One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to help him develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Without dependence on a traditional employer, your teenage child can work his hours when it is convenient for him. He can work around homework times and sports practice or extracurricular activities. He can take the number of clients he wants without being overwhelmed. Chances are as an entrepreneur, he will make more than he would work at the mall or a fast food restaurant. Most importantly, he will gain valuable experience running his own business, which will help him as he grows older.
Many jobs with flexible schedules are now Internet based, so your child will likely have to develop a website. Website hosting can be purchased for a reasonable price through a company like Intechnology. Then, once the site is designed, your child can start pursuing work. There are plenty of jobs she could consider.
There are teens blogging and making money for their efforts as well as gaining attention. For instance, the blogger behind Slim Palate is a teen who lost a great deal of weight. Now he follows a Paleo diet and creates Paleo friendly recipes. In just a few short months, his blog has grown in popularity, and he has been featured in some of the large Paleo blogs. Tell me the experience he is gaining isn’t better than the experience he would gain working at a fast food restaurant.
Teen Care Giver
If your child is a popular neighborhood babysitter, she could eventually develop her own business when she becomes too busy to work all of her jobs. She could then outsource some of her babysitting jobs to friends and make a portion of money as a referral fee.
Teen Yard Worker
Many older people are looking for teens to care for their lawn–mowing, trimming trees, watering plants. The problem is that it can be hard to find quality workers, and paying a lawn care service may be too expensive. If your child takes care of yards in the summer, his own website might help him locate more clients, or more importantly, help those clients find him.
Help your child develop his own business, and you’re helping him develop skills that will last a lifetime. Once he learns what it takes to run a successful business, he may be able to do that again as an adult. How nice not to be dependent on a nine to five job but to be able to create your own success.