If your kids are anything like mine, they are always keen to earn a little extra cash (although they'd prefer just to be given it)! We were interested to see a recent NetMums’ survey which showcased the top ten ways children in the UK earnt extra pocket money. These were as follows:
- Tidying their room
- Emptying the dishwasher, washing up and clearing the dishes
- Being well behaved
- Doing their homework and revision
- Taking care of pets
- Clearing a room (other than their bedroom)
- Taking care of the washing
- Putting out the rubbish and recycling
- Washing the car
We’ve come up with a few, creative, ways for kids to earn cash in their free time:
Babysitting - There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, but Government guidance says that 'children under 12 are rarely mature enough to be left alone for long periods of time and children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight'. If the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child's safety. However, once they hit 16, or for shorter periods under this age, babysitters will always be needed and are a great way to raise a few £££
Walking dogs – Neighbours or friends with dogs may well be delighted for your (older) child to walk their pooch during the holidays or after school.
Perhaps they could walk a few dogs at the same time and benefit from exercise whilst earning some extra funds. Round us, the going rate seems to be about £10 for an hour's dog walking - nice work if you can get it.
Becoming a lifeguard at your local pool – From the age of 16 you can take the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) and become a lifeguard. Alongside some other requirements, you must be able to jump or dive into deep water and swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds. If you meet the requirements this is a great way to earn some extra funds!
Do a paper-round – The old faithful – I used to do this when I was young! These jobs do still exist and kids can even help out in the newsagents after their round.
As an alternative to cash, you can incentivize your child with a pocket money toy. Forget the smartphone! Our pocket money toys are certain to keep brains busy and hands active. Let your children choose their own, or make secret selections for them that will be a surprise when they least expect it!