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If you’re lucky enough to be the parent of young entrepreneurs you may notice that the end of the school year brings a different kind of energy and excitement than what you see in other families. All families living with an in-school calendar change pace in the summer. But in the families of business-minded kids, the tone and pace may get faster rather than more relaxed. It’s not that they dislike going to school: it just takes a lot of time away from their business ventures.

What types of opportunities are “out there” for your kids to explore this summer?

For the traditionalists, there’s pet walking, car washing and their own unique variation on weeding and yard care services. Other kids would do well to offer their superior tech skills to “slightly older” neighbors and family friends. Honestly, who hasn’t occasionally wished for the loan of a 15-year-old to set up or edit playlists, synch our handhelds, update a simple website or schedule some network updates?

Still not convinced that a summer job is a good idea? Check out a few of these kid-owned businesses before you make up your mind!

Jason O’Neill started PencilBugs when he was just nine years old.

Whether you’re looking for ideas or actually seeking services take a look at this web design company owned and run by teens. or tech support from a student?

If those don’t get the wheels turning in your home, click here to learn about a family of entrepreneurs who say they’ve all started in business by the age of six!

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to think that most parents have this allowance thing a bit backward!

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