Even though my kids are young, my husband and I are always trying to teach them the value of a dollar. It is hard for a child to understand the concept of money, but it is important for them to learn about earning money to work towards a goal. Many kids are eager to do work to make money for items they want to purchase like new toys or clothes, but they are too young to get an actual job.
Below I have put together a list of 15 side jobs that kids can do. Some of these may seem obvious, while others you may have never even considered. If your child is under the legal age of getting a job think of other ways that they can earn money like these side jobs.
18 Side Jobs that Kids Can Do:
1. There are many dogs in the neighborhood whose owners are working during the day. Go around the neighborhood putting up fliers advertising your child’s new dog walking service. They get to take their furry friends on a walk and get paid for it. Make sure your child knows about leash laws and picking up after the dogs that they will be walking.
2. An old fashioned lemonade stand is still a great way for your child to earn some money especially if they are young. Sugar and lemons are pretty inexpensive and when mixed with water they make a refreshing lemonade. Help your child set up a stand and make a sign to advertise. Put up some fliers so people know the lemonade stand is open for business.
3. Mowing lawns is another great side job for kids. Go door to door with your child or put up fliers advertising the lawn mowing service. You would be surprised at how much money your child can earn mowing lawns.
4. If you have a golf course in your area, your child can be a golf caddy and earn some extra cash. The job is pretty simple and involves helping golfers with retrieving balls, carrying and switching clubs and also giving some moral support. If you have a child that loves golf, this is perfect for them. Be sure to check the age requirement.
5. If you have some buckets, sponges, soap, water and paper towels your child can start their own car washing business. Put up some fliers and before you know it your child will have every car in the neighborhood sparkling clean! There were a few kids who recently did this in my neighborhood to make some extra cash for the ice cream man for the summer. They quickly made over $100!
6. Your child can earn some money by collecting and recycling used cans. Ask friends and family to save their cans and you can help your child pick them up every few days. This is great for another great option for younger kids.
7. Delivering newspapers is a great way for your child to earn some spending money. They will probably need your help with this unless you have an older child with a bike that can do it on their own.
8. It’s no secret that our pets are family. Sometimes, we have to go away for a few days and leave our fur babies behind. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to make some cash by pet sitting.
9. Baby sitting is a great way for your older kids to earn their own money. A couple of hours of watching little Billy while his mom and dad go to the movies can make your kid a little richer while also giving them great experiences to learn from.
10. When the leaves begin to fall off the trees, many people just don’t have the time in their busy schedule to rake their lawns. Your child can offer to rake leaves for your neighbors for a small fee. As other neighbors see your child raking, they will probably realize they need this service as well. Soon, your child might be raking leaves on every lawn in town.
11. During the Winter, one of the most common chores are shoveling the driveway when it snows. Just like with raking, lots of people just can’t find the time. This is where your child comes in. You can go door to door with your child offering their driveway shoveling service in the neighborhood.
12. Is your child crafty? You can set up a table at a local craft fair for your child to sell their craft projects or even sell them online. Help your child to think up some great new project ideas.
13. When the weather starts to get warmer, people begin having garage sales. Your child can be a garage sale helper. They can assist in setting up the tables and items for sale. They can also help with sales, collecting money and making change.
14. Although this is not glamorous your child can make money by being a pooper scooper.
15. Your child can make extra cash by helping elderly or busy neighbors clean their houses. You would be surprised at how many people are willing to pay for some help with cleaning.
Side jobs are great for kids, because they allow them to gain experiences while learning what it takes to earn money. It’s never too soon to teach your child the value of money. Once they start earning their own money, they will have a whole new appreciation for it. Do you know of any other side jobs that kids can do?