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Summer Job Tips For Your Kids

July 05, 2011 | Alliant Credit Union

Schools out for the summer, so it's the ideal time to help your child have an active, productive summer by finding a job. Summer jobs present opportunities to teach your kids about responsibility, working with others, handling money and the importance of work.

The first step is to sit down with your child and discuss their interests and abilities to find the perfect summer job that is appropriate for their age and where they can be successful. Here are a few questions to get the conversation going and some ideas for potential jobs:

  • Enjoy kids? Babysitters are always in demand. Get special babysitter training at a local Red Cross or YMCA.
  • Are you a good learner? Maybe they'd be an excellent teacher, too. Start a tutoring service to help younger kids improve their reading, math, or science skills over the summer.
  • Do you love working outdoors? Think of jobs that will keep them outside. Mow lawns. Wash cars. Weed gardens. Or if they have a plot of ground big enough, grow vegetables, berries, or flowers to sell at an outdoor stand.
  • Have a knack for arts and crafts? Maybe the beautiful things they like to make are items others would like to buy, whether it's jewelry, stuffed animals, greeting cards, t-shirts...
  • Like to be on the move? Become a go-fer. Run errands for people who are too busy or physically unable to get to the pharmacy, the grocery store, the library, or the video store.

This is just a starter list and there other opportunities available that fit your child's interests and abilities, so research what else is available in your community.

Once you identify the job, help them identify how they can apply or start working. Depending on the job, the key to success may be getting the word out about the services or products, so help your child create a good-looking flyer and post it (with permission) on bulletin boards in neighborhood grocery stores and libraries. You could also pass out flyers door to door, but not in people's mailboxes (by law, only U.S. mail can go in mailboxes.). If it requires completing an application and interviewing for the job, help them with the application and go over what questions they may receive in the interview to help them prepare and land the job.

As your child pursues jobs, it is important that you hold them responsible for letting you know what they are doing and where they'll be at all times. That will spare you some worry and still allow them to have a fun, safe, moneymaking summer.

Lastly, as your child begins making money, establish how much they can spend and how much is allocated to savings. This will allow your child to be rewarded for their hard work, but also learn how to save. Lessons that will help them become financially responsible adults.

What was your favorite summer job growing up? How much of your earnings did your parents make you allocate to savings? Leave a comment on Facebook or send us a Tweet to @AlliantCU.

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