20 of the best ideas for how to make money as a kid in 2022

In-person ways to make money as a kid

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For younger kids, ages six and up, making money can be a little more difficult. But, most kids have a fantastic social media network to pull from. And they have their parents to back them up and help them find money-making opportunities.

Anything your child decides to do to make money should be run by you first. After all, kids can’t get to a lot of these odd jobs without their parents’ consent, or transportation.

  • Babysit. If your child is interested in babysitting even at the age of 10-12, then you, as the parent, can help find them babysitting gigs through your friends and neighbors. That way you are comfortable with the house your child will be left alone at. Sometimes what is needed is a mother’s or father’s helper, so your child would not even necessarily be alone.
  • Create a yard sale. Helping your kids go through their old clothes, shoes, and toys is a great way to help your kid make money. Have them set up a yard sale and whatever money they make they get to keep.
  • Have your kids work for your small business. If you are self-employed and have any tasks your children can help you with, then you can pay them to do so. The tasks can vary by age. But even younger children can help with things such as sorting and shredding mail.
  • Organize people’s stuff. If your 11 or 12-year-old child has an eye for organizing, then they may be able to offer this service to others. You’ll need to help them find people that will let them organize for them, with your assistance, of course.
  • Walk dogs. Walking dogs is something that most kids love doing, and most adults could use help with. Plus, if the two of you can do it together, then you both get some fresh air and exercise also.
  • Wash cars. If your child is younger, they can offer to wash the neighbor’s cars. Once they get older and can legally work with a work permit, some car washes might be willing to hire them.
  • Water plants. Help your child find families that are vacationing, work long hours, or are elderly and just could use a helping hand with their plants.
  • Yard work. Yard work is something most of us need help with regularly. If you are willing to loan out your yard equipment to your kids, then this could be a great money-making opportunity for them in your neighborhood. Not to mention, it’s just easy money. 
  • Selling t-shirts.  Designing and selling t-shirts together has never been easier than it is today. You don’t need a graphic designer and a screen printer anymore. There are plenty of websites geared towards creating your own t-shirts, marketing them, and selling them such as Shopify, Zazzle, Teespring, CafePress, and more.
  • Become a product flipper to their peers. One of my stepchildren has been flipping candy and shoes to his school and neighborhood peers. If your child has a good eye for a deal, then this may be a good money-making option for them.

Read more: How to make the most money from your garage sale

How to Make Money as a Kid in the Spring

Anyone who likes to golf knows that there are tons of golf courses out there. It’s not that hard to get a job as a caddy or part time employee at a golf course during the spring. You’ll have breaks while waiting for the next hole to be finished and you won’t be cold!

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Make money online selling your skills

A fun way to earn money as a kid is by using skills that potentially come naturally to them, but others are in desperate need of.

Using Fiverr, children from the ages of 13 can sell gigs from $5 up to thousands in 200 categories of freelance services.

Do you have a voice suitable to record voiceovers?

Maybe they can teach/train/coach someone else how to play a game online (yes, people pay for this), or maybe they are good at creating GIFs?

Businesses need people to help them with skills they don’t have, and it’s one untapped way for how to make money as a kid.

Technology

Movie Editing– Make wedding videos and edit movies for people. For more information go to How to Make Money as a Kid Editing Movies.

Graphic Design- Learn graphic design and do freelance work.

Sell VoIP Phone- VoIP phones can be set up for people’s home phone without a monthly payment.  It works through the Internet and works just as good as a landline.

Programming- Learn to program and create games, iPhone apps, and software to sell.

Helping Elderly Set Up Electronics- Elderly are usually don’t understand new technology.  Help them set up their TV, blue ray, computers, etc.

Digitalize Pictures- Many people have tons of photos in scrapbooks and boxes that are useless.  Scan them into the computer to make digital copies.

Make a Digital Scrapbook- Use Shutterfly to create quality digital scrapbooks for people.

Movie Conversion- Convert VHS and home videos to digital copies and DVDs.

DVD and Blue Ray Digitizing- Digitize DVDs and Blue Rays so they don’t get scratched, lost, or broken.  Get rid of the shelves of DVDs and put them in digital form so people can watch their movies on all their electronic devices.

Computer Maintenance and Repair– Computers always need to be updated, cleaned up so they run better.  Fix and offer maintenance for computers. Learn exactly how Mike, 13, fixes computers to make money.

Fix and Re-sell TVs and Computer Monitors- Collect old TVs and computer monitors, fix them and resell them.

Video Game Rental- Rent out all your video games to friends for a fee.

Video Rental- Rent out all your videos and DVDs for friends and neighbors for a fee.

Pet sitting

Similarly to looking after plants and flowers, you can make money as a kid feeding pets. 

Don’t just think of a dog or cat who are at home alone for long periods of time.

This could also be for pet owners of smaller animals like a goldfish, rabbit or hamster.

The Benefits of Teens Getting a Job

Starting at age fourteen in the United States, teenagers can get a job with limited hours. While the initial draw of a job is to make money, there’s a long list of other life skills, education, and perspective teens gain.

In fact, college admissions officers told Quartz that applicants who hold jobs over the summer are far more enticing than those who volunteer at an orphanage in India or interned on Wall Street.

According to Susan Warner, an independent college counselor in New York City:

Colleges will forever find holding a job more attractive, and far sexier than going to Costa Rica to build houses and surf in the afternoons,”

Jobs, especially the mundane, unimpressive kind, can expose kids to different mindsets and social classes. And unlike volunteer travel, kids need to work to not only obtain but also retain a job – a good lesson for kids to learn before launching a career. Other benefits of having a job include:

  • learning how to fill out an application and be interviewed
  • possibly experience rejection (if application isn’t accepted)
  • the experience of being managed and directed by a boss
  • possibly gaining exposure to different mindsets and social classes (i.e. privileged kids working minimum wage)
  • being given the responsibility to follow a schedule that neither the teen nor their parents designed
  • experiencing boredom at work
  • learning the appropriate way to interact with co-workers and customers

When can you start teaching your kids about money?

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When kids are toddlers, they are extremely inquisitive and have a strong desire to learn. It is also during this timeframe that they begin to strongly mirror your behavior.

So, it makes sense to begin introducing them to the idea of money when they are in this frame of mind. Around this age, I began teaching my children about money a few different ways:

  • Taking them to the grocery store to look at the price tags.
  • Having them tell me how many fingers something costs.
  • Showing them the different ways you can pay for groceries (credit/debit card, cash, check, EBT card).
  • Buying a play cash register and plastic food to have a pretend grocery shopping trip at home.

If you start with basic lessons and pretend play like this, then building on this financial foundation is much easier as your child ages.

Best Ways To Make Money Online for Older Teens

These money-making opportunities are best for teens that are a bit older because they require some know-h0w, maturity and the ability to make good decisions to be successful. 

16. Running Errands

Running errands for people typically requires a driver’s license, so that’s why this is suggested for older teens. However, if you’re willing to play chauffeur, a younger child could also make money doing this. Your child could pick up items from various stores, drop off mail or packages at the post office, pick up or drop off dry cleaning or any number of other things people need to be done. 

17. Tutoring

If your older teen is particularly good at a subject, such as math or English, he or she may find there’s money to be made as a tutor. Tutoring opportunities can be found among their peers or even for younger children who live in your neighborhood. 

18. Teaching Music Lessons

If your child is musically talented and can teach others the skills of playing an instrument, teaching music lessons could be very lucrative. As long as your child has a lesson plan for each session, follows through with it and gives his or her students instructions for practicing, charging $20 per hour wouldn’t be a stretch. 

19. Teaching Cheerleading Lessons

If your teen is skilled at cheerleading, he or she may find an opportunity to teach other aspiring cheerleaders what she knows. Your teen could give individual lessons for an hourly fee or charge a one-time fee for a cheerleading workshop that lasts a few days. 

20. Teaching Sports Lessons

While being good at sports does come easier to those with natural talent, there are also plenty of skills that come into play. And if your child is excellent at a certain sport, there’s money to be made. Again, he or she can choose to give individual lessons at an hourly rate or charge a one-time fee for a workshop that covers skills needed for a specific sport. 

21. Selling Used Clothes

If your child is a fashionista of sorts or insists on wearing only the best brands, selling used clothing items could help turn a profit. Online community marketplaces could be good places to sell, or you could help them sell their items via your account on eBay. 

Note that if your child wants to sell clothes on an online clothing resale platform, like Poshmark, age requirements apply. Your child needs to be over the age of majority in your state of residence to open an account on Poshmark, but you might be able to facilitate the sales for them if they aren’t.

22. Mowing Lawns

Mowing lawns is one of the best ways for kids to make extra money during the summer. Everyone wants a nice-looking yard, but not everyone has the time or the desire to mow their lawn once or twice a week.

But it’s not just a great side hustle — it can also turn into a pretty good business model. If they do a good job, then they could start building up a base of repeat customers. And you can help them advertise their services on social media or in a neighborhood Facebook group.

And kids don’t just have to limit their servicing to mowing. They can also rake leaves, trim bushes and offer other types of yard work.

23. Babysitting

Babysitting is a staple for teens who are looking for ways to make money. Teens can start by spending an hour or two babysitting for a family friend. For instance, your teenager could babysit your neighbor’s kids after school a few days a week.

And as they gain more experience, babysitting can turn into a pretty lucrative gig. According to Sittercity, the national hourly rate for babysitters is $16.50 per hour. However, babysitting does come with a lot of responsibility, and it’s not going to be the right choice for everyone.

24. Taking Online Surveys

Taking online surveys is one of the easiest ways to earn a little extra money online. Users share their opinions and provide feedback that helps companies build better products and services. But there are age requirements. For example, although Swagbucks will allow users as young as 13,  Survey Junkie only allows kids who are at least 16 years old to share their opinions. Your kids can earn points that they can redeem through gift cards or cash for every survey they complete.

25. Blogging

If your kids are naturally very creative and enjoy writing, then they could make money blogging. How much money you make as a blogger will largely depend on the amount of traffic you have come to your website.

It will take time to build a following and make a name for yourself as a blogger. But if you go into it with a plan, then blogging can be very lucrative.

3 Ways Kids Can Earn Money Through Blogging:

  1. Ads: You can sign up for Google Adsense or other ad networks. After placing the ads on your site, you’ll make a little bit of money each time someone clicks on the link.
  2. Affiliate marketing: In affiliate marketing, you’re essentially paid to promote another company’s products or services. You’ll earn a small commission for every sale that company makes.
  3. Sponsored posts: And finally, a company may pay you to write a post promoting their product or service on your website.

How Kids Who Love to Cook Can Make Money

Do you have a kid who loves to spend time in the kitchen? There are many ways kids with culinary talent can make money – selling either their creations or helping others learn how to cook or throw a party.

The following is a list of ways kids who love to cook can make money:

  • Sell baked goods at farmers markets, fairs, etc.: This is a classic way to make money but be sure to check local health laws before preceding.
  • Baking cookies, cupcakes, and making candy during the holidays: Cookies and candy are in high demand during the holidays. Customers will mostly like want to buy them for parties or gifts.
  • Serving food at parties: Caters sometimes need extra staff to serve food during parties.
  • Making jams and jellies: This summertime treat could be sold throughout the year if canned properly.
  • Write a cookbook: Even kids can write cookbooks! And publishing has never been easier with online tools and services.
  • Begin a cooking blog for kids: Blogging can be lucrative once you have enough traffic and pageviews to earn money from advertising.
  • Offer cooking classes for other kids: Classes could be run out of your home during the summer, after school, or during school breaks
  • Sell garden produce: Start a garden and sell the bounty! It could be as easy as setting up a stand at the end of your driveway.
  • Bake pet treats: Pet owners pay large sums on their pets and many would love to give their dogs or cats gourmet treats.

To see this list with detailed descriptions click: How Kids Who Love to Cook Can Make Money

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  1. Mr. ThriftyMr. Thrifty says

    Our kids love dogs, and we are going to encourage them to start a dog walking business as soon as they’re able. That one was Mrs. Thrifty’s idea, and I fully support it!

    • Eric @ High Five DadEric @ High Five Dad says

      Absolutely! I really think understanding money and how business works at an early age will be so beneficial to my two boys.

Top Ways For Kids To Make Money

Some of these ways for kids to make money are easy, some require some more thought.

Walking the dog doesn’t take much thought, setting up an account selling online needs a little more thinking put into it.

Whatever ways you and your kids decide to try, there’s money to be made and you can get started today!

Making Money By Gaming

Gaming can make some decent money for older kids these days.

Research it properly and make sure you know what your kids doing online, but if your child’s a keen gamer, there are ways they could turn this hobby into some extra cash.

Twitch is popular with older kids and we have a whole post here on how to make money on Twitch.

We’ve got a complete guide here to get them started making money by gaming if it’s something they’re interested in!

Feeding The Neighbours Pets

Making money as a kid at home is a great place to start. Most of us have neighbours right?

While we don’t want younger kids wandering the neighbourhood, you child could offer their services to close neighbours you already know.

Pet sitting while their owners are away could be a great way to earn some extra money, and you could always be on hand to supervise!

Plant Watering For Neighbours

As with feeding neighbours pets, watering gardens in warm weather and houseplants year round is another good way to start the kids off earning some pocket-money.

Maybe you could help them put a rate card together and put it through a few neighbours doors!

Babysitting

For older kids, the classic side hustle of babysitting is a brilliant way to get some pretty decent cash in.

Getting a Red Cross Baby & Child first aid training is a brilliant idea and will make your baby sitting services much more appealing to parents.

It costs £37.50 but will put you head and shoulders above others looking to get babysitting work in your area.

Once qualified, baby sitting tend to spread by word of mouth….parents will recommend you to other parents and your kids might just be inundated with work!

Grocery Shopping

Many of our neighbours, especially the elderly ones, find it really hard to get to the shops. Helping out once in a while is brilliant, but lots of people will pay for a more regular arrangement.

Could your kids start grocery shopping locally for an elderly neighbour. Perhaps they need a regular delivery of the basics: milk, bread and the paper maybe?

Maybe your close neighbours know of someone looking for this type of service. Ask around….you might be surprised at the response!

House Chores

We always gave our kids small chores to do around our house. Nothing heavy, just helping load and unload the dishwasher, carry ironing upstairs etc…and of course, keeping bedrooms tidy!

What about upping their chores and paying them to help you out? Talk to them about the things they think they might be able to help you with. Could your teen use the iron well? Smaller ones put the laundry on?

Come up with a list of chores and their fees, the kids make some cash and you get some help. Winner 🙂

3 life skills your kids can learn from making money online

Starting an online business isn’t only great for your kids being able to contribute to their education fund or save up for that new gaming console, but they’ll also learn some pretty cool life lessons along the way.

1. Business 101

On the most practical level, the best way to learn how a business operates is by running your own. No matter if your child decides to sell homemade jewellery online, or make slime on their own YouTube channel, they’ll have the opportunity to learn about what it costs to run a business and how profit margins work. It’ll also give them the opportunity to think about how they want to brand themselves, analyze the marketplace, and how to finance their startup costs.

2. Forge their own career path

The traditional career path has gone the way of MySpace, and today more and more small businesses are popping up in Canada. Kids who run their own business online learn that a job opportunity is what you make it. They’re more likely to be confident in taking risks, or try different careers without worrying about settling on one job for their adult life. After all, who says you can’t create makeup YouTube tutorials and help solve the global water crisis?

3. Develop communication skills

The average kid is already a pretty good sales person. Any parent who has argued back-and-forth about a later bedtime would agree. But when kids run their own business, it takes those negotiation skills to another level. Now they’re in the real world learning to deal with customers, how to communicate effectively, and even how to negotiate on price.

Things Your Kids Can Do to Make Money: Ages 12-14

Kids in this age group can do everything from the younger age group and more…

65. House sit while people are out of town – Water plants, get the mail, etc.

66. Clean houses.

67. Organic Pest Control – Learn how to use diatom

67. Organic Pest Control – Learn how to use diatomaceous earth and essential oils to get rid of pests.

68. Clean carpets – Rent or buy a carpet cleaner and clean carpets.

69. Power wash homes.

70. Make YouTube videos – Make YouTube videos and get paid for advertising by becoming a YouTube partner.

71. Podcast – Start a podcast, gain a following, and get sponsors.

72. Hang Christmas lights.

73. Babysit smaller children.

74. Become a Mom Assistant – Moms need help with a bunch of tasks around the house.

75. Give music lessons.

76. Teach someone how to use a computer – Older people often have trouble learning basic computer skills.

77. Help elderly people set up electronics.

78. Become a photography assistant.

79. Do people’s nails.

80. Edge driveways and sidewalks and weed-whack.

81. Chop and sell firewood to campers.

82. Edit movies – Edit home videos for people on your computer, or offer to put still photos into a movie for a special event.

83. Convert movies from VHS to digital or DVD.

84. Teach the visual arts – Tutor others in drawing, painting, or computer art programs.

85. Tutor other students in school subjects – Do you excel at reading, English, writing, math, science, or some other subject?

86. Teach a foreign language.

87. Give swim Lessons.

88. Assist coaching a sports team.

89. DJ for a local wedding or event.

90. Start a band or quartet to perform for special events. 

91. Become a secretary/personal assistant.

92. Make and sell PVC potato guns.

93. Cook food for a party or event. If you’re handy in the kitchen use the skills. Bake cakes, cookies, appetizers, or other foods for individuals hosting parties or larger events.

94. Run a door-hanger service – Often local busine

94. Run a door-hanger service – Often local businesses need to hang flyers on doors in the neighborhood.

95. Cut hair.

96. Make and sell baby-wearing wraps.

97. Knit or crochet blankets, hats, or scarves to sell.

98. Virtual Assistant for a blogger. Many bloggers look for individuals to help them with odd blogging tasks.

99. Clean animal feeders and animal stalls at a local small farm.

100. Trim hooves of larger animals.

101. Feed, water, and brush larger farm animals. 

What did we miss? Add your great money-making ideas for kids in the comments below!

I’d love to hear of more things your kids can do to make money. Give me some more ideas in the comments.

How To Make Money Fast As A Kid

Making money as a kid is often something that requires some pretty immediate results.

It’s all good and well teaching your kids about saving, but there are times when there’s a new game, toy or movie out and kids want to earn some money fast. Lots of these ways will give the kids some almost instant money, and if it’s fast cash your kids are after, performing a service, dog walking or lawn mowing for example, will bring the fastest cash.

Kids making money online is a great way for your kids to get a small business going, but it’s not especially fast, so it’s a good idea if your kids looking to make money, that they set up a couple of income streams, one for fast cash right now and another for a more passive longer term stream.

How can you get a job at 12 years old?

If you are 12 you can’t get a normal job. However, if you think a little outside the box there are plenty of jobs even for 12 year olds. Here are some of the best jobs for 12 year olds.

1. Personal Assistant/Secretary

Independent contractors or business people always have tons of busy work to get done. Do secretarial work for them.

2. Billing and Collections 

Many small businesses constantly need to do billing and collections.  Send out their bills and help collect payments.

3. Photographer Assistant

Partner up with a family photographer and get kids to smile and look at the camera charge the photographer a fee.

4. Refereeing

Cities always have local sports games.  Referee them for money.

5. Book Repairer

Elementary teachers have tons of kid books that get torn and colored on.  Offer to clean and fix their books. Learn how here.

6. Door Hanger

Local businesses need to advertise. Offer to hang flyers on home doors around the business.

7. Rent-a-Friend. 

Give companionship to older or handicap people, play games and talk to them and read books.

Make and Sell Soap– You can make and sell soap to your neighbors, online or at a local boutique shop. Learn how to make soap for kids.

Make and Sell Crafts- Look on Pinterest and find crafts to make and sell at boutiques.

Vinyl Letters- Set up a service to go to homes and print vinyl letters for moms decorating their homes.

Custom Home Decorations- Make home decorations and sell them at boutiques.

Re-purpose Furniture- Collect old furniture and paint it and resell for a higher price.

Baby Hair Bows- Make and sell baby hair bows to boutiques.

Dog Houses- Make and sell doghouses.

Chicken Tractors- Make and sell chicken tractors, which are portable chicken coops.

Boffer Weapons- Make play weapons out of PVC and foam and sell them at a city event or to friends.  You can make swords, PVC bows, shields, spears, etc.

Potato Guns- Make and sell PVC potato guns.

Bread- Bake and deliver homemade bread to neighbors.

Knitting- Knit blankets, hats and scarves and sell them at local flea markets or to boutiques.

Card Making- Make and sell cards at boutiques.

Car Seat Canopy- Make and sell car seat canopies to boutiques or on craigslist.

Moby Wrap- Make and sell Moby wraps to moms at boutiques or on craigslist.

Aprons- Make and sell aprons at local boutiques or on craigslist.

Holiday Decorations- Make and sell holiday decorations.

Wash Cloth Travel Carrier- Make washcloth travel carriers that carry toothpaste and tooth brushes to boutiques.

Christmas Tree Skirts- Make and sell Christmas tree skirts during Christmas time.

Christmas Stockings- Make and sell Christmas stockings during Christmas time.

Bags and Purses- Make and sell bags and purses at local boutiques or on craigslist.

Duck Tape Wallets- Make and sell duck tape wallets to friends.

Baby Homemade Kitchen- Re-purpose old entertainment centers into baby play kitchens.

Wreaths- Make and sell wreaths to decorations shops.

Subway Art- Make and sell subway art.

Earring Holder- Make and sell earring holders out of picture frames and wire.

Bow Holder- Make and sell baby bow holders.

Paper-Mâché Letters- Make and sell papier-mâché letters to boutiques or decoration shops.

Kitchen Towels- Sow a strap and button on dishtowels to hang from kitchen stoves and sell them at boutiques.

Re-Finishing- Buy and re-finish lampshades, bookshelves, nightstands, bed frames, picture frames and sell them.

Customer Planners- Make custom planners for people.

Decorative Pillows- Make and sell decorative pillows at boutiques.

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