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Yard Work Jobs for Kids

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There are plenty of activities that homeowners may need assistance with throughout the year. Kids can explore tasks such as snow shoveling, raking leaves, and planting flowers depending on the season.

Pros:

  • Various Ages: The responsibilities can differ depending on the age of your child. As long as she explains what she is able to do for the homeowner upfront, it could be a great job for younger children. As she grows, she'll be able to do more and charge a higher rate.

  • Great Introductory Job: If your child hasn't held a job yet, helping neighbors rake their lawn can be a great first job.

  • Flexible: Your child can choose to work just one Saturday, or look for something more regular if her time permits.

  • Repeat Customers: If a homeowner needs help raking this year, they'll probably want help again next year. Your child should be able to maintain a regular set of customers after one season.

  • Safety: Yard work will generally be safer than a lawn mowing job. Without having to operate machinery, your child will be much safer.

  • Cons:

    • Variability: Depending on the needs of your neighbors, there may not be enough work to keep your child as busy as she wants to be. She may need to explore other jobs for kids to complement yard work.

    • Limited by Seasons: She will only be able to rake leaves in the fall, so in order to stay busy year round, she'll need to vary her services depending on the season. Raking in the fall, shoveling in the winter, and planting flowers in the spring can be some options for her.

  • Variable Pay: Yard work probably won't pay as well as other options. She will need to charge less for raking; however, she will probably be able to charge more for shoveling. The rates will vary be location; have her ask around to see what going rates are.

  • Weather: Your child's ability to work will be based on the weather. It will be hard to rake when it's raining. Have a back up plan for each day that she is scheduled to work.

  • What Kids Learn About Money:

    • Advertising: She can begin by posting fliers and offering services to friends and neighbors. Help her learn the art of referrals by giving satisfied customers a card with her information to help spread the word.

    • Setting Rates: Because yard work has one of the most variable pay rates, she'll need to learn how to research and set her own rates.

    • Negotiation: In addition to setting her own rates, because of the variability in pay, she will need to learn how to negotiate a fair price with homeowners if they ask.

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