Do your kids ever ask you how to earn a little extra money? If so, you’re not alone. So, here’s ten ideas to get the ball rolling and encourage your kids to take the reigns and earn money on their own. Take a look.
Kids are always thinking about that next cool toy to buy. So, I figure if they want to buy something, they’ve got to earn it on their own. Here’s some ideas to make your kids into hard workers and entrepreneurs as well.
#1: Door-to-door neighborhood sales
Sounds crazy, I know. But within your own neighborhood, your child can sell cookies for 50 cents each, bags of fresh-grown peas for $1 or pumpkins for $5 each. I went with my kids as they sold peas and they went like hot cakes. Even the mailman stopped to buy some. They made $20 in less than an hour!
#2: Weeding or yard work
When I was a kid, I earned a little extra money by weeding my grandma’s flower beds. I appreciated every cent that I earned. If grandma doesn’t live nearby, allow your kids to weed your own flower beds. Set your price and send them to work.
#3: Sell hot chocolate or lemonade
The classic lemonade stand isn’t a bad idea to earn a little extra money. But if it’s winter time, a hot chocolate stand is the way to go. When my son was six years old, he stood out in the cold and sold gallons of hot chocolate. I think everyone felt bad for a little kid standing out in the cold! Ha ha!
#4: Summer preschool or skills class
An 11-year-old girl in our neighborhood held a six-week mini preschool for toddlers for $50. The entire session was twice a week for a couple hours each. Supervised by her mother, the girl played games, made crafts and taught the alphabet to the kids. It was worth every penny.
Another idea is to have your child teach a class to younger kids using a skill they have already learned. Here’s some examples:
- Soccer skills (or other sports)
#5: Dog washing or walking service
My son came up with idea all by himself. I helped him design a flyer advertising a dog washing service. He charged $5 for a small dog all the way up to $15 for extra large dogs. He would pick the dog up and wash it at our house or wash it at their house. It worked out fabulously actually and he got quite a few customers.
This is obviously a job for kids 12 and older, but it can be pretty lucrative if your child likes babysitting. We love our babysitters and they get to earn some extra money in the process. Here’s some fun ideas of things your kid can take with him/her when they babysit:
#7: Hold a garage sale
If you’re like me, you collect a lot of junk. Why not hold a garage sale every summer and let your kids sell some of their toys. Just make sure they price the toys reasonably. You might be surprised how much money they make. My son sold some of his toys and made about $15.
#8: Newspaper route
The average minimum age for newspaper delivery is 13 but it may differ depending on the state you live in. The wages vary depending on the newspaper however, if you child is dedicated, it could be a great way to earn some extra money.
#9: Painting addresses on curbs
My teenage neighbor offer to pain our address on our curb for $15. That was an easy decision. It turned out great and he went away with some extra money. It doesn’t take much to get the right supplies. On Amazon, you can buy an entire curb painting kit for $20!
#10: House sitting/pet sitting
Everyone goes on vacation at one point. So, your child can advertise the opportunity for them to watch after their house and/or their pets while they are gone. It gives them peace of mind and your kid some extra dough.
What other ideas do you have for your kids to earn some extra money? Leave your comments below.
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