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Ideas to Make Money for Kids

Updated on September 7, 2014

Ways for Kids to Make Money

It can be difficult to figure out how to make money for kids. Use the following ideas to make money for kids who aren't yet adults or aren't ready for a regular job. Kids can make money, but they have to be creative, determined, and entrepreneurial.I t's not as easy as putting in an application, because you are a kid who may not be old enough to work traditional jobs, or you may not be taken seriously. The following ideas for make money for kids can help supplement kids' allowance by giving you the opportunity to create money making opportunities.

Babysitting: Make Money as a Kid Babysitting Kids

As long as people are having babies, there will be a demand for babysitting. You, the older kid, can make money hanging out with younger kids. What you are selling is your time, energy, and responsibility.

The work is usually not too difficult, but that depends on what age of kids you will supervise. The conditions are usually quite good. Playing video games, watching televsion, etc. are common job responsibilities. Perks may include free food and watching free satellite/cable t.v. Pay can range from $3.00 an hour to $20.00 an hour depending on who's kids you are babysitting and how many of them there are.

Other related ways to make money for kids:

  • Pet sit (feed pets while people are on vacation)
  • House sit

Rake Leaves to Make Money as a Kid

When looking for yard work as a kid, realize that the seasons will determine what kind of work you will offer.
When looking for yard work as a kid, realize that the seasons will determine what kind of work you will offer.

Yard Work: Kids Make Money Doing Yard Work

If you are an able bodied kid, and you have neighbors who are aging, you can make money in the lucrative field of yard work. Borrow your parents lawnmower, rake, or snow shovel and head to the neighbors to make money working outside.

Yard work includes:

  • Mowing Yards
  • Raking Leaves
  • Trimming Hedges/Trees
  • Removing Snow
  • Planting Flowers
  • Spreading Mulch
  • and more...

Other related ways to make money for kids:

  • Wash Cars
  • Clean Houses
  • Clean Up Trash Around Businesses
  • Paint

Not Just Lemonade

With Ebay and Craigslist you can sell just about anything with a little help from parents.
With Ebay and Craigslist you can sell just about anything with a little help from parents.

Sell Things: Make Money Idea For Kids

Selling is no new strategy for making money. Traditional kid sales include selling lemonade on a hot day or selling candy bars for fund raisers. You do have more options now to make money as a kid selling items other ways. Here are some different ways kids can pull off sales as a way to make money.

Selling Can Include:

  • Lemonade Stand (Or Bottled Water)
  • Garage Sale (Get rid of clutter, and you get money from the sale)
  • Sell craft items you make, such as art, jewelry, candles, bird houses, etc.
  • Make and sell Greeting Cards

Type Things for Adults to Make Money

If you are a kid in today's world, you are probably better at typing than your elders.  A great way for kids to make money is to type things for adults who don't want to take the time.  Hire yourself out to type as someone dictates to you.  This could be good experience for any kid wanting to get into medical transcription later.

Make Money as a Kid Photographer

Take into account your experience and equipment when setting a price.
Take into account your experience and equipment when setting a price.

Take Pictures to Make Money as a Kid

Kids can make money as photographers. Professional photographers can be extremely expensive. Sometimes people throwing parties want someone to take pictures, but they don't have 2 or 3 grand to spend on a professional photographer. You can offer to take pictures for much less with a good digital camera and make plenty.

Offer $10.00-$15.00 an hour and be armed with plenty of memory so you can keep snapping off pictures. For a three hour gig you could easily make $50.00. You burn the files on a CD or DVD and the person who hired you keeps the rights to the photos, something that they normally wouldn't get. Traditionally, a photographer would charge for production or copying of the photos on top of an hourly rate.

Tips for making money as a kid as a photographer:

  • Invest in a good digital camera
  • Set up a website where you can showcase your work
  • Offer to do a few parties for free to get started
  • Constantly shoot pictures and choose the best later
  • Be reliable. Be prompt. Be flexible.

Tutor othe Kids to Make Money

Teach: A Way to Make Money for Kids

You have specialized knowledge as a kid that you may not realize you have. You probably know how to navigate a computer much better than an adult. You could easily tutor geometry after just taking the course.

You can teach musical instruments such as guitar. You make money teaching sports such as swimming. Or you can coach younger kids. All of these teaching jobs could beef up a resume or give you the skills to succeed in a regular job. Market your specialized knowledge at your school, sports clubs, library, or Craigslist.

Ideas to Make Money for Kids May Need Supervision

Whatever avenue of making money for kids you decide to pursue, you should have an adult help you with your money making.  Some of the ideas may not be safe without an adult helping you.  You, of course can also sign up with HubPages and make money writing hubs like this one.  You will need your parents to help you get signed up with AdSense if they will let you.  Just think how much money you could be making on HubPages by age 18 if you start at age 13.  The most important thing is to stay creative, determined, and willing.  You will find a way to make money for kids.


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      Pink apple 

      5 years ago

      I need some good ideas that I can do at home or something else that is easy to do

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      5 years ago

      i need something my parents will do please

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      6 years ago

      I washed 56 cars this summer at 5 dollars a piece making $280.00

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      6 years ago

      Imma pretty good photographer and my dad works at xerox, so he can print the pictures professionally, comes an idea!

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      6 years ago

      This will really help me. I'm an excellent photographer, and I have heaps of things I can sell! Thanks heps!

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      6 years ago

      this was very helpful

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      money for children 

      7 years ago

      these are great but it is unlikely that i'm gonna be a photograper at my age.

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      7 years ago

      these are all GREAT ideas! i especially enjoy the photographer one!!!!

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      Ideas to make money 

      8 years ago

      Kids are very creative and sometimes they have ideas that are better than any of these. On idea my cousin had when he was 8 was to wash cars at peoples houses in his neighborhood and to add a twist to it, he would put an air freshener and a gift in the car. It made him over $300,000 last year and that is only 5 years in to it.

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      Haydee Anderson 

      8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      sometimes its good to allow children to work to earn money so that they can learn the value of hardwork and earning for themselves at a young age.

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      8 years ago from Bay Area California

      Some very sound ideas here!


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