and Making Money
child create a business...
Helping your child start his own business is an excellent way to teach
life skills that they will remember forever. The first thing that
you have to do is to determine how much time and effort will be required
of you and how much your child can do on their own. Some children
will need less help than others. It is important that they choose
what they want to do on their own. You can make suggestions but
the final decision should be left up to them. Regardless of
what type of business your child wants to start it is very important
that your child is safe and that they have a fair shot at success.
Guidelines to help to
protect your child...
Never go door to door to sell a
product or service without an adult.
Always know where your child is
at all times.
Make sure they select a job that
they will enjoy
Commitment is important -- make
sure they realize once they start they are obligated to continue.
Start up costs must be evaluated.
You must determine with them where the money for the business is
coming from. Make sure that they are investing part of
their own money.
Have an open line of
communication with them so they can come to you for advice.
Set guidelines and goals so that
they know exactly what they need to do.
Set fair prices.
Determine how they are going to
market their product or service.
Make them realize that their job
is secondary to school, homework and extra-curricular activities.
Tips for Marketing a
Flyers are a great way for your
child to market their new business. They can create it
themselves on the computer using Microsoft Word or Microsoft
Frontpage. They can then distribute them in your neighborhood.
Make sure it includes your name, address, phone number and details
about the business. If you can put a picture that describes
the business that would be helpful.
Put up signs to advertise your
business. ( lawn's of family or friends as well as your own).
Once the business is established
word of mouth will help to spread the business
They can give free samples where
Offer discount coupons to new
Advertise at a local school.
Always be polite -- say please,
and thank you.
Treat your client with respect.
Be consistent so that your
clients know they can depend you on. Always start and end your
day at the same time.
For older children they should
make up business cards and/or a website.
of Your Child Starting a Business:
Your child become more
responsible and dependable.
It will reinforce their computer,
writing, and math skills
Their communication skills will
They will learn
what it it like to work for a living.
They will learn
to value money.
Business Ideas For Your
In the winter time, many older
people need help with snow removal. Often they will need to have their
driveways or sidewalks shoveled. So get together with some friends and
make arrangements to shovel peoples houses before the snow storm.
or Homework Helper
Tutoring younger students
in subjects your child enjoys and gets good marks in is a great
business idea. A younger child can always use help in reading,
math or writing. Parents would love the extra help for their kids
especially during the summer to help keep their skills fresh in their
minds. You could also do a homework helper business where you go
to a household with several children and help them with their homework
This is always a popular
choice for kids. The demand is always there because parents always
need a good a reliable baby sitter. You can normally charge
between $5-$10 per hour depending on your age. You may want to consider
taking a baby sitting certification class.
This is for the child that is
too young to baby sit on their own. They can get a job watching
children while the parents are around. Many times it will be as simple
as playing with the child to keep them amused by the parent gets some
chores down around the house. This can easily turn into a regular
baby sitting job once you have reached the age. You can normally charge
between $2-$3 per hour depending on your age
If you child loves animals,
then try an animal caretaker business. They could offer services to
walk dogs or let them out during the day if owners work They could
pet sit for the day or week if people are on vacation. You can probably
charge $15 for the day and $4.50 per hour.
or Craft Stand
Everyone is familiar with the old
fashioned lemonade stand. You can take this concept and use it for
almost anything. You can sell of course lemonade but you also have
the option of soda, juice, ice tea, Kool Aid or if you have electricity
available bring out the blender and make
smoothies. Of course,
this is a seasonal business, depending on your location. During other
times of the year, it could be a warm apple cider or hot chocolate.
You can also try selling soft pretzels, snack bags, cookies, brownies or
other food items. Just make sure they are sealed in saran wrap or zip
locked bags. You can also sell crafts that your child made.
Sometimes, a combination of food and items makes a good business.
On an average 50 cents for drinks and snacks and $1.00 for a craft.
Their are many chores such as
vacuuming, dusting, emptying the dishwasher, folding laundry that would
be suitable for children. You can normally charge between $5-$10 per
hour depending on your age and experience.
Car washing is a popular
service to offer. There is always a demand because people do not have
the time to wash their cars on their own. You could join with a
few friends and offer a local car wash or you could personalize it by
going to your clients home and washing their car for them. See
what other professional car washes charge in your area, and price the
If a friend or neighbor is
going on vacation you can water their plants, take in their mail, put
out their trash and any other chores they may need done while they are
away. Make sure you learn which plants need to be watered daily
and which prefer to stay dryer. And don't over water or they could
return to a house full of dead plants!
This can include mowing lawns,
raking leaves, weeding, watering the yard, planting flower, or mulching
flower beds. This can be accomplished in your own neighborhood.
Spring can be the time for weeding, mulching and planting flowers.
In the Fall you can do winter clean-up. Many times people find this to
be difficult to do and will welcome the help.
If you enjoy baking, you can
start a muffin business. You can create flyers and then
deliver it to people in your neighborhood. Be sure to include a sample
of your muffins. Offer to provide box breakfast for them
that will include muffins and orange juice that will be delivered to
their door on specified mornings.
Be A Class Helper
If you have a local dance
class, karate class, or art class in your area, ask the teacher if they
need any help passing out supplies. Many times they will welcome the
Consider your own experience
-- Is there something that you can teach to someone else? Can you
work in your dance studio or the gym where you do gymnastic? Can you
give music or art lessons to younger children? Can you offer a
baseball clinic? Are you a computer whiz? Many times you can start
a business from one of your own favorite activities.
Neighborhood Party Helper
Help parents set up, decorate, supervise, and clean up before, during,
and after children's birthday parties or adult social events. This is
something that many people would love to have offered to them.
Party Entertainment Service
Face painting, tattoos, and
washable hair sprays -- this makes a great business. It is
best to do it with a friend so that one can do the face while the other
does the tattoos and hair. You would need to have a brochure with the
face painting options and you can spray stripes, stars, rainbow designs,
etc., onto hair of young customers in bright colors. You can use
stencils to create you desired effect.
If you are a soccer player
then refereeing is a great thing to do. You need to contact your soccer
league to get the information\. You will need to take a course, and buy
supplies. The pay is very good and varies with age.
Can You Drive?
How about starting a business
to run errands for people. Many elderly people can not get around
and many working people do not have the time and will welcome the help.
You can deliver groceries, bring clothes back and forth to the cleaners,
mail packages, pick up dinner, take the dog to be groomed. There are so
many different types of errands that a teen could perform.
Seriously consider the type of errands that you are willing to run and
the travel distance. Create a flyer advertising your services --
be specific. Distribute your flyers in your neighborhood. Use word
of mouth to further spread the word.