Any Kid Can Be a Thanksgiving Helper; It’s a BLESSING for Busy Families!
Every single year, every single family, in every single neighborhood, someone forgets something that they need for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, there’s one massive issue: they are way too busy to go get it, and just can’t leave the house with everything cooking as their company lounges about! What they really need is a second person. Someone who can take care of small tasks that are INCREDIBLY easy, which are impossible for them to do themselves. Kids and teens are PERFECT for this, as they have no real commitments or obligations! Are you ready to make a quick buck in a fast paced helper job?
First: Create Your Fliers!
Time is of the essence: create your fliers now and hand them out before the holiday gets here! Give them to anyone and everyone (those people you know and trust, anyways) in your local area. Make sure they are within walking distance! Advertise yourself as “The Thanksgiving Emergency Helper”. Advertise different things that you could do for them, which are detailed below. Make sure that those who have the fliers have a way to contact you, and make sure your entire schedule is cleared the 2 days before, the day of, and the day after Thanksgiving!
Idea #1: Quick Grocery Store Runs
In safe areas, even 8 year olds can make a run to the grocery store quickly and effortlessly. However, the store should be within 2 miles of home or your intended destination. You can offer to pick up last minute items for people who are cooking. Usually, the cook cannot leave the house as they have their ovens going; which puts them in quite a predicament. You could easily run to the store for them, and charge them a small amount for the service. These items might include:
- Oils for cooking
- Spices and herbs
- Foil, saran wrap, or parchment paper
- Trash bags
- Cups, Utensils, & Plates
- Cool Whip
Idea #2: Watching the Babies and Children
When mother or grandmother is cooking, she won’t have time to watch the kids. You could be the short session babysitter for them! Sometimes, all they need is an hour of peace in the kitchen. An hour goes a long way during the most critical point of cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Give neighbors, friends, and family a little peace of mind by offering to do a short a babysitting gig while they cook for a low rate.
Idea #3: Being an Assistant Kid Chef in the Kitchen
As you already know, Thanksgiving produces a TON of food! This means lots of food preparation, lots of cooking, lots of messes, and lots of dishes! Most mothers and grandmothers would do ANYTHING to have a helper in the kitchen if they are having to do it all alone. You could even sell them your own homemade cookies or pies to cut out some of the work they have to do. Charge by the hour, or charge by the chore; either way, they will be happy to have a kid assistant chef who knows how to help them out in the kitchen!
Quick Tips and Tricks to Earning the Most During Thanksgiving of 2014 and 2015
Before you embark on this journey, there are a few good tips that you might want to keep in mind. We only want you to succeed and for this article to help shape your life as a teen or child entrepreneur; so don’t forget to put your best foot forward!
- Make sure that you place your fliers in the mailboxes or tuck them into the door so that the wind and elements will not get to them before your neighbors, friends, and family do.
- Outline any possible thing that you could possibly do for someone on Thanksgiving in the flier.
- Make sure that you provide at least 2 methods for potential customers to contact you.
- Ensure that your phone is fully charged and that you are not clogging up the line when the big day arrives.
- Make sure your bike is prepared for the many trips that you’ll be making; all tires should be aired up nicely, and all reflectors properly in place. Install a basket so that you can carry items easily.
- Be prepared to bundle up with boots, 2 pairs of socks, leggings under your pants, ear muffs, hat, gloves, long sleeved shirt, hoodie or jacket, coat, and a mask.
- Have extra bills on hand so that you can make change (such as $1’s, $5’s, and $10’s as change for $20s) just in case a client doesn’t have change.
- Check the hours of operation for your local stores, as many of them are either closed or close early on Thanksgiving.
- Give courtesy visits to neighbors, and simply ask them if they are POSITIVE that they have everything they need. Even if they say that they do, remind them of your flier and hand them your number again just in case. Your visit might just make them remember something that they forgot!