What is a good summer job for my daughter?

by DIY wedding planner on January 25, 2013

My daughter is 14 and wants a job for summer. We arent sure where to have her work and we want some suggestions! Thank you!

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andychuck January 25, 2013 at 5:32 am

I don’t think she’ll find it easy to find work, in many areas she’ll have to get a work permit because of her age, and in some areas she’ll not be allowed to work at all…there are many laws regulating the time that a 14 year old can work, the number of hours and the type of environment she can work in. Check on your local laws governing such things then lokk into what is left and what you’d have to do.


Never Forget bby <3 January 25, 2013 at 5:54 am

hmmmm have her try babysitting…..rollerskating rinks…..something fun like that!


pamperedrotten January 25, 2013 at 6:28 am

Does she absolutely have to work outside the home? Is it possible for her to think of a craft she could make and sell or a service she could offer to neighbors/friends of the family? I know lots of kids who make & sell their own jewelry on etsy.com or ebay… just a few ideas if she wants to make some money! :)


Livvye January 25, 2013 at 7:26 am

Most stores/restaurants only hire teens would are 15/16+. She could take a CPR class and try babysitting, thats like a teenjob.


Mom January 25, 2013 at 7:30 am

my daughter mows the lawn for neighbors


Renny76 January 25, 2013 at 8:01 am

I think babysitting would be a great job for your daughter. It’s definitely a job that teaches responsibility. There’s a great article with lots of tips and answers to questions that both parents and teens may have about babysitting here: http://teenmoneymakingideas.com/starting-baby-sitting-services-what-to-consider/ You can also find information about how to get started babysitting and specialized qualifications she may need as a babysitter. Hope this helps!


vicseo January 25, 2013 at 8:55 am

Here’s a short list of jobs which you can create to generate income:

1. Learn calligraphy so that you can provide handwritten invitations and thank you notes to prospective wedding parties, birthday celebrations, etc. Seek out clients through wedding planners at nearby churches and temples. A starter calligraphy kit usually runs around $20 and anyone can easily pick up this skill. The going rate is usually $1 per hand addressed item.

2. Become a “poser” who assists wedding photographers in setting and arranging various individuals in group and single photographic positions. “Posers” carry around a sketch book of various sitting and standing poses which consists of onion skin overlays of various wedding pictures bound in albums. Again, contact local wedding photographers and wedding planners, accordingly. The hourly pay is around $10-$12 per hour and you are often invited to attend all dining activities.

3. Seek from your neighbors a gardner position which involves planting, weed removal, plant/tree trimming, light brush clearance. You will be using the neighbor’s equipment and tools. Again, do not represent yourself as a lawn mower since there are any number of safety issues involved. A door-to-door solicitation of surrounding neighbors is required and you can charge between $6 to $9 per hour.

4. Offer policing/removal or clearance of trash services to surrounding neighbors which involve trash pickup within nearby residential area. Limit the extent of pickup to small areas and be aware that there are no hazardous terrain or elements involved in this process. Again, a door-to-door solicitation of neighbors is in order. You can charge between $6.75 to $7.50 per hour.

5. Acquire a set of window cleaning tools [a bucket, liquid window cleaner, sponge, squeegee, handle with an extension and a small step ladder] and solicit local businesses for your window cleaning services. However, be careful to limit the height of the window cleaning to no higher than one story. Charge $1 per window panel.

6. Why not become a paid feeder servicing the disabled at nearby nursing, convalescent, assisted living/care centers and hospitals. It involves feeding food to patients who are unable to feed themselves. The starting rate is $8.00 per hour. The only downside is that one has to take precautions to wash one’s hands after each feeding. A posting of your services [by a business card or flyer] on a reviewable bulletin board would be enough to generate customers. The paid feeder position is one of the fastest growing occupation at this time.

Good luck!


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