If any of your children are like me when I was younger, I was always looking for ways to earn some extra cash. Whether it was begging to do extra chores, posting up flyers for babysitting, or sitting on the side of the curb selling lemonade at a make-shift stand, I didn’t care. If your children are constantly asking you, “What else can I do to earn more money,” here’s a list of ideas that might help! A few of these are also great ways to bond with your children and teach them a few things!
Lawn Mowing (teenagers)
Like haircuts, mowing the lawn is one of those things that can’t be ignored or people begin to notice. You probably have a neighbor or two that either doesn’t have the time to do it, the ability, or just plain doesn’t want to, and I’m almost positive they would be more than willing to pay your son or daughter to mow their lawn.
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When helping your teen find lawns to mow, be careful not to offend your neighbors — don’t target specific houses. Posting flyers around the neighborhood, word of mouth, or posting on the neighborhood Facebook page (if you have one), is usually a safe way to go.
Your teen may or may not already know how to mow the lawn. Teach them how to do it and be willing to go with them on their jobs as needed. Your teen will appreciate your support.
Bake Sales & Lemonade Stands (all ages)
Bake sales and lemonade stands are a great way to earn some extra cash. Baking cookies, breads and sweets takes time and keeping lemonade cool in the hot summer sun can be tricky, but don’t let that deter your child from thinking it isn’t good income.
Help your child prepare your goodies and find a good, safe place to set up their stand. Make sure they have a buddy out there for not only safety, but company. Determine together a fair price for each item and teach (younger children) how to count change. One of the most successful ways to do a bake sale is to pair it with a yard sale!
Yard Sale (all ages)
There are probably a few things lying around the house that you really don’t need. Let your child rummage through the toy bins, their closets and drawers, and other areas of the house looking for items that could be sold at a yard sale. Start gathering things a few weeks in advance and determine before the sale begins how profits are going to be split. Don’t forget to check your city’s rules about having yard sales and posting signs around town. Some have stricter rules than others.
This is a pretty easy way to make some extra cash, and not a lot of people do it, so the competition is slim! Curb painting is simply painting a street address on the curb in front of a home. Depending on where you live, an average rate would be $10-20 per address, and each curb address takes about 30 minutes to complete. Here’s what your child will need:
Bristle Brush – for cleaning curbs
Newspaper – to protect surrounding curb
Masking Tape – to hold down cutouts and newspaper
Measuring Tape – to measure your square
Black Spray paint – for the numbers
White Spray Paint – for the background
Number Cutouts – we got ours at Home Depot
1. Make sure the curb is well cleaned with a bristle brush so the paint sticks. Remove as many leaves, dirt, etc., from the area as possible so they don’t get in the way.
2. Measure out the square where the address will be placed and tape your newspaper to the curb, surrounding the square.
3. Spray the inside of the square with your white spray paint. Depending on the paint, you may have to wait 10-15 minutes for the paint to dry.
4. Once the white paint has dried, tape your number cutouts to the curb. Double and triple check you have the right address before you begin to spray.
5. Spray the cutouts with black paint and wait the required drying time before removal.*
6. Once all drying and painting is done, make sure to clean up the area and throw away any non-reusable newspaper and tape.
*Don’t spray too closely, if paint accumulates too quickly, it will run and leave streaks.
My way of doing it is just one of many. You can easily find instructional videos and other methods on YouTube.
Homemade Salsa, Jam, etc. (all ages)
This is always a fun one to get your daughters involved, and teach them how to make homemade salsa or jam. But don’t limit yourself — you can make a number of canned foods, including peaches, pears, apples, etc. Your child will not only make a little extra cash by selling the canned foods to friends and family, they’ll also learn a great skill.
Babysitting/Pet sitting/Dog Walker/House sitting (teenagers)
I’m throwing all of these together because they’re quite common and somewhat similar. Everyone needs some sort of sitter at some time in their life and it’s always a good idea to help your children get their name out there for when the opportunity arrives. Whether your child is babysitting twice a month, feeding someone’s pets, collecting their mail while they are on vacation, or taking dogs out on walks, all of these methods can bring in some extra cash.
Snow Shoeveling/Leaf Raking/Weeding (teenagers)
Like lawn mowing, these are mundane tasks that many people like to avoid. Post flyers, tell your neighbors, and share on Facebook that your child is looking for work and more than happy to shovel a driveway, or rake some leaves, depending on the season. It’s not a bad idea to let your neighbors determine the price for your child’s labor either. They have a good idea of the amount of work involved and are often quite generous.
What are some ideas YOU have to help kids or teens earn money?!?!