We all understand the value in teaching our children how to manage money wisely. Children get the chance to test our teaching through the careful use of an allowance and/or paid chores. But, what happens when the kids get a bit older and want to make real money? Just what are some options for how to make money as a kid?
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Think about the child’s strengths and talents. Is there anyway that those abilities can be turned into money?
For example, my firstborn is a skilled beatboxer and amateur magician. I could totally see a birthday party beatboxing magic act in his future 😉
On the other hand, my second son loves construction. Perhaps he could build an item en masse and then sell that creation via etsy. Not birdhouses… Any ideas?
Money Making Ideas for Kids
Here are some of the first ideas that popped into my head when considering how to make money as a kid:
- Sell toys at a garage sale. My brothers did this at my Grandma’s estate sale when I was little. I have no idea if they made any money, but I really appreciate that my parents gave them the opportunity to learn about commerce.
- Mow lawns. Classic. Just watch those fingers and toes!
- Shovel snow. Similar to #2, but for the other 9 months of the year at northern latitudes.
- Perform odd jobs. Got a kid with some common sense? Hire them out as a personal shopper, garden weeder, or dog walker. If they want it badly enough, there’s work to be found.
- Babysit. Although people always ran away screaming whenever I volunteered to babysit, a high school friend used to make BIG bucks as a nanny. Did I mention that she made LOTS of money? Enough money that her entrepreneurial mind realized that she could finish high school early and beat feet to trade school (since all of her peers were busy finishing “required classes”). She had plenty of time for a money-making head start.
- Work at the family business. I would love for this to be a part of my family’s future. It would take some training, but I can see an older child taking photos for the blog, creating graphics, and helping with social media.
- Sell produce. Have you been to a farmer’s market lately? Apparently it’s completely legal to charge an arm and a leg for decent veggies. Give Johnny Boy a plot in the garden and the phone number for a few local mom and pop restaurants that’d be interested in buying fresh produce. Your child will have a thriving seasonal business in no time.
More Ideas for How to Make Money as a Kid
How Kids Can Earn Money is a website devoted to helping kids ride bikes. Ok, I lied. Just seeing if you’re awake 😉 This site is all about teaching kids how to earn money. The site has lots of ideas, including this awesome infographic. You gotta love #31! That’d teach a kid the value of a dollar real quick.
10 Jobs for Kids. Who could forget #7… a paper route! I started a route as a wee lass and could hardly carry the heavy bags. I remember biking down to the newspaper office and swinging a couple of loaded bag across my shoulders, then carefully balancing my bike as I sped back to the neighborhood. Good times… good times…
Jobs For Kids. Mother’s helper? Sign me up for a few of those!
Smart Summer Jobs for Kids. This article reminds us that it’s important to take into account more than just “can they do the job?”
Ways for Kids to Make Money. House cleaning is a classic. My folks paid me for a short while (in Jr. High?) to clean our large house. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t cut out for the cleaning business.
Jobs & Money Making Ideas for Kids of All Ages! This list is split up by ages and includes helpful tips for age-appropriate spending.
200+ Ways to Make Money as a Kid. This is the ultimate list of ways how to make money as a kid. The ideas are organized by category or age.
How Can Kids and Young Adults Make Money? Pet sitting was one of the first jobs that I had. It paid well and I enjoyed getting to go on long walks with my charge.
What are your ideas for how to make money as a kid? How do your little loves earn a buck?
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