Kids learn a lot as they move through life. There’s school work of course, but there’s also the many lessons they learn from their parents and families. And then there’s life — as kids grow and bounce from one experience to another they learn all sorts of valuable lessons about life that will benefit them forever. But one of the lessons kids don’t learn is how to make money, even though it’s one of the most basic and valuable things we can ever teach them. Like so many things in life, experience is the best teacher here. You can explain to a kid what earning a living is like, and they can even study about it in books or on the web. But until they get out into the world and actually experience it, they’ll never truly learn it.
There are three ways a teenager can earn a living, and as they do they’ll learn how to earn an even better living later in life when they can combine that experience with a relevant education.
Part-time jobs are always the preferred way to introduce teens to earning income. It’s a tough job market overall, but there are jobs for teens, and the experience they gain from working now will give both experience and some job references to put on a resume or job application in a few years when the stakes are higher.
Check the following link for 7 easy part-time jobs ideas from BeingFrugal.net.
Not all employers will hire kids under 16, so they’ll have to dig harder. Some restaurants will hire young teens to bus tables and other light jobs.
Learning how to run their own business is one of the most valuable income earning lessons a teen can learn. Many adults today are or are becoming self-employed due to the lack of jobs in their career field. A teen who learns how to run his or her own business will carry a major advantage into adulthood.
Self-employment for teens can be simple, such as babysitting, tutoring, pet sitting or cutting lawns. It can reach higher levels if a teen is particularly computer savvy. The possibilities are endless, so the earlier a teen starts, the greater the chance of self-employment success in adult life.
One aspect of earning a living that wasn’t much of a consideration when most parents were kids is the internet. Not only are people making a living on the internet, but that looks to be the wave of the future. There are people making a living directly from the web (selling products and services, running blogs, etc.) but there are also people selling their services to various web organizations, and increasingly, people working from home on the internet.
Most kids are well acquainted with the internet as a source of entertainment, buying, and social media interaction. But the more experience teens have with the productive side of the web the better prepared they’ll be for earning a living in the future.
Getting them prepared for this often starts with getting them their own computer. Since computers will be lifetime traveling buddies, it might be worth getting them a good laptop that they can keep and use for several years. Look into getting them one of the best laptops for college, that way you don’t have to buy them a new one when they go off to college. You’ll have enough expenses of all sorts at that point so it will help to have the computer covered in advance.
Armed with their own computer they can begin to look into ways to make at least a little bit of cash online. They can do this by having their own blogs or websites, but having ads on Youtube accounts, or even buying and selling on Ebay. This will be their future so it’s never too early to start.
Teens learn several things from earning their own money. Most obvious, they learn how to make money, but they also learn the value of money, how to manage their money, how to deal with people in a business or employment situation, and a lot more. They learn what to do — and what not to do — on a day to day basis. And when they enter the full-time job market as young adults, whether it’s after high school, trade school or college, they’ll be better prepared to face it and to work it to their advantage.
Are you encouraging your teen age children to find ways to make a living?
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