There are so many social and emotional benefits to encouraging entrepreneurship among kids. Besides teaching the importance of budgeting, an entrepreneurial child is more likely going to be able to earn his or her way through college.
If you are a fan of kids programs such as Kids Got Talent Global or Master Chef Junior, you will be aware of how impressive kids can be. Some of them have so much talent that they dwarf the average adult.
Similarly, kids actually have a lot of advantages when it comes to entrepreneurship. We all know about the quintessential kid jobs that are part of childhood such as lemonade stands, lawn mowing and babysitting.
If you need some ideas, here are 10 lucrative jobs for kids from home.
There are many business owners who have a backlog of administration tasks but never get to them. Often it is because they don’t have the time to do it but sometimes, it’s simply because they don’t know how to complete the administration task.
Let’s take for example, a business owner who needs to create a flyer to increase their marketing reach but doesn’t know how to make a flyer look professional. Your kid may know how to use an online software application to do it while the business owner doesn’t, or is not even aware that such a software exists.
Many older generation business owners (Baby Boomers for example) still struggle with common computing applications and find it difficult to use. This is not because that they are not great at business, it’s because they were brought up to do everything using a typewriter or by hand.
If your child is a Millennial (1980-1994), Generation Z (1995-2012) or Generation Alpha (2013-2025), your child is most likely going to be a genius at common computing applications because of early exposure. It may take your child 2 hours to figure out how to use a new software while it may take an older person 2 weeks to figure it out. In such a situation, it makes sense for the business owner to pay your child to do it for him or her.
Other administration support that a lot of business owners are willing to pay for include:
- Ebook creation
- Document layout arrangement using Microsoft Office or Google Apps
- Data entry
- Web research
- Marketing newsletters.
So how much could your child potentially earn? According to employment site Indeed, the average entry-level administrative assistant’s salary is $13 per hour. That’s not bad for a child who is starting out, right?
Social Media Support
Social media coordination or support is a popular and enjoyable job to have for a child. Imagine being paid to spend time on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Business owners and organizations understand the importance of social media but they are often far too busy to manage their social media sites and profiles.
A social media expert is in charge of ensuring a timely response to questions, comments and feedback from potential and existing customers on the profile page, company page or direct Tweets/messages that are sent.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that social media support people do. Often social media assistants are required to come up with engaging, interesting content to engage followers and create viral sharing.
Here are some other duties that your child may be required to do:
- Plan a weekly schedule for posting content
- Create campaigns to go viral
- Suggest appropriate giveaways
- Reach out to other businesses to discuss potential collaborative possibilities
- Keep track of social media trends.
If your kid is a whizz at social media, there are lots of organizations seeking such expertise.
According to employment site Indeed, the average social media intern’s salary is $11 per hour.
You have heard about kids doing babysitting jobs but have you ever heard of a babysitter broker?
A babysitting broker is a person who manages other babysitters and obtains jobs for them. Many kids (and adults) struggle with networking. However, if you have a kid who is a natural networker, he or she will probably end up finding out about kids who are looking for babysitting jobs and exhausted parents who need a break. If your child is able to present his or her service clearly, he or she will end up with many more babysitting requests than he or she can fulfill. Your child would have to be upfront that they are not doing the babysitting themselves but will be recommending another great babysitter. Your child can then arrange an in-person meeting between the potential babysitter and parent.
Great ways to find potential clients and babysitters are through neighborhood websites like Nextdoor, parenting groups on social media sites and of course, by word of mouth through neighbors and church groups.
A babysitter broker needs access to a telephone and basic paper diary. If you want to be really high tech, your child could even invest in an online scheduling system that can be accessed by other parents and babysitters so that they can enter in their own babysitting requests or availability.
Depending on location, babysitters often earn between the local minimum hourly rate up to $25 per hour.
Your child then takes a cut from payments that the babysitter receives or gets a one-off finder’s fee. As an example, your child could take a $1-$2 commission from every hour that a babysitter gets paid or charge a simple finders fee of $15-$20.
Not only is a gig like this potentially highly lucrative, but it will teach your child about marketing skills, negotiation and human resource management.
There is a high demand for graphic design services. Many organizations need help with the creation of flyers, logos, newsletters, T-shirt designs, PowerPoints, infographics and book covers.
To showcase your child’s work, your child should consider owning his or her own website and displaying their portfolio and testimonials there. Whenever a potential client asks to view your child’s previous designs, your child can just direct him or her to that website.
Entry-level graphic designers earn an average of $13 per hour according to Indeed.
Photo & Video Editor
If your child is good at editing photos and videos, he or she could make some good money working from home helping clients with their marketing needs.
Also as mentioned before, your child should consider creating his or her own website to showcase their work and testimonials of happy clients.
According to Indeed, a photo editor earns an average hourly rate of $15 per hour while a video editor earns an average hourly rate of $20.
Website development is another highly lucrative in-demand job. Believe it or not, many businesses still don’t have a website or if they do, some of the websites are in dire need of updating.
The most popular platform for professional website creation is WordPress. If your child is comfortable with HTML and CSS, website development is a great way to earn money from home. Needless to say, your child should also have his or her own website in order to demonstrate what he or she can do.
The average salary of an entry-level web designer is more than $67,000 and this works out to be more than $30 per hour. Not too shabby!
Writer & Proofreader
If your child is great with words, writing and proofreading is another great job that your child could do from home.
There are clients looking for people to write blogs, ghostwrite books, create articles and proofread their own writing. Your child needs to be able to do adequate web research in order to produce good, readable content. Down-to-earth writing is often better than highly technical writing for the average reader.
As for proofreading, your child needs to have impeccable grammar and good attention to detail.
As a guideline, most writing jobs pay $1-$100 per 1000 words while others pay a little better. Once your child has established a reputation of creating great work within deadlines, he or she can negotiate for more.
Transcriptionist or Translator
If your child is great at typing or is fluent in another language, there is also a need for transcriptionists and translators.
Transcriptionists are sent audio or video files and are paid to type out what is said. The ability to understand different accents is helpful as well as the ability to type quickly. Attention to detail is also important.
As for translation work, your child needs to be able to read fluently in another language and translate that accurately.
According to Indeed, the average hourly rate for a transcriptionist is $13 per hour although some pay less at $7.50 per hour. Translators can make $28 per hour although some make as little as $7 per hour.
If your child understands the world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the world is their oyster. There is a great need for SEO experts as organizations battle to put their websites higher on Google’s search algorithm and appear higher on the list for online organic searches.
SEO specialists normally have to understand things like keywords, page ranking, domain authority, Google Analytics, search engine updates, just to mention a few. This job can be so complicated that many organizations pay to have a full-time SEO specialist work for them.
According to Indeed, the average junior SEO specialist earns a salary of over $45000 per year. This works out to be more than $20 per hour.
Computer Programmer or Coding Expert
Computer programming is probably one of the most lucrative jobs that you can do from home. There are so many computer programming languages now that there is plenty of work to go around for great programmers.
In case you weren’t aware, some of the more popular computer programming languages include:
- Ruby on Rails
The popularity of these computer languages do differ and some are easier to learn than others. If your child enjoys computer programming, he or she is in luck. The salaries for these skills can vary but it is not uncommon for good computer programmers to graduate from college to a job paying almost close to $100,000, especially if they are in Silicon Valley.
According to Indeed, the average computer programmer earns more than $70,000 which is more than $33 per hour.
Having a child is definitely expensive but this is the more reason to encourage and guide your child to acquire skills that could help him or her to acquire lucrative jobs from home. Not only does it help them to understand the value of money and hone their entrepreneurial skills but it also helps them to build a good work ethic early on.