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Businesses for Kids

Updated on March 6, 2008

How Can Kids Earn Money?

Kids can earn money in different was ranging from simple household chores to starting their own business.

I, personally, would rather start my own business than wash dishes for a week.

There are a number of jobs and businesses that children can create and work for, but the most common include setting up a lemonade stand, walking the neighborhood dogs, and delivering the newspaper.

If you have any other suggestions, I'd be happy to hear them and add to my small list. Please list them in the comment box below.

Set up a Lemonade Stand

This is a great idea for kids during the summer months. Set up a small lemonade stand, selling fresh squeezed lemonade.

Make sure that there is an adult present or nearby. Children may think that they can handle the stand on their own, but there are so many criminals out there running the streets, that you don't want to leave your child on their doorstep, so to speak.

Setting up a small stand is a great way to teach your child money and business. They learn what it takes to make a dollar and how to efficiently gain profit.

Plus, when the day's over and the lemonade stand is closed, it's time for a math lesson. Counting up the revenue for the day and subtracting all the prior costs in order to come up with the net profit or loss for the day.

Setting up a lemonade stand can be a cool project for your kids. Have them figure out which days and times are the best to make the most money.

Just make sure to buy a cup or two of lemonade, and throw in an extra tip on the days that you notice fewer sales.

Learning Business Through Lemonade Stand

Be a Dog Walker

For your older kids, you may suggest that they create a small business as a dog walker for the neighborhood.

Have him make flyers and post them around the neighborhood. Consider putting them in the mailboxes, as well.

Yes, this can be a safety concern, but again with older children in a safe neighborhood, you should be fine. But, again, to settle your nerves, consider going along for the walks.

You may consider letting your younger kids be a dog walker; let the young child walk smaller and more well- behaved dogs, while you help with the larger and more roudy dogs. So that the child earns his money, have him pick up the dog's deed.

This small child business works great for apartment and condo complexes.

Have the child set up times with the dog's owners as to when he will be available to walk the dog(s), and help him set appropriate pricing.

I'd suggest a higher fee for larger dogs than smaller.

Maybe the child could create a report for himself, and as he grows older continue his dog walking services for the neighbors. Maybe even stretching to nearby neighborhoods when he's old enough to drive or walk by himself.

Deliver the Paper

Many local newspapers will higher kids to deliver the paper. This would be a great way to get your child into being a little responsible. Although, he's not creating his own small business, he's still working and making money.

This is a great position for older kids who can deliver the paper on foot or on their bike.

The child learns great responsibility, as the paper must be delivered early in the morning in most cases.

You may have to help the child get started, but after a few weeks, he should get the hand of it.


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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi do you think you could help me. I am good at styling hair and would like to make a small business out of it.

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      graham 5 years ago

      anybody got any cooking ideas for kids im 13 and realy like to earn money so any ideas

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      awesome kid 6 years ago

      hi can someone please put up a car washing business?

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      ask 7 years ago

      i am 13 and i was selling sweets in school, now i am fixing things such as disks and bike parts also i am beginning to invent things.

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      dot really have a name 7 years ago

      I'm 12 and I live in Australia i researched about setting up my own dog walking buisness and was alerted that oyu have to be 14 years I thik these is weird and unfair but what can I do???????

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      Stephen Beck 8 years ago

      You know, this is actually how my wife and I made our way into online business. Our son began by selling potato shooters online as a young man. Then, through our own research, we realized anyone can have a business, especially online. It's amazing! Thanks for a great post. Very timely in these times.

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      alexa 8 years ago

      ur a great thinker these are wonderful ideas thank you for giving us some awesome ideas about kris allen!!!!!! we will tell our friends about your ideas and support for talyor swift. i am sure that kris and taylor will appreciate it to . my friends are awesome people and they love you goodbi

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      Addie 8 years ago

      I am so exited about dog walking I am 11 and I am in love with animals i have even donated money to many animal rescue places like the ASPCA, Petsmart Charites, Defenders of Wildlife, and Alley Cat Alleys. My dad and I are going to go give them to people right now. See Yah

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      Kris 8 years ago

      My son had a Hot Chocolate stand in the winter when it was snowing. He was all bundled up. Alot of business was just from being adorable, some people didn't even want the drink. He had lots of large signs with streamers leading up to get drivers attention early!

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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      My neighbor's boys started mowing yards with a couple of push mowers about 5 years ago. Now they have 2 riding mowers, 2 push mowers, a trailer, a truck, and a full-time business!

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Lemonade stand! You can help out. Sit with them. The 5 year old would enjoy counting his change afterwards. ;-)

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      GreatTattoosNow 9 years ago from San Jose

      Great I have to share some of these with my own little ones. Slackers trying to leech of their dad. I will send them the link and get them started earning money tonight! Ohh yea wait they are only 5 and 2 I guess I will have to wait a little bit darn slackers! Anyway great ideas I love th epictures too it reminds me of some of my early business ventures! Great job.