3 Ways to Earn Money at Home (Kids and Teens)

How to make money for kids

You don’t need to wait until you’re 18 to enter the world of employment.

Kids can earn money in the UK, and it doesn’t matter if they are younger kids, teens or slightly older.

There are lots of opportunities to start making money out and about, online and from home.

You may think the options to make money when you’re a kid seem limited, but there is never a better time for kids to make money fast these days.

When I was a kid, I found several different ways to boost the cash in my piggy bank, but kids today have internet-based jobs to bring in money faster.

One of the best ways to start is to ask your child to brainstorm ideas about what they like doing.

What are their hobbies?

Do they have any skills they could use?

Doing this at first can help decide what side hustle they want to make money with, and if it’s actually feasible. 

Are you older and need money? Check out a few ideas on how to make money online UK edition.

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Animals

Sell Baby Dogs- Raise and sell puppies.

Sell Baby Cats- Raise and sell baby cats.

Sell Baby Rabbits- Raise and sell baby rabbits.

Sell Baby Rodents (gerbils, mice, etc)- Raise and sell rodents.

Dog Sitting- Take care of dogs while people are on vacation or out of town.

Sell Baby Doves- Raise and sell doves.

Dove Releasing Service- Raise white homing pigeons and release them at events like weddings, funerals ,and other events.

Petting Zoo- Take rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, goats, chickens or other pets and set up a petting zoo in the park or on city events.

Pet Groomer- Pets need to be washed, clipped and hair trimmed.  Create a service to do these services at pet owner’s homes or have them bring them to your house.

Dog Walker– Dogs’ need to walked every day and people often don’t have time to walk their dogs. This is a great way to make money walking dogs.

Animal Border– Have people bring their pets to your home to take care of them while they are away.

Animal Trainer- All pets need to be potty trained and it is nice when they are trained to do tricks or hunt.

Pooper ScooperDogs leave their poop all over the yard.  Create a regular service of cleaning yards of dog poop.

Stud Cat –Get stud fees from having licensed pure bread cat breed females.

Stud Dog –Get stud fees from having licensed pure breed dog breed females.

Hunting Guide– If you have hunting dogs you can rent out yourself and your dogs to guide hunts like pheasants, raccoons, mountain lion, etc

Where Teens Can Find a Job

Once your teen has decided it’s time to get a job, where’s the best place to start looking? Many jobs are only for adults 18 and over and there are a number of jobs only available to teens with a driver’s license. But in general, the retail and food industries provide the best opportunities for teens who are 14-18-years-old.

The following articles provide ideas on where high school students can find part-time work:

How to Make Money as a Kid in the Winter

One of the most unique ways to make money in the winter is helping your neighbors shoveling snow on their driveway. It’s going to be extremely cold outside so make sure you have proper clothing before you start shoveling. Also, shoveling is time consuming so you should take breaks every 20 minutes or so. It doesn’t always need to feel like a job since you can use break time to build a snowman or throw a couple snowballs at your friends.

The best way to earn money in the winter is to start your own internet projects. We’ve already covered the different ways to make money as a kid online so make sure to review our article for more information.

How can I earn money at 13?

At 13 you can’t get a job. So what do you do? Be creative and hustle. There are so many ways to make money as a 13 year old that I have only scratched the surface with over 200 ideas. The common ideas of mowing lawns, babysitting, and doing a lemonade stand work but here are 7 creative ideas that will blow those out of the water.

1. Do a Soda Stand

The only reason adults buy lemonade is that they think kids are cute. Why not sell something they can’t buy anywhere else but crave? Selling mixed soda drinks is the rage these days and you can make a lot of money selling them. Simply mix half and half into a coke and you have a dirty coke that will sell for $3 to $4. Way better than a $.50 cent lemonade right. For more ideas on drink mixes, you can sell, check out these Sodalicious recipes.

2. Host a Kids Club

Babysitting is great but you can only watch one family’s kids a night. What if you could watch five families’ kids in one night? You could make so much more money. The cool part is you can! Contact all the families you would normally babysit and say you are holding a Kids Club.

Basically, it’s a mini summer camp but just for Friday night. That way the parents can drop their kids off to go on a date and you can watch 10 to 15 kids all at once. Plan fun engaging activities to keep the kids busy and the time will fly. Instead of making $20 a night you can make up to $150!

3. Start an online business

Chances are pretty high that spend a good amount of time each day on social media. Instead of seeing what your friends are up to grow a following. Whether you are on Instagram, Youtube, Musically, or Snapchat you can make money if you have enough followers. You can sell products and get a commission through what is called affiliates and companies will pay you to promote their brand. So cool. Learn how to make money online here.

4. Sell free fruit

My brother just made over $1200 selling grapefruit and oranges that he got for free. No matter where you live, people have fruit trees that they don’t want to pick. The fruit will end up just falling on the ground and become a mess they need to clean up later. They would love if someone like you would come over and pick their fruit. Then you can turn around and sell it to family and friends and even at farmers markets.

5. Paint address numbers on curbs

I know a couple of kids who do this every summer. The go door to door and ask people if they want their address painted on the curb. They charge $20 a pop and do it until they make enough money to buy their new skateboard or shoes. You can do it too. Here is their video of them actually doing it.

6. Sell puppies

This is a crazy, fun way to make a lot of money. Olivia makes over $100K a year selling Doodles. Is that crazy! She is making more money than her parents with full-time jobs. The best part is this is the perfect way to convince your parents to let you get the puppy of your dreams. Like Olivia, if you do this business right you can stand to make a lot of money as a 13 year old.

7. Freelance on Fiverr

Fiverr is a place where you can pay someone $5 to do some work. I hired a young girl to do some voiceover work for me. Talking to her after she said she can make as much money as she wants. Check out Fiverr to see if you can offer any of the services listed.

Is there a minimum age children can work?

If your child is looking to earn money working for someone else, there are child employment laws protecting children and limiting what can be done.

The youngest child can work part-time is from the age of 13.

However, if they are working in TV, theatre or modelling, they can be younger but need a performance licence. For full-time work, they need to have reached the minimum school leaving age.

When it comes to a child working for themselves, there is no age limit, but they’d obviously need to balance education and chill out time into anything they do.

HowTeens Can Make Money Online

When looking over Inc. magazine’s list of 40 Young People Who Became Millionaires Before They Were 20 it’s remarkable to see how many made their millions with technology.

Sometimes it seems the boundaries to technology and Internet businesses are endless – even with teen and kid entrepreneurs.

Here are a few ideas of how teens and kids can make money online:

If you know advanced code:

  • Design websites: While it may take a bit of work to find clients, demand for website creation continues to be strong.
  • Create apps: This too could take a bit of up-front work to locate clients but many companies and individuals are interested in creating apps but need expertise to help them do it.
  • Fixing computer viruses and other problems: Clients for this service can be found both locally and online.
  • Teach other kids how to code: Many parents want their kids to learn how to code.

More media-centric technology:

  • Film YouTube videos and make money on advertising: It will take time and effort to build a following but once you do, a YouTube channel can be lucrative.
  • Begin a blog and make money on traditional advertising and affiliate marketing: This will also require a lot of up-front effort to build a following but can eventually turn into passive income.
  • Consult on social media: If you are savvy with social media marketing, businesses could use your expertise.
  • Manage a blogger’s social media: Many bloggers would rather spend time writing than scheduling their social media and are willing to pay good per hour rates for this service.

Earn Money Through Online Surveys and Other Online Paid Programs

  • MusicXRay
  • Slicethepie
  • Survey Sites:
    • Swagbucks
    • MySurvey
    • Vindale Research
    • Survey Voices
    • Global Test Market
  • Userlytics 

Become an Online Tutor:

  • Enroll.com
  • Chegg.com
  • Tutor.com

See this list with detailed descriptions here: How Teens Can Make Money Online

3 life skills your kids can learn from making money online

Starting an online business isn’t only great for your kids being able to contribute to their education fund or save up for that new gaming console, but they’ll also learn some pretty cool life lessons along the way.

1. Business 101

On the most practical level, the best way to learn how a business operates is by running your own. No matter if your child decides to sell homemade jewellery online, or make slime on their own YouTube channel, they’ll have the opportunity to learn about what it costs to run a business and how profit margins work. It’ll also give them the opportunity to think about how they want to brand themselves, analyze the marketplace, and how to finance their startup costs.

2. Forge their own career path

The traditional career path has gone the way of MySpace, and today more and more small businesses are popping up in Canada. Kids who run their own business online learn that a job opportunity is what you make it. They’re more likely to be confident in taking risks, or try different careers without worrying about settling on one job for their adult life. After all, who says you can’t create makeup YouTube tutorials and help solve the global water crisis?

3. Develop communication skills

The average kid is already a pretty good sales person. Any parent who has argued back-and-forth about a later bedtime would agree. But when kids run their own business, it takes those negotiation skills to another level. Now they’re in the real world learning to deal with customers, how to communicate effectively, and even how to negotiate on price.

What To Do With The Money You Make As A Teenager

Set Up An Emergency Fund

You never know what expenses may come up when you’re headed to college or even supporting yourself as a teen. It’s important to have an emergency fund to help give you peace of mind when emergencies arise.

Now, an emergency in this situation is not that you found a pair of jeans you love. No! An example of an emergency is when your tire just went out and you have to have it replaced today. If you have money saved for it, it’s easy to cover and you’re not struggling afterward or going into debt to cover the cost.

Whether you’re a teenager or not, it’s SO important to have an emergency fund.

Save For Something You Want

There may be something you’re needing or wanting to buy, and you have to save for it yourself. Maybe it’s a new car, a new laptop, or even a new pair of shoes you’ve been wanting for months.

It’s so rewarding to have money, build the discipline to save for it, and then purchase it yourself. You will appreciate the item more when you buy it with your own money. Plus, you’re building confidence in yourself that you’re able to have the discipline and self-control to save for something worth your money and time. You will thank yourself later!

Save For School

Maybe you’re going to college, trade school, or just wanting to dip your toes in some college courses without committing yet. Having the money saved up to pay for ahead of time will save you SO. MUCH. MONEY.

It’ll save you money in student loans, student loan interest, and spending your student loan money and having to pay it back later. Leaving college or trade school without more debt is worth EVERY penny paying it ahead of time. 

When can you start teaching your kids about money?

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When kids are toddlers, they are extremely inquisitive and have a strong desire to learn. It is also during this timeframe that they begin to strongly mirror your behavior.

So, it makes sense to begin introducing them to the idea of money when they are in this frame of mind. Around this age, I began teaching my children about money a few different ways:

  • Taking them to the grocery store to look at the price tags.
  • Having them tell me how many fingers something costs.
  • Showing them the different ways you can pay for groceries (credit/debit card, cash, check, EBT card).
  • Buying a play cash register and plastic food to have a pretend grocery shopping trip at home.

If you start with basic lessons and pretend play like this, then building on this financial foundation is much easier as your child ages.

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