70+ Ideas for How to Make Money as a Kid [Ages 6-18]

70+ Ideas for How to Make Money as a Kid [Ages 6-18]

Final Word

Whether you have a kid who’s six or twelve, there are bound to be a few things on this list that they can do to make some money on their own. They will learn the importance of being independent and the value of working for what they have. Those principles by themselves are reasons enough to encourage them to take them on.

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Can you start a business if you’re under 18?

Age is only a number and anyone, at any age, can start a business to make extra cash.

What could start as a bit of pocket money for a child may take root and be more professional.

Children, or young entrepreneurs, can also access support and grants from young enterprise schemes, which may be worth looking into if their business needs a bit of a cash boost.

There may be some stumbling blocks; opening a business bank account or getting access to credit, as well as balancing school with a new business, but it’s a great way to learn something they don’t teach you in school.

Fix bikes

We are becoming a greener country, and many people are conscious of how they travel.

For smaller journeys, people want to leave their car at home and take a bike instead.

The trouble is, there are a lot of bikes that are left in the shed all winter and need a bit of TLC.

If your child is confident in tinkering and cleaning bikes, they may have sellable skills for the neighbourhood.

Bikes need just as much of an MOT and service as cars to keep them safe on the road.

Whether it’s sorting out gears or replacing tyres, there are many easy jobs that bike owners don’t know how to sort out. 

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  1. Mr. ThriftyMr. Thrifty says

    Our kids love dogs, and we are going to encourage them to start a dog walking business as soon as they’re able. That one was Mrs. Thrifty’s idea, and I fully support it!

    • Eric @ High Five DadEric @ High Five Dad says

      Absolutely! I really think understanding money and how business works at an early age will be so beneficial to my two boys.

How Kids Who Love Animals Can Make Money

Do you have a kid who loves animals? Here are a few ways kids can spend time with or help animals and make some money.

The following is a list of ways kids who love animals can make money:

  • Training dogs: If you have a dog of your own and have successfully trained him or her, you could offer to teach other pet owners.
  • Poop scooping for dogs: Some owners let their dogs run free in their yards and would willingly pay for someone else to clean up the poop.
  • Cleaning litter boxes
  • Wash dogs: Dogs get dirty! And owners need them to be clean. You can help.
  • Breeding hamsters, rats or mice: This is definitely something to talk to your parents about first. But these animals make good pets.
  • Making cat toys: Cats love to chase after toy mice or run after a ribbon. Cat toys are fairly easy to make if you have sewing and crafting skills.
  • Baking dog treats: Selling dog treats could be the perfect business if you also like to bake.
  • Creating customized bowls for cats and dogs: You’ll need some experience with clay and ceramics but if you enjoy art too, this could be a fun product.
  • Designing unique dog and cat collars: This too may require additional skills such as sewing.
  • Raising chickens to sell eggs: You’ll definitely want to talk to your parents about his one as well. Selling eggs can be as easy as setting up a stand at the end of your driveway.
  • Breeding worms: Another one that will need parental approval. Fishermen need worms as well as anyone with a compost.
  • Pet sitting: Let your neighbors and community know that you’re able to sit their pets when they go on vacation.
  • Horse-sitting: If you have experience with horses, and know how to take care of them, becoming a horse sitter could be lucrative.
  • Horse groomer: Grooming horse is another way to help owners and get some extra cash.
  • Help with horse barn chores: Similar to horse sitting, this is something an owner might pay for if they don’t have the time to care for their horse every day.
  • Become a beekeeper: Raising bees helps the environment while also creating honey to sell. But beware: keeping bees isn’t for the faint of heart.

To see this list with detailed descriptions click: 17+ Ways Kids Who Love Animals Can Make Money

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How to Make Money as a Kid in the Winter

One of the most unique ways to make money in the winter is helping your neighbors shoveling snow on their driveway. It’s going to be extremely cold outside so make sure you have proper clothing before you start shoveling. Also, shoveling is time consuming so you should take breaks every 20 minutes or so. It doesn’t always need to feel like a job since you can use break time to build a snowman or throw a couple snowballs at your friends.

The best way to earn money in the winter is to start your own internet projects. We’ve already covered the different ways to make money as a kid online so make sure to review our article for more information.

Childcare Ideas

Babysitting– Babysit for parents while they go on a date out for the night with friends. Check out the best babysitting tips to learn how to start babysitting or if you are already babysitting learn how to earn more money babysitting.

Kids Club- Instead of babysitting just one family’s kids on Friday night why not make it a party and watch 15 kids. Charge $15 per kid and you can make $450 instead of $20. Do it twice a month and you can make $900!! This is called kids club. Kids and parents love it.

Sitting for Errands– It is tiresome to load and unload kids in and out of the car while doing errands.  Sit in the car and take care of the kids while moms run and do their errands in the store.

Nanning– Become a nanny and take care of kids for the summer.

Mom Assistant– Moms with a bunch of kids get behind in their daily tasks.  Clean, change diapers, make meals whatever needs to be done.

Run Errands– Take the shopping list and get groceries, deliver mail to the post office, run kids to music lessons are all things you can charge for as an errand runner.

Home Cook– People want to eat nutritious food but cooking healthy food takes time.  Offer your services as a home cook to make dinners for busy families.

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Easy Ways To Make Money For Kids

The easiest way to make money as a kid is to sell things you can get for free. Here are a few really easy ideas.

1. Sell golf balls

Recover golf balls at golf courses in the tall grass, trees, and bushes.  Golfers lose tons of golf balls, especially golfers like me.  I have found buckets and buckets of golf balls.  Wash them and sell them back to the golfers. Learn more about how to sell golf balls.

2. Strip wire scraps

Collect wasted copper wire from constructions sites or from electrical contractors, strip and sell to metal salvaging companies.  You can make a lot of money doing this.

3. Recycle metal

Collect aluminum cans, copper wire, or other metal and recycle for money. To learn more click here.

4. Metal detecting

Use a metal detector in parks and public places to find coins and rings and sell them to ring stores.

5. Find bugs

Find caterpillars on milkweed and put them in cages.  Sell the bugs in cages.

6. Raise spiders

Raise spiders and sell their babies or find spiders in the wild. I knew a guy who paid his mortgage each month by selling baby spiders. A spider has like a thousand babies.

7. Find valuable rocks

Collect geodes or other unique rocks and sell them. You can even cut and polish them to sell them for even more money.

8. Find ladybugs

Find ladybugs and breed them and sell them to people with gardens.

9. Sell used stuff

Get left over’s from garage sales, or offer to come pick up items people want to give to consignment stores like Goodwill and resell it through garage selling it or putting it on Craigslist.

10. Chop firewood. 

Collect and chop firewood in the woods and sell it in bundles to campers or people with wood burning stoves.

11. Raise crickets

Find and raise crickets to sell to people with reptiles and spiders for pets.

13. Re-sale free stuff on Craigslist

Get great free stuff on Craigslist and sell it for money to back on Craigslist.

14. Pine Nuts 

Collect pine nuts in the woods, shell them and sell them.

15. Pan for gold

Go find a stream with black sands and pan for gold. Learn how here.

2. Take one of my quizzes!

Find out if you’re raising a self-sufficient kid (click here) or if you’re doing too much for your kids (click here). At the end of each quiz, you’ll be asked to provide your email address to see the results.

Best Ways to Make Money for Kids Who Are at Least 13

For some money-making opportunities — especially the ones online — 13 is the minimum age for participating. 

5. Creating a YouTube Channel

What kid doesn’t want to make money by starting a YouTube channel? Your child needs to be at least 13 to create a YouTube account. And legally, a child has to be over the age of 18 to make money on YouTube via AdSense or have a legal guardian over 18 who can handle the payments on his or her behalf. 

Like blogging, the benefit of starting a YouTube channel is that you can get paid to talk about the things you find interesting. Whether it’s crafting, gaming or telling jokes, if you have something interesting to share, then there is an audience for it on YouTube.

6. Selling Unwanted Items Online

One of the easiest ways to make money online is by selling unwanted items on sites like eBay. But unless your child is 18, he or she will have to list their items for sale on your eBay account. 

You can help your child start creating listings for the items they want to sell. Note that collector’s or vintage items can sell for quite a bit of money. And as they get more skilled with selling items online, some kids may want to branch out into flipping items. This involves buying products at a low cost, fixing them up slightly and reselling those same items for a profit.

7. Selling Handmade Items

Does one of your kids have a knack for designing jewelry or creating their own artwork? If so, they could sell their products to customers online via Etsy. This can be a great creative outlet and an opportunity for kids to make extra money. However, if your child is under 18, but between 13 and 17, he or she will have to sell items through your account because Etsy does not permit children under 18 to own their own account.

To get started, your child will need to set up their account and decide on the types of products they want to offer. From there, they can take photos, create a listing and sell these items through their Etsy shop.

Here are just a few of the items kids can create and sell on Etsy:

  • Printables
  • Homemade soap or bath bombs
  • Knitted scarves or hats
  • Holiday decorations
  • Jewelry
  • Calendars and planners

8. Making Money on Twitch

Twitch is a live streaming platform for gamers, and like YouTube, can be used to make money. It’s not going to happen overnight, but if they can build up an audience, kids can make decent money by playing video games on Twitch. The minimum age requirement to create an account on Twitch is 13. 

There are a few different ways kids can make money on Twitch. Fans can donate money to their favorite streamers. Profits are generated when fans click on the ads on videos or purchase subscriptions.

9. Creating Online Games

Does your child love to play games on Roblox? Well, as long as he or she is at least 13 years old, making some extra money by creating Roblox games is a possibility. Creating a new Roblox game is relatively easy and requires very little coding knowledge.

How much money they can make depends on the popularity of the game. Your child can take some time to identify the types of games that are already popular on Roblox. This can help them come up with their own ideas.

10. Dog-Walking

If your kids love animals, they could earn good money by starting a dog-walking business. If you have neighbors who work outside of the house all day, then they might appreciate having someone stop by to walk their pets throughout the week.

Kids can also offer pet sitting services, so your neighbors don’t have to board their pets when they go out of town. Your kids will be responsible for stopping by a couple of times a day, making sure the animals have food and water and letting them outside.

11. Create a Fiverr Account

As long as your child is at least 13, he or she can set up their own Fiverr account and offer their skills to make money.  Fiverr has opportunities for musicians, graphic designers, writers and people skilled at video and animation.

12. Baking 

Depending on who your child’s customers are, he or she won’t have to bake from scratch to take advantage of this money-making opportunity. A boxed mix of brownies sells for under $2 at Walmart and yields 20 servings. And if your child sells each brownie for 50 cents each, there’s room for a profit of around $8 per batch minus the eggs and oil needed to create the finished product. 

13. Growing a Garden and Selling Vegetables

Your child will learn valuable skills and also make some money by growing a garden and selling vegetables. If your soil isn’t good for growing, you can help your child build some raised gardening boxes to add good soil to and plant the seeds in. Once the vegetables are ripe, take them to a local farmers market or advertise them for sale on a local community marketplace. 

14. Recycling

While your child may not make a lot, recycling can be a way to make some extra cash. To get started, check to see if your state pays residents for beverage container recycling, like bottles or aluminum cans.  Your child can also collect used printer cartridges from relatives, friends and small businesses and send them in for a profit to places like TonerBuyer.com or InkRecycling.

15. Designing and Selling T-Shirts

Plenty of online platforms exist for creating and selling T-shirts, such as Printful, which allows you to sell on-demand without upfront costs. Keep in mind that these platforms will likely have age requirements, so you may have to open an account on your child’s behalf.

Things Your Kids Can Do to Make Money: Ages 9-11

Kids in this age group can do everything from the younger age group and more…

21. Washing windows 

22. Paint fences

23. Garage sale – Get rid of old toys, clothing, etc.

24. Mow lawns

25. Aerate lawns – Rent or buy an aerator and aera

25. Aerate lawns – Rent or buy an aerator and aerate people’s yards.

26. Fertilize lawns

27. Rake leaves

28. Shovel snow

29. Wash cars/bikes – Get a few friends together and hold a neighborhood car wash.

30. Write a book review – There are places that pay you to write a book review.

31. Do chores for neighbors 

32. Manage a vending machine – You can own and maintain your own vending machines to make money.

33. Get a paper routeYou can get one in your local community.

34. Digitize pictures for people – A lot of people have old photos they want to preserve digitally. Use a scanner and save pictures to a disc, hard drive, or flash drive.

35. Grow and sell veggiesStart your own garden and sell veggies door to door or at a local farmer’s market.

36. Write for someone elses’ blog –Blogs are often looking for more great content. If you know a blogger, ask if they’re looking for blog posts on a topic you’re knowledgeable in.

37. Sell collectibles – You can sell on websites like eBay. Sell everything from LEGOs to action figures.

38. Clean boats – Clean boats before and after owners take them out on the ocean or lake.

39. Clean campers – Clean out campers before and after people go camping.

40. Trim trees and bushes

41. Recover and resell golf balls – Find golf balls in the grass at golf courses. Wash them off and resell them to golfers.

42. Run a second-hand service – Offer to pick up leftovers from garage sales or from the Free section on Craiglist. Resell the stuff to consignment shops or online.

43. Make digital scrapbooks Use Shutterfly to create digital scrapbooks for people from their vacations or special events.

44. Rent out your video game to other kids.

45. Take online surveys that pay participants.

46. Open an Etsy store –  You can sell any number of handmade items on Etsy.

47. Sell goat milk – Buy a goat and sell the milk. Make sure you know the raw milk laws of your area first.

48. Play an outdoor movie and sell popcorn – Get a projector. Hang a white bed sheet on the side of the house. Sell popcorn. Have fun.

49. Organize a neighborhood play.

50. Organize a neighborhood puppet show.

51. Make and sell Duct Tape wallets.

52. Sell used books on Amazon. Find books your family or friends want to get rid of or hit up garage sales for cheap books that can be resold for a higher price on Amazon.

53. Walk dogs.

54. Feed and water small farm animals.

54. Feed and water small farm animals.

55. Milk goats or cows.

56. Trim hooves of small animals.

57. Pick fruit or vegetables at U-Pick farms and re-sell the items for a higher price.

58. Laundry Helper – wash, dry, fold, and iron clothes for a busy mom.

59. Sell hand-made items on consignment to local stores and boutiques.

60. Pet sitting – Care for pets while families are gone on trips.

61. Wrap Christmas gifts.

62. Clean up after a big party or event. Help clean tables and dishes.

63. Start your own blog – while it’s not always easy to make money blogging, with a lot of hard work you can earn some income. Start a blog about a niche topic you really enjoy. You can earn income from ads, affiliate sales, getting sponsors, or even selling your own products. Start a blog about a niche topic you really enjoy.

64. Write a book or an ebook.

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Cynthia Measom is a personal finance writer and editor with over 12 years of collective experience. Her articles have been featured in MSN, Aol, Yahoo Finance, INSIDER, Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times and The Network Journal. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

What To Do With The Money You Make As A Teenager

Set Up An Emergency Fund

You never know what expenses may come up when you’re headed to college or even supporting yourself as a teen. It’s important to have an emergency fund to help give you peace of mind when emergencies arise.

Now, an emergency in this situation is not that you found a pair of jeans you love. No! An example of an emergency is when your tire just went out and you have to have it replaced today. If you have money saved for it, it’s easy to cover and you’re not struggling afterward or going into debt to cover the cost.

Whether you’re a teenager or not, it’s SO important to have an emergency fund.

Save For Something You Want

There may be something you’re needing or wanting to buy, and you have to save for it yourself. Maybe it’s a new car, a new laptop, or even a new pair of shoes you’ve been wanting for months.

It’s so rewarding to have money, build the discipline to save for it, and then purchase it yourself. You will appreciate the item more when you buy it with your own money. Plus, you’re building confidence in yourself that you’re able to have the discipline and self-control to save for something worth your money and time. You will thank yourself later!

Save For School

Maybe you’re going to college, trade school, or just wanting to dip your toes in some college courses without committing yet. Having the money saved up to pay for ahead of time will save you SO. MUCH. MONEY.

It’ll save you money in student loans, student loan interest, and spending your student loan money and having to pay it back later. Leaving college or trade school without more debt is worth EVERY penny paying it ahead of time. 

What’ll Be The Highest Demand Jobs In The Future?

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Kids Making Money FAQs

✅ Can kids join survey sites to make some money?

Yes, there are certain survey sites kids can sign up to, I’ve included a couple in my post.

✅ Can kids sell in online marketplaces?

The big marketplaces like Etsy and eBay require the parent to hold the primary account and be responsible for their child’s selling activity.

✅ Do kids need to pay tax?

Everyone needs to pay tax on earning above the tax allowance threshold. Most kids are unlikely to exceed this earning a little extra cash. Check with HMRC if you’re unsure.

✅ What’s the easiest way to earn money quickly as a kid?

The fastest way to make money as a kid is to offer a service around your neighbourhood. You could pet sit, water plants or walk peoples dogs. Ask your parents if they know anyone who’d be interested.

✅ Can I make money blogging if I’m under 18?

You can start a blog if you’re under 18, but you may need your parents to approve and pay for your hosting or domain name.

✅ How do I make money as a kid during quarantine? During quarantine you can make money as a kid online. Have a read through the post and see if you can sell something online or offer online tutoring to smaller kids.

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