good job and you might get paid more (9).


Activity: Babysit


  • $7.00 Per Hour (12)
  • $5.00 Per Hour (12+) (2), (10)
  • $4.00 to $5.00 Per Hour (13 or Older)
  • $4.00 Per Hour (11.5), (10)
  • $3.70 Per Hour (Plus $1.15 Per Extra Kid) (At Least 13)
  • $3.50 Per Hour (12) (2)
  • $3.00 Per Hour (8-18), (12) (4), (10 or Older)
  • $3.00 (Canadian) Per Hour (12)
  • $2.50 Per Hour (12)
  • $2.00 to $4.00 Per Hour (11+)
  • $2.00 Per Hour (12+), (13)
  • $5.00 Per Child (12)
  • $4.00 Per Child (12)
  • $3.00 Per Child (12)
  • $2.50 Per Person (12)
  • $2.00 Per Kid (12)


8-18, 10 (2), 10 or older, 11+, 11.5, 12 (13), 12+ (3), 13, at least 13, 13 or older

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Love what you do and do what you love (at least 13).
  • Take a class (12).
  • Ask friends and neighbors if they need people to baby-sit and then they will tell people and your business will grow (12+).
  • Bring games for the kids and if there are parks nearby take them to that. If it's still light out ask the parents if you can take the kids for a bike ride or go on their roller blades down the road (12).
  • Take the American Red Cross Baby-Sitting Course for a license (13).
  • Post up signs all over your town or city (12+).
  • Make sure you know CPR. Have fun with kids. Be responsible (11+)
  • Go to a baby-sitting practice thing and help you Mom with her baby or your Aunt (10).
  • Put fliers up at schools, malls and supermarkets. Also, once you start baby-sitting for one family, they will tell about your service to other people, and before you know it you will have a lot of clients (12).
  • First take a course at your local YMCA. Then, when you graduate the course tell your parents to spread the word that you are a trained baby-sitter (12).
  • Ask people you know or people your parents know. Then, they might recommend you to people they know (10 or older).
  • Find a kid that needs to be baby-sat (10).
  • Learn with a brother and sister (13 or older).
  • Ask Mom and Dad for help.
  • Put an ad in the newspaper (12).
  • Try not to over price or under price because they won't take you if you are over priced! If you are under priced everyone will want you and then when you raise it they will all be guilty or maybe even mad and find a new sitter (12)!!
  • Ask some of your parent's friends who have known you forever and who trust you and have young kids (12).
  • Get friends involved it helps a lot, but make sure these friends are ones you can get along with (12).
  • Just ask, it can't hurt (12+)
  • Put up flyers (12).
  • Start out with children older and not babies. For example, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are good ages to start with (11.5).
  • You should usually hand out business cards or put up flyers (8-18).
  • Take a course at your community center that will provide you with the necessary skills to become a babysitter. You could also try and take CPR courses, too (12).

Tips For Success:

  • Meet with your employer early to assure you know everything (at least 13).
  • Try and be nice to the kids and parents - you can get extra money sometimes. Also, make sure that the house is clean and the kids are in bed when their parent(s) get home (12+).
  • Fill out a form for each person you baby-sit and ask them to fill it out. It should be questions on the kids and where you can reach the parent (12).
  • Make business cards and let friends and neighbors know you are willing to baby-sit and your fees and schedule (13).
  • Let them do whatever they want even if you don't like to do what they want to (12+).
  • Be in control. Have things under control. If you can, go to a baby-sitting clinic (11+).
  • Put up signs and info and you might get some business (10).
  • Never baby-sit for any children that don't listen or tell you "no". In case of an emergency, you would not be able to save their life (12).
  • After about 2 years if you are still interested form a group of other kids that have done the same thing and you will be like a baby-sitting organization (12).
  • Do stuff that the kids want to do and be nice (10 or older).
  • Don't let them break anything (10).
  • Do special things for the parents like washing dishes (13 or older).
  • Be friendly and helpful.
  • Try to play with the children and have fun with them (12).
  • Always know the phone numbers and address where the parents will be, the neighbors number, poison control, the police and just stuff like that in case of an emergency and if you live up north have the number for the gas company to turn off the gas and get out if you can smell it (12)!!!!!!:)
  • Be nice (12).
  • Stay with what you start (12).
  • Do your best and don't forget them (12+)
  • Bring games and show parents how responsible you are by asking questions about the child like age, weight, height and know all emergency numbers.
  • Give an interview about yourself and get an interview about the child to see what they like, when they should go to bed, favorite games and what foods they like and dislike (11.5).
  • Be polite and try to do everything perfect (8-18).
  • Always bring a babysitting manual so the parents know you will be prepared. Also bring your cards that say you have completed a babysitting course or CPR course for reference. You can also try and be 10 minutes early to gain information about the baby and other important facts (12).

Check out more baby-sitting info and tips at Kids' Baby-Sitting.


Activity: Sell Lemonade / Kool Aid / Sodas / Juice


  • $1.00 Per Cup (Fresh Luscious Lemonade) (16)
  • $1.00 or $0.50 Per Cup (5-10)
  • $0.75 Per Soda Can (5)
  • $0.50 Per Cup (Any age), (10)
  • $0.25 Per Cup (5) (3), (6) (2), (7)
  • $1.00 (Canadian) Per 10 Glasses (7)


Any age, 5 (3), 5-10, 6 (2), 7 (2), 10, 10 and up, 16

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Setup near grocery store and when you run out go buy lemons (5-10).
  • Make lots of lemonade (6).
  • Get all the supplies. Find out who will work at the stand (10).
  • Make a stand (any age).
  • Make the stand yourself, so you get more money and your parents don't get any (5).
  • Get the things you need, like sodas, at a sale (5).
  • First buy the Kool Aid powder, make the Kool Aid and sell (7).
  • Start a list of things that I need (10 and up)!
  • Making the lemonade and getting the cups (5).

Tips For Success:

  • You must be nice. Don't go chasing after cars (5-10).
  • Take the lemonade in a wagon around your neighborhood. Give out a free cookie with each cup (6).
  • Make good lemonade. Set up a stand by a busy road (10).
  • Yell to the cars (any age).
  • Keep prices low so more people come and you will get more money (5).
  • Set up your stand at garage sales (5).
  • Have things ready for customers (5).
  • Keep on yelling what you want people to know (7).
  • Make sure I have enough customers to stay in business (10 and up)!
  • I did the lemonade (5).


Activity: Pet Sit


  • $100.00 Per 2 Weeks (10-Up)
  • $15.00 Per Day (11)
  • $4.50 Per Visit (12+)


10-up, 11, 12+

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Usually start off by calming the animal and creating a relationship with the animal which makes it easier to work with. An idea could be to cuddle. Give treats a little more than necessary (a little). Lots of love. Then, try to keep its attention a lot. Be very safe. Always keep your eye on the animal (all times). Groom every so often (keep pretty) - combing hair, washing, everything if necessary. Treat the animal with your most respect and everything should just about go great (10-up).
  • Buy with your extra savings stuff to help you take care of dogs - like toys and a bed. Also, hand out fliers or go door to door (11).

Tips For Success:

  • Be friendly and open and do your job right so the customers will come back (11)!


Activity: Walk Dogs


  • $5.00 Per 30 Minutes (12)
  • $3.00 Per Hour (8-18)
  • $1.00 Per Hour (9+)
  • $5.00 Per Week (7)
  • $2.00 Per Dog (10)


7, 8-18, 10

Tips On Getting Started:

  • Start with small dogs for a short amount of time (9+).
  • Work (7).
  • You should usually hand out business cards or put up flyers (8-18).

Tips For Success:

  • Work more (7).
  • Be polite and try to do everything perfect (8-18).



If you child likes younger kids, then a baby sitter is a popular choice.  Parents often need a good and reliable baby sitter to watch their kids.  This position can be even expanded into a baby sitting service, by joining together a group of people who can offer baby sitting services to all the parents in the neighborhood.



A parents helper is similar to a baby sitter.  However, if your child is too young to baby sit on their own, then a job helping parents is a good opportunity.  They can help watch someone's kids, assist with the feeding, playing, or doing chores around the house.  Later, once your child is older, they would likely have gained some references for regular baby sitting work.



Instead of a parents helper, your child could simply do house cleaning.  There are many chores that would be suitable such as vacuuming, dusting, etc.




Everyone is familiar with the old fashioned lemonade stand.  Of course, this is a seasonal business, depending on your location.  During other times of the year, it could be a warm apple cider business -- but be careful if your child needs to handle hot items.  Also try selling coffee, donuts, snack bags, or other food items.  If possible, set up a booth at a local community fair, or sale if allowed.


In addition to food, there is the possibility of selling other types of items.  Is your child good at crafts?   Then have them make their own artwork to sell.  Sometimes, a combination of food and items makes a good business.



Car washing is a needed service in many communities.  Have your child get together with a few friends to offer to wash local cars.  As an addition to this business, they can sell items mentioned in the lemonade stand section above while people wait for their car to be washed.  See what other professional car washes charge in your area, and price the services competitively.



If you child enjoys animals, then try an animal caretaker business.  This might involve walking dogs, dog washing, or general grooming.



If a neighbor is taking a trip or vacation, then taking care of their house and/or pets may be an opportunity.  This may include watering plants, and any other chores they may need.



Cutting grass, weeding, trimming, planting flowers, and other landscaping jobs are abundant.  Scan the neighborhood for homes that need landscaping services.  In the spring, offer to plant flowers, or do winter clean-up.




In the winter time, many people need to have their driveways or sidewalks shoveled.  This job works best when a group of kids can work together shoveling several houses.  Create a business, and make arrangements to shovel peoples houses before the snow storm.



- Ask what kids can do in their own home, such as writing little stories that they can sell to their family and friends.

- Kids can create their own jewelry to sell, or decorate interesting rocks.

- Raking leaves.

Lemonade Stand

This old standby is an excellent way for children of any age to make money. Location is the main concern, you need to be positioned where lots of thirsty people will be coming by. One good idea is to set up at annual marathons or along bike tour routes. And don't forget to advertise! Figure out the cost of one pitcher of lemonade and then divide it by the number of glasses you can fill from that. This is your cost per glass. Add a reasonable amount of profit and get selling!

Dog Walking

This is generally a better job for older children. Make up some fliers advertising your services and tuck them into mailboxes up and down the street. Try to avoid scheduling more than one dog at a time, since they can get to be a handful.


My little sister goes down to the market every Saturday and sells out of four dozen chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. The key to this business is yummy cookies, so pick a recipe that everyone likes and go with that. Also, when people see you regularly, they will become regular customers. If there isn't a proper venue that you can walk through, try selling in the local park or team up with a lemonade stand. Another idea is to go door to door with samples and a flier to leave with each person and become a delivery service. This can always be expanded to other baked goods as well, but start fairly small to keep costs down.


Pick a subject that you know a lot about or are very interested in. Something like LEGO or baking, etc. Now start a newsletter. It can begin as two sides of a piece of paper and expand later. Charge enough to cover the cost of paper, stamps if mailing, and your time. Now to sell it. You can sell on the street, at a club if it's on a club topic, or go into a bookstore and see if they will carry it.

Window Washing

For this job, you will need a squeegee, a bucket and a good window cleaner. Make up fliers and go door to door letting people know about your service. You can also try local businesses that have storefront windows. Build up a customer base and schedule window cleanings once a month for each of them.

House Cleaning

This is also a good one for older children. Practice on your own house first (Mom will be thrilled!). Make sure you dust, get any cobwebs, scrub toilets, tubs, sinks, etc. Once you have some experience, hit the street with the fliers again. You can also run up an ad in the paper, but this can get expensive.

Mother's Help

If you are too young to actually baby-sit, consider being a mother's helper. This means that you entertain the kids while the mother gets some work done elsewhere. You will get experience and someone is there if you need help. You can also offer to look after children in the playground, while their mother shops. Start out with people you know and let your parents screen any that you don't.


Notice any shabby fences in your neighborhood? Why not offer to paint them? The owner buys the paint and brushes and you charge for your labor. If there is peeling paint still on the fence, make sure you scrape all the loose flakes off first or the end result will look awful!

Plant Watering

If you know of someone going on a trip soon, offer to water their plants for a minimal fee. Make sure you learn which plants need to be watered daily and which prefer to stay dryer. And don't over water or they could return to a house full of dead plants!

Pet Sitting

Someone leaving on a trip might also need you to look after their animals. They should show you where the pet food is and how much to feed each day. For dogs, you will need to walk them and spend some time playing. And don't forget to let them out to go to the bathroom!

Car Washing

Like getting wet? This is the job for you! You can put up a sign and wash cars in your own driveway or go knocking on doors offering to wash people's cars. You will need soap and a hose, a sponge and lots of rags. A scrub brush is good for getting the wheels clean.

Shovel Snow

The next time it snows heavily in your area, go around to all the senior citizens in the area and offer to shovel their driveways for a fee. Many will be happy to take advantage of your services and you can rack up a lot of money in just a couple days. Be prepared for hard work though.

Yard Work

Place an ad in the paper or go door to door for this one. You can offer to clean up branches, mow the lawn, weed flowerbeds and gardens and water the yard. Many people find this a dull chore and you can cash in on it!

Wake up Service

This is only for the very responsible. Advertise in the paper that you will provide wake up calls with the customer's choice of today's weather, top news, or saying of the day. You can vary the options of course. Keep a careful record of each client's preferences and wake up times. You will need to scan a local paper before making the calls to get the headlines and weather.

Toy Rental

Do you have lots of old toys that you don't need anymore? Rent them out to families with children who are bored of their toys, or to grandparents who have children visiting. You can rent by the day, week, or month. You might consider a package deal for smaller toys. Keep careful track of who has what.

Muffin Breakfast

If you enjoy baking, you can start making muffins and offer samples to people in your neighborhood. Offer to provide breakfast (muffins and orange juice) delivered to their door on specified mornings. Give out fliers so they can take advantage of the offer later if they want to.

1. Go where it's hot, and help people keep cool

There are plenty of public places that don't have snack bars, and even the convenience store's just not convenient enough. Bottled water, sports drinks, visors, cheap sunglasses, and battery-powered fans will sell anywhere there's sun. Try parks, the beach, baseball practice field, or even a busy street corner near popular summer destinations.

What you'll need: Transportation, a decent cooler (28 quart or larger), four bags of ice, two cases of bottled water, two cases of sports drinks, a half-dozen sunglasses, a half-dozen visors, and a half-dozen battery-powered fans. You can get the sunglasses, visors, and fans from your local dollar store.

Estimated startup cost: Under $100.

Things to watch out for: Check into your local sales tax requirements. Also, permits may be required at beaches, parks, and other public areas.

Best web resource: Wholesale411.com — Largest directory of wholesale general merchandise vendors on the Web.

2. Lawn and yard care

People who care for their own yard the rest of the year may not want to keep up with it in the summer, when it needs to be mowed every 1-2 weeks (at least where I live). And full-time professional yard maintenance services want to set up regular contracts. Offer a low price and don't try to push the ongoing contracts. Be opportunistic. Drive through neighborhoods looking for yards that need mowing and leave a flyer. It's hard work, but decent money if you control your costs.

What you'll need: A heavy-duty self-propelled mower, an edger/trimmer, blower, hedge clippers, a gas can, and something to transport them all in.

Estimated startup cost: $1,000 new, $500 used, or you can rent the equipment you need for about $100 a day to get you started.

How much you can make: About $25-$40 per yard, on average. It will take a couple of dollars of gas per yard, and figure another dollar or so for trimmer line, mower blades, etc. If you don't have too much travel time, you should be able to do each yard in less than an hour.

How to grow: Own the equipment. Hire a friend to help. Offer additional services, such as weeding, planting, landscaping, etc.

Things to watch out for: Equipment maintenance can eat up all your profits very quickly. Keep it well-oiled, clean, and sharp. Also, don't chintz on the equipment. The right equipment will allow you to work twice as fast. The wrong equipment will make some yards impossible.

Best web resource: LawnServicing.com — Lots of books and other things for sale, but a great collection of free resources, too.

3. House sitting and pet sitting

Summer is family vacation time, and someone has to watch the pets and take the mail and newspaper in when everybody leaves for a week or two. If you can target your marketing to families, that will be most effective.

What you'll need: Flyers and a couple of classifieds in your local papers, insurance, transportation.

Estimated startup cost: $200-$300

How much you can make: The going rates on pet sitting and house sitting range from $5 to $15 per visit, depending on the number and type of pets, frequency of visit, and expectations (long walks, etc.).

How to grow: Offer additional services such as house cleaning and pet grooming that can be done while you're there.

Things to watch out for: Trust is everything in this business.

Be prepared to provide personal references. Network with everyone you know to let them know you're looking for this kind of work. Referrals will be your best lead source.

Best web resource: How to Start a Pet Sitting Service — Detailed advice on marketing, operations, and startup costs.

4. Mobile car detailing

People love convenience, and the idea of having your car cleaned while it's already sitting there at their home or office sure beats the heck out of taking it someplace and having to wait on it. Luxury car owners may be reluctant to use machine washes, and especially owners of high-top vans and pick-up trucks may not even be able to.

What you'll need: Transportation, business cards to leave on windshields, portable vacuum, a bucket, sponges, chamois, cleaning supplies.

Estimated startup cost: Under $100 to offer basic car wash services, up to $1,000 or more to offer specialized services.

How much you can make: $20-$30 per car for basic wash and interior on up to $100 or so for complete detailing (engine cleaning, etc.)

How to grow: Reinvest some of your money in equipment to offer higher-end services like engine cleaning or upholstey steam cleaning, or other related services like dent removal and windshield chip repair.

Things to watch out for: Know the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on the chemicals you use and local water usage rules.

Best web resource: MobileWorks.com — Tons of articles, discussion forums, marketing tips, and more.

5. Summer nanny / babysitter

For working parents of school-age kids, summer presents a real challenge. Summer camp may take care of a few weeks, a family trip another week or two, but then what about the rest of the summer? Find two or three families, or one with several kids, and take care of the kids during the day.

What you'll need: Clean, reliable transportation, some classified ads, a love of kids.

Estimated startup cost: Under $50 for classified ads.

How much you can make:$8-$12 an hour, depending on the number of kids. It's less money than some of the other options, but it's generally easier work.

How to grow: Take in more kids and turn into a home day care. Or, charge more for added services, like pet care or light house cleaning.

Things to watch out for: Caring for multiple children not in the same family will generally require licensing and will require the facilities to meet certain requirements.

There's a big step from watching 2-3 kids from 1-2 families in one of their homes to watching 4-5 kids in your own home. Some states have licensing requirements for nannies, as well.

Best web resource: International Nanny Association — A non-profit association dedicated to promoting quality in-home child care. Lots of free articles, plus information about government regulations for all U.S. states.

6. Tutoring and teaching

Opportunities abound for the entrepreneurially-minded person with knowledge to share. Some kids need help catching up on one or two subjects, homeschoolers usually school year 'round, and many parents put their kids in summer classes on a fun topic like science, drama, or creative writing. You can tutor individual kids, or put together a group workshop or week-long class.

What you'll need: Some advertising and a facility, if you want to do group classes.

Estimated startup cost: Under $100 for flyers and advertising. For a facility, check local community centers, YMCA, etc., where you can usually rent a room for $10-$30 for 60-90 minutes, or $30-$50 for a half day.

How much you can make: $10-$20 an hour for one-on-one tutoring, depending on your qualifications. Classes vary widely in price, but with even a small turn-out, you should be able to make $50-$100 per teaching hour, but that doesn't count marketing and preparation time.

How to grow: It takes the same amount of time to teach 20 kids as 10. Marketing & advertising is what will drive your growth.

Things to watch out for: Generally, teaching short classes that are not for credit doesn't require any kind of special licensing, but check your local regulations to make sure that you don't end up falling under the day care regulations if you have multiple kids.

Best web resource: Tutor Nation —There's a listing fee, but they also offer lots of free resources and linke to other sites with information on tutoring. With a one-year membership, you also get a book on tutoring.

All of the above business ideas can be started on a minimal budget and bootstrapped by reinvesting some of your profits. While they have a seasonal element to them, they also all offer the potential of growing into a full-time, year-round business if you choose, but they're all also things you can walk away from in the fall. 

Babysitting... sometimes it pays well, sometimes it stinks. "Or a mother's helper. Some mothers like to plan outings and can't always manage with an armful of kids... an extra pair of hands comes in very handy."

Tutoring --- "I think that some parents would love someone to help their kids with math over the summer... or even help a child with reading skills." "Double-bill yourself as The Babysitting Tutor, with a pack of flash cards, books, etc. You could get big bucks from smart parents that want their kids to get a good educational background."

Mowing lawns, or other yard work. "Or farm work if there are farmers near you."

Walking dogs. You have to like dogs, or at least not be afraid of them. If you know pet owners who are going away on vacation, you could also ask if they need a pet sitter.

Lemonade (and cookie) stand. I think this only works well on a street where a lot of hot people (like joggers) go by, and if it is not just powdered stuff. Also, you need supplies, which cost money. I have never tried selling lemonade, but I have been one of the hot people who bought it.

Bake sale --- "Bake and sell homemade goodies to your neighbors. And bring your leftovers to your grandparents!!(smile)"

Coffee stand --- "Get up early and set up a commuter coffee stand (fresh brew and your homemade muffins) by the train, bus station, highway...etc." (check with your parents first.)

"Wash cars."

"Hire yourself out to do odd jobs: watering plants, trimming trees, painting garages....etc."

"House cleaning...(but be prepared to do a good job)." "You could ask some of your elderly or just really busy 20-30 age kinda people if they would pay you to clean their house."

"Grocery shopping for an elderly person." "Running errands for someone who is old."

Parties --- "Become a kids party planner - from invitations, to the balloons to the cakes to the flavors." "Refine your party talents by learning some card tricks" - be a magician or clown.

Garage sale --- "Sell your old toys and video games for a good price to younger kids." Check with your parents first.

High-Tech jobs

Kids know how to use the Internet, the Web, and other computer stuff. There might be old (or not-so-old) people in your neighborhood who would like to learn. So maybe you could offer to teach people some basic computer stuff, for money. A column in "Parade" magazine suggested this; I don't know how well it would work.

Some people get paid to write web pages. I don't know how old you have to be for this. People in high school could do it.

"Be a vid kid. Let all those moms and dads watch their kids' home-runs unhindered while you record it -- for a price."

"Tutor grammar schoolers in typing and computer basics."

Jobs for older people

You may have to be a little older for these jobs.

Lifeguard, camp counselor, swimming instructor. You may need special skills and certifications.

A job in an office, or a mall store. Air-conditioned!

A job at a fast-food place like McDonald's...

More that people had to say about jobs...

"My 15 yr. old worked in a lumber mill this summer, he also worked in a garden nursery in the spring and through the summer. Also worked as a gopher for a local chimney sweep. Fall is an especially busy time of year for Chimney sweeps. Later in the summer he worked in a fish plant (cutting herring row). My daugher has worked kitchen help in a local restaurant for three years, now she waitresses. Hope this helps..."

"I work at 3 daycares and I'm 17, I'm going to work at a big restaurant this summer...I always wanted to work and have money when I was young so when I was 9-11 I put a lot of my stuff on a table at the end of my driveway (mini garage sale). I was happy...I bought a lot of candy(smile)."

"Check out local farmers (if any around) and ask if they have any jobs needed to be done. I have done this and it is easy! You may have to do things from picking corn, fixing things, or odd jobs around the farm. If you are going to work for a long period of time be paid by the hour. Some farmers pay minimum wage or more! If you know nothing about farming that's okay, I could pick it up in a very short time. If that doesn't work stick to simple things."








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