The Fair Labor Standards Act denies full-fledged employment at a company until the age of 14; however, a 12-year-old may baby-sit or deliver newspapers. If your family owns a business, you may work there as long as the work is not hazardous, such as mining or manufacturing.
To feel more confident as a babysitter, the Red Cross offers babysitter classes, according to U.S. News & World Report. You may offer your services in your neighborhood to mow lawns, rake leaves, shovel snow, spread mulch and plant flowers, as well as assistance with harvesting from gardens. Older neighbors often enjoy gardening, but they appreciate help with chores that involve bending and kneeling. Dog walking and pet sitting are also good choices for a 12-year-old who loves animals.