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What Does a Teenage Household Assistant do?

As a teenage household assistant, you’ll be helping people with anything they need done around the house. What’s great about this job is that you can do it all year round because people always need things done around the house. And, if someone really appreciates your help, they will keep hiring you for more jobs.

Some things that you could help with include sweeping and mopping hard floors, vacuuming carpets and rugs, dusting furniture and decorations, organizing closets, cleaning out attics or basements, pulling weeds, raking leaves, shoveling snow, or putting up Christmas decorations. Get creative with what you can offer to help with!

How Much Does a Teenage Household Assistant Get Paid?

How much you get paid will depend on the type of work you’re doing and the person who is hiring you. For easier household cleaning tasks like sweeping, you could make between $5 and $10 per hour. When doing more difficult outdoor jobs like shoveling snow, you could make between $10 and $20 per hour.

What is important for making money as a teenage household assistant is that you’re willing to do whatever needs to be done around someone’s home. You may find yourself being asked to do things that you wouldn’t normally do, but as long as they’re safe and age-appropriate, there’s no reason not to get your hands dirty to earn some cash!

How Can I Get Started as a Household Assistant?

  1. Get permission from your parents. Because you will be going to other people’s home (possibly people you don’t know very well), you need to make sure your parents know what you’re doing and are supportive.
  2. Make a list of some household jobs that you can help with. This is good to have as examples for people when you talk to them about wanting to assist them with housework so they know what you can do.
  3. Offer to help people. Start with your parents, grandparents, and other family members and their friends. Let them know that you’re looking for a way to earn some money and want to help them with anything they need done around the house. Another good place to offer help is through Facebook. If you do that, make sure you set your post to “public” and ask people to share it so friends of friends can see it. Just be careful who you’re talking to and always make sure your parents also know.
  4. Get to work! Before you go, make sure you agree on how much they’re going to pay you and about how long you’ll be working for. Once you’re there, work hard and do a good job. Remember that it’s more important to get the job done right than to finish as fast as possible.
  5. Ask for more work or referrals. When you finish, if they’re happy with the job you did, make sure you ask if you can come back another day and help with anything else they need done. If they can’t think of anything, then leave your contact information with them so they can tell their friends who might also need help around their homes. Word-of-mouth and personal referrals is one of the best ways to get more work.
  6. Find more work. If you really like being a household assistant and have the time to keep working more, then you can find more work in a couple of ways. If your parents are ok with it, you could go door-to-door to your neighbors to offer your help to them. If you do this, you may want to have a flyer or a business card that you can give them so they can call you in the future if they have jobs around the house that they want to hire you for.

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