Last Updated: August 25, 2020 | By Jon Dulin
I can fondly remember growing up, trying to figure out how to make money as a kid.
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!
Most of my friends were also interested in making money.
As I’ve gotten older, I realize that many kids today are just like I was then. They are looking to make some extra money.
Luckily, times have changed since I was a kid.
There are many more ways for kids to make money today than there were when I was a kid, mainly thanks to technology.
Therefore, I present 53 ways for kids to make money.
Let’s face it, kids want money so they can buy things, and teaching them the value of working for money is a great lesson for them to learn.
The ideas I list below cover a lot of different areas and are good for all ages, from little kids to teenagers.
I created the list this way so there is something on here for every kid.
I also broke the ideas up so you can easily find the best ideas for your kids to start earning money.
With that said, let’s get started with 53 easy ways to earn money as a kid!
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Easy Ways To Make Money As A Kid
#1. Start A Lemonade Stand
This is the classic example when thinking of how to get money as a kid.
It is also one of the first business ideas most kids think of when it comes to making money.
Just buy some packets of lemonade, get a pitcher of water, some plastic cups, a chair, and hang out by the road.
Of course, having a sign also helps as does setting up on a street that has some decent traffic.
You could even add in a food product as well to make some additional money.
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 and pretzels with a glass of lemonade.
I’ve also seen some kids skip the lemonade and just sell bottles of water.
And if you really want to get inventive, find high traffic areas to boost your visibility and income.
For example, maybe you have a friend who lives on a main road.
Over Memorial Day weekend when there are a lot of yard sales, you could set up a stand and make money from all the shoppers.
So there are multiple tips in one!
#2. Mother’s Helper
If you aren’t old enough to babysit or don’t want to be alone with kids, you can offer to become a mother’s helper.
In this role you can play with kids while the parents are making dinner or doing things around the house.
This is a big help as the parents won’t have to constantly keep an eye on their kid and they can save a little money by not hiring a full-fledged babysitter.
You can get jobs this way through Facebook babysitting groups as well as word of mouth.
I would love if someone advertised this in my neighborhood.
We have 2 little ones and there are weekends when my wife and I are trying to do yard work and other house projects.
Since the kids can’t be left unattended, one of us usually ends up paying more attention to them instead of getting some work done.
Even just a couple of hours would allow us to get a lot more work done.
#3. Help A Neighbor Clean Up Leaves
The bane of many homeowners is leaf collection every fall.
You can help neighbors pick up their leaves, saving them time and headaches.
You could have them collect the leaves in one area and then you could rake and put them into bags.
If you are old enough, you might be able to use a leaf blower to pile them up and then collect them yourself or even use a lawn mower with a bag attachment.
#4. House Sit When On Vacation
If you have neighbors that are going on vacation, you can help them by house sitting their home while they are away.
You can do this by picking up their mail, packages or newspaper or even putting their trash out to be picked up.
Some people might just want you to stop by each day to make sure there aren’t any issues with their house.
If you are old enough you could take this one step further and stay at the house if they don’t live within walking distance.
#5. Water Plants
One of the best ways for younger kids to make money is to water plants.
Go around to houses in your neighborhood and see if they have any plants that need watering.
They may have planted new flowers or a garden that needs watering every night.
After a long day at work, they might not feel like doing it.
If they have indoor plants, you can offer to water them after school, saving your neighbors time.
#6. Walk Pets
Another way for younger kids to earn money is to walk your neighbor’s pets.
If your neighbors get home late from work, you could stop in after school or anytime during the summer and let Fido out and take him for a walk.
And don’t think it stops with dogs.
While you can’t walk a cat or a fish or bird, you can still check in on them, feed them and maybe play with them for a bit.
People see their pets as part of the family so they are willing to pay to make them feel special.
#7. Pet Sit
If your neighbors are going away and don’t need you to house sit, you could offer to pet sit.
The fee you charge might be less than a kennel and they will be able to stay in their own house and not be stuck in a cage.
Just be sure to feed, water, walk and play with them a few times a day and you should be on your way to making some extra money.
#8. Help A Neighbor Pull Weeds
During spring and summer, helping out with pulling weeds can be a job neighbors are willing to pay for.
It is tough work for adults, especially those with a bad back, to pull weeds and having a young, able bodied kid do the work is something they would consider.
To make the work easier, you can create a homemade weed killer.
The most expensive item will be the sprayer, but you can get a good one on Amazon.
The only other things you need are the ingredients. They include vinegar, dish soap, and salt.
Mix as follows:
- 1 gallon vinegar
- 1 cup salt
- 1 tablespoon dish soap
Once you have your mixture, start spraying!
For best results, spray in the late morning on a sunny day so the sun can help kill the weeds.
Most weeds will start to wilt by late afternoon. Stubborn weeds will need a second spraying.
If you go this route, be sure to tell your neighbors you are using environmentally friendly and pet safe weed killer.
They will be happy to know there is no danger to anyone in their family.
#9. Resell Golf Balls
Another clever way to make money is to resell golf balls.
If you live near a golf course, you can make out like a bandit with this one.
Just spend some time in the woods looking for lost golf balls. Be sure to take a backpack with you so you can carry all the ones you find.
Take them home and throw out any with cuts on the cover or in poor condition. For the rest, clean them up with some soap and a tooth brush.
Finally, sort through them by brand.
Put the Nike balls together in one bag and the Noodles in another. Then go try to sell them to golfers at the course or even try to sell them online.
For reference, I buy second-hand balls like this all of the time at Wal-Mart. Golf balls are expensive and this saves me money.
For a 12 pack of balls, I pay close to $25 brand new.
Buying used costs me $10. And some new packs of balls cost $50 or more.
You can easily sell used versions for $20 and make good money.
#10. Trash Can Service
When your neighbors are away, you can help out by taking care of their trash.
You simply take out the trash the night before and put the trash cans back after the garbage man comes by.
You can even do this for people who are not on vacation. I know many people who would pay to have this done.
It is one less thing they have to remember to do every week.
#11. Mail Service
Related to the above is getting the mail.
While you can put a hold on your mail while on vacation, you still have to pick it up at the post office when you return.
In some cases, the post office will deliver all of the accumulated mail, but sometimes they won’t.
This is where you step in.
You can offer to pick up their mail instead of having people place a hold on it.
This is ideal especially on short trips people might take.
Another time you might get interest is around the holidays.
More and more people shop online and risk having their packages stolen by thieves driving around the neighborhood.
You could hold onto the package or put them in your neighbor’s garage or out back so people driving by won’t see the packages on the front porch.
And as with the trash can service, you can offer to pick up the mail on a daily basis too.
One of the best ways for older kids to make money is babysitting.
If you are old enough, responsible and enjoy kids, being a babysitter is a great option for you.
You can have your parents help get your name out there and even use Facebook babysitting groups or sittercity.com to find jobs.
The thing that is nice with babysitting is that you can do it year-round meaning you can always earn money.
And if you don’t have any experience babysitting, you can take a class offered by the Red Cross.
They will teach you everything you need to know. Doing this will only help you land some babysitting gigs.
#13. Wash Cars
Our cars cost us a lot of money and yet we neglect them all too often.
By simply washing them a couple times a month, you can preserve the shine and potentially get more money when you sell or trade in your car.
That is your business pitch when you go around to neighbors asking if they want to have their car washed.
All you need are two buckets, some car wash shampoo and microfiber towels. Here is a great starter kit from Amazon.
Once you get some experience, you can offer more services to increase sales.
Just make sure you take your time and do a great job so you can have repeat customers.
And as you get older, you can even start a mobile car detailing business.
#14. Shovel Driveways/Sidewalks
In the winter, you can make some good money by shoveling your neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk.
You might even want to reach out to local businesses too if they are nearby.
Bonus points if you are old enough to be able to operate a snow blower. This would make the job much easier and faster.
#15. Mow Lawns
If you enjoy being outdoors, you can start a lawn mowing service.
Depending on how your neighborhood is set up, you could use their mowers or use your parents.
In either case, you can earn a decent amount of money for a few hours of work.
And if you really want to make some money, recruit your friends.
You can mow one yard while a friend mow another.
You will get more lawns mowed and you can split the profits.
#16. Paper Route
Yes, people still read the newspaper and these newspapers need to be delivered.
If you enjoy getting up early in the morning, then this is an option for you.
You get assigned a route and go pick up the papers first thing in the morning and deliver them to customers.
In the old days, you would have to collect money too, but this is no longer the case.
Just deliver the newspaper and you are done.
How To Make Money From Home As A Kid
#17. Create Craft Jewelry
If you enjoy making crafts, you can turn this into a way to make some money.
There are many places you can sell your crafts, like at local fairs and bazaars, at consignment shops, even to friends at school.
You could also set up an online store with Etsy and make money online there.
And don’t forget about eBay and Craigslist too.
#18. Window Washer
In addition to helping out around the house mentioned earlier, you could offer to wash windows.
This would be best on first floors since you won’t have to worry about climbing a ladder, but washing the outside of windows is a chore most people overlook.
Bonus points if the house has new windows that tilt in. Then you can clean windows on the upper floors without needing a ladder.
It’s easy to do and looking out a perfectly clean window is a treat!
Just be sure to remember to clean out the sill too. That area tends to get really dirty!
#19. Price Comparison Shopper
I love this idea for how to make money at home as a kid.
Most people are stretched when it comes to free time.
But we still need to buy certain things. This is where you come in.
Become a price comparison shopper.
You have people tell you what they are looking for and then you go find the best price.
You can check out online prices at Amazon and Wal-Mart to start and then go from there.
Once you have the best price, report back to them and collect a small fee.
In addition to this, you may even offer to buy the item for them so they don’t have to order it.
Just add a few dollars to the total as your fee and make sure you let them know what your fee is.
And if you want to make extra money doing this, open up a free account on Rakuten.
You will earn cash back for purchases you make through the shopping portal, earning you even more money.
#20. Do Extra Chores
This is probably one of the easiest ways to earn money as a kid.
Just have a talk with your Mom and Dad about your chores.
Maybe you can work out a deal where you add in 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 make a few extra dollars each week.
But don’t think this means you can empty the trash cans twice a week instead of once a week and earn more money.
You have to find other chores to do.
For me, this included things like sweeping out the garage and helping to organize it or helping out with laundry.
The bottom line is, there is plenty to do around the house, so you should have no problem finding more chores to do.
#21. Spread Mulch
Another task you can do around the house is to spread mulch.
Most people lay fresh mulch in flower beds and around trees in the spring and fall, so this would be a perfect complement to any lawn mowing or leaf rake service you may offer.
Be sure to not limit yourself to just your house either.
Ask around to see if neighbors need help mulching as well.
#22. Do Yard Work
Taking the above point one step further, you could offer to help out with other yard work as well by picking up twigs, rake cut grass, and more.
The options are almost endless as everyone has some yard work they have been meaning to get to.
They may be willing to pay you just so they can get it done.
#23. Wash Bikes
Just like washing cars for your neighbors, you can wash bikes for your friends and neighbors.
Washing a bike will take you a lot less time than a car, so you could make a good deal of money.
Bonus points if a neighbor of yours is an avid bike rider.
You might be able to talk them into telling their riding buddies about your service.
While they come over to drink a beer with your neighbor, you can wash their bike.
For an added bonus, learn how a bike works and you can offer tune ups as well for a small fee.
It is easy to tune a bike and you can learn how by watching some videos on YouTube.
#24. Home Cook
If you like to cook, you can offer to cook meals for people.
I know there are times when I come home from work and the last thing I want to do is cook dinner.
While I do sometimes spend a Sunday cooking for the week, it would be nice to have some fresh meals and not have to do the cooking.
To get started, figure out what recipes you can easily make and put them on your menu of options.
Then find customers who want a good, home cooked meal.
#25. Digitize Photos
A smart way for how to make money fast as a kid is by digitizing photos.
Many adults have old photos lying around the house or in photo albums.
For many, these photos are their only copy and if they would lose them, it would be heartbreaking.
You can help out by turning these photos into digital prints.
All you need is a computer and a printer that scans. Thanks to technology, you can get a good scanner for a lot less than you might think.
Here is a perfect example of a…