I can fondly remember growing up, trying to figure out ways to make money. I tried to sell baseball cards. I would do extra chores around the house. I even tried to start a club for other kids in the neighborhood to join and charge them a membership fee! A couple of my friends were also interested in ways for kids to earn money.
As I’ve gotten older, I realize that many kids today are just like I was then – looking to make some extra money. Luckily, there are many more ways for kids to earn money today than there were when I was a kid, mainly thanks to technology.
Therefore, I present 49 ways for kids to earn money. Let’s face it, kids want money so they can buy things, they just can’t go work at the mill to earn that paycheck (darn labor laws!). The ideas I list below cover a lot of different areas, so if you find some don’t apply to you or your child, keeping looking because there is something on here for every kid.
As an added learning point, play around with the calculator below with your kid so they can learn how compound interest works. By learning the importance of saving some of their earnings, they can get ahead financially and make money less stressful.
49 Easy Ways For Kids To Earn Money
#1. Start A Lemonade Stand: This is the classic example when thinking of ways for kids to earn money. Just buy some packets of lemonade, get a pitcher or water and some plastic cups and a chair and hang out by the road. Of course having a sign also helps here as does a street that has some decent traffic.
If you really want to get inventive, add in a food product as well. Last summer when my wife and I were back in her hometown we went for a walk and came across some kids with a lemonade stand. They were also selling granola bars with a glass of lemonade.
I’ve also seen some kids skip the lemonade and just sell bottles of water. So there are 3 tips in one!
#2. Create Photobooks: If you are digitally inclined, a great way to earn some money is to create photobooks for people. We all take tons of digital pictures and then they just sit on our phones or SD cards.
You can offer to take some of the photos and put together a photobook for people. I would suggest you make a couple for yourself first or even offer a few free ones to a couple people just to get good at it and get some good word of mouth going.
#3. Do Extra Chores: This is probably one of the easiest ways for kids to earn money. Just have a talk with Mom and Dad about your chores. Maybe you can work out a deal where you add on some extra chores or do some chores that are above your age that you can get paid for.
This is one thing I did growing up. I had my set chores that I had to do to earn my allowance. But then I started doing other things around the house that weren’t expected of me. As a result of this, I was able to earn a few extra dollars each week.