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5 Ways Kids Can Earn Money

Jul 4, 2008
Kids tend to be good little businessmen, willing to do whatever they can to make some money. The five tips in this article will help you impress upon your children the value of the money they earn.

1. Find work around the house. Apart from normal chores, additional jobs can be chosen based on age and what needs to be done to care for the home. Inventing some job just because a child wants to earn money is really no different from pulling cash straight from your wallet and putting it into the child's eager hands. Payment should be reasonable. For example, paying children forty or fifty dollars to clean out closets is not realistic, while ten normally would be.

2. Start offering a needed service in the neighborhood. Kids can start up lawn care services as soon as they are old enough to handle the responsibility. Parents, however, will have to help their children in making all the necessary arrangements. Putting services and fees on fliers and then delivering them around the neighborhood is a good first step. No doubt there is some potential clientele in the area, especially busy individuals and older folks. Keep an eye on the kids, but allow them to do the work, offering to help only if they really need it.

3. Create crafts to sell on eBay. Crafty kids can use the world of eBay to sell their creations. This also lets them get a taste of how business works and experience the work it takes to care for a real company. Parents can help children to open an account and then prepare to auction off their products by taking pictures and typing up descriptions.

4. Enlist their help in monitoring younger siblings. A child of seven or eight is old enough to keep an eye on a three year old while you are in the house. This is not a babysitting job, but a monitoring one. If you need to cook dinner or finish some other household chore, hire your youngster to keep an eye on their brothers and/or sisters while you do so.

Stress the main points: Keep toys out of their mouths; keep them away from the stove; go where they go. Too many instructions will have your child zoning out.

5. Hold a yard sale. If a child wants some extra cash, they can get rid of toys and clothing that they don't play with or can no longer wear. Enter the yard sale. Yard sales are an excellent way for kids to make a few bucks and clean their rooms at the same time. Instead of throwing away these items or storing them in the attic, let others derive the same benefit that your child received from them.

Kids are hard workers. Asking for more work is a sign that they are learning how valuable money can be to their lives. These five ways to make money are a start. Add more of your own as you think of them.
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