How to make money as a kid
Money-making opportunities for kids have historically been limited to mowing the lawn or doing household chores. Now, your children can do everything from babysitting to walking dogs to taking online surveys.
When I was younger, it was so much more difficult to make money as a kid than it is today. While that wasn’t so great for the kids of my generation, it is making life a lot easier for my own children.
My parents did a pretty good job of teaching my brothers and me financial responsibility. But, I learned as an adult that there were actually quite a few gaps in my financial knowledge base. As parents, we can only teach what we know. So, if there is something I don’t know about finances and money, I am much more tenacious in my education now.
I want my children to be more financially savvy than I was at their age. A big part of this education has been teaching them how to make some extra money, even when they’re young.
Benefits of earning money as a kid
There are many benefits to earning your own money, of course, you probably want your own spending money to buy certain things that your parents may not be willing to pay for. But while working towards that goal, you’ll learn…
How much time do you have to work?
Making your own money is great, but you will have to give up a lot of your free time. Before you jump in, you might want to decide if you just want to work on the weekends when you don’t have school work, or is this going to be just a way to make money while you are on summer vacation.
How dedicated are you going to be?
How much money do you want to make?
Do you have a savings goal you want to reach? Are you just looking to make enough money to get that *thing* you want so much or are you looking for a long-term way to make money regularly to save up for college, save up to buy a car when you get your license?
Is this temporary or a long term plan to make money?
Lastly, you’ll want to decide if this is temporary or long term. So are you just looking to make a certain amount of cash or do you want this to be a steady stream of extra pocket money?
These are just a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as you go through this list to find the perfect money-making idea to fit your needs, so if you are ready, here are 23 of the most popular ways to start bringing in some green!
How To Make Money As A Kid
1. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff Online
You can also use an app called Decluttr to sell your unwanted stuff like video games & DVDs, online easily since you can scan barcodes of your products, then they will instantly give you the price they’ll pay you for your stuff.
2. Sell Your Crafts
3. Start a Babysitting Business
Babysitting is one of the best jobs for older kids to earn extra money. If you are old enough, responsible, and are good with younger kids, then you could make money by watching other people’s children.
Many parents are always looking for good babysitters as both moms and dads are working, a nd there are even many stay at home moms that also need someone to watch their kids while they are getting things done.
If you think this is something you’d like to do, you might want to consider getting a CPR license since it’ll make your services much more appealing to parents with children in the neighborhood.
4. Walk or Pet Sit Dogs
And, if you especially love dogs, walking them is an excellent way to earn some extra cash while getting exercise at the same time. You could walk a few dogs for an hour or so after school or on the weekends and make really good money.
5. House Sitting
Older kids can make money by looking after their neighbors’ houses while they are away. Some clients may need you to stay at their house an hour or two each day to check their house out, pick up their mail, packages, or newspaper or feed their pets once a day or so.
You can start by offering to house sit for family, friends, and neighbors while they are on vacation. Once you’ve made a name for yourself, you could start advertising your services in your area to make even more money
6. Resell Stuff Online
If you are good at selling things, then you can start a reselling business online. This involves a little upfront investment to find and buy valuable items at a discount from yard sales, local stores, flea markets, etc., and then flipping them online for a profit.
You do have to find the right products and then buy them at the right price to make a profit, and if this is up your alley, it’s a great online business idea for entrepreneurial kids and you can start with as little as $20.
7. Lemonade Stand
You can set up your lemonade stand in your neighborhood or even better, in a high traffic area in your town to get more customers…which of course means more profit! You can even kick it up a notch and s ell bottled water, sodas, cookies, cakes, etc.
8. Sell Baked Goods
And if word of mouth starts to spread about how good your treats are, you can make money fast just by whipping up a batch of cookies, it could even start a business and work from home while selling your goods online.
9. Do Household Chores
These days, everybody is super busy and will gladly pay someone to take a load off their plate. You can earn some really good pocket money just by doing household chores on a part-time basis.
10. Run Errands
11. Mow Lawns
Mowing lawns is another classic way for kids to earn money. It is a seasonal opportunity but if you are really dedicated to it, you could make some good money doing this in the summer.
Many people will gladly pay kids to mow their lawn and do other yard work than do it themselves. Ask your family friends and neighbors to see if they need someone to mow their lawn.
12. Social Media Manager
The pay rates can vary widely depending on your skills, experience, and the client. However, you can expect to make $20 to $50 per hour as a social media assistant, depending on the client and your skills.
13. Sell Photos Online