Age-Appropriate Jobs for 11-Year-Olds

Best Ways Your 11-Year-Old Can Earn Spending Money

At age 11, kids aren't quite ready for the rigors of a part-time job but may want to find ways to earn their own money. They're starting to assert their independence and are at a prime age for some added responsibility. Plus, it never hurts to let tweens know how much those trinkets at the mall or that iPhone app actually cost in terms of work hours to give them a greater sense of fiscal awareness. Luckily, there are many ways to earn money that most enterprising 11-year-olds can handle. 

Most of the jobs children could take on at age 11 will likely need some level of adult supervision, at least in the beginning. There's no guaranteed pay scale, so try to find out what other kids in your area are getting paid for similar tasks. As with any job, some are seasonal, and they pay will depend on things like location, difficulty, and amount of time involved. 

It will be up to you as the parent to make sure your 11-year-old is being treated fairly by his "employer," and that they're being paid fairly and on time. 

Yard Work

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Most 11-year-olds are probably not big or strong enough to operate a lawnmower, but there are plenty of other tasks in the yard he or she can handle. Raking leaves, watering plants, and pulling weeds are all good options for an 11-year-old with a green thumb. More


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While babysitting may appeal to 11-year-olds, especially if they have younger siblings themselves, some may be a little young for the job. It might be a good idea to give them a test run or two, letting them watch a younger sibling or neighbor with an adult in the house before deciding whether they're ready for a true babysitting gig where they'll be in charge. 

The Red Cross is one of the several organizations that offers babysitting training, which include CPR and first aid training. Eleven-year-olds are the youngest kids accepted into the Red Cross classes, so even if they're not quite ready for the job yet, they can take a class and get prepared.  More

Dog Walker

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For an 11-year-old who's comfortable with animals, dog walking is a good option. It's probably best for them to limit the walks to one dog at a time since too many dogs might get a bit overwhelming.

Make sure your child is familiar with the dog he'll be walking, and that there aren't any issues with allergies. You'll want to know in advance where and when your child will be taking the dog on its walk, and suggest walks only take place during daylight hours, such as after school. More

House and Pet Sitter

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While an 11-year-old isn't quite old enough to stay with a pet alone for an extended period, they're certainly old enough to feed a neighbor's pet while they're away. They can also do other small tasks like bringing in the newspaper and mail, and watering plants.

You should meet any neighbors your child will be assisting in this way, and ideally will have visited the house so you know the environment.  More

Dusting and Decluttering

In many households, certain jobs get short shrift. Cleaning baseboards and cabinets, checking expiration dates on canned goods, and dusting bookshelves may always fall to the bottom of your to-do list. If that's the case, you may want to consider hiring your 11-year-old (and his/her friends) to tackle these time-consuming but simple jobs for an agreed-upon fee.