Start Earning Money Young
One day, you will need to earn a living. Kids & teens can get an edge on the work world by starting early. By doing this, you will gain valuable experience working with different people, learning about managing money, and will have some money to spend once you get older, or save for college.
A lemonade stand, mowing lawns, baby sitting, and doing odd jobs are popular ways that you can earn money while learning some important life skills.
But first ask yourself, are you ready to work? Do you have the time, and it won’t interfere with your school work? If you are ready, then here are some ideas for you to make money.
JOBS FOR KIDS
If your a teen that likes younger kids, then a baby sitter is a popular choice. Parents often need a good and reliable baby sitter to watch their kids. This position can be even expanded into a baby sitting service, by joining together a group of people who can offer baby sitting services to all the parents in the neighborhood.
A parents helper is similar to a baby sitter. However, if you are too young to baby sit on your own, then a job helping parents is a good opportunity. You can help watch someone’s kids, assist with the feeding, playing, or doing chores around the house. Later, once you get older, you would likely have gained some references for regular baby sitting work.
Instead of a parents helper, you 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. My daughters school has an otter pop stand during the summer months and they sell each otter pop for 25 cents. A box of 100 otter pops is $6 or $7. You can make $25 with just 1 box.
In addition to food, there is the possibility of selling other types of items. Are you good at crafts?
Then you can make your own artwork to sell. Sometimes, a combination of food and items makes a good business.
Car washing is a needed service in many communities. Just get together with a few friends to offer to wash local cars. As an addition to this business, you 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 enjoy animals, then try an animal caretaker business. This might involve walking dogs, dog washing, or general grooming. This service is getting popular as many pet owners work a lot and don’t have the time to walk or groom their pets..
HOUSE AND PET SITTING
If a neighbor is taking a trip or vacation, then taking care of their house and/or pets may be an opportunity for you. This may include watering plants, and any other chores they may need while they are gone.
Cutting grass, weeding, trimming, planting flowers, and other landscaping jobs are abundant. Scan the neighborhood for homes that need landscaping services or some cleaning. In the spring, offer to plant flowers, or do winter clean-up.
TRASH CAN MOVER
Simply ask people in your neighborhood if you can move their trash cans to and from the street on trash day. You can charge $1 per house per week. If you can get 2 or 3 days a week to move trash cans in your neighborhood, you will make some good money.
In the winter time, many people need to have their driveways or sidewalks shoveled. This job works best when a group of you and your friends can work together shoveling several houses. Create a business, and make arrangements to shovel peoples houses before the snow storm.
TIPS FOR RUNNING THE BUSINESS
For many of these jobs, you will print and hand out flyers to be homes in the neighborhood. As the business grows, put the work you have done on your flyers. Giving out free samples is always a good way to attract more business. For services, offer coupons for new potential customers.
SAFETY AND OTHER POINTS
Most important for any of these jobs, is making sure you are safe, so make sure your’e old enough to follow important safety guidelines including:
- Make sure your parents always know where you are.
- Also avoid going door to door by yourself. Have a friend with you who is like minded and ready to work.
- Only do jobs that you like to do. Be sure you are mentally prepared and committed to do the work you need to do and promise to do.
- If there is a cost in setting up the business, make sure you have enough money and know where the money is going to come from.
- All these jobs should not interfere with normal school work or completing homework for school.
- Ask your parents to help you set fair prices for the work you are doing.
- Go to your parents for advice if you need it.
*These are easy ways to start making money in your neighborhood and interacting with customers. Please talk to your parents about your motivation to start making money. If they dont have the time to help you, then contact me and I can do my best to help you. Thank you for reading another one of my articles.