Let's talk about some easy ways to make money for kids. Life is expensive when you have kids! Not only do they want the latest (and coolest!) items on the market, they also grow out of things quickly. In addition to explaining the power of a dollar to your child, it's a great idea to encourage them to make some of their own.
Why does it matter if kids make money?
Making money as a kid is an important lesson that will help inspire their money habits in a positive way for the rest of their life. Instant gratification is a hard habit to break, for anyone, which is why the sooner your child can recognize what goes into those purchases, the better off they will be.
A lot goes into making money, no matter what age you are. Why not help them start can start to understand the power of their dollar and what they can do with it? The earlier you establish good money habits, such as earning potential, the more of a head start your children will have when it comes to proper money management.
Making money as a kid doesn’t have to be boring which is why we rounded up some of the best ideas according to their interest.
Easy ways to make money for kids
Side hustles are not just for adults! Here are some great and practical ways for kids to earn their own money!
1. Sell their work
Local craft fairs and farmer markets are always looking for vendors to sell their work to customers. If your kid loves to make crafts or items such as soap, this would be a great way to not only make money but to show them the ins and the outs of what goes into starting a business.
2. Make printables or patterns for Etsy
You don’t have to make items with glitter anymore! Etsy is a great way for kids to sell graphics they can make on Photoshop or even Canva, for free! Ideas include motivational quotes, funky patterns or even mandalas for coloring.
3. Flip clothes
Does your little one have a sense of fashion that others could learn from? Encourage them to flip clothes. Consignment stores have many items for a fraction of the cost and if you couple this with a sale day, you could flip a $5 pair of pants and sell them for $20.
Research would go into this one so it might be a better fit for a teen but this could be a fun way to bring in some cash.
4. Instrument lessons
Some people have a natural gift when it comes to playing an instrument. If this happens to be your kid, encourage them to share their gift with others, and look into giving lessons. This is mutually beneficial as it allows them to keep their skills sharp while making money on the side.
5. Decorate for holidays
A lot of people love holidays but don’t love the idea of taking out the decorations. If your kid always brings the holiday cheer, they can do it as a side hustle!
6. Wash cars
Everyone needs their car washed so have your kid set up a neighborhood one for the weekend. Let them hand out flyers in earlier in the week for even more customers. They can even recruit their friends and other family members to help.
7. Landscape business
Landscaping can be hard work for some and in general, very time-consuming. If your kid loves being outdoors and is organized, have them consider starting a landscaping business.
My best friend's son recently started his own landscaping business this past summer and now has regular clients he sees monthly. Not too bad for a sixteen-year-old!
8. Seasonal yard work
Seasonal yard work such as raking leaves, shoveling snow, and trimming hedges can be quick and easy money. It also comes without the long-term commitment of the landscaping business described above.
Since painting is a quick and inexpensive way to update your décor, this should be an easy task to find on websites like Nextdoor. For kids, small paint jobs would be best. For instance spray painting furniture. Be sure they have the proper protective gear.
If they have a green thumb, encourage them to help neighbors with their gardens. Plants are always beautiful to look at, are popular and can be a fun hobby that makes money.
11. Errands for a neighbor
If you have a teen with a car, errands can be a quick way to make cash. Ask around, you’ll be surprised at who would love some help getting their to-do list done.
12. Clean houses
There’s nothing like a freshly cleaned house. Once you’ve made sure the house and client are safe, set your kid up with a cleaning supply kit and let them get busy.
If your kid likes other kids, babysitting is always a fun way to earn extra cash. I myself babysat well into college and was able to catch up on homework after the child went to bed. Getting paid to study? Definite win!
Subjects like math and science can be harder for some than others. If they’re a real whiz, they can make some serious bank while charging others for what comes naturally to them.
15. Refreshment stand
People are always wishing they had a snack or a drink when they are out and about. Water, lemonade, and baked goods are just a few examples of what they can sell.
16. Set up an eBay store
People are shopping online now more than ever, so why not set up an eBay store? If you live by a lot of second-hand stores, your kid could look into selling collectibles, clothes, records, etc. The possibilities are endless!
17. Garage sales
For those that still like to shop in person, garage sales are a great way to find the items mentioned for an eBay store, so it only makes sense that garage sales can still generate some cash. If you have the extra room, let them keep some inventory and set a schedule of what weekends they would like to open up shop.
18. Dog walking
People are always looking for someone to walk their dog since their time is scarce but they still want the best for their pet. Walking dogs could be a fun afterschool activity that can add up to some serious cash. Plus it offers a great workout opportunity!
19. Pet sitting and clean up
I’m always going out of town and since I have a special needs cat, I’m always hiring people to come to my home to check on him. Pet sitters can start at $20 a day and check-in any time, which is perfect for kids with a busy schedule.
If your child doesn’t mind messes, they could help pet owners clean up. Animals can do a number on a home, both inside and out, so this should be relatively easy enough to find.
20. dog grooming
Just like dog walking, people outsource pet grooming as well. If you invest in some quality items, you will earn it back and then some. There are several videos on Youtube and online classes they can take to develop this skill as well.
21. Become a farmhand
Farms and ranchers are always looking for helpers, affectionately known as “hands.” If your kid is interested in agriculture or learning more about animals, this could be a fun activity that helps them gain real-world experience.
Kids earning money is a great way to establish early money habits
As we mentioned earlier, earning their own money will help them establish positive money. Not only do they now have their own money to spend how they wish, within reason, but they also have the opportunity to learn more in-depth about what money can do for them.
Saving, tithing, and having them budget their future purchases, as well as current expenses, are all positive money habits that will shape their lives for decades to come.
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