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Are you looking for part time summer jobs for 11 year olds to encourage self-reliance?

While there’s nothing wrong with giving your kid an allowance, teaching your child the value of hard work gives invaluable life experience that will help to ensure their future success.

Many of us grew up exactly this way, mowing lawns and washing cars so that we could learn budgeting early on and enjoy the pride in buying things that we earned ourselves.

In this article we will take a look at:

  • How can 11 year olds make money?
  • What jobs can a 11 year old get?
  • Part time jobs for 11 year olds

While the world has certainly changed, when it comes to work there’s more opportunity than ever – you just need to know where to look!

Let’s take a peek at some easy jobs for 11-12 year olds that pay well. This can help to teach your child how to make opportunity knock – by making it happen themselves!

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Jobs for 11-12 year olds that pay well online

If you are wondering what jobs can a 11 year old get online – the first few on this list will answer your question. From participating in online research suitable for kids to freelance writing or illustration, there are some well paying online jobs for 11 year olds that are worth trying.

Note: Always have parental consent and guidance when starting any online work, as a 11 year old.

1. Freelance Writing

If your child is a budding writer, freelance writing can be one of the best jobs for 11 year olds to make money online.

As a young writer, the best way to begin a freelance writing career is to write for free at the start. Once your potential is seen, and people are willing to pay – you can charge for your work. 

2. Participate in Online Research

Kidz Eyes is an online research company for 6-12 years old living in the US. In return for participating in research, you can redeem points for a check, once you’ve earned 1000 points.

Some high paying survey companies for older teens that are 13 years and above, are Swagbucks and Survey Junkie.

It’s free to participate in market research as your opinion can help you make money and shape future products. 

3. Video Editing

It’s important to play to your strengths. So if writing is not for you, you can consider video or photo editing for YouTubers and Bloggers.

Social media has become a part of everyone’s lives. With the growth of social media, the number of social media influencers has also increased.

The vast majority of them outsource content and video editing. 

Here are some tasks you could help with, as a 11 year old:

  • simple photo edits
  • logo making
  • creative writing
  • graphic designing
  • video editing
  • proofread blog content
  • content editor
  • create Instagram worthy quotes

4. Competitions

Taking part in competitions is a great way to showcase your kids talent, and compete with others who share the same passion.

A quick internet search will help you find current competitions available in your state. While this is not a part time job for a 11 year old, it is still a great way to participate and win.

Some competitions that usually run throughout the year are:

  • essay writing 
  • art competitions 
  • short stories
  • poetry

5. Get Paid to Write Poetry

Speaking of poems, there are sites that pay you for your original poetry submissions.

Here are a list of sites that accepts submissions. It is important to check the websites to see age requirements before applying. You can expect to earn between $20-$200 per submission, which usually depends on the length of the poems.

If your pre-teen has a flair for writing poems, this is one job your 11 year old will have fun doing!

6. Blogging

Blogging generates revenue, there’s no doubt about it.

I have been making money from my blogs for over 3 years now, and only wish I had started sooner.

11 year olds can start a blog, but its best for parents to set this up for them and guide them through the process.

Starting a blog requires very little technical skill, and can be the perfect 11 year old job for budding writers.

Bloggers make money by selling products from brands/companies on your site and earn commission from each sale.

This method is called affiliate marketing.

For example, if there is a particular board game you enjoy playing, you can review the item and talk about your experience, the pro’s and cons etc.

Links to where readers can buy the board game (or any product) can be left within the blog post for your audience to purchase, resulting in a commission.

The other main income for bloggers are by advertisements placed within the blog articles.

You can start making income from ads even with a small blog with Google Adsense. But as the readers and views increase, you can apply to bigger companies like Mediavine to increase your ad income.

Blogging can be a creative outlet for 11 year olds who have a passion to express they creativity online.

Social media can be a great place to share your blog posts and increase viewership.

Blog Ideas for 11 year olds:

  • Craft tutorials
  • Blog about toys
  • Games
  • Make Up tutorials
  • Easy kids cooking
  • Review kids books
  • Travel experience
  • Write about a hobby
  • Pet blogs
  • Music blogs

If you think blogging can be the perfect job for your 11 year old, make sure to also keep some screen time rules!

Note: The minimum age for starting a WordPress blog is 13, so until then the account needs to be handled by a parent.

7. YouTuber

creating a YouTube channel.

YouTube influencers have a lot of power.

If your 11 year old enjoys the idea of standing in-front of the camera, this could turn out to be a fun side hustle.

Unlike blogging, starting a YouTube channel is free.

You can also choose to use your iPhone or any smartphone to record videos and upload content online.

Similar to blogging, parental supervision will be necessary for young kids.


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So what do you vlog about?

Your content can be all kinds of things.

Video game reviews, for instance, are quite popular. If your child has a hobby, then how-to videos are also quite popular.

Here are some other popular YouTube Kids Channel ideas:

  • Toy reviews
  • Travel Vlogs – visiting theme parks, zoos or on a holiday
  • Fun challenges
  • Kids cooking 
  • Kid-friendly Make Up Tutorials
  • Fun make overs
  • Singing or dancing
  • Art and crafts
  • Kids yoga

Once your viewership grows, your child might be asked to endorse products… just be sure to stick to your brand or you might alienate your followers!

8. Illustrator

illustrated photo of a teddy on a pile of books.

Next on our list of 11 year old jobs is illustration.

Some kids love to draw and there’s a market for it. They can illustrate children’s books, eBook covers, portraits, or even sell personalised greeting cards.

Check out this post on how this freelancer makes money illustrating from home – you also get to check out some of her awesome work too!

Sites like Guru and Upwork are looking for illustrators all the time.

You’ll have to register for them, of course, but if your kid is a bit of an artistic wonder then this will give them a chance to start selling their art before they’re even in high school!

9. Voice Overs

Upwork and Guru also have postings for voice over work.

A lot of times there are anime and other cartoon producers who would love to have a child voice for one of their characters, and as far as jobs for 11-12 year olds go, this is a dream job!

You’ll probably want to invest in a quality microphone for your PC or laptop but if your kid can get one of these gigs, they’ll definitely be having a lot of fun when summer break arrives!

Jobs for 11-12 year olds near your neighbourhood

10. Dog Walking

A good and old-fashioned way to hustle a little cash, dog walking is always in demand.

Dog walking can be a fun job for 11 year olds, especially if they love the idea of working with animals.

This is one that many of us remember and it simply requires going together with your child door to door to see if anyone local would like to hire them for dog walking.

People in your neighbourhood are generally supportive of each other and you’re sure get a little work – and kids love dogs, so they’ll have fun doing it!

11. Work on a Farm

This can be a good summer job for 11 year olds.

From feeding cattle to help clean up the farm, there are a number of small jobs that can be suitable for young kids to do for extra cash. 

There may also be jobs available to help sell produce at a local farm stand. Best way to find work is by contact farms in your area to see if there are any jobs available.

12. Run Errands

One of our jobs for 11 year olds is one that will always be around – running errands!

These days it’s a whole lot easier, since we’ve got cell phones and thus can be reached at a moment’s notice.

Check with neighbours that you trust and family members and you can get a few clients for some limited errands and your kid can earn a little extra cash helping out around the neighbourhood.

13. Helper

kids help tidying up.This is an easy job for 11 year olds who enjoy the idea of tidying up.

If you child is into organisation and cleanliness, they can definitely offer their service to busy families or the elderly in the local community.

14. Car Washing

When we were young, many of us would get a bucket, soap, sponges, and a squeegee and set off in the neighbourhood to see who wanted their car washed.

Some of us set up signs so that passing cars could see and come to us!

This means of making money hasn’t changed one bit – it works and it’s easy to get started!

15. Author

Think that a child can’t be an author?

When Stephen King was a kid he used to publish his own school newspaper to sell entitled ‘Dave’s Rag’, where he’d share stories related to school and a few of his own as well.

While Mr. King was asked to stop, there’s no reason why you can’t help your child to produce their own ‘local newspaper’.

You can either set it up online or purchase software to print something to sell door to door and to local kids.

Even better, why not both?

If your child loves to write, it’s great practice and they can definitely earn a little money along the way.

16. Gift Wrapping

Purchase some tape and gift-wrapping rolls and you can go door to door with your child to see if anyone in the neighbourhood needs a little help with wrapping gifts.

Family members might be interested, too.

It’s all about making your own opportunities!

17. Artist

Aside from illustration, if your child likes painting or making arts and crafts, you can actually market these online with sites like Etsy.

Etsy allows you to create a shop to market artsy goods and people from all over the world can take a look at your child’s art and purchase it at a premium.

It’s great art practice and it pays too!

18. Create gift hampers

Gift hampers are easy to make and you can sell them online or door to door in your local area.

And they sell especially well during the holiday season. So if you are looking to make extra cash for the holidays, this is one to try.

Fruits and inexpensive candies work, and you can even add some novelty gifts from your local dollar store.

Just be sure to package attractively and if they look good, a few are sure to sell!

19. Help tidy garden

Tidying up a garden is good, honest work.

It helps to make sure that your kid is getting a little exercise instead of spending all day on their phone and it can also spark an interest in making a garden of their very own.

This is another case where you’ll have to check around the neighbourhood but there are good odds of your child being hired.

Everyone likes a break every now and again, and we always encourage entrepreneurship in young minds who are eager to work and make their own way in the world!

20. Clean Pools

As summer approaches there is an opportunity to be had in simply cleaning pools.

Hiring a professional is quite a bit more expensive than hiring a hard-working, responsible kid.

It’s easy to do and you can get to know your neighbours as you supervise the first sessions before letting your kid fly solo!

21. Bake and sell treats

selling muffins at a cake stand.Baking and selling treats is another classic that never gets old. It’s also something that you can do with your child (while teaching them a useful skill in the bargain!).

Places to sell baked treats include around the neighbourhood, at school, to other family members… get creative.

Just don’t forget to make a ‘free samples’ basket so that you can get people hooked on those delicious treats and let your kid do the ‘selling’ (with a little patient instruction from you).

It will teach them a little about how it’s done and that’s a lesson that can last a lifetime

22. Pet Sitter

Just like dog walking is in demand, people often need someone to watch their pets while they are away at work or taking a weekend away from the home.

Have your child check to see what the local boarding houses charge so that they can set a competitive price and see what happens!

Just be sure to use a baby gate to isolate a room in the house if you don’t want the pets running around!

 

Some Closing Words on 11 Year Old Jobs

Teaching your child how to make their own opportunities is a lesson that will take them far in life.

We grew up making work for ourselves and so we know the value first-hand.

So, why not pick one or more items from this list and teach these same values to your child?

There’s no gift quite like the gift of self-reliance!

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