How Can Kids Make Money When They’re Young

ways for teens to make moneyI remember as a kid how badly I wanted to make money. I wanted to build my own go-kart and buy a dirt bike so much that I was dying to find ways to make money.

That was long before the age of the internet. Now a teenager can just type, “ways for teens to make money” in Google and find several websites and ideas on how to make a few bucks. With sites like, a teenager can quickly find odd jobs to make some extra cash.

Young entrepreneurs are on the rise, and some kids are becoming richer than their parents. If you’re a young person wanting to make money, here are a few ways you can start making money before you’re even old enough to technically work:

Leverage Personal Skills or Passions: When I was in grammar school, I made my first $100 by stringing lacrosse sticks for other kids. This was something I taught myself how to do, and then all my friends wanted me to do the same for them. I was happy to for $10 dollars. What are you good at that your friends would be interested in paying you for?

Fill Out Online Surveys: Kids can make money online just by filling out online surveys for video games and movies. Survey Adventure will send surveys right to your email address that pay anywhere from $2 - $50. Sign up free here.

Host a Raffle: Buy some raffle tickets and sell them for $1 a piece with some cool, cheap prizes. Kids always seem willing to give up a bit of their lunch money for the potential of something neat.

Start Babysitting or Pet-sitting: Everyone wants their pets well taken care of, and if you get home at 3p.m, that’s probably sooner than your neighbors. If they have pets, offer to let the dog out and walk it around the block for $5. If you can get five neighbors to do this, that’s $25 a day!

Look for Work Around the Neighborhood: Most people’s homes are pretty cluttered, and chances are they have an attic, basement or garage that needs organizing. Every house needs dusting, a lawn mowed, snow shoveled, leaves raked, and plants watered. See if you can help people get those chores done for a few dollars.

Help Elderly Neighbors: Are there some nearby elderly people that could use some help. Maybe you could ride your bike to the grocery store for them, or help them move some things around the house.

Are You Good With Computers? Teach people how to use or fix their computer.

Weekend Car Washes: Hold a car wash every weekend. All you need is some soap, a sponge, a bucket and a hose.

Caddying: Many country clubs will hire you as a caddy when you are 13 years old. This is how I started making the most money when I became old enough.

Hold a Bake Sale: Make some brownies and cookies, and sell them at school for $2. Not only will your friends buy them, but your teachers will too.

Type Papers: If you are good at typing, you can charge other kids at your school to type their papers for them.

These are just a few ways kids can make money without a “real” job.

Millionaire Money Habit: Anyone can make some extra money and increase their income. It just takes using your imagination, leveraging your strengths, and providing something of value. What are some ways you made some extra money?

95 Responses to How Can Kids Make Money When They’re Young

  1. It is so important to teach our kids about money at a young age. My 4-year-old has chores and earns "points" for buying things at Target. When she and my son are a little older, these suggestions will come in handy!

  2. Pinyo says:

    These are great ideas for children. I think it’s important to teach kids the value of money.

  3. Jesse says:

    Cool Very good for all kids 8 and up probly

  4. james says:

    i like the advice

  5. victoria says:

    does the survey adventure thing really work? PS I WANT MONEY!

  6. ivy says:

    how do you get paid for surveys? i’ll totally do that. :]

  7. kid who makes money says:

    not bad

  8. Tony says:

    I’m 12 1/2 years old and I make $2 A day by getting money from this
    girl who tells ne to but these snacks from the cafeteria during
    lunch and I told her my policy is I always get the change because I
    have a chance of losing my spot at the ‘6th grade table” I get
    aweekly income of $10 a week. Sometimes other people will want
    something and they contribute to my bissness “Tony’s Express Snack
    Delivery” Hope it helped. Please don’ take my bissness name 😀

  9. roger says:

    the advise is awsome,but mi parents wont let me do any of this
    stuff cuz i cant go outside bimyself and i cant sell anything at
    akool or else i will get suspended

  10. wiggy says:

    hey,i was selling gum in school and got away with it without
    getting suspended,i was making about $10 a day,i just brought loads
    in my bag,but another kid was selling cigarettes and got
    expelled,dont try it

  11. Great post! Really love reading them, can’t wait for more.

  12. luke says:

    thanks for all the kwl tips, i am trying to get hold of some

  13. Nicole says:

    Fantastic. It is great to see others passionate about this product.

  14. kiran says:

    yo dis is da best ever web page i bin on love ya grate advice i
    made £260 from dis in das 3 weeks

  15. malik says:

    i need to make money now!!!!!!!!!!!!so i can help my parents with
    some bills and my sisters college fees.i want to make money atr
    home plz plz plz plz help me

  16. malik says:

    if i get cool and good results then type back and tell all my
    friends that want money about.but this is onley if i really get
    hard core im 13 and i really need money

  17. justagirl says:

    i like this website, but everybodys telling me the same thing.
    Paper round, baby sitting, pet walking etc. Ive also heard about
    massaging and cleaning old peoples feet! Im 12, so cant qualify for
    a paper-round, so im stuck with one problem, advertisment. I’m
    unsure of how to get out there, leaflets? Asking around? I dunno.
    Im quite educated, so i COULD tutor, but how would i start up? Im
    quite in need for money, as i dont like my parents paying for my
    stuff, any help?

  18. Julianne says:

    Great ideas!There is this club called the young Millionares club for ages8-16 and these would be good ideas for money making!

  19. kim says:

    There are some great ideas on this website but here are a few more:
    Offer to take photos of the kids in your neighborhood and sell them back.
    Try toy rental.
    write your own small newspaper

  20. Nate Rivers says:

    Thanks, I really hope the survey website works for me. I am dying to make a little extra money. I am a self-improvement addict with no money for self improvement. This is bad. I think some of these tips will come in handy. I have also bought a e-book entitled, fast and easy and otherways for kids to make money.

  21. ashley says:

    how does that survevy thing work is it safe ?

  22. angela says:

    ok, so i’m 13 and i’m trying 2 get odd jobs over summer so i can have a shopping spree w/ my friends b4 school starts again. i’m having a hard time cuz my parents won’t give me money b/c they think a lot of jobs i do r just my responsibility. i’ve tried about all the things on this list but i’m having a hard time. i NEED HELP!!

  23. Lilly says:

    Does the Survey thing really work or is it a scam? SOMEBODY PLEASE ANSWER!

  24. Jennifer says:

    This is not a scam i mad over $50.00 a week and i worked 2 hours a day. a hour and a half outside 30 min for surveys made over 300 a month with this money habit. Im only 13 and a success crudy i have to spend it on uniforms but there still accesories.

  25. Sophie says:

    DOes the website survey thing send u money? or do u have to have a paypal account?

  26. kaypay says:

    hey guys i am 11 years old and my mother doesnt like paying for my stuff and i dont want to tell any of my friends because they wouldnt get it because they are all rich if u come up with something i could do today then please tellm me!!!

  27. agf says:

    I am 11 years old and i need a better way to make money. I’ve heard of pet sitting, and stuff but, anything else? Plz plz plz plz plz plz plz help!

  28. TBW says:

    This is awesome. straightup.

  29. Alexjea says:

    Hello, i’m a 12 year old girl trying to make money to get a motorscooter. Once i read though this passage i went out and put posters up around my neighborhood. I got money fast for doing easy things.

    I just wanted to say, Thank you :}

  30. Ben says:

    The Survey thing is hard because i dont have a credit card/ Can someone help me?

  31. zi68 says:

    Type Papers: If you are good at typing, you can charge other kids at your school to type their papers for them.
    I like this way.
    I did it last year.earn 10$ per week

  32. kid trying to make money says:

    yeah so i am 11 and have tried to sell lanyards like the plastic lace designs that u can learn at summer camps an have had little success. i really think that it is because i live right next to a parkway so nobody wants to stop. it stinks. my friends that live around the corner tried the same thing but since one of them lives rightnext to a stop sign everybody stops to buy their things. i also crochet and i am going to try selling crocheted items at holidsy fsirs at local churches. i hope this works because i am not making lots of $$ with the lanyard sale. wish me luck and post lot of ideas in case this doesnt work please! thanks!

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  34. jack says:

    try dog walkin

  35. lia says:

    that is awsome good advice i need to make some money!

  36. Geraldine says:

    i also want to make money online that is why i immediately joined the google adsense program and also read a lot about making money on websites and blogs. i am also trying to learn affiliate marketing.

  37. natalie says:

    hey im trying to make some money to pay for cheerleading. does anyone know some great ways to help raise money.

  38. Kathy says:

    What the heck is a caddy?!

  39. Momma says:

    Gather old, used books and sell them at Half Price Books. Recycle old sports equiments at a resale store.

  40. VCTORIA says:


  41. scott says:

    hi im 12 and i need money my dad got mad at me for doing some dumb stuff and now he wont pay me im running a lawn cutting buisiness but is there something else i can do that is easy like that i hate yard work and i walked sumbodys dog and lol all i got was a damn pat on the shoulder lol

  42. 13eing$hic says:

    Iwas looking around on google and when I came to this page and finished reading, first thing I thought was “This Dude’s right, he’s got a point”

  43. Chloe says:

    Hey my names Chloe and i have a few ideas on how to get money. U can garden if u like working around plants. U can have a yard sale. And u can always petsit.

  44. Leanne says:

    UGH!!! i would use that survey adventure thing, but my mom won’t let me. She’s sooo over protctive. She wouldnt have even let me use webkinz if it wasn’t for my friends usin it!!! Can anybody who has used it tell me someway to convince her it’s not a scam.

  45. Toby says:

    Do they send u the money or do u need paypal

  46. Kira says:

    My parents are forcing me to quit something i want to do thru middle school. I wanted to make $20 so i can pay myself. My mom won’t mind one bit to bring me to the class, as long as i can pay for it. Thank you very much for showing this. I now have ideas on to make money while im still in middle school. I have a question, if you have a special talent, if you use that talent, you can teach or make or something more, you can make money? Such as if you can play the piano, you can teach people how to play while your still young? (that would be awesome) btw, Thank you sooooo much for sharing this. Please reply soon.

  47. Madi says:

    Hey it would be called cheating to write kids papers for them.

  48. Thanks for this post, it was pretty nice. Read your other posts as well, all were good.

  49. Amber says:

    really useful info:). i think im going to bake cakes and sell the around my neighbourhood. see,im saving up money to convince my parents to let me go on holiday.. hope it’ll work 😀

  50. lucky says:

    These are GREAT ideas but I go to a school that is not allowed to sell things and my parnets are never letting me do stuff like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Donovan says:

    As a 16 year old who is having a very difficult time with the current job market at landing a job. I was hoping that I could find help online. This website did not help. Doing other kids papers is cheating, helping old people is a great way to meet the neighborhood pedophile, and i’m a guy baking isn’t my thing. Terrible advice

  52. The hippy says:

    Great advice.. And a lot of people are saying that writing kids papers is cheating.. It is cheating but that’s not what he said.. He said typing them. Like the kids write the papers and then you are supposed to type it for them. Duh.. I swear people are so stupid these days.. Lol

  53. That Guy says:

    How do you get paid for the survey? It sounds great I’m totally gonna do it but just want to know how they’re going to get me money. Anyone know?

  54. lucy says:

    i’m saving up for a phone but have no where near enough money for it, so i would llike to earn more money. i get £2.50 a week from my parents, but i still need £100, does anyone know what i can do to make this money easily and FAST!!

  55. Maria says:

    Children aren’t allowed to sell anything at school, especially anything that has sugar in it, so that doesn’t work anymore.

  56. leslie says:

    you need things for kids like 10 and lots of things my little girl wants to know how to make money but i dont knoe what to tell her?

  57. I don’t know can kids make money legit, but I know many ways that many people can use to make money.I can share you them for free.

  58. Easton says:

    Thanks for the advice. At age ten you need some cash to earn school utilities that your parents won’t buy for u. Like a laptop (Not for school) SO some money would really help thanks

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  61. DIVYA says:

    very nice

  62. Samantha says:

    These are great ideas! I am a teenager and although I have a lot of money, I crave ways to make more.

  63. Samantha says:

    These are great ideas! I am a teenager and although I have a lot of money, I always crave ways to make more.
    By Christmas, I am completely broke because I spend all of my money on gifts.
    This year for Christmas, it would be nice if I had some money left over.
    I also try to buy stuff for presents from stores that I have gift cards to.
    I am glad that I found this website.

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  67. liz says:

    Leanne, a few ways to convince your mom it’s not a scan is to show her that some of your friends have it and show her that it’s totally fine. you can also do some house work for her and soffen her up. i don’t try this on my mom because i now it wont work on her it dosen’t work on any of my family members. plus i just want stuff i don’t absolutly NEED it it’s not a necesity to my survival. so out point on my parents. i used some of these hints to get an ipod. i’m about 70$ short. i REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY wont an ipod 5th gen i didn’t get one for Christmas but that’s the one hing i really wanted. it had to be the one thing i didn’t get. i’m so sad. so now i have to save up all my money for one. and hen when i’m ready to buy one my parents are going to object saying “you shouldn’t spend all your money like that” and “that’s just a big wast you don’t need it” i just want one. i’m the only one in my family without a phone. i just want a better ipod mine is a 1st generation ipod touch. there is no camera. my wifi is broken so i can’t use it and my battery will last about about 4 hours on a full charge. i cant leave it on and i have to do a full power off. if i do a full power off it takes like 5 minutes to turn on again. it drives me crazy. my dad got a new ipod and gave me his sucky old one. i know i should appreciate it but its hard to apperciate something so old that i dont even like when all want is a new one. so i wait for months to get 80 more dollarsor wait 7 months till my birthday. it’s gonna be a long wait. and by the time i get enough money there will be a new one and i’ll need 100 more dollars. it’s gonna go on and on until someone buys it for me.

  68. Just Saying. says:

    I enjoyed the information given in the blog and thought it was great advice. Although you are most likely to get into trouble for selling baked goods during school and will probably never have time to do so even if you don’t. I just want to mention that first, this blog was posted aproximately 4 years ago. A lot has changed since 2008 and I’m not saying it wasn’t illegal then (and it really might not be now. It just might not be allowed by the majority of school administrators)but if it wasn’t illegal then and is now, how would he possibly know? Second, I would like to point out that the blogger refers to when he was a child quite frequently so it’s likely that he was able to sell baked goods when he was in school. Also typing people’s papers for them is not cheating, those who say it is need to reread the sentence in the blog for it clearly states that you may a TYPE a fellow students paper for them. It would be different if he had said you could charge people for WRITING their papers for them. This act could be very beneficial to a fellow student that may not have access to a computer, printer, or email accont.

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  70. Tris says:

    i think he/she meant TYPE kids papers. like, they write it and hand it to you to type. some kids have trouble typing or dont know how to use MLA format.. etc.
    but this website didn’t help me too much 😛

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  75. Emily says:

    I’m eleven years old and I’m saving up for an iPad. I think the best thing for me is to be a dog-walker, beginning this summer.

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  78. Sarah says:

    What are you’s doing? No disrespect but look at you’s all of you are rushing for quick money. Yeah that’s cool but look you could make a million online than offline.
    What I mean is don’t go and do work for people of even for you. The money is in-front of you.
    Like if you wanted to put a lemonade store up, get someone else to do the work for you rather than you standing in the front of the house and selling it yourself. Just sell it for 50c, pay another kid 40 and you have 10 how about that. or if you’re lucky to get away with it and sell 2 glass for $1 and you keep 50c as the other keeps 50c too. it simple.

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    I spent my whole childhood learning these principals and it’s given me full freedom to my life. I could do anything I want than working 40hrs a week.

    Make a choice take the time and make a 6 fig recurring income or do what all kids do take the easy way out.

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