Here's some of the jobs I did:
- Babysitting - 50 cents an hour for up to five children and I cleaned the house. Sometimes I even got a bonus!
- Ironing - 10 cents a piece for little girls dresses. I ironed by the basket load.
- Weeding - 25 cents per hour for weed pulling and rhododendron dead heading.
- Pet sitting - A dollar a day for watching pets, watering plants, and feeding the fish.
- Housecleaning - That included kitchens, bathrooms, windows, and vacuuming.
- Stuffed Animal Making - I made these ugly stuffed frogs that I sold in consignment stores. I can't imagine why anyone would want to buy them but they sold well.
- Hemming and Beading - This was a little later. My mother-in-law was a seamstress and I would help with the hemming by hand and by machine. I was 17 at the time so think I can still include it.
- Babysitting - Still a hot item.
- Bucking Bales - This is throwing 80 lb bales onto a truck or in a barn.
- Pie Making and Banana Bread - We took them to the farmers market.
- Rabbit Business - More about that in In The Trenches
- Blueberry Picking.
- Digging - There are many things that require a hole to be dug.
- Lawn Mowing - Another stand by.
- Garage cleaning.
- Kisses - One Auntie would pay my son a dollar for a kiss (he was two). Does that count?
- Any kind of farm work - The boys had many opportunities and learned many skills. This was available to girls also but my daughter was able to keep busy with the babysitting.
It was good. We felt grown up and important. Sometimes the quarters and dollars brought more personal satisfaction than some of the paychecks I have received since then. Was I deprived? No, I was enriched. As an adult it has never bothered me to walk around asking "Do you have anything I can do to earn some money?"
What did you do? Would love to hear about it in the comments. And, if you put the price we can try and guess your age. :)