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Homeschool Tweens and Teens at Work

Ah…the summer job. This time of year the mall is stocked with young people trying to earn a little extra money, or perhaps they have been launched out of the house by their parents in an effort to avoid a summer fraught with laziness and boredom. But what if the mall just isn’t your style, or more importantly, you’re not old enough to be employed by a traditional business? As many enterprising young people have known for generations, it doesn’t take a lot of ingenuity to get out there and make some summer dough.

Several homeschooling tweens and teens agreed to share their ideas for picking up some extra income during the summer, and throughout the year. Some of the jobs are the tried and tested, such as lawn care or pet sitting, and some are a little more unusual. Turning a talent or hobby into a money-making idea is a powerful learning experience — one that homeschoolers typically have the freedom to pursue regardless of the season. So next time your tween or teen complains of summer boredom, don’t threaten extra schoolwork (although I’ve used that once or twice…or twenty-seven times), suggest that they take a look at the following cash generating ideas or come up with one of their own!

Damian, Age 10


Damian has a passion for all things musical and has his eye on a new xylophone. His mother encouraged him to start his own neighborhood business thinking that folks might need a hand with watering gardens or feeding cats while away on vacation. They decided to call his business “Damian’s Helping Hand” and distributed fliers throughout the neighborhood. Damian’s first job was washing and bleaching 24 dried gourds for a neighbor who uses them for crafting vases and birdhouses. He has also helped with weeding and other odds and ends.

Ethan, Age 13


Ethan has been taking care of vacationing neighbors’ plants and pets for the last three summers. He brings in mail, waters outdoor plants, and feeds and cares for household pets. His strong sense of responsibility prompted a neighbor to ask for his help and he’s worked each summer since. Clients appreciate and rely upon his thorough and organized approach. Recently, he branched out into mowing acreage for a family member, as well as horse-feeding and stall-picking!

Logan, Age 14


After Logan started playing the popular game “Minecraft” he got the idea to start his own business — Crafting Crafter and Feed the Crafter Minecraft Servers. Logan manages all the back-end work to ensure the servers run smoothly, including regular software updates, mods, and plugins. He also has to be sure his back-ups and anti-griefing mods are in working order in case anyone does something against the rules while playing on the server. He runs contests on both servers and gives away prizes. Players who donate money get special perks and items for game play. Logan has earned over $1500 in the last 18 months just doing what he loves!

Madison, Age 15

Madison work and volunteer

Madison has worked a couple of days per week in a local clothing shop for nearly a year. Additionally, she volunteers once a week at an area hospital. She has enjoyed both experiences as they give her a chance to round out her studies with real world experiences, working with people of various ages and levels of expertise. With the paying job she learns the value of personal money management and with the volunteer hours she learns the importance of working to the best of her ability and giving back with no external reward.

Schuyler, Age 14


Schuyler started her own pet care business when she was 12. She mostly focuses on neighborhood work (dogs, cats, backyard chickens) but has recently branched out into farm-sitting! She first got the idea when she needed money for a new iPod and a kayak. Schuyler figured since she likes animals, pet-sitting was a good place to start. Initially, she tried posting her services on different web-sites as well as Facebook, but didn’t get any leads. Now, all of her business comes from word of mouth. She loves that she gets to know her customers and that they become friends. Her clients have learned to trust her and in return she gets more jobs.

The Patty Cakes


Lydia (age 14) and Sadie (Age 15), with help from their brother Andrew (age 17), started a Bundt cake baking business in 2008 at the suggestion of their mother. The Patty Cakes sell their delicacies to their neighbors around the holidays. They derived their clever name from a web-site listing of girl bands from the 1950’s. You can visit them on Facebook at The Patty Cakes.

Congratulations to these hard-working and enterprising young people! If your tween or teen has a fun or cool business idea to share with us, please tell us in the comment section. It just may be the inspiration another tween or teen is looking for.

Angela (30 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .

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I’m A Couponer

Mama Kautz's Coupon Binder


Not like those Extreme Couponers. I don’t think.

I took a class on how to use coupons at our local college.

It has been LIFE CHANGING!

The initial investment was:

  • 3 months of Sunday-only paper $77 (rural delivery)
  • Coupon pages. Like baseball card pages only different size pockets to accommodate different size coupons. $10
  • Super cute pink binder – Free. We homeschool y’all, we have binders all.over.the.house.
  • Initial investment – $87
  • I saved that $87, and then some, in the first two weeks.

Here are some tips that work for me:
I keep my binder in the car.
You never know when something might be on a screaming sale or even on clearance. You then save even more because you have your coupons with you.

I shop the ads.
Adding a coupon to a sale item makes sense. Especially if you have more than one coupon to purchase more than one of that item.

I don’t spend a ton of time on it every week.
My time is still important to me. I cut the coupons every week then sort them. Some weeks may have nine inserts from three papers. Other weeks may have only three. I do get my kids into the sorting and cutting. It counts as Home Ec.

Now I know you might be thinking “Ack!  All that processed food!” Yes, most coupons are for processed food. But I also get great deals on razors and shampoo. If you read my blog you also know I’m into emergency preparedness. Couponing makes my stockpile doable.

Do you coupon? What are some tips that you can add that work for you?

Katey K (14 Posts)

Mama Kautz is a self proclaimed Jesus Freak. She drinks her coffee iced, even in winter. She is a Patriot who writes about her homesteading and prepping journey, with teens, and a touch of their homeschool lifestyle. Married to The Principal, they live on 5 acres in North Idaho where she enjoys the simple life and watching her chickens.

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Excited Over Educents!

I believe that homeschoolers, in general, are some of the most frugal individuals around. It’s almost a necessity, since many of us operate our families on one income.
Launching April 2, 2013, a new flash sales sight specifically geared toward education is going to bless our homeschooling socks off!

Educents Educational Flash Sales @hsbapostEducents was founded by a home educated sibling duo. They fully understand the needs of a homeschool family and have worked hard to bring their dream to life.

If you’ve been to flash sale sites, like Groupon, then you already have an idea on how this is going to work. I have used Groupon, but have been disappointed that most of the deals aren’t a good fit for us. The only thing I have ever purchased there was a trip to the science museum. I can’t wait to start seeing daily deals that can actually benefit our family. Can you imagine how much more you could do with 30-90% of your budget back in your pocket?

They will offer amazing daily deals, 30-90% off, and we get to snag them up first come first served!  It’s simple:  add to cart, purchase, and then download or wait for shipment. They are working with merchants to make sure all orders are shipped within 7 days of purchase.

What will they offer:

eBooks, curriculum, videos, tutorials, online resources, tools, educational toys, anything and everything educational!

They accept suggestions and look forward to hearing what YOU want and need! Their FAQ page explains how to go about asking them to offer a specific item or brand.

Since they want everyone to have an opportunity to try them out, and get a great deal, they are offering FREE Gift Cards to everyone who signs up before the launch. Sign up now, and they will send you a $10 Gift Card code good toward any purchase at Educents. $10 can go a long way when it’s partnered with a steal of a deal.

Hop over and check them out!




Lisa Baldwin (61 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.

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