Get your teenagers working!
This is just a quick post to tell you about a very cool website that recently launched in Surrey. Parents of teenagers, you are going to love me for telling you about it! This’ll get their lazy butts off the sofa and out earning some dosh so they’re not always snarfing your last tenner.
The website is called Job Squeak (love that name – jobs for pipsqueaks, no?) and it has just launched in the Redhill and Reigate areas. Basically it connects teenagers who are looking for local pocket-money jobs like babysitting, dog walking and car washing, with the people in their area who need the jobs done.
The site was set up by a Reigate couple – Nicky and Alistair Bendyshe-Brown – who were looking for local teens to do some odd jobs for them and didn’t really know where to go to find them. They found that the days of people putting up a notice in their local post office had become a relic of the past.
The site is totally free. It’s free to sign up to, free to post jobs and free to use. This is all about connecting people in their local community. The pocket-money jobs are aimed at teenagers, from age 13 plus – not the professional handyman – and there are measures in place so the parents of teenagers can be confident their kids are safe.
Firstly, everyone who posts a job must include their address and a profile picture. Alistair says if the person who’s at the house where the job is, and the profile picture don’t match, then teenagers should leave straight away. He also suggests that parents perhaps take their teenagers to the jobs.
There is also a referral system in place, where people can recommend the teenagers who have worked for them who are great. And if you’re posting jobs, and aren’t sure what to charge, the site rather cleverly guides you to towards the going rate.
I love this – it’s the 2015 version of the post office notice board. It’s bringing those old traditions into the modern age. And I know one particular Mudlet who will be signed up and sent off to earn his keep the minute he turns 13.