While the law states in many areas that companies can only hire kids that are 16 years or older, there are still plenty of jobs for 12 year olds to make money.
Even thought the kids may not make as much as a regular job out in the world, they will still be bringing in a bit of income for themselves.
Not only will they be making a little bit of income on their own, they will also be learning valuable skills. They will be learning how to be responsible and it is a great way to start teaching them how to manage their money.
If you are wondering what some good jobs are for a 12-year-old who would like to make some extra cash, these are just a few possibilities that are out there.
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Do you have a budding entrepreneur? Your child may come up with their own idea of how they can make money. I love how creative and innovative kids can be. Help them grow their own business or see how you can do it from scratch.
Babysitting for Friends and Family
While babysitting may sound like an easy job, it can definitely be a trying one, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with children.
In order to babysit, children will need to know a lot about safety and responsibility. Having your child take safety classes and CPR classes will be beneficial. There are also specific babysitting lessons and babysitting training that kids can take for babysitting jobs.
Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
Many people go on vacation or go out of town throughout the year and those who have pets often need help with taking care of them.
As a pet sitter or dogwalker, kids can earn a little extra money by helping those who need their dogs walked, fed, or just taken care of while they are away. Kids can check in on the pet throughout the day or after school to walk them or make sure they have food and fresh water.
Mowing the yard is probably the most common ways for children to get started with earning money. Mowing yards is something that the kids can do around their schedule or on the weekends.
Other Yard Work or Outdoor Work
There are various different types of yard or outdoor work that 12-year-olds can do to earn money. Mowing the lawn is probably the first thing that comes to mind but there are others. Here is a list of different yard or outdoor work that kids can do as jobs for friends, family, or neighbors.
- Gardening tasks (pulling weeds, planting, watering the plants, etc.)
- Spreading mulch
- Raking the leaves in the fall
- Shovelling snow to clear off cards, driveways, and sidewalks
- Paint fences, sheds, or other projects
- Wash windows
The job your child will be able to do will depend on a lot of different things. First and foremost, depending on how mature and patient your child is will have a lot to do with what jobs they can do. You can also go for jobs that have to do with their interests.
For instance, if they enjoy school and get good grades, tutoring may be a good fit. If they are good at playing a musical instrument, helping others learn to play may be a good fit.
With any job, especially something they have never done before, it may be a good idea to show them the ropes before leaving them to do the job on their own.
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