Growing up in my mom’s cake shop provided some of my favorite memories and most important life lessons. I learned work ethic and customer service skills. Even when I was too little to really help her out much, I could answer the phone for her and take orders. “What flavor cake would you like?”
During my middle school years, we would blast the oldies radio station and sing together while we cleaned until late at night, just her and I. When I got a little older, she even let me make deliveries on foot to the offices around downtown Nashville. And as a bonus, I got to keep the tips—which was big money to me!
As Dave Ramsey puts it somewhat humorously, “Teaching a child to work is not child abuse.” I can’t wait for my oldest, Carter, to be old enough to help out with some chores!
Of course, many of us moms struggle with guilt. But my mom wasn’t hurting me by running her own business and putting me to work—she was helping me. In fact, working alongside her is what shaped me into who I am today.
Do you have kids at home? Here are some age-appropriate expectations for how your kids can help you too!
If your child is five or under, they probably can’t do much more than observe. But you’ll be surprised at how much they pick up on watching mommy work! In the 5–7 range is where they can start helping you clean around the house, and even package up orders if you sell a product.
At this age, let them be your little assistant: answering phones, addressing envelopes, maybe even writing out invoices and checks.
By the time they’re teenagers, they are truly capable of so much. You have a little part-time employee on your hands! I love the stories my friend Rachel Cruze tells about selling her dad’s products at the merchandise table at his events. He paid her a commission based on how much she sold and it taught her how to make money.
So if you have kids around the house, don’t hesitate to “hire” them and put them to work. You’ll get help with your business and I promise you, what they will gain from the experience will be worth much more than what you pay them!
How have you brought your kids into building your business? I want to see them in action! Share an image of your family working in your business together on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #BBbuild. We want to honor all the hard work you and your children put into building your business! Everyone who posts a photo before 10/20 will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to our Nashville Business Boutique event!