Encourage your child to try and earn some money these summer holidays. There are a number of part-time job options available. Read on.
"Money doesn't grow on trees!"
Parents often hurl this oft-repeated line at their teenage children, exasperated by their unending demands. Let your children find this out on their own.
Teenagers across the globe are used to sweating a bit for that extra
cash while their Indian counterparts still coax it out of their parents. "But our kids have a lot of studies to do," some parents
complain. True, but they also have longer vacations. These can be used
to not only make an extra buck but also to learn life skills and
understand the value of money.
Here are some options.
Tutoring or Coaching
If your daughter is good at a subject, she can help smaller children get over their difficulties during the summer. Is your son on his school basketball team? He can teach juniors to shoot hoops.
Tech it or Leave it
Finally, endless hours in front of the computer monitor can pay off. Tech-savvy children
have hordes of opportunities. Professionals, small businessmen, your
neighborhood bookstore; almost everyone wants a website now. If your
son has a fair idea about html and designing software, suggest website
designing to him.
Besides this, there are many online surveys to be taken
and maybe your daughter can help. And if you thought computer games are
a waste, you will be surprised to know many gaming software companies
pay users who try out their new games.
A techie child can also offer to teach computer skills to many
uninitiated ones in the locality. The number of takers for the course
might just take you by surprise.
There are endless opportunities for those who are good with
pen, paints or paper. Designing a letterhead for a local establishment
can be a cakewalk for your artistic daughter.
The local bakery or gift shop will find it hard to turn down hand-made beautiful envelopes, gift baskets and hampers.
Gift of the Gab
No matter how big or small a city is, it has its own share of fairs and
exhibitions. Companies who put up their stalls usually need confident
people who can give demos to visitors. Teenagers usually fit the
bracket and can earn a decent amount over a short-term assignment.
never cease to wonder how there are always new faces in their
children's friends group. Your child's popularity can actually pay!
There are hundreds of surveys being taken that target the teenage
group. All your daughter has to do is pass on survey forms and collect
For enterprising teens, the options are unlimited:
Selling homemade items like cookies and chocolates.
Growing exotic plants and selling them in the neighborhood.
Tele marketing can be done for small firms, clubs, and event organizers in city.
Direct selling is a good option. Many cosmetic and consumer
brands sell their items through Direct Selling Agents and most don't
even require you to buy a starter kit.
Safety, of course, should be your first preference. Let your
child start working only in safe environs. And no matter how passionate
your child might become about his new venture, studies should be his
Encourage your child to be organized and professional in his
enterprise. Don't let failure dampen his spirits. Tell him stories of
business moguls who struggled tremendously before tasting success.
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