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30 Easy Summer Jobs to Earn Money

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30 Easy Summer Jobs to Earn Money

by Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

Parents, it’s almost summer. Are your kids saying “No” to summer camps, or sleep-overs? Encouraging entrepreneurial behaviors is a wise decision in a recession. If your teens are motivated to work, the lessons they can learn by setting up their own business and being accountable are endless. I have written this short article to help you guide them as they brainstorm what may be the perfect job for them. Happy summer, and stay busy!

• Start a traveling car wash business. Take your brushes, towels, etc. to people’s homes and wash their cars while they’re at work (you can safely wash about 5 cars a day).
• Tutor a child in a subject in which you excel. This will not only keep your mind fresh, but will also help you earn extra cash.
• Grocery shop for someone. Use your own bags and get the groceries cheaper while staying green. Your employer doesn’t need to know you got a discount.
• Pick up dry cleaning for people. I would hire someone to do this since it’s such a hassle.
• Mow people’s lawns.
• Garden for someone (my gardener charges me weekly).
• Begin an “ironing service.” Most people like to wash their own clothes but hate ironing. You can do this in front of the TV.
• Babysit.
• Teach small children how to swim.
• Make business cards for mom, dad, or their friends (computer skills necessary).
• Begin a brownie, cake or cupcake service. Most people need sweets in their home. Why not offer homemade ones with a weekly or daily delivery?
• Become the designated chef for mom and dad. Tell them the price to have dinner waiting for them each night. This is a real treat for them and extra cash for you.
• Make and sell flowerpots. Why would we buy a flowerpot if we could have an individually designed one? Most people garden in the summer, and looking at a pretty flowerpot makes women happy.
• Give your parents twittering or facebook classes. So many adults want to learn these methods of communication, but are too intimidated. If you make a simple manual and then offer cheap classes, you’ll have more business than you know what to do with.
• Create DVD’s of families. This involves internet skill and photography skills. Old photos set to music are wonderful keepsakes. Most of us don’t have time to make them, but would love to buy one of our loved ones.
• Create greeting cards. Look at prices in the store so you have a comparison, but do know that handmade cards often sell for up to 5.99 each.
• Wash windows. Everyone likes clean windows, but it’s such a hassle. You could roughly do three houses per day depending upon number of windows.
• Clean gutters. This is big job for dads and moms on weekends. If you are good with ladders, you can clean roughly two to three houses a day.
• Walk people’s dogs.
• Pet sit. Our pet sitter was irreplaceable to us. We adopted her as our own, and our animals loved her more than they loved us.
• Give piano lessons.
• Give guitar lessons.
• Give language lessons (this can be anything from Spanish to French).
• Teach oil painting classes.
• Teach sketching classes with meetings at the local museum (people love to go somewhere new to learn).
• Give sewing lessons. Most people between 25 and 40 have no idea how to sew and little time to learn. They feel intimidated, but learning from someone they think of as a kid makes it easier.
• Sew buttons or alter clothes. I pay so much for my own tailor and she’s 13 years old.
• Offer a “Painting class” for young children at your home. Kids love to learn, and moms (and dads) love having kids in a safe place on a Saturday morning so they have time for each other.
• Offer a dog or pet grooming service. People spend lots of money on their pets and all you need is a tub, access to water, a grooming brush, old towels and pet shampoo.

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 Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.

Start Talking features succinct yet lively answers, sample conversations, and real life stories to help open the door to better mother/daughter communication. Rapini and Sherman have compiled more than 113 questions girls (and their moms) routinely ask – or should be asking – about health, sex, body image, and dating