Kids have so many options to earn money in this era of technology. Long gone are the days where a kid’s only option of getting a couple of bucks was slaving away at a minimum wage job for a couple of hours during the week.
The best way to make money as a kid is for them to tap into their inner entrepreneur!
The combination of a child’s entrepreneurial spirit and today’s advanced technology means the sky is the limit in terms of income potential.
Clever Ways for Kids to Make Money
Since everyone is different, we wanted to give you a variety of ways that you can make money as a kid. Here they are.
1. Organize a Garage Sale
Not only will this help with an immediate cash flow problem and clean out the house, but it will hone in on a child’s project management skills.
If you don’t want to slave away at an in-person garage sale all day, you could always try selling stuff online. One easy option to consider is Decluttr.
This site allows us to just scan bar-codes of products and they will instantly give you the price they pay for it.
2. Sell Your Crafts
Etsy is not only an amazing way to make some extra cash selling crafts, but it can also help kids tap into their inner creative self. Time management skills also come into play due to the fact that there are so many moving parts in building an Etsy business.
3. Start a T-shirt Business
Is your child a creative that intuitively knows what people want? If this is the case, they should definitely consider starting a T-shirt business and develop their creative side.
This could be an additional product to sell in an Etsy shop, on Redbubble or Cafepress, or sell them in local markets.
4. Offer Pet Care Services
Anything from walking, washing or overnight stays with furry legged friends, pet care can be a fun way for kids to make extra money.
Older children may be able to start a Teen Caregiver account on Care.com to find pet sitting jobs.
5. Take Surveys
Taking surveys often requires you to be over age 18, but with Swagbucks, children 13 and older can take surveys to earn money.
This is also one job that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
6. Start a Babysitting Business
Moms need a break sometimes. If your child is good with younger kids, this is a great option for them.
Teenagers can also set up a profile on Care.com with the help of a parent.
7. Do Odd Jobs
Older children may be able to do odd jobs online via websites like Fiverr, and Snagajob. Fiverr requires a minimum age of 13 and Snagajob’s minimum age is 14. Check out these places that hire 14 and 15-year-olds.
This is a great way to make some quick cash when you need it.
8. Started a Design Business
The creative field can make a lot of money! Try starting out with designing logos or smaller things for people’s websites.
You can offer your services on Fiverr for $5 for small graphics and you can charge more for bigger projects or add-on services.
9. Start an Instagram Account
Mila Stauffer, has stolen the hearts of over 333,000 Instagram followers with her sassy, yet adorable videos of her thoughts.
Want to know how old she is? She hasn’t even made it to the double digits yet. She is 3 years old. And she has been able to get sponsorships from the major players like Tylenol.
If you learn how to make money with Instagram you could pay for college before starting kindergarten!
10. Start a Jewelry Business
Jess Lively states in a podcast episode with Pat Flynn that she accidentally started her own business at the age of 15 when she was making jewelry at a pool and people were coming up to her and wanting to purchase it.
She made a couple hundred dollars. Not bad for a day lounging around for a day at the day at the pool.
11. Have a Lemonade Stand
This is a timeless way of generating income for kids. Having a lemonade stand can teach them the ins and outs of product oriented business with inventory control, cost management, advertising and customer service.
Washing cars is an excellent way for kids to get out from behind the computer and out in the sun to exercise while making money.
13. Win a Pageant Show
You don’t have to put on 10 pounds of makeup to make a lot of money with pageant shows. If your child has a specific skill set that they love doing and they are genuinely good at it, definitely sign them up for a pageant show.
These skills could include but not limited to singing, dancing, miming, playing an instrument, etc.
14. Become a Boat Cleaner
If you live near the ocean or another body of water, this is a great way to not only make some great money but get some exercise.
15. Water Plants for the Elderly
Often times the elderly are too tired or forget to water their plants. This is a great opportunity to not only make some extra cash but give back to the community as well!
16. Change People’s Car Oil
Getting your oil changed is often one of the most dreaded tasks of being an adult. You may have to sit in the waiting room for hours at the dealership, sometimes even if you have an appointment!
If your kid can pick up the skill of learning how to change the oil and offer to let the customers wait in the comfort of their own home, that will give your child the competitive advantage against other oil changing services.
17. Repair Cracked Windshields
Again, this is an unpleasant and often times an unexpected task that is a hassle for many people. If your child can offer this specific service and meet their customers at their homes, this could give them the competitive advantage against dealerships.
18. Have a Bake Sale
This is a great way to not only make some extra cash, but also improve your skills in the kitchen.
You could sell your goods at a farmer’s market, or maybe even a local business fair or craft show.
19. Put Up Holiday Decorations
Holiday decorations can take hours to put up each year. If your child has spare time to do this task for busy parents or the elderly, they can make some extra cash and give back to the community.
20. Clean Tile Grout in Your Neighborhood
This is a dirty and time-consuming job that many people don’t want to do. It involves scrubbing between the lines of the tiles and showers. It can be a lucrative job due to the fact that no one else wants to do it.
21. Clean Gutters for Your Neighbors
Having dirty or overfilled gutters can cost a lot of money for homeowners down the road if they are not cleaned out on a regular basis. You can clean them out by using a portable sprayer. As an extra service, you could even install gutter guards for your customers. This will save them a lot of money and time down the road.
22. Aerate Lawns for Your Neighbors
Yards not only need to be cut and watered, but they also need oxygen in order for the lawn to be healthy. If you own or rent an aerator, this could be a lucrative endeavor for your child.
23. Clean Furniture in Your Neighborhood
Cleaning furniture may mean disinfecting beds, couches, chairs, and more. Believe it or not, furniture needs to be cleaned on a regular basis.
To make more money, try to target homes with dogs. Pet owners tend to have their furniture cleaned more often.
24. Wash Windows for Your Neighbors
A lot of higher end homes have tall windows and can afford to outsource this task. To maximize revenue, you can offer the services for inside and outside work. You can also offer your services to local stores with lots of windows as well.
25. Organize Closets for Your Neighbors
If your child has a special gift for keeping things organized, then this money-making opportunity is a great option. Most people don’t have time or the desire to keep their closets neat and organized and may be willing to pay someone else to do it for them.
26. Paint the Exterior of a Home
Painting the house is a major job that homeowners often put off due to the fact that it is either too hot out or too cold. However, kids may be able to offer this service during spring break or summer break. They can also charge a lot of money due to the fact that it is such an unwanted task.
27. Paint the Interior of a Home
Again, this is another time-consuming task that oftentimes home owners put off. They may be very willing to outsource it someone else.
28. Paint Window Frames of a Home
Does your child have a careful hand? This can be beneficial in terms of dealing with the crevasses of the door and window frames.
29. Paint Garages
Garages are often the last part of a home that get any TLC. If you child has spare time and this has been on the to-do list of your neighbors, they may be able to help get it crossed off. For a fee, of course!
30. Paint Fences
People love to have their home to have a cohesive feel, however, that requires a lot of tedious work. If a homeowner already has everything else painted, your child might be able to step in and paint the fence to finish the job.
31. Offer Manicures or Nail Painting
A lot of women love being pampered. Being pampered in the comfort of their own home is an added bonus and offers a competitive advantage to your child.
32. Brush and Groom Dogs
A lot of dogs need to be brushed daily and bathed regularly. However, it can be a hassle for pet owners, especially if they have long, curly hair, like a cocker spaniel.
If your child loves animals and has the patience for squirming animals, then this is a definite option for them.
33. Change Air Filters in People’s Homes
It can be difficult for some people to get to high ceilings and change the filters themselves. This is a great service to offer, especially for the elderly or a soon-to-be mom. This is also a service that your child could perform regularly, giving them a chance at repeat income.
34. Install Fences
Homeowners love the idea of the white picket fence, but they don’t always have the time or willpower to put that idea into fruition. If your child is handy, they may be able to help make it happen for homeowners.
35. Clean Out Motor Homes and Campers
This is a great service to offer people that you know that are about to go on vacation, or people that use their camper frequently. Cleaning is never a fun task, so they are probably all too happy to hire your child to do for them.
36. Shine Shoes
People have gotten so busy with work that they forget the small details that make their wardrobe seem put-together. Offering this service could put a little bit more of a pep in their step from looking sharper, as well as your child when they have a little more jingle in their pocket.
37. Dispose of Christmas Trees
People love picking out Christmas trees, but dismantling and disposing after the fact is an entirely different scenario. This could be a great option for your child, especially if your child can drive or has access to someone who can drive, as well as a truck to haul them away.
38. Run Errands for Moms
Moms are really busy, especially new moms. Offering your services to get lunch or pick up some baby food is a great way to make some extra cash on the side.
39. Weed Gardens
Homeowners love to outsource this, as it is more of a tedious task. It’s a win-win situation for the homeowner and your child. The homeowner doesn’t have to do it and your child makes some extra cash.
40. Build Sandboxes for Families
If your child is handy, they may be able to build sandboxes for families in your neighborhood. This is a cheap way to keep that family’s kid entertained for hours.
41. Operate and Repair Sprinklers
Sprinklers need to be maintained and repaired from time to time. Like all things, they can break, leak or need to be installed. For handy children, this can be a great business.
42. Catch and Sell Lizards for Pets
If you live in a state where lizards are common (which is most of the U.S. and world), why not catch young lizards and sell them as pets?
Lizards can make great pets for reptile lovers and can be very personable despite their somewhat off-putting appearance (I’m talking to you, moms and dads).
Note that in order to make money selling lizards, you’ll have to check with your state’s Department of Commerce. This is because some states have specific rules for selling lizards and other reptiles.
Also, you’ll have to have habitats in your home that are conducive to keeping the lizards safe and healthy as you wait for buyers. Advertise the lizards you have for sale amongst your friends at school or via social media.
43. Collect and Sell Firewood
Everyone loves to enjoy a fire surrounded with friends and family members. However, collecting and splitting wood is not fun for everyone. If your child loves to be outside and wants the exercise, this is a great option to make money.
44. Start a Fundraiser
If your child is looking to make money for a notable cause, starting a fundraiser is a great way to do so. Organizing an event will also help your child practice their communication and persuasion skills.
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45. Lay Sod
More homeowners are using sod instead of seeing a new year. If your child can handle this task, it’s another great way to get exercise while making money doing it.
46. Mow Lawns
This is a classic way of generating income, not to mention a great workout!
47. Collect and Sell Eggs
This one requires a little more maintenance as your child would have to maintain the chickens in order to collect the eggs. Nonetheless, there a great potential for profit!
Eggs could be sold at a Farmer’s market, or just marketed locally through word of mouth.
48. Sell Flowers
If your child has a green thumb and a knack for arranging floral, they may be able to sell flowers for the various holidays and events throughout the year.
People get busy with work, kids, and other issues that can come up in life. However, they still know and want to show appreciation for their loved ones on holidays. If your child is in the right place at the right time, they could make a killing.
49. Sell Glow Sticks
If your child has an entrepreneurial spirit then this is a great seasonal money making opportunity for them. Your child can buy glow sticks for cheap when they are on sale and sell them at major events like the Fourth of July or Halloween.
50. Tutor Others
Have your child become a tutor for kids in their class that struggle in the things that your child excels in. Is your child really good at math or can he or she churn out beautiful papers? If so, this is a great way to make cash, practice communication skills, and help others.
There are even online tutoring gigs available that help address any transportation hurdles.
The options for making money as a kid are plentiful, especially in this day and age. Making extra money doesn’t have to mean slaving away working at a minimum wage job that your kid doesn’t like.
Having a little bit of creative thought and knowing their natural talents cannot only prove lucrative for your child but can help them learn new skills and hone their talents as well.
Share below the best ways you’ve made money as a kid in the WAY past or even today.