Fast Cash for Kids!: 17 Jobs kids can do to earn money

So you need money and you're just a kid. Hey, kids have a big advantage...they don't pay any rent, they don't have bills so kids can undercut adults when it comes to physical labor. Here are 16 ways other than newspaper routes and babysitting that kids can make good money using a little elbow grease and ingenuity!


  1. Give foot and back massages. My son used to do this with the relatives; he charged a dollar a massage and cleaned up!

  2. Run Errands for People. My son and I lived in an apartment building where you would have to take the trash down stairs and to the dumpster. He was 6 or 7 years old and would knock on doors and offer to take the trash out for a quarter (this was 10 years ago so you might want to up the price a bit but you get the idea). He made a killing because with 200 units a lot of people would give a kid a quarter not to have to take out their own trash! There are other errands you can do like that...keep it simple and charge a low but decent price.

  3. Clean anything for cheap. This could be done for relatives that don't have kids or friends who are childless. Offer to clean there garage or dust the whole house including the china cabinet, in the winter clean out the fireplace, set a fair price and then make sure to use them as a reference for future jobs...people are busy, they don't have time for things and you can make some dough doing it for them.

  4. Collect wild flowers and press them and put them into frames and sell them. Get the frames from garage sales or thrift stores, you can paint them too. You could also sell them on eBay.

  5. In the spring pull weeds, almost everyone hates pulling weeds, in the winter shovel snow, tell them you'll do it for 10 bucks an hour.

  6. Read to old people: Almost everyone has a retirement home in their town, get cards made up and give them to the staff that you will read for a set price (make sure you are a good reader).

  7. Computer Geek: Are you good on the computer? Many people aren't but they don't have the money to pay for some professional to help them. Some of these people just need basic help. Some of them are elderly and they just need assistance typing things up or sending emails, you can do it!

  8. Walk dogs: This works especially well if you live in a city or an apartment complex where people work, undercut the adults and you'll have more business than you will know what to do with. Just make sure you are good to the animals and know what to do.

  9. House Management: You may be too young to house sit but you aren't too young to water plants and collect mail when people go on vacation. Offer to do it for a fee and make sure to get references to use for the next one.

  10. Scrap-booking: Do you like to make scrapbooks? There are a lot of people out there who would like to have a scrapbook made but don't have the time, you can do it for them.

  11. Host a Garage Sale: Time is of the essence that is one thing you have that most adults don't. Offer to create a garage sale for them, you will gather the stuff, sell it, collect the money and split the profits, they will provide the stuff and the garage (do it from their garage).

  12. Pick Berries and Sell them: I lived in Portland , Oregon for 12 years and berries grew wild all over the place. You pick them, put them in little containers and sell them on the sidewalk, you'll make a good amount of money if you undercut the grocery store.

  13. Get a metal detector and look for coins and scrap metal, you'd be surprised at what you can find

  14. Write for Hub-pages: Your parents might have to help you set it up but if you are a good writer you can make money. Click here to sign up: Brie Hoffman on HubPages
  15. Start a lemonade stand..sure, sure it's been done, but it's been done because it works!
  16. Babysit: If you are at least 12 and responsible you could babysit kids who are younger for a couple of hours. This would really work out well if it was near your own home.
  17. Finally, look around, anything that adults do, see if you can do it while undercutting the price. Get cards made, get references and you will be surprised at how much money you can make!

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

I'd pay for one of those massages, my back hurts. Great hub.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

You and me both!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Very creative!! Thanks for sharing great ideas!!


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I'll have to share these with my grandchildren. They always want extra money, but are not so keen to work for it. But some of these sound fun. Thanks.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Sure, when you start thinking outside the box all kinds of things come to you.

Thanks for commenting elayne001


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djbraman 6 years ago

Oh, I know how to get that back massage from my grandchildren now, thanks for the pointers! Great idea, Great hub!


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Where there's a will there's a way!


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Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Great Ideas! I remember my father paying me money for piggy bank every time i do a task.


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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks Anamika, please rate it up if you like it.


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Kristine Manley 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Wonderful Hub, Brie. I will be sharing these ideas.


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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan Author

Feel free to re-post the article on your facebook or wherever.


Caleb 3 years ago

Thanks you guys


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Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're welcome "Caleb".


katie 3 years ago

thanks


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mypocketmoney 2 years ago from United Kingdom

Great post Brie, i just wrote about something similar


Stephanie 2 years ago

Kool Kool I enjoyed it good real laughter showed that it's rocken


sierra 2 years ago

please please make a part two!!!


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'll put my thinking cap on Sierra.


Alyssa Gonzalez 2 years ago

I've been looking for Ideas tk make money but this help me to think of what I can do to make money , thanks for ur Ideas


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're welcome, I hope it works out for you. Please share the article on your facebook pages.


Mark 2 years ago

Hi I am mark and i am 10years old


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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

Hi Mark, welcome to my page.


awesome101 18 months ago

Thank you Hub soooo much for the ideas they really help me put a lot .


Awesome Always 18 months ago

Thank you soo much for the tips. I love your advice!!!!!ยก!!!!!!!!!

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