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There are plenty of ways for kids to make money, and fortunately many of them won’t cost parents a thing. Of course it is a good idea to have some way for kids to make money at home, either by paying for chores or by offering children a chance to do extra work for pay. Money management is a skill kids need to learn, and it’s hard to do this if they don’t have some way to make money. Moreover, paying kids for a little bit of work can help them understand the value of working and exactly what work for money means.
Lots of kids would like to make more than they receive in allowance, and there are a number of ways they can do this. Children in their pre-teens may think automatically of babysitting, which can be a great job. However, not all parents feel comfortable leaving a fairly young child in charge of other kids. One of the ways for kids to make money when they are young is to work as a parent helper, for other than their own parents.
A parent helper may help entertain younger children, possibly get them fed, take them for a walk or simply watch them while the parent is otherwise occupied. Additionally, parent helpers might do light chores like vacuuming or dusting. One of the great things about this job is that there’s a safety net with a parent present to help if things get out of hand. Plus when kids get older and can have more responsibility, they’ve already got a built-in set of customers and references.
Another way for kids to make money is to do housework for others. A neighbor might need some occasional help, and this may be a perfect arrangement. Similarly, seasonal chores like mowing lawns, weeding, raking leaves or shoveling snow can all be things neighbors lack the time to do. This is a terrific way for kids to make a little extra money.
Plenty of people take vacations and leave their pets at home. An excellent way for kids to make money is to offer pet feeding and walking services. Busiest times may be summer when most people are taking vacations, and a child should always be able to handle any pets he or she cares for.
Kids should also check schedules with parents to make sure they are able to give the time or get transportation to a home where they’re feeding pets. Some kids can do pet watching in their homes, and since the average boarding facility costs about $40 US Dollars (USD) per day, it’s not unreasonable to charge about $10-20 USD per day for pet sitting services.
Additional ways for kids to make money include offering tutoring services. If you’re really good at math or english, talk to teachers in lower grades about offering your services to other students. Kids with lots of musical experience can become music teachers for beginning students. Since an hour of private lessons from a professional can easily cost at least $30 USD, kids can charge, depending on their own experience, about a third to a half of that, and even more if they have great skill.
Many people reference the lemonade stand as the best of ways for kids to make money. This really depends on investment in things like lemonade. If a parent buys all supplies, and kids can keep their profits, this can be a good way to make money. On the other hand, if a kid has to buy the supplies, the profit margin may not be great. Location is also important and some kids and teens are able to run stands at events, greatly increasing profit.
If your children are interested in making some extra cash, sit down and talk with them about what skills they have and what they might like to do. Once they’ve decided on some ways to make money, you can help by advertising their services to the people you know. Church, school and office bulletin boards can be a great way to get the word out that kids want to work.
@Iluviaporos - Most kids seem more interested in ways to make money online these days. It's something that parents need to keep an eye on, to be honest. There was a girl at my school a few years ago who was making a fairly good amount by doing art commissions online.
Which is harmless enough, but if there are people willing to contact and pay a minor for those kinds of services I would be cautious about what else might be going on.
@bythewell - Not necessarily. I've actually always thought that a good way for kids to make money fast for their school or something would be to ask all the parents with fruit trees to donate the fruit to be sold.
The kids can offer to pick the fruit so that it's no trouble for the parents and then they can either process it into something like lemonade or jam, or just sell it straight off.
I know so many people who have a lemon or orange tree that hardly ever use any of the fruit and it just gets wasted. This would be a good thing for everyone, since it would help to keep their yards clean as well.
We always used to make quite a bit of extra money selling fruit on the roadside. We had three massive plum trees in the backyard and they provided way more than we needed. We'd basically sell big bags for a few dollars a piece and often had people who would show up every year.
It was perfect, because our parents didn't have the time to spend on sitting out there with the bags waiting for customers and we didn't mind because it was basically just hanging out with our friends, which is what we would have been doing anyway. Of course this is only an easy way to make money if you've already got an established tree on your property, and it's a seasonal job as well.
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