It is definitely that time of year, so I hope you will bear with me as I yet again blogtificate on summer job opportunities.
Here are a few ideas for the entrepreneur… and for kids under the age of 16. There are some very viable, gainful employment, opportunities for 14-15 year olds, but they are few and far between.
Kathy Peele, a good friend of MOAT Ironing Board Advisor, Peggy Zadina, has a terrific list of summer job opportunities. She has a neat web site called, Family Management. Here is a link to her 37 business ideas for kids: Kathy’s Business Ideas I’m not sure why “37”, but several are ones we’ve discussed (and many, I’m sure you’ve thought about). They run the gambit from baby-sitting, summer day camps, dog-walking to washing cars (aahhh “Walter Will Wash” TTO’s makeshift job 3 summers ago :).
So, Step 1: Figure out what to do. Speed Police wants to baby-sit
Step 2: Make a flier/business cards.
She plans on emailing it to a few family friends who know her and whose kids she knows, then following up with a phone call and specific “ask”. She also has a couple of friends (plus a sister) who are eager to help when/if she gets regular times. One thing she didn’t include was amount she wants to charge. Maybe she’ll change her mind on that one.
We got a box at Sam’s Club. They are super easy to use and look totally professional. Last summer I made cards for all my kids (and their cousins) to take to camp (so they didn’t have to write their name/address/email over & over) to give their friends.
I told my sister-in-law this morning, as I moaned the eminent push-back coming my way on the summer job front, “It really is a teen-tantrum.” I think that in the same way you deal with a 2-yr-old, you have to ride out a teen-tantrum out. Let them writhe on the floor, kicking & screaming, until they’re done. Then they, just like the toddler, snap out of it and actually follow through on the task without saying much more.
A quick catch up (speaking of tantrums :) … Teen Take-Out fought hard on last week’s meal. I stood my ground, but in the spirit of my MOAT friend’s approach with her daughter, he only cooked a portion and I helped with the rest
So dinner was great. Despite the heal-dig at the mention of his cooking, he very agreeably stepped up and made some mean tacos. He feigned agony at the dinner table, but I could tell he was proud. He will be cooking again this week. Maybe I’ll sneak a pic and we can all enjoy the fruit of his labor. Okay, maybe not so much fruit – this kid shuns any item in the healthy category.
Thanks for walking the road with me.
Tune in Wednesday for Jody Capehart’s 2nd installment on Technology & Teens. Jody ALWAYS has a good word!!