I remember when I was a kid, I always wanted to make money, and I always wanted to have lots of cash with me so I could buy candy and be a champion among my friends.
So I tried a lot of things. I tried to do extra chores around the house. I even tried to sell candy since I had lots of friends. But I am not a kid anymore; I am an adult making money.
Money management is one of the essential life skills that everyone should learn. One of the ways children can learn that important life skill is by earning and being responsible for their own money.
A lot of children are looking for ways to make extra money, and unlike me, they don’t just want to use the money to buy candy. They want to save it and use it for something productive.
Luckily, there are lots of ways for kids to make money thanks to technology!
In that light, I am sharing with you 21 ways for kids to make money. The ideas I list below cover different areas and are suitable for all kids. No one will be left behind.
DID YOU KNOW?
The only way to start making money as a kid is to start! You don’t have to start big. Choose an easy idea and start small. Make your friends, family, and neighbors your first customers, and you will be on your way to making some cool money.
21 WAYS FOR KIDS TO MAKE MONEY
1. Do Extra Chores
If you are looking to earn money fast as a kid, this is one of the easiest ways to do that. Just sit mom and dad down and have a talk with them about your chores. You can work out a deal with them where you get to add in some extra chores or do some chores that are surely above your age and get paid for them.
This is one of the major things that fetched me some cool money when I was a kid. I struck a deal with my parents, and I started doing extra chores to make money. Because of this, I was able to make a few dollars every week.
However, you actually have to work to make money. Don’t just think you can empty the trash twice a week instead of once a week and earn money. You have to do a lot more than that.
So talk to your parents and find something to do to earn you that cool money.
2. Recycle Aluminum Cans
Recycling is another cool method to earn money. It is very easy – more like getting paid to drink soda.
To start recycling aluminum cans, here is all you need to do. Buy soda in cans, rinse out the empty cans and crush them, then throw them in a separate trash bin.
Once you have filled up the trash bin, walk to the scrap yard and sell the cans.
You can get your family, friends, and neighbors to separate their cans while you recycle them. This will help you make more money.
However, make sure you rinse the soda cans (very important). In the summer, bees are attracted to sugar, and you don’t want to risk getting stung!
3. Create Videos
There must be something you love to do, be it singing, dancing, cooking, or even talking. So why don’t you use those to your advantage and create great videos on YouTube? You can make lots of money on YouTube.
But, if you want to make fast money, YouTube isn’t for you. Although you will earn money, it is not going to happen overnight. It takes a while to build a following on YouTube. However, if you are very patient, you can earn great money on YouTube.
4. Walk Pets
Another super easy way to make money is to walk your neighbor’s pet. If your neighbors get home late, you can take their pets for a walk in exchange for cash.
However, don’t just stop at dogs. Although you can’t walk a bird, fish, or cat, you can still play with them and feed them.
5. Run a Lemonade Stand
It’s hot outside; everyone is sweaty and thirsty. What better way to make money than selling cold lemonade to kids outside? And guess what, it is easy to make. You just need to buy some packets of lemonade, get a pitcher of water, reusable cups, and a chair and stand by the road.
You can also sell snacks like cookies or pretzels along with the lemonade to make more money.
6. Mother’s Helper
Being a mother’s helper is one way to make extra money. You get to play with kids while their parents are doing other things around the house.
This is a great relief to parents, as they won’t constantly have to keep an eye on their kid.
7. Run Errands
If you are looking to make fast money, then run errands for people in exchange for money. Maybe it is a trip to the grocery store for milk, or a run to the post office to mail a package. There are lots of errands you can run for people.
8. House Sit
If you have neighbors going away on vacation, you can help them by house sitting their home in exchange for some money. You can help pick up their mail, newspapers, or packages. You can even put out their trash to be picked up.
9. Sell Online
However, you will need help from your parents to set up an account, handle shipping, and meet the buyer.
Selling your old items online is one way you can make extra money.
Do you love playing games online and watching videos? If yes, then you should use Swagbucks.
With Swagbucks, you earn points that you can redeem for cash or gift cards when you play games or watch videos. You can also do lots of things on the site to earn points that you can turn into money.
11. Inbox Dollars
Inbox dollars is similar to Swagbucks. With Inbox Dollars, you can also watch videos or play games and earn gift cards or cash.
You can try these two sites to see which one offers the games and videos you like the most. But, who says you can’t use both sites? That would mean double money. You just have to know how to juggle your time between the two sites. BOOM!
12. Bake Sale
If you love baking, this is for you. You can make money baking for fun by holding a bake sale. You can make lots of treats and go door-to-door in your neighborhood to sell them. Once you find your best sellers, focus on baking more of those.
If your treats are really good, people will buy more. So focus on quality and not only money. The penny hoarder will definitely help you to earn extra cash through baking.
13. Help Seniors
Another way to make extra money as a kid is to help seniors. You can check in on an elderly couple a few days a week, or you could spend more time with them, keep them company, and play games with them.
You can even help them with their chores. Whatever you do to help out would be appreciated and surely you would be rewarded.
Helping out with seniors won’t only earn you extra money, it will also teach you a core value of life – helping those in need.
14. Make Dog Treats
Everyone loves their pets, especially their dogs. Dogs are like family to some people, and they would do anything to make sure their dogs are happy. You can take advantage of that by selling great dog treats.
Go online and find a few dogs treats you can make without any problem. I personally suggest that before you start selling the dog treats you have made, try some on your dog or your friends’ dogs. If they like it, then you are good to go.
Make more dog treats and start selling them around your neighborhood. You can also sell at the park. If there are pet stores around you, ask nicely if you can sell your treats by their front register.
15. Birthday Party Helper
Some parents love to go the extra mile for their children, like throwing big parties for their kid’s birthdays. Trust me; it is very stressful to plan a birthday party – setting up and the logistics. Here is where you come in. You can help out in a couple of ways in exchange for money.
You could offer to help set up while the parents do the harder jobs. You could also help set the tables or even do a last minute clean up – whichever you want.
If you are not a fan of cleaning or setting up, you can also offer to watch their kids while they set up. When parents have their kids in control, it will make the setup go a lot smoother and faster.
16. Wash Cars
“Our cars are one thing in our life that cost us a lot of money, and yet we tend to neglect them too often – well, except when we want to drive them. By washing your car a couple of times a month, you get to preserve the quality of your car and even get more money when you resell your car.”
That is what you should tell your neighbors whenever you want to wash their cars. Trust me, washing your neighbors’ cars will fetch you some extra income. All you need to get started are two buckets, some car wash shampoo, and microfiber towels, all of which you can get at home.
You can watch YouTube videos on how to wash cars. Practice with your parent’s car. Once you are already good at it, you are on your way to making lots of extra money.
17. Wash Bikes
Just like washing cars for your parents and neighbors, you can also wash bikes for your friends and neighbors. However, unlike washing a car, washing a bike will take you a lot less time, so you can have a lot of time to make a good amount of money.
If one of your neighbors is an avid bike rider, you can talk them into telling their friends and riding buddies about your services so that you can wash their bikes too.
You can also join cycling groups around you on Facebook; there, you could get people to advertise your business too.
18. Trash Can Service
When your neighbors are away, on vacation or an outing, you can help them by taking care of their trash in exchange for money.
Trash can service is very simple to do; all you have to do is take out the trash the night before and put the trash cans back after the sanitation workers come by. So it is more like getting paid for doing nothing.
Your job is not only limited to neighbors who are on vacation, but also neighbors who are not on vacation. So many busy people would pay to have their trash taken care of for them. They don’t have to think of their trash every week while you get paid for taking care of it.
19. Help Neighbors Pull Weeds
If you are looking for extra cash during summer and spring, here is one for you. You can help neighbors pull weeds for some money.
Pulling weeds can be very tough work for adults, especially those with a bad back, but you are young with a great body – you can easily pull weeds without feeling pain the next day.
To make the work easier for you, you can create a homemade weed killer. You might be wondering, how can I create a homemade weed killer? But you don’t have to fret; we have all that in control.
Here is a simple homemade weed killer you can create.
- One cup of salt
- One gallon of vinegar
- One tablespoon of dish soap
Mix all the ingredients and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Once this step is done, start spraying. To maximize your results, spray late in the morning on a sunny day so the sun can also help kill the weeds.
20. Help with Yard Work
Apart from helping the neighbors pull weeds, you can also take your job a step further by helping your neighbors with other yard work, such as cutting grass, picking up twigs, raking, etc.
Helping with yard work will earn you some more cash.
21. Host a Kids’ Club
To be different, you have to think outside the box. Of course, you can babysit, but you can only watch just one family’s kid per night, right? So you only get paid by one family. But what if you could watch more than five families’ kids in one night? That would be cool, right? And you could make so much money. The nice part is that you can.
Here is how you can do it. Contact all the families you would babysit and say you are holding a kids’ club. That way, the parents can drop off their kids and go wherever they want to, and you get to watch 3 to 5 kids at once.
However, to host a kids’ club, you have to have a plan. You have to plan engaging activities to keep the kids busy. But instead of making the regular $10 to $20 a night, you can make up to $200, which is a fair deal considering the work you’re putting in.
How to Save Money as a Kid
Now that you have started working and earning money, you want to make sure you don’t spend it all on candy and chocolates. You want to make sure you are saving the money for future purposes. I know it is not easy to save, but it is important to do so. Follow these five rules for saving money, and you will be on top of your game by the end of the year:
- Think twice before spending. Before you buy anything, think twice about it. Be sure it is something you need; if it is not, don’t buy it.
- Buy a piggy bank. Keep your money out of the way, so you don’t get tempted to spend it. You want to make sure that your money isn’t staring at you every morning when you wake up, which would make you want to spend it. Keep your money in a piggy bank and don’t touch it.
- Keep tabs on the money you have saved. As you save your money, write it down. You want to make sure you know the exact amount of money you are saving in case you lose anything. Keeping tabs on the amount of money you have saved will help you keep track of your money.
- Practice makes perfect. Saving isn’t something you do one day and forget the other. You have to do it every day. Make saving a routine; make sure you set an amount to save every day, which will help you save more and more.
- Set goals for yourself. If you get $2 every day from Mom, you can save it every day for the week, which would be $10 per week. There are four weeks in a month, so if you save all the money Mom gives you, you will have $40-$50 a month, which is huge!
Bonus Tip: Don’t Forget to Give
When you start making money, don’t forget that there are lots of kids out there who don’t have food to eat or a place to sleep. So don’t forget to give always. You can help kids by donating your clothes or other valuable items. So make sure you save up to help other kids in need.
I have listed 21 different ways for kids to make money fast. You can choose any one of the jobs you like and go for it.
So what exactly are you waiting for? Go through the list all over again and pick the jobs you think would be easy for you and get started.
The sooner you start, the sooner you can start making money as a kid. But remember not to spend everything.
As I said, make it a habit to save whatever you make and don’t forget to give when you can.
Have a nice day and make money!