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10 Businesses For Kids and How to Market

Updated on February 23, 2017
Alyssa's bow business
Alyssa's bow business

How often have you heard from your kids, "I NEED that", or "Can I have some money?" With three children of my own, I hear it almost daily. It's not always possible to hand over extra money, nor do I want to. I want my children to learn the value of money. When they were really young, we had them do extra chores for pay. These chores were above and beyond their typical daily or weekly chores. During the summer months I also gave them an opportunity to earn money by doing school workbook pages. They earned 25 cents for each page they completed.. This gave them the ability to keep up with their academics while earning money for souvenirs or extras that they wanted. Now that they are a little older, two of the three have started businesses of their own. This article provides some business suggestions for kids and places to advertise or sell.

Businesses For Kids

My oldest daughter is 15 and loves fashion. She went on line to You Tube and learned how to make various forms of bows and began to make her own. She discovered that there are lots of opportunities for selling her bows. She has marketed them to cheerleading groups, preschool and Kindergarten classes, and started her own Facebook page called Lyss's Loveables. She has also marketed her bows to young horse show riders who are required to wear the bows as part of their "uniform". She has been making bows and selling them for the last two years.

My youngest daughter is 9 and had no desire to be outdone by her older sister. We thought through many options for her before she decided on selling seedlings. She plants seeds in small beginner planters and when they grow to a few inches, she sells them. She has had impressive success with vegetables and enjoys planting flowers as well. Her new plan is selling herbs. She named her business "Aubrey's Greens and Things" and has sold many at a local farmer's market, through a online garage sale of sorts, and through Facebook. It makes her feel grown up to make her own money.

Other Ideas:

  1. Make and sell homemade dog and cat treats.
  2. Wash cars.
  3. Mow lawns.
  4. Pet sitting for neighbors and friends.
  5. Babysitting.
  6. Plant a garden, harvest the produce, and sell.
  7. Make homemade candy, cookies, pies, or other treats and sell.
  8. Learn to make a usable craft like potholders, book covers, book marks, etc. to sell.
  9. Tutor younger children.
  10. Be a mother's helper by helping others with household chores.

Aubrey's plant business
Aubrey's plant business

Ways to Market Your Child's Business

There are many ways to get a child's business noticed.

  1. Social media is a great source and one that reaches many people at the same time. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a number of other sites to let friends and family know what your children are doing and see how quickly they start to make money.
  2. Make sure to create business cards with your child's name and contact information and/or let the child make fliers promoting their business. Then take the cards or fliers around the neighborhood.
  3. Find a local flea market and get information on setting up a booth on an evening or weekend. Have enough of the product on hand to sell at the flea market, but have a way to take orders also.
  4. If the item is wearable or crafty, many consignment shops will allow the products to be placed in their stores. Some sellers will give the child the profit outright, but others will take a portion of the profit for their store. Make sure you know in advance what the arrangement will be.
  5. Does your child's school have a newspaper or another way to make announcements? Place an ad and get the word out to the school.
  6. Find local business that can use the product or service. For example, are there pet stores, pet shelters, or other pet sellers that could use homemade treats? Could a local boutique that sells children's clothes use bows? What about a photographer that takes children's portraits or cheer or gymnastics programs that could use bows, embellished socks, hair ties, jewelry or other items?
  7. Does your town have a free advertising publication or one that is very low cost? Place an ad for your child's business.

Do you have any other ideas? I would love to hear them (and so would my children).

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      Sukhneet Kaur Bhatti 22 months ago from India

      cool ideas. Will definitely give a try. I think this is the best way to make kids understand the real worth of money and hard work

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      TripleAMom 2 years ago from Florida

      dolores monet, that is hysterical. You really did have an entrepreneur on your hands. what does he do now? would love to know. Thanks for the comment :)

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I think this is a great idea for kids to learn how to earn money. Once we were having a birthday party and two kids I didn't know wandered by. When I asked my son who they were, he said he didn't know but they were passing by and seemed interested so he charged them fifty cents to come to the party.

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      TripleAMom 2 years ago from Florida

      mary615, thanks for commenting. We are the same. The kids don't get paid for normal chores, just yard work, cleaning out the fridge, washing windows, those types of things. These are above and beyond so daily chores have to be done first. Not that they have many because they are in school, honors classes, and sports, but enough that they are contributing. Thanks for sharing.

      Pawpawwrites, thank you also. My girls really enjoy their businesses and the ability to control the money they make.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Excellent list of ideas for kids to try. Trying any of them will be a great learning experience.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I never paid my kids to do their usual household chores, but I would pay them for harder jobs like cleaning the windows and pulling weeds.

      You have given some great ideas; I especially like the one of selling plants. It is so easy to make cuttings of plants to root, then sell the plant.

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