How to Make Money as a Kid – 15 Little-Known Ways

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Everybody wants to make money, but if you don’t meet the age requirements for getting a job, you’ll have to think outside the box.  I know many wonder how to make money as a kid fast, so today, we’ll show you how. 

One of the best things about becoming an entrepreneur is that age doesn’t matter. When it comes to making money, the only requirement is to get started with an idea.

I have two kids that are under 2 years old, and I’m constantly thinking of what they can do to make money at a young age because I want to show them the importance of entrepreneurship and business.

I write about ways moms can make money from home and stay home with their kids; everything I post is tried and tested by other moms so my readers can rest assure that it works. The same goes for this list.

Everything listed are ways kids are already making money today.

You can literally make thousands with some of the ideas on this list, but it just depends on how much effort you are willing to put forth.

If you are wondering how does a 12-year old make money, 13-year old or even younger, don’t fret. There is something for everyone on this list.

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Here are 15+ Easy Ways to Earn Money as a KidMAKE MONEY FAST

Disclaimer: For kids to qualify for the first three you must be 13-years-old or older, and always make sure to have a parent or guardian present when online.

1. Take Paid Online Surveys (Earn up to $50-$100 a Month)

Share your opinion to help brands deliver better products and services and get paid in the form of gift cards or cash. I recommend signing up for both Survey Junkie and Swagbucks (you get a $5 bonus just for signing up with Swagbucks).

You will need to apply to a lot of surveys to make decent money but it’s all in how much effort you put in.

Tip: Open a separate email account solely for surveys. You’ll start to get inundated with emails and it will be more manageable in a different account.

2. Walk or Pet Sit Dogs

Dog Owners treat their dogs like family members, and it’s very important to them that their dogs are getting the right amount of attention and care even if they are too busy to do it themselves.

To find clients you can sign-up through Care.com for a teen account (you will need a parent/guardian to vouch for you) or create flyers and spread them around your neighborhood to let your neighbors know you are available to work.

I see a lot of people charge $20-$30 per 30-minute walk.

3. Flip Products on eBay

Now, this is something for the real entrepreneurs and it could be fun to do in the summer with a parent/grandparent or someone your parent’s trust.  

Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper and he does this with his wife and kids. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME mostly reselling on eBay.

And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 and then take some of the profit and do it again.

Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up.

You’ll also have to do this with an adult to sign up on eBay, but it’s a great way to make money if you can find someone to do this with.

4. Sell Candy/Baked Goods

My niece (age 9) just launched her website on Wix (see screenshot above) to sell her baked cookies and cupcakes for $10 each.  She sells 12 cookies in a box and 10 cupcakes in a box.

In her first week and a half, she made $180 only spending $35 on supplies and the website builder Wix is $33 per month. The site is very simple as you can see and she uses Paypal to process transactions.

Her mom promotes her website to friends and family on social media and continues to get a great response. They do a great presentation when customers receive their orders which encourage repeat buys. Right now they are only doing local orders so they won’t have to worry about shipping.

My little cousin also makes $200 a week selling candy, chips, and pop (soda) to classmates! She buys in bulk from Sams Club and sells them for $1. 

5. Become a Reviewer with Slice the Pie

You can make money by giving feedback on music and clothing before they are even released to the public with Slice the Pie. Your opinion will help artists, record labels and brands make decisions.

You can make even more money by encouraging your friends to sign up using your referral link and entering your unique link when they sign up. You will receive 20% of all their review earnings for 60 days and 10% after that!

I recommend doing a couple of reviews, show your friends how much you were paid (and how easy) and then show them how to sign up using your link and code.  This is a perfect example of Affiliate Marketing.

I discuss more on How to Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

6. Start a Youtube Channel

My son loves to watch Ryan’s Toy Review, and I just found out this 7-year-old made a whopping $22 MILLION last year from his Youtube account.

He started his Youtube show at 4-years-old because he was a fan of watching other toy reviews on Youtube and wanted to start his own. One of his videos went viral, and the rest is history.

So, think about it, you don’t have to think of a new concept if you want to start your own Youtube channel, Ryan didn’t, he just brought his own spin to it.

His channel started out slow, but he stuck with it. This is not a way to make money fast, but it could pay off SIGNIFICANTLY if you stick with it. You can read more about Ryan’s success.

To learn how to make money on Youtube listen to this podcast.

7. Start a Website

I recommend starting a website now on WordPress even if it’s just for fun because this is an excellent way to make A LOT of money and age does not matter. You just need to know what to do.

You could be a front-end developer like me, which basically means I buy a theme like this (this is the template of the website we’re on right now) and I customize it to my liking. I’m COMPLETELY self-taught aka I Googled everything.

When it comes to building a website people think it’s really hard and they rather pay someone else to do it than do it themselves, and that’s where you come in.

I volunteered to do my church website because I wanted the experience. I knew nothing about starting a website or the complicated backend stuff, which is okay because all premium themes come with backend developer support so you won’t need to learn that AND you get to ask them for help on the front-end stuff.

Doing my church website was a huge learning curve but so valuable, I learned A LOT. After learning how to do my church website and doing the one we’re on right now, I became really good at it. I charged $800 for doing a friends website, and now any other site I do will be $1,000 or more. I could do a website in a day or two if I know what the client wants on the site.

I wrote a step-by-step guide on how to start a WordPress website that can help you get started. 

8. Babysit / Be a Mom’s Helper

15 ways on how to make money as a kid

In case you’re not of age to babysit alone don’t let that stop you. There are a ton of stay-at-home moms or work-at-home moms (like me) who love the help and have no problem paying someone to entertain the kids while working and getting things done.

I never considered this as an option until my 12-year-old cousin asked if she could help me out this summer to gain some babysitting experience and earn some extra cash.

Tip: My little helper does more than just help to keep an eye on my kids, she also helps clean while the kids take a nap, which makes me want to give her even more money for going over and above. The same could work for you.

9. Lemonade Stand (REMIX)

Yes, the good old lemonade stand still works but you have to put a spin on it. You may make $5-$10 trying to do it in your neighborhood but try something different. Ask a parent, grandparent, or someone your parents trust to take you to a local active park and set-up near the basketball courts, volleyball courts, or wherever you can get the most traffic.

People will want to support you, and they’ll want cold water or a chilled cup of lemonade, so it’s a win-win.

Make sure you check with your city ordinance to make sure it’s okay to do this before setting up.

10. Car Detailing Service

I’m a true believer in this business for kids because people will already pay anywhere from $50 to $125 for their cars to be detailed. If you charged a little less to be price competitive you would still make good money.

Basic car detailing entails a car wash, vacuuming, polishing inside/out, and window washing. This is something you can easily do.

I recommend doing your parents vehicle and taking pictures of before and after (make sure the before looks terrible :-)) to show off the good work you do when trying to get clients. I would also consider doing a couple of free trials for your nearby neighbors in exchange for them to spread the word.

They’ll tell their family and friends, and they’ll also have a little adult guilt for you doing such a good job for free and become a paying customer. Here is a great article on How to Start a Car Detailing Service.

11. Lawn Care Service

Start your own lawn care service and include cleaning the gutters, mowing the lawn, edging, raking leaves a part of your package. Add shoveling snow depending on where you live.

I recently had a kid ask to cut my grass for $30, and although I needed it, I had no way of knowing that he would do a good job, so I declined. I recommend taking a photo of your work before and after and maybe even a picture of you cutting the grass yourself, so they’ll believe you really did the work.

Had I known he could do a good job I would have hired him.

12. Start a Cleaning Service

This may not be the most enjoyable job, but you could make some good money doing this. Adults like to help young go-getters and wouldn’t mind you cleaning their house for some extra money, but you will need to prove yourself.

I recommend doing your first job for free just to win your clients over. Always exceed their expectations so it will make them talk about you to their friends and family and you could get more work through word of mouth.

You could charge $25-$45 per hour.

13. Resell Items Online

To make some extra money, you should consider selling your old video games to places like Gamestop, resell old clothes to Plato’s Closet or local consignment shops.

See how this kid makes $10,000 per MONTH selling sneakers.

14. Photography

Do you enjoy taking pictures? Then you should get paid for it. As a kid, you may not get the trust you deserve to get high paying gigs like weddings, senior pictures, etc. but you can be the main photographers assistant, and you can learn a great deal.

I also recommend working on your photography skills and license your photos to stock photography sites like iStock and Shutterstock or submit them to The Sun Magazine.

My sister recently purchased the Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body, and she takes AMAZING pictures (she literally has NO experience at ALL), and she also purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens which is a KEY component of taking quality photos. It is an investment that can pay off significantly.

15. Start a Jewelry Business

I normally would never recommend this as a real way to make good money, but after seeing how this brother and sister sold millions of their jewelry line, it made me a believer. You can see their story here and check out this teen who made $100,000 making jewelry.

You can go to your local hobby stores for materials and sell on Etsy, at School, Craft shows, etc.

16. Solve a Problem by Inventing a Product/Service

You can always make money by solving a problem and creating a product or service. You can see the top 5 kid entrepreneurs who scored BIG on ABC’s show Shark Tank and see what they invented for some inspiration.

Final Thoughts

I hope this list inspires you to get out there and discover new ways to make money. I think it’s awesome that you want to make your own money.

Remember it’s important to make money but even more important to save it, so you’ll always have it. It’s also good to create goals to motivate you, if you want to save up for things like a car, break down how much you’ll need to make and save each month, so your goal will seem more attainable.

Consider investing your money. You can see my post here on how to invest, the earlier you do this, the better. It’s good to think long-term because you’ll be well above your peers in knowledge and your finances.

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Max is the founder of Tried and True Mom Jobs, a blog about legitimate ways to work from home, save and invest. She only writes about things that work. Hence the name “Tried and True”. She does the research, so you don't have to.
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41 Comments

  • Hildah@SproutMentor

    Your posts are always amazing, thank you for sharing. I will share the post with some of my relatives kids I am sure they will find relevant ways to make money in it.

    Cheers!

  • DeShena

    All great ideas. Some of these will be perfect for my son to earn money. He can learn the value of money and then decide if he wants to use his own money to feed his Fortnite habit.

      • IHateMyLife

        My parents just cancelled a trip to Paris and Rome. They said because they “weren’t prepared.” But I’m smarter than that so I figured that was code for “we don’t have enough money.” So this was very helpful.

  • Aly Charley

    Well for the paid surveys, I’m wondering… is Swagbag a legitimate way for a 13 year old to make money? My 13 year old really wants to make her own money so I just want to know if it’s a safe and legit way to make some side cash. Thank you!

  • Tiffany

    I’m 11 now and I know the importance of working for money and having money so I decided so use the lemonade stand last year but it was too small of profits ( about $5) so I added your idea plus I could put on the side I also do lawn and gardening work and I hope that works due to spring and summer weather right around the corner! Thank you!

  • Cookie

    These all seem like really good ideas,and I think the surveys will be really useful-but my mum wont let me do them,she says that they’re scams. How do i convince her :/

    • Max

      I’ve done them myself and the ones I recommend are definitely not scams. I would ask her if she could watch you do just one so she can see how it works and trust that it’s not a scam.

  • jessica

    the baked goods Idea is awesome! This one totally works so far with 5 other people so far we have made over $20 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! while we don’t get as much money for ourselves it is a lot easier to handle. It’s sort of a mini buisness!

  • Dan Perkins

    Is it possible to make around $155-$200 in less than a month? I’m going on a school trip to Chicago next year, and my family can’t afford the payments so I’m going to try to make them myself using your ways. I just needed advice on if this is possible?

  • Olivia White

    I’m making a YouTube channel! Love the idea! Thank you so much. I already know what my first video will be!

  • Zoe

    Thank you for the ideas but I am younger than 13 and I know the importance of money. I don’t play with toys anymore so please could you give some ideas for 10 years olds.

    • Max

      Since you don’t play with toys anymore, have you considered selling some on ebay? You will need a parent or guardian to do this with but it’s definitely a way to make some money OR since it’s summer could you get a parent that would agree to buy a big pack of water (Nestle Pure Life is $3.98) for a 32 count. You can take them to local parks and sell them for $1 and make a nice profit. People love to support young kids and could also enjoy a cold bottle of water. Those are some things that quickly come to mind.

  • Nathan Grant

    I really wish that I could sell baked goods and such to my classmates, but we have break after 3rd hour everyday and they sell concessions to kids during that time. I might try to sell brownies and cookies, though, since they don’t offer those.

  • Alyssa

    I am over the age of eleven and I don’t have much of summer left to do some of this stuff, and I don’t have the money to buy the materials, but I need, money and I have in mind what I will buy. Are the online surveys safe?

    • Max

      Yes, I’ve taken the ones I recommended but I believe you will need to be 13 in order to take the surveys.

  • Kat

    Hey, Max! I am a 6th grader (girl) and I have a few things that I REALLY want, but my mother won’t buy them for me since they are 100-200 dollar items. I’m thinking about starting a car washing business in my neighborhood, (it’s a huge neighborhood! One time I actually got lost!) but I feel that school might get in the way. Do you have any tips to organize my time so I’ll be able to start my business?

    • Max

      Why not just do it on Saturdays and Sundays? Most people will be home and you would get more business those days to carry you through the week.

  • ???

    I’m 16 and I love to bake and there’s a middle school right by my house which is a really good opportunity. But I homeschool, So I don’t know if they serve dessert or if they’ll let me set up a dessert stand,

    • Max

      I’m not sure about that as schools can be a little more strict. Is there a church nearby you could possibly try and sell them?

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