How to Help Your Teen Get a Neighborhood Job
Getting your first genuine job is a rite of passage. However, your child doesn’t have to wait until he or she can apply for a job at the local fast food chain to start earning money. A neighborhood job can be a great way for your child to earn a little bit of money while still in school, especially if he or she is too young to have a “real” job.
As a parent, it’s important that you help to guide your child throughout the experience, especially if it’s the child’s first time trying to earn some money. Important steps you should take when you’re helping your teen find a first neighborhood job include:
- Deciding on the type of job they should do
- Determining their clientele
- Advertising their services
- Helping them stay safe by checking on potential clients
Decide on a Job
There are some very common neighborhood jobs; you may have even done some of them yourself when you were younger. Babysitting is very common, especially in suburban areas that are very close to schools; older teenagers often enjoy babysitting for younger kids.
Dog walking is another job that your kid may find enjoyable if he or she loves dealing with animals, and it can help the child learn to be responsible even when no one is watching. Mowing lawns or other yardwork is another time-tested option.
Of course, some lesser-known neighborhood jobs pay just as well. “Flipping” items—buying them for cheap and selling them at a slightly higher price—can be surprisingly lucrative. And it can give your teen a business sense that will follow throughout life. Tutoring is great for school-savvy teens, and can be a nice after-school job throughout the school year. Even house cleaning has a big market.
This is one of the hardest parts, and it’s one that you can help a lot with. Who’s interested in the service that your teen has decided to offer? Try to narrow it down if you can.
It’s true that just about everyone can benefit from a house cleaning service. But making your demographic “everyone” can be daunting. Cleaning services might be especially helpful to stay-at-home moms with younger kids, and you could target tutoring toward kids a few years younger than your child.
The easiest way to advertise these days is probably through social media. You and your teen can put out the word on Facebook or Craigslist, or on neighborhood sites like Nextdoor, that their services are available.
If school is in session, or your child regularly socializes with friends outside of school, he or she can get the word out through friends’ families. You can also pitch in by telling local friends that your child is working on a first neighborhood job.
If your child doesn’t have a driver’s license, you may want to limit clientele only to places where your child can walk easily. (You could make an exception for friends your child already goes to see. If you’re going to drive your child to a friend’s house anyway, it might not make much of a difference to you if he or she performs a service while there.) Just make sure to establish these boundaries with your teen beforehand.
Check “Customers” Using an Online People Search
Teens often start a job search in the local neighborhood because people know each other, and it feels safe. However, feeling safe doesn’t always mean being safe. As a parent, it’s incredibly important for you to make sure your teen is safe before he or she sets out on the journey toward a first job. And that’s where a site like PeopleFinders can help.
With PeopleFinders, you can perform an address lookup on homes throughout your neighborhood. If there are criminals or sex offenders in the area, you may be able to see who they are and where they’re located. You can also perform a criminal records search on your teen’s potential clients, and try to make sure they don’t have a history of violence or other bad behavior.
A neighborhood job can be the perfect way for your teen to earn pocket money and get to know the basics of business, which is something he or she could carry with them into the corporate world. Who knows? Maybe your child will end up becoming an entrepreneur because of it!
While your young one is still doing neighborhood jobs, however, it’s your job to make sure he or she stays safe. You can use PeopleFinders to give your child freedom while also trying to ensure their safety.
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