Did you ever sit around as a kid and dream of something special that you really wanted? You were told you needed to save up for it, but that means you need an avenue to earn money yourself. Of course, when you think of ways to earn money as a kid, there’s the classic lemonade stand. And they’re great (in fact, they’re featured on this list), but let’s think beyond the lemonade and find different opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities to earn their own money.
This post was written by our staff writer, Lindsey Smith.
1) Start a YouTube Channel
Starting a YouTube channel is free and easy. Of course, parents will need to help with setup. However, once you get the hang of it, you can put up content quickly. It’s fun too! There are several millionaire child YouTubers out there, but even if you don’t hit it big, if you continue to post interesting content, you can make good money from it.
First, you’ll need to brainstorm what you want your channel to be about. No idea is off the table, but you will want to brand yourself with something. This way people know what to expect when they come to your channel, and if someone is looking for what you offer, your videos will come up when they search. So spend some time thinking about your hobbies, talents, or anything you find fun that you’d like to make content about. Kids have become majorly successful from YouTube by filming themselves opening and trying out new toys, for example, so the sky’s the limit when picking your content.
What You’ll Need: Computer, something to record videos, internet connection.
How to Get Started: How to Start a YouTube Channel
2) Toy Tester
Maybe YouTube isn’t for you, but testing toys still sounds like a great way to earn money as a kid. Some companies will pay you to try out new toys and give them your feedback. They love to hear from their target market because it helps them make better toys they know kids will love. They’re also looking for parts of the toy that might need to be changed…whether it holds a child’s interest or not, and if a child can use it on their own easily.
- or any others that you might have an interest in and see if they have an application process for toy testers.
What You’ll Need: A computer and internet connection to apply.
How to Get Started: Jobs for Kids: Earn Free Toys as a Toy Tester
3) Invent Something
Can you dream up a product or service that will help someone solve a problem? There are a lot of kid inventors that create simple solutions to everyday frustrations, and then market those solutions to the people that need them.
You may need parents’ help to get your product or service off the ground, but with online selling platforms and marketplaces, it’s easier than ever. Or you could try and take your invention all the way to the top, and apply to be on Shark Tank.
What You’ll Need: Materials for your invention, computer and internet connection for selling.
How to Get Started: 5 Steps for Turning Your Invention Idea Into a Product
4) Yard Work
Another popular job for kids to earn money at, yard work can be done in three of the four seasons, and help is usually welcomed by everyone.
- Mowing lawns,
- raking leaves,
- helping to plant flowers or gardens, and
- pond maintenance are all things that kids can offer.
Create a flyer or an online ad and distribute it to those in your neighborhood. Set a rate that is fair and work hard at your job to keep your clients happy. They’ll hire you year after year, creating an ongoing way to make money.
What You’ll Need: If your clients don’t have gardening equipment, you’ll need to use your own. But most do, so for this, you’ll likely only need a way to get to their home and some gardening gloves.
How to Get Started: How to Make Money Mowing Lawns (As A Kid)
5) Shovel Snow
Along with yard work, shoveling snow can bring in a lot of money for kids. If you live where there are four seasons, yard work and shoveling together can bring in money throughout the year, and you can create some loyal customers that will continue to hire you for their outdoor needs.
Make sure with each client you shovel their driveway, any walkways to their doors, as well as any sidewalks that touch their property.
What You’ll Need: A shovel if your client doesn’t have one.
How to Get Started: The Shovler App Will Help You Make Money Shoveling Snow
Babysitting is a great job for older kids to earn money, and if you’re good at it, you can make quite a bit. You’re a great fit if you’re trustworthy and responsible, and you like interacting with children. Start by asking your parents if they have any friends that might need someone to watch their kids while they go out, or advertise on local groups and post flyers.
You’ll want to make sure you have the skills and knowledge you need, and taking a babysitting course is a great way to assure parents you’re capable of taking care of their kids. It’s not required, but it will help others take you more seriously.
Plan and prepare before you go babysitting, and come armed with fun activities or ideas for games you can play together. When the kids love you, the parents will rehire you again and again, and recommend you to their friends.
What You’ll Need: A positive attitude, ideas for fun games and activities, patience.
How to Get Started: 3 Ways to Start Your Own Babysitting Business
7) Mothers’ Helper
If you’re not quite old enough to babysit, consider being a mothers’ helper. This is like a trial run for babysitting. Usually, a mothers’ helper babysits her kids while the mother is still at home, either working in another room or doing chores that need to be done. You’re there to entertain her kids so she can finish a task. However, if something arises that you can’t handle, she’s there to back you up.
What You’ll Need: A positive attitude, ideas for fun activities or games, patience.
How to Get Started: How to Start a Mommy’s Helper Business
Many adults either don’t have a lot of time, or have health problems. Or maybe they don’t have the strength and stamina for handyman-type work or heavier chores, and you can offer to do it for them for a fee.
- cleaning out a garage,
- helping to do household building projects, or
- helping with household repairs all fall under this umbrella.
Not only is this a great way to earn money when you’re a kid, it’s also a wonderful way to learn helpful skills for the future.
What You’ll Need: Safety glasses, a willingness to work hard.
How to Get Started: Make Money As A Kid Being a Handyman
9) Sell Cold Drinks
When the weather’s hot and people are out and about, selling cold drinks can bring in a lot of money for a kid. Whether you decide on the traditional lemonade stand, or sell bottled water and pop out of a cooler, you’re fulfilling a need for thirsty travelers.
This is especially lucrative if you live near soccer fields, sports complexes, trails, or a golf course. Anywhere people are going to be outside in hot weather, you’re going to find some thirsty clients.
What You’ll Need: A table, a box to keep money in, a sign to advertise what you’re selling, various drinks, and/or a cooler.
How to Get Started: Make Extra Cash at a Yard Sale by Selling Soda
10) Sell Your Stuff
Do you have toys you no longer play with, but they’re still in good shape? Or clothes and shoes that don’t fit anymore?
Selling the things you no longer need or use is a great way to make some money as a kid. And a bonus: you’re making your parents happy by cleaning out all your old things.
It can be as easy as selling things on craigslist, though you’ll want your parents to handle that part. You can also advertise and hold a garage sale, and sell your things right from your driveway.
If you find that your friends want to do it as well, you could open an online consignment store and sell you and your friend’s clothes that don’t fit.
What You’ll Need: Items you no longer want, a way to sell online, or a table to sell in your driveway, plus a sign to advertise.
How to Get Started: Sell Stuff Online: The Best Sites and Apps
11) Sell or Commission your Art
Do you have a talent and passion for drawing or painting or any kind of artistic creation? Consider selling your pieces.
Whether you create pieces and sell them once they’re done, or you commission your art and create it based on what a customer wants, both are excellent ways to earn money as a kid.
It also gives you artist experience in a professional way. Plus, you’re doing something you love and earning money from it at the same time.
What You’ll Need: Art supplies, a computer/internet to advertise.
How to Get Started: Leaf Medium: so Easy to Use, Kids Can Set Up Their Own Stores
If you’re lucky enough to live close to a major urban center that employs actors for film, television, print, or theatre, this can be a fun way to earn money.
Many productions require children as part of a storyline, and sometimes as the main character. If acting is one of your passions, consider putting yourself out there and auditioning for roles. You’ll be doing something you love while making money.
What You’ll Need: an agent, parents willing to drive you to auditions/rehearsals.
How to Get Started: How to Become a Child Actor
Influencer marketing is huge, and child influencers account for around 20% of the market. If you enjoy creating content for social media and can find a way to brand yourself, you can approach companies and offer your influencer marketing services. It can be a very lucrative way to earn money, but you have to work hard at making creative, interesting content consistently.
You will also need a large following, with a lot of them being engaged followers – meaning they interact on your posts by liking and commenting on them. This translates into potential sales for anyone you promote on your page. If you love social media, this could be a great option to work towards.
What You’ll Need: Social media account, lots of followers, a specific brand for yourself.
How to Get Started: How Your Kid Can Become a Social Media Influencer
14) Sell Handmade Crafts and Jewelry on Etsy
Etsy has become a very popular way for people to buy homemade gifts and jewelry, and if you love making things, it could be a great way for you to earn money as a kid. Setting up a profile to sell is easy, though you’ll need a parent for help and permission.
Be sure to set your prices properly, you’ll need to include the cost of materials as well as the cost of your time.
What You’ll Need: Internet/computer to list your products on Etsy, a way to take pictures of what you have to sell, an Etsy account, a way to ship your products to customers.
How to Get Started: My Kid Wants an Etsy Shop. Now What?
Many people own pets and work throughout the day who would love and appreciate someone coming to walk their pet in the afternoon. Sometimes they need someone to pet sit for them if they’re going to be away for an extended period. This kind of job would be great for animal lovers since you’re being paid to walk, play with, and interact with pets.
Have your parents help you advertise your service by placing flyers or listing it online. You can also ask them if they have any friends who might need pet care help.
What You’ll Need: A way to advertise your service.
How to Get Started: How to Start a Dog Walking Business for Kids
16) Flip and Resell Products
If you’re great at finding good prices for items, or you find really old junk and can turn it into something beautiful, flipping and reselling is a great way to earn money.
For example, you can repaint an old dresser so it looks modern, or resell an old video game console you found at a garage sale. eBay is a great platform for reselling, as well as craigslist and local buy and sell groups.
What You’ll Need: Internet/computer to list your items, a space to work on them (if needed).
How to Get Started: 25+ Easiest Things to Flip for Profit
Can you write well? Do you have an interesting skill, a hobby, or a talent? Just want to talk about something all the time? These are great qualities to have when starting a blog. In fact, blogging is one of the easiest things to start and maintain. And, there are several ways to monetize it once it gets going.
There are a few steps to starting your own blog, but once the initial setup is done, it’s really easy to maintain. Research how to monetize your blog together with your parents to find the best way for you.
What You’ll Need: Computer/Internet for writing and uploading your content.
How to Get Started: How to Start a Blog
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18) Part-time Job
Of course, this is only for children 14 or older so they meet the lawful requirements of having a part-time job. But, it’s the traditional and time-tested way of making consistent money as a kid.
You can get a part-time job anywhere, but the most popular are in restaurants, and customer service. Research how to write the best resume, and start applying for jobs. If you’re not quite old enough for a part-time job, don’t worry. Now is a great time to do volunteer work that you can add to your resume when you’re old enough to apply.
What You’ll Need: Resume, online access for applying.
How to Get Started: 17 Best Part-Time Jobs for High School Students
Top Ways to Earn Money As a Kid – Ready to Get Started?
There are lots of creative, fun, and challenging ways to earn money as a kid. Choose from any of the ideas above or come up with your own! Are you ready to get started?
What did you first do to make money as a kid? Share in the comments below!
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