One day, your child will need to earn a living. Kids can get an edge on the work world by starting early. In doing so, they will gain valuable experience working with different people, learning about managing money, having some money to spend once they get older, or saving for college.
A lemonade stand, mowing lawns, babysitting, and doing odd jobs are popular ways kids can earn money while learning important life skills.
But first, ask yourself, is your child ready to work? Do they have the time, and it won’t interfere with their school work? If they are ready, then here are some ideas for kids to make money.
If your child likes younger kids, then a babysitter is a popular choice. Parents often need a good and reliable babysitter to watch their kids. This position can be even expanded into a babysitting service, by joining together a group of people who can offer babysitting services to all the parents in the neighborhood.
A parent's helper is similar to a babysitter. However, if your child is too young to babysit on their own, then a job helping parents is a good opportunity. They can help watch someone’s kids, assist with feeding, playing, or doing chores around the house. Later, once your child is older, they would likely have gained some references for regular babysitting work.
Instead of a parent's helper, your child could simply do house cleaning. There are many chores that would be suitable such as vacuuming, dusting, etc.
Everyone is familiar with the old-fashioned lemonade stand. Of course, this is a seasonal business, depending on your location. During other times of the year, it could be a warm apple cider business — but be careful if your child needs to handle hot items. Also, try selling coffee, donuts, snack bags, or other food items. If possible, set up a booth at a local community fair or sale if allowed.
In addition to food, there is the possibility of selling other types of items. Is your child good at crafts? Then have them make their own artwork to sell. Sometimes, a combination of food and items makes a good business.
Car washing is a needed service in many communities. Have your child get together with a few friends to offer to wash local cars. As an addition to this business, they can sell items mentioned in the lemonade stand section above while people wait for their car to be washed. See what other professional car washes charge in your area, and price the services competitively.
If you child enjoys animals, then try an animal caretaker business. This might involve walking dogs, dog washing, or general grooming.
If a neighbor is taking a trip or vacation, then taking care of their house and/or pets may be an opportunity. This may include watering plants, and any other chores they may need.
Cutting grass, weeding, trimming, planting flowers, and other landscaping jobs are abundant. Scan the neighborhood for homes that need landscaping services. In the spring, offer to plant flowers or do winter clean-up.
In the wintertime, many people need to have their driveways or sidewalks shoveled. This job works best when a group of kids can work together shoveling several houses. Create a business, and make arrangements to shovel people's houses before the snowstorm.