No… not outsource your kids, but outsource TO your kids 🙂

Have you ever thought about hiring your children to help you with your business? Today, teenagers have a difficult time finding part time jobs. And if they’re lucky enough to find a job, it can be difficult for them to manage their school work and work the hours that many part time jobs require. And chances are, if you own your own business or are self employed that you could use a little extra help now and again. Why not outsource to your children? It’s a great way to help them and yourself at the same time.

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Step #1 Identify the Possibilities

Now it’s quite possible that your child can handle whatever you need to have accomplished. Many teenagers have grown up using computers so they can handle many technical tasks including coding, graphic design and more. However, it’s more likely that there will be some tasks your child isn’t capable of handling or tasks that you’re not ready to trust them with just yet. Make a list of what you need done and place a check next to the items your child may be able to handle. If it’s a task that may require some education or training, take note of that too.

Some examples of what I’ve outsourced: data entry (inputting business card information to a database), LinkedIn postings, formatting blog posts, de-deplicating lists in list managers, and video editing.

Step #2 Identify A Few Key Tasks

Taking a look at your list what are the tasks with the greatest potential? For example, can your child manage your filing and blog post scheduling? Great! Can they write blog posts or articles? Fantastic! Don’t overwhelm your kid with too many tasks. Simply choose a few that might match their skills. Now, if education or training is involved you may want to start thinking about how you’ll handle that. Will it be paid training? Will you train them? How will you train them? You might create a how to video or manual or have them sit down with you and learn how to manage the task.

Step #3 The Talk

The next step is to see if your child is indeed interested in the opportunity you have for them and discuss hours, deadlines, and pay. Make sure your child understands that this is important to you and not something they can procrastinate on. Create clear and well defined guidelines for delivery. For example, if you need your blog posts uploaded every week by Sunday, then make sure your child understands his and also the consequences of not meeting their deadline.

You may also want to talk to your tax accountant and other advisors. There are child employment laws in place and potential impacts on your tax return for hiring family. Hiring family can be a touchy matter; however you may find that your child is the best contractor you ever had.