Summer Jobs for Kids

June 13, 2011 by  
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Summer jobs for kids
are in big demand now that school is out and summer looms ahead. Sarah Cook, Founder of Raising CEO Kids, recently hosted a webinar offering over 50 ideas, tips and strategies for kids to do this summer to make money. Not only that, but Sarah has seen 100’s of children and teens turn their summer jobs for kids into their own businesses…in some cases making six-figure incomes each year!  And, my guess is that how to find summer jobs for kids is one of the important steps in knowing how to raise millionaires.  So, here’s what Sarah had to offer:

50 Summer Jobs for Kids

1. Lawn and Yard Care

2. Car Washing

3. Mobile Car Detailing

4. Window Washing

5. Appliance Cleaning

6. Pet Clean UP

7. Dog Walker

8. Teach Classes—Art, Sewing, Cooking, Sports, Dancing, etc.

9. EBay Seller

10. Web Designer

11. Newspaper Delivery

12. Mail Delivery (from mailbox to your door)

13. Affixing Mailbox and House #’s

14. Tutoring

15. Mother’s Helper or Relief Care

16. In-home Meal Preparation

17. Personal Shopper

18. Story Time for Young Kids

19. Artists: Sell Arts, Crafts, Jewelry

20. Christmas Preparation in July (gift wrap, hand address cards, etc.)

21. Organizer

22. House Cleaner

23. Garage Sale Handler

24. Craig’s List Ad Creator and Poster

25. Mobile Keep ‘em Cool Stand—Spray Bottles, drinks, etc.

26. Mobile Snack Stand

27. Video Creator for Events

28. Audio/Video Editor/Virtual Assistant

29. Photographer

30. Radio Show Host and Podcasting

31. Sitting Services: Kids, House, Pet, Garden and so on

32. Bike Repair and Training

33. Social Media Support

34. Social Media Platform Set up

35. Computer Technician/Support

36. Computer Repair

37. Ipod App Creator

38. Mp3 Loader

39. Shredding Service

40. Write a Book

41. Personal Training

42. Slide/Photo/Movie Conversion (to digital form)

43. Data Entry

44. Garage Organizer

45. Party and Event Planning

46. Scrapbook Organizer

47. Photo Organizer/Designer

48. Game Designer/Fun Maker

49. T-shirt Designer

50. Affiliate Marketing

How to choose which summer jobs for kids are right for yours?

Here’s what Sarah suggests:

• Pick the top 2 ideas

• Do some research on each of the summer jobs for kids

• Pick the best one to focus on

• Take action

a. Pick a business name (Do a Google search and Trade mark search)

b. Make a simple business plan (Identify the costs (including taxes,) marketing ideas, etc.)

c. Get legal information (e.g.—need a business license, liability insurance, incorporate, etc.)

Then what?

• Set Goals

• Take action—consistently


Summer Jobs for Kids:  Advice for Parents

Let your kids’ business be theirs—not yours!  Summer jobs for kids shouldn’t be a chore—it’s theirs and it should be fun. The whole idea is for kids to find something that they are passionate about and motivated to do.  Keeping that in mind, summer jobs for kids should be fun, and the kids should be happy to be doing what they’re doing, happy to be making money and growing their business. If it becomes tedious or they want to quit, find out why and help them problem-solve. However, be careful not to try to rule their business or punish them for not running their business. Your job as parent is to coach, mentor and be on the advisory board—this will empower them and help grow their self-confidence and sense of competence.

According to Sarah: “100’s of kids start businesses every year and 100’s more have their dreams extinguished by well-meaning parents. But the benefits of business ownership far outweigh the fear of risk that often stands in the way of a parent’s support.” Sarah and her husband, Dr. Jerry Cook, will be launching their new book, “The Parent’s Guide to Raising CEO Kids” in the very near future. Stay tuned for more information on this site in the weeks to come! For more information about summer jobs for kids and helping your kids become entrepreneurs, go to

What jobs did you have when you were a kid?  Have any other job suggestions that your kids might consider?

Please feel free to make a comment about Summer Jobs for Kids in the box below.


8 Responses to “Summer Jobs for Kids”
  1. Andrea says:

    I believe summer jobs are a great way for children to become creative in what type of business they want to have, what service they will give, how much they will charge, and how to “advertise” the want. It’s also a great activity to keep them off the couch and away from the tv/video games. It’ll give them a sense of responsibility, and who knows maybe reopen the following summer. Also should they enjoy their “summer job” they’ll be more inclined when they are of legal age to go out into the work force and find a “real” job!

  2. bella says:

    I DONT EVEN NO HOW TO DESIGN A IPOD APP ARE U MENTAL??!!?!? IM 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dr. Vicki Panaccione says:

    It’s great to know that not only are students reading my blogs but are willing to comment! Thank you for that!
    The suggestions came from Sarah, the Founder of CEO Kids…the place for kids to show what they can do! It’s
    perfectly fine if you don’t know how to design an app—just understand that the kids on this site are doing fantastic things…and you can too! Find your talent and then pursue it with passion…you just might wind up being a CEO kid, too!

  4. i don’t know what to do this Summer and i want to do a job and get money and i’m 11 years old.

  5. Dr. Vicki Panaccione says:

    Thank you so much for writing! At 11 it’s going to be very tough to find a job, because older kids are out there looking, as well. You might talk to your neighbors about dog sitting/walking, getting a paper route with one of your parents, or even ask your parents what you might do around the house to earn money. On the other hand, I encourage you not to rush into the work force too quickly—let yourself be a kid and use your summer to have fun!

  6. kayla says:

    I’m 13 years old and looking for a job. Thing is I don’t like talking a lot so I cant do as many jobs. I really don’t want to create an app either. so if there’s any job offerings that pay and I don’t have to speak as much then that will be great!

  7. Dr. Vicki Panaccione says:

    Hi, Kayla. At your age, it’s going to be difficult to find paid employment at a business. However, you might look for something to do in your neighborhood, like help take care of lawns (pull weeds, pick up doggie droppings, cut grass); take dogs for a walk,; sweep the driveway/sidewalks, etc. See what your neighbors might need.


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