Children and young adults often have difficulty finding ways to make some money for things they would like to buy or for savings. This is a guide about how can kids and young adults make money?
My daughter is 13 and keeps asking to do babysitting. I don't really know if I should, because what if something happens (eg. child starts to choke). She really wants to start earning her own money.
They have official and simple baby sitting trainer courses through a lot of schools, churches, and communities. You should look into it. She could get certified. They also teach CPR.
It is a very valuable lesson for kids to work for what they want. Here are 10 great ways for kids to earn money.
1 — Wash Cars
Whether you do a large scale car wash or just offer to wash the cars of family and neighbors, it is a great way to earn money.
2 — Do Chores
Many people don't have time to get everything done around the house. Offering to help at home or helping out someone you know, can be a great way to earn a few bucks.
3 — Lemonade Stand
With summer just around the corner a lemonade stand can be a great opportunity, particularly for younger kids.
4 — Become a Lifeguard
If you live in an area with lakes or public pools, lifegaurding can be a great way to earn some money.
5 — Pet Sitting and House Sitting
Pet sitting (or house sitting) can be a great job to help out family, friends, and neighbors. Being able to drive can make it easier to take on multiple jobs at once.
6 — Babysitting
Babysitting can be a fun and easy to find way to earn money. Many families are in need of a babysitter. If you enjoy kids, this is a great way to earn money.
7 — Mowing Lawns
Many people are more than happy to let someone else mow their lawn. Offering to help mow someone's lawn can save them a lot of money on yard service, while helping you to make some extra money.
8 — Tutoring Younger Kids
Tutoring is a great job for older teens. Helping out another student can help them out with a difficult class, while allowing you to reinforce your knowledge of subject.
9 — Throw a Yard Sale
Whether you just have a few things to sell, or you offer to organize a larger sale that includes other people's stuff, yard sales are a good way to declutter your room and make some money.
10 — Yardwork
Yardwork can be difficult for some people, due to lack of time or health reasons. Offering to help your family or a neighbor can be a great job that allows you to be outside while earning money.
Most of these ideas are good suggestions for kids & young teens to make money. Babysitters could even make more money if they take a babysitting class, which are usually free or minimal cost, our town even offers a registry for trained babysitters for parents to select from :) .
I'm not sure lifeguard belongs in this group, although it's a great job. It 's a job where they have to actually fill out an application & be hired by a business, and it requires specialized training & certification.
I think you have some good tips here. Something to add would be that kids interested in any of these could make a flyer with their information, fees & contact info to pass out or leave on doors. And anyone that hires them for a job could be asked if they'd be willing to give their name and phone number to be used as a reference to future customers :)
Judy = Oklahoma
I'm a teen in high school trying to earn money. The down side is the economy is really bad right now, so that isn't helping me find or earn money for college. I live in the country so it is kind of hard to do a newspaper route or shovel snow because local plows are every where and more efficient than what I probably could do. If you have any ideas please comment.
By bunny_puppy_animal lover from MI
House cleaning or general chores. Lots of people can't afford a regular house keeper but need help with certain projects. I do once a month cleaning for two of my elderly neighbors. The hard stuff they can't do anymore like scrubbing floors and cleaning hard to reach places. I also help them with certain yard chores a few times a year. Also, you may be able to take care of people's pets while they are out of town. Before I had my own home and pets I used to house sit fairly often.
We have been getting a lot of requests from young folks looking for ways to make money before school starts. Here are some Brainstormed ideas for them by the ThriftyFun community. What are your tips for what kids can do to make money? Post them below.
Susan from ThriftyFun
Very Important: Before starting any job or trying any money making ideas, you should run them by your parents.
By Becky from Alabama
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By Mr. Thrifty
My elderly parents always wished they could hire kids to do the things their own kids used to do - like wash cars, mow the lawn, shovel snow from driveways, etc. Try approaching the senior citizens in your area and see if they have work to do, errands to run. Maybe you could take them grocery shopping, take them to the doctor's, run errands and so on.
When I was a kid, I also had a flare for running children's birthday parties, playing games and so on. I picked up money that way, too.
How about setting up a "summer camp" program for the little kids in the neighborhood and entertain them with crafts and games a few hours a day?
Set up a mini daycamp for kids. It would just take a few hours a day but give the parent's a chance to run to the grocery store, clean, read a book or have a few friends over.
Talk to people in your neighborhood to see when they are going on vacation. Offer to take in the mail, newspaper, water the plants, take out the garbage/recycling, etc.
Find people that will hire you to walk their dog. Ask the same people if they will pay you to pick up after the dog. Not a glamorous job but I think you will find many people would pay for this.
Make some small crafts and sell them. Friendship bracelets, fun frames, whatever you have for crafts, see what you can make. If you live in an area where you have some traffic, set up a table similar to a lemonade stand.
Have a kid/teen garage sale. Advertise as this and get rid of the things that you no longer need but another kid would think is really cool.
Decorate/paint t-shirts and sell them.
Think out of the box for ideas.
I suggest mowing lawns. I'm 12 with a busy life and do it every Sunday. This way, I build muscles and get $10 an hour, that's an average of $50 on Sunday, alone.
I'm 13 and I luv fixin cars so my cousin put me in Quick Fit. Without him, I couldn't work there. Now that I work there, I get money and experience. Every Saturday, I get 80 pounds.
One thing you could do that I've done over the summer is maybe get together with a couple of friends and start your own business like that. For instance "S&S Landscaping" and come up with something you both enjoy. That is how you make the most money. One thing I did to make money is buy bumper stickers for $0.99 then raise the price and sell them at $4.99. You could make a bumper sticker with your town's initials and sell them for that much more and make that much more profit!
Well, what you can do is you can sell lemonade. Make flyers and hang them up and on any certain day, you can have a lemonade sell, $0.50 per cup. I've done it and altogether we got $40.00. Have a friend with you.
OK, well, if you play soccer, then refereeing is a great thing to do. You need to contact someone who is part of the soccer league in your town and get the information, take a course, and buy supplies. After you ref a few games, the cost of the course and uniform is gone. Seriously, this job is amazing. For 9-10 year olds, you make $16 per game, and for 11-12 year olds, you make $25. It is even more for older players but since you have to be older than the kids you ref, I don't know about the other rates.
Well, you could sell stuff that you don't use anymore. Once I sold some old stuff and I got $200.00.
I think that kids should be able to work at restaurants and places like Kroger or Target. We need the money too, not just 15 or 16 year olds. Many people don't need their car washed or their lawn mowed, and, even if they did, they wouldn't hire kids that are 12 and under. <3 Good Luck
If you have some old video games or DVD's laying around, you should bring them to EB Games or Gamestop. They let you exchange the games/systems for some cash. An average working game usually gets about $10, depending on what it is- so that can really add up if you don't play a lot of your games. An entire video game system is even more- plus there's the controllers, which adds more money to the total.
I like the pet sitting idea we have needed this service from time to time. Washing cars is a good idea but where we live you can wash your car $3 at the automatic carwash. Not the best job but it is livable. Kids today are so computer savy they can make money going to yardsales and reselling on Craigs List or Ebay.
I would rather teach a teen this way. Get them 2 jobs one where they go to work regular like McDonald's etc so they can see how obtuse a daily grind can be and how little they pay you. While working there I want her to buy and sell at yard sales and see what the return is for each venture. Clearly she will make more with Ebay but it is not as regular.
The smartest thing I think you can teach a teen is how to live on less. Teach her to live in the camper so when she goes on her own her first place will be lot rent not apartment rent. Just because you own a camper you don't have to own a gas guzzling truck or car you can pay somebody to move you when you need and drive that prius banking that money.
Did you know you can toggle insurance on a vehicle that you own outright? Yes in states with mandatory insurance you must carry insurance but there are vehicles that just tow your camper. It might be cost effective to do this. I say if you really track your use of these items it is cheaper to just rent a truck when you tow your camper.
Here in Louisiana they want you to turn in your tag when you drop insurance but if you ask there is a way you can keep your tag on the truck and you call your insurance provider for insurance on a as needed basis. It cost less but is a PITA if you did not know this tip. So if you have a camper that you use only when threatened by hurricane here is the way to do it.
I am 14 and I put up posters around town for my house sitting service during the summer. Before long, I had 5 different jobs lined up. I charged 5-10 dollars a day, depending on how much work it was. I made over four hundred dollar in about 8 months.
My kid is 10 years old and wants to earn money because she is tired of being broke. What job is best, that is safe and good for her to do?
Of course it depends on your neighborhood as to how safe it is. Have her make up flyers to distribute door to door. Some examples might be: running errands (to the store etc. . .) Pet sitting or feeding while owners are on vacation, dog walking. . Yard work( weeding flower beds and gardens. . Helping plant flowers. ) These are good if you have some elderly neighbors that need a little help. But sometimes they don't have much money.
I'm a 13 year old boy that's good with technology. I don't want a way to make money that costs money. I considered mowing, but I live in a town with 4,000 people in it and not many people need their lawns mowed.
By Haeven L.
I don't think anybody will hire a 13 year old to do technology work for them and the ones that do ask you to do it will expect it done for free, given your age. Depending on how much money you want to acquire, you should be able to make enough for spending money by cutting grass, even if it isn't for many people. There are bound to be senior citizens and disabled people that need that kind of work done, also shoveling snow. You could also probably do some cleaning for them, the things that are hard for them to do. There is also baby sitting. Depending on when you will be 14, there are some businesses that will hire kids that are 14, it is for a very limited number of hours per day and only for certain jobs.
I'm 13, with sisters of 11 and 9. We live in a community with lots of little kids. In the summer, we hand out fliers and set up crafts.
I'm 13 and my friend and I are looking for fun and easy ways to earn money. Any ideas?
I'm 13 and I need a job. I live in Liberty, Missouri. All I can think of, is mowing lawns and babysitting. But there aren't any kids to babysit in my neighborhood, and mowing lawns isn't really ''my thing''.