Jobs for Kids/Teens; Household Assistant

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Jobs for Kids/Teens; Household Assistant

If you’re going to be around the house all day, you might as well get off of the couch and lend a helping hand.  There’s always plenty of work to do around the house; don’t believe me?  Then go ask your parents.  If you play your cards right, you might even make a little money out of helping your folks get things done while working in the comfort of your own home.

We’ve all had chores that we had to accomplish in the past; sometimes we got paid for them, and sometimes we didn’t.  Even the chore lists that went into effect for a couple of weeks usually disintegrated as soon as life got super-busy around the house.  Parents have a lot on their plate, so consider this: make your parents a sophisticated business proposition.  Turn your list of would-be chores into a business offer that is simply too good for them to pass up.

The first step is to create a detailed list of everything that can be done around the house.  Break the list up between chores that are to be done daily (like taking out the trash), weekly (like cutting the grass or raking the yard), and monthly (deep-cleaning and dusting).  Then provide room on your list to mark completion boxes so that you can keep track of the tasks at hand.

Now comes the exciting part: the business proposal.  Show your parents the list and let them know the rates that you’re willing to provide for these services.  It’s probably best that you bundle up prices for several chores instead of listing them individually; that could cause your parents’ heads to spin.  If they caulk at the idea of paying you for chores, and say something along the lines of “how ‘bout we just tell you to do all of this?” then you may consider asking them how much is getting done already.  In other words, listing chores to provide that aren’t already part of the daily routine will add value to them.  If no one has cleaned out the basement in four years, then maybe it’s time for your parents to contract that job out… to you!

Helping your parents around the house is a great way to keep the peace in your home while making a few extra bucks along the way.  You’ll feel so much better living in a spotless, dust-free house that you can be proud of, and your parents will be impressed with your savvy business skills.  Create an impressive spreadsheet detailing the services you provide, present it to them in true salesman (or saleswoman) form, and you may just be working from home this season.


Job Summary: Helping parents at home

  • Suitable for age range: 8-18 years old.
  • Safety and security: Minimum safety and security risks when working in-home.  Smaller children need to be aware of household dangers that may be associated with completing specific chores.
  • Can improve your: Relationship with your parents, as well as your bank account.
  • Can continue as a career? Helping parents around the house is usually a job for when you’re living at home, but don’t be surprised when they expect you to drop by and do it for free when you get older.
  • Required soft skills: Ability to turn off the Playstation and start helping your parents around the house.
  • Required hard skills: Ability to perform physical tasks both inside and out, ability to run household appliances like the washer, dryer, dishwasher, and stove.
  • Resources and network:

o   WikiHow: How to earn money at home

o – Chores at Home (from a mom’s perspective)

o   Microsoft Office – Weekly chore schedule template

  • Where & how to find one? The “where” part is easy: the job is located in your own home.  The “how” part is where you need to get creative.  Making an impressive spreadsheet to show to your parents with reasonable prices for chores is a great start.
  • Estimated pay: Expect to be paid for each chore you complete, not by the hour.  This is definitely a job where the completion of chores is going to earn you more money, so don’t expect to hide upstairs and ride the clock.  Your parents will expect results.

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