So you want to know ways for kids to make money? Huh?
Kids can get an edge on the work world by starting early and in doing so they will gain valuable experience working with different people, learning about managing money, have some money to spend once they get older, or save for college. Children can easily sell yummy food items like lemonade, juices, cakes, muffins and cookies. Parents can help by teaching kids how to make the products and then, help out with advertising and spreading the word.
But first ask yourself, is your child ready to work? Do they have the time, and it won’t interfere with their school work? If they are ready, then here are some ways for kids to make money.
Ways For Kids To Make Money
1. Pet Sitting/Animal Caretaker:-
If your kids are good with pets, then pet sitting is a great, fun clever way to earn money on the side. Got a neighbor who has pets? Consider pet sitting as their part time job, or simply call it a hobby and let them earn on money on the side. Don’t leave your kid’s pet loving skills to waste! Walking dogs, dog washing, or general grooming are other alternatives.
2. Baby Sitter:-
If you child likes younger kids, then a baby sitter is a popular choice. Parents often need a good and reliable baby sitter to watch their kids. This position can be even expanded into a baby sitting service, by joining together a group of people who can offer baby sitting services to all the parents in the neighborhood.
3. Sell Candy & Treats:-
This is probably the most regularly used method among little kids. They simply buy a huge pack of candy and sell each individual one for a buck each. This really help to emphasize the business of dealing and receiving profit in return. In the end of the day, your child earns a satisfying income as well as have an idea of how a business may run.
4. Start a Lemonade Stand:-
Everyone is familiar with the old fashioned lemonade stand. Of course, this is a seasonal business, depending on your location. During other times of the year, it could be a warm apple cider business — but be careful if your child needs to handle hot items. Also try selling coffee, donuts, snack bags, or other food items. If possible, set up a booth at a local community fair, or sale if allowed.
In addition to food, there is the possibility of selling other types of items. Is your child good at crafts? Then have them make their own artwork to sell. Sometimes, a combination of food and items makes a good business.
Although baking is an overly suggested method, it is because it works! Baking a fresh batch of cookies is a great way to build in revenue as well as help give your kid an image of how a motor and bricks business sort of works. It is a good practice overall and the income in the end of the day, can be juicy.
6. Muffin Breakfast:-
If you enjoy baking, you can start making muffins and offer samples to people in your neighborhood. Offer to provide breakfast (muffins and orange juice) delivered to their door on specified mornings. Give out fliers so they can take advantage of the offer later if they want to.
7. Landscaping/Yard Work:-
Cutting grass, weeding, trimming, planting flowers, and other landscaping jobs are abundant. Scan the neighborhood for homes that need landscaping services. In the spring, offer to plant flowers, or do winter clean-up.
Place an ad in the paper or go door to door for this one. You can offer to clean up branches, mow the lawn, weed flowerbeds and gardens and water the yard. Many people find this a dull chore and you can cash in on it!
8. Selling Toys in the School Yard:-
This can range from many categories. From Yu-gi-oh cards to Pokemon cards to even Hot Wheels. They all can be traded off or sold for some profit to their friends. I remember these were the popular necessities as a child and other children were willing to pay or even trade for certain cards/items. It was small market, but it had potential to earn.
9. House Cleaning/Housekeeping:-
Instead of a parents helper, your child could simply do house cleaning. There are many chores that would be suitable such as vacuuming, dusting, etc.
10. Car Washing:-
Like getting wet? This is the job for you! You can put up a sign and wash cars in your own driveway or go knocking on doors offering to wash people’s cars. You will need soap and a hose, a sponge and lots of rags. A scrub brush is good for getting the wheels clean.
11. Shovel Snow/Snow Removal:-
The next time it snows heavily in your area, go around to all the senior citizens in the area and offer to shovel their driveways for a fee. Many will be happy to take advantage of your services and you can rack up a lot of money in just a couple days. This job works best when a group of kids can work together shoveling several houses. Be prepared for hard work though.
12. Wake up Service:-
This is only for the very responsible. Advertise in the paper that you will provide wake up calls with the customer’s choice of today’s weather, top news, or saying of the day. You can vary the options of course. Keep a careful record of each client’s preferences and wake up times. You will need to scan a local paper before making the calls to get the headlines and weather.
13. Plant Watering:-
If you know of someone going on a trip soon, offer to water their plants for a minimal fee. Make sure you learn which plants need to be watered daily and which prefer to stay dryer. And don’t over water or they could return to a house full of dead plants!
14. Window Washing:-
For this job, you will need a squeegee, a bucket and a good window cleaner. Make up fliers and go door to door letting people know about your service. You can also try local businesses that have storefront windows. Build up a customer base and schedule window cleanings once a month for each of them.
15. Help the Elderly/Parent Helper:-
There are plenty of people looking for someone to simply babysit their grand parents, and kids can do that job and as well as enlighten them with their bright faces. Got a responsible little child? They could be fit for this job and the income from it can be satisfactory.
A parents helper is similar to a baby sitter. However, if your child is too young to baby sit on their own, then a job helping parents is a good opportunity. They can help watch someone’s kids, assist with the feeding, playing, or doing chores around the house. Later, once your child is older, they would likely have gained some references for regular baby sitting work.
16. Toy Rental:-
Do you have lots of old toys that you don’t need anymore? Rent them out to families with children who are bored of their toys, or to grandparents who have children visiting. You can rent by the day, week, or month. You might consider a package deal for smaller toys. Keep careful track of who has what.
Safety And Other Points you should look at while deciding several ways for kids to make money.
Most important for any of these jobs, is making sure your child is safe, so make sure they are old enough to follow important safety guidelines including:
- Make sure you always know where they are.
- Avoid going door to door by themselves.
- Recommend that they do jobs that they like to do. Be sure they are mentally prepared and committed to do the work they need to do and promise to do.
- If there is a cost in setting up the business, make sure they have enough money and know where the money is going to come from.
- All these jobs should not interfere with normal school work or completing homework for school.
- Help them set fair prices for the work they are doing.
- Tell them to come to you for advice if they need it.