Ways to make money as a kid at homeWhen I was a kid, after school, I just went outside and played with my friends. When I hit 15, I started throwing newspapers (a brutal, thankless, and painfully low-earning job). Then I moved to dishwasher and finally fast food. The world kids live in these days is different. Many kids have smartphones, social media accounts, and can spend hours playing games online or watching videos of their friends. And while that might seem mindless and pointless, it actually gives kids a huge advantage in understanding technology, how to use it for marketing skills, and how they can use the internet to their advantage. The world we live in today is also expensive. So kids naturally are looking for ways to make a few bucks on the side to pay for that new iPhone, laptop, or pair of shoes. In this article, we're looking at a wide variety of jobs, and in many cases, I break them out by age range to make it easy to find the results you want quickly. We'll also look at both virtual jobs and physical jobs as each requires different skills, timeframes, and produce different monetary results. Kids should always make sure to check with parents before taking on any job or side hustle.
Best ways to make money as a kidSome of the things I cover here are all fairly physical tasks; no harm in that. But they also involve going to stranger's homes, which can be concerning for us parents. They are great to make fast cash where you get paid on the spot. But for an ambitious kid with a more long-term view, here are some better options:
1. Start a YouTube Channel
YouTube is free to join. If you can get views, then you can get subscribers. If you can get subscribers and viewers, then you can run ads on your YouTube channel. I even know of cases where kids under age 10 are making MILLIONS from their YouTube channels! You can get started with nothing but a cell phone and something to say. The trick is coming up with interesting or engaging content and publishing regularly on a set schedule. The good news is YouTube makes it easy to upload videos and schedule them for posting at a later date and time.
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2. Start a websiteMy websites (I have 4) make me almost $6,000/month currently, and I plan to step away from my day job completely in 2020 and go full-time. While I've been blogging consistently since 2016, my real traction didn't really start until I got all my mistakes out of the way and started really focusing on the important stuff in early 2019. I have a very detailed post on how to make money blogging, including a step-by-step guide. So just click the link to read that now on my site.
3. Can kids make money from Instagram?Well, Mila Stauffer currently has 358,000 followers on Instagram, and she's not even 4 years old yet! Obviously her account is run by her parents, but she gets sponsorships from MAJOR companies like Tylenol. But she's far from alone or unique. TONS of kids have Instagram accounts and there are boatloads of influencers on there with huge followings.
How to make money as a kid fast and easySometimes we just need some quick cash. For kids, that could be to buy a cool new game all their friends have, or the latest craze going around the halls (does anyone remember fidget spinners?) In these cases, we don't want an online business that takes time to grow, so it's time to get down to business as simple as possible. These jobs are not online or social media-based, these require a little bit of elbow grease. The good news is you can use social media apps to your advantage in getting some of these jobs. Back in the day, kids didn't have the ability to post for work on apps like NextDoor or Facebook. No; we walked from door to door. So make sure to take advantage of that even for physical jobs as it can take a LOT of the legwork out of finding customers. That way you or your child can focus purely on doing the jobs and making the money. Because the jobs vary significantly based on the age of the child, I've broken out some of these jobs by age range to make it easier to find the perfect options for your needs.
Money making tips for kids ages 7-9Ages 7-9 can be a tough age for young entrepreneurs as some of the options I talk about later in this article just aren't appropriate for this age range. Luckily, there are some though that are perfect for 7 to 9-year-olds!
1. Next level lemonade stand
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Fresh-baked cookies, muffins, or other snacks
- Offer a sugar-sweetened version and a stevia-sweetened version for those avoiding sugar
2. Rake LeavesKids love leaf piles, but you know what's even better? Making money from those leaves. This job is more of a fall job (or a spring job if they didn't rake before winter). So it's not a year-round thing. But I HATE raking leaves. If some kid came to my house offering to do it for $20 bucks, I'd gladly hand him or her my money. All you need is a rake to get started, but don't forget to pitch their service on your neighborhood Facebook group or NextDoor app. Just for safety reasons, if it's not someone you know or right on your block, it might be best to go with them at this age.
3. Water plants during vacationsSooner or later, everyone goes on vacation. Everyone takes at least 1 vacation each year, and 28% of us take 3 or more vacations each year. You can see all the stats, including why southern states are twice as likely as northern states to vacation, in a recent article. Almost everyone owns plants, and even for those that don't, if it's a summer vacation and they don't have a sprinkler system, they will most likely want their yard watered. So it's a great opportunity to make some cash watering for your vacationing neighbors and they get the added security of someone being at their house and would-be thieves seeing activity.
Money making tips for kids ages 9-12
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1. Have a garage saleMost of us adults don't have the patience to run a garage sale, so we often end up just taking otherwise valuable stuff to Goodwill when, with a little time and patience, we could turn that junk into $50-100 (or more). So for an ambitious kid and some willing parents, you can scour your house for unwanted stuff and turn that into cash in just a few short hours of your time. Garage sales work best doing them the following way:
- Round up everything in your house that no one uses and sell it (with permission, of course)
- Any clothing that hasn't been worn in a year or more is also a perfect choice
- Have it both Sat & Sun morning
- Plan to start early - 7 am or 8 am at the latest
- Put out signs in your neighborhood at major intersections (just a few words, clearly written, with arrows)
- Post on NextDoor and neighborhood Facebook pages
- Have plenty of ones and fives on hand to make change
- A metal cash box (and a 2nd set of eyes to watch it) works even better
- Have a price on EVERYTHING (sharpie on masking tape works great)
- Be prepared to negotiate and haggle on prices
- Don't price things too high; this isn't eBay
2. Walk dogsDog owners LOVE their dogs. And unlike cats who are more than happy to lounge around the house all day, dogs need love, affection, and walks to burn off energy. Chances are you have DOZENS of neighbors who own dogs and sooner or later, they will all go out of town for a day or 2. Others might be willing to pay you every day for short walks. While you can go around and knock on doors, you could also sign up for Rover. Rover is a nationwide network connecting dog walkers like you with people who want their dogs walked. It's just that simple.
3. Help seniors with tasks around the houseThe elderly who still live at home sometimes struggle with some tasks around the house. That could be some touch-up painting, leaf raking, changing cat boxes, or even such mundane tasks as emptying the dishwasher or sweeping and mopping.
How can a tween make money fast?Some jobs also pay quickly and just require a little elbow grease, but aren't quite right for younger kids. So for kids ages 9-13, these are some good options:
1. Mow lawnsGot a lawnmower and maybe a weedeater or leafblower? That's all you need to charge $20 for a front lawn or maybe $35-50 for front and back. Most lawns might take an hour, so $20 bucks an hour isn't bad! The work is seasonal, of course, so this won't be consistent money all year, but at the right time of year, this is great for quick money.
2. Offer to care for other pets when the owners are out of townBeyond dogs, when anyone with a pet, be it a cat, snake, hamster, birds, or anything else, they too are going to need someone they can trust to feed and water them while they are out of town. Again, chances are most of your neighbors have a pet or 3, so go door to door, put up flyers, or post in your neighborhood Facebook group or in the NextDoor app.
3. Wash WindowsMost of us love a clean house. BUT, most of us never get around to cleaning our windows until they are filthy! Even those neighbors of yours who have a housekeeper probably find that their maid doesn't do windows. But window cleaning is surprisingly fast and easy (just ask any window tint shop). All you need is some glass cleaner and paper towels. Take it to the next level with a squeegee and you're set. Sprayway World's Best Glass Cleaner (click to see the current price on Amazon) is literally rated the highest of all glass cleaners on Amazon and comes with free shipping!
How can a teenager make money fast?Some jobs just aren't quite right for those under 13. So here are some great options for ages 13 and up that are WAY better than throwing newspapers as I did:
1. Detail carsEveryone loves a clean car. But those of us with kids know that keeping a car clean on the inside is a tall order. So, start a car wash and detailing business with a few price tiers.
Maybe a basic wash for $10 bucks, but throw in a basic clean on the inside (vacuum and Armor-All wipe down) for $35, or an all-out sparkle clean where you really detail, spot clean carpets, and upholstery for $50. Chances are you get get a few repeat neighbor customers who hire you every 1-4 weeks. As with the above, go door to door, put up flyers, or post in your neighborhood Facebook group or in the NextDoor app. Make things easy with the Armor All Premier Car Care Kit (click to see the current price on Amazon Prime)! Great reviews and star rating, free Prime shipping, and comes with everything you need; wash pads, air fresheners, glass cleaner, tire, shine, original protectant, wax, and more! CLICK HERE TO SEE IT ON AMAZON
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2. Clean rain guttersIf you have a leaf blower and a ladder, you can make fairly easy money going to all your neighbor's houses who have rain gutters and offer to clean them out. This works great in fall before the winter sets in, and again in spring before the rainy season starts (since clogged gutters are no fun when it's pouring). Being on the ladder, you'll want a leaf blower that's lightweight. Since you'll be at someone else's house, you also don't want an electric blower since you don't know where the nearest outlet will be. Plus the cord will be a hassle on the ladder. Gas blowers are smelly, noisy and require a lot of maintenance. Enter the 3.5 lb battery powered leaf blower from WORX (click to see the current price on Amazon Prime)! It's the #1 leaf blower in the new release category, but has already gotten tons of awesome reviews and has a near-perfect star rating. And it's currently under $100 bucks! CLICK HERE TO SEE IT ON AMAZON
3. BabysittingThe age-old job teens have been doing since the dawn of time. I did it too in my teens (and now as a dad, lol). But unlike when I did it, you can make decent money at it these days. Many teens who babysit make $10 an hour for 1 kid. Don't be afraid to ask for more if they have multiple kids (especially pre-k age who can be a little challenging, up to $20 an hour or more is totally reasonable in those cases. For worn-out parents just looking to catch a break, they'll be more than happy to pay. Charge a premium price and throw in the following services to take your babysitting to the next level:
- Making dinner for the kids
- Cleaning the kitchen afterward
- Letting the dogs out to potty
- Feeding/watering pets