Six Ways For Kids To Make Money

Six Ways For Kids To Make Money



Six Ways For Kids to​ Make Money
Most of​ us know the​ usual ways for kids to​ make money,​ which include lemonade stands,​ newspaper routes and mowing lawns .​
However,​ there are more unusual ways .​
Some of​ the​ ways listed below are from my own childhood,​ when I​ was always looking for another way to​ make money.
1 .​
Be a​ chef .​
At about eleven years old,​ I​ used to​ sell meals to​ my brothers (I had four of​ them) .​
I​ got 25 cents for scrambled eggs or​ a​ sandwich,​ and more for more complicated meals .​
My brothers preferred to​ stay in​ front of​ the​ TV and let me cook for them .​
Since the​ food was already provided by my parents,​ the​ income was pure profit.
2 .​
Computer whiz-kid service .​
Many young kids know a​ lot about computers .​
My nephew was getting paid for programming by the​ the time he was fourteen,​ but even younger kids can show old folks how to​ use a​ computer and the​ internet for a​ fee .​
Learn a​ few more skills,​ and they can even set up computers for new owners who are using them for the​ first time .​
Letting grandparents spread the​ word would be a​ good marketing ploy.
3 .​
Household carnival .​
I​ charged my brothers five cents for a​ wadded up piece of​ paper selected from a​ bucket full of​ them .​
Most had a​ penny or​ two inside them,​ but a​ few had a​ quarter .​
It was just one of​ my carnival events .​
I​ also had them throwing pennies at​ a​ bowl across the​ room,​ which I​ kept,​ of​ course .​
If a​ penny stayed in​ the​ bowl they won a​ dime .​
I'm almost embarrassed to​ say how much of​ their hard-earned paper route money I​ took from them.
4 .​
Collect returnables .​
We collected and returned cans and bottles for a​ deposit as​ kids .​
Now that more states have return laws,​ it's an​ even better way to​ make a​ little cash .​
During the​ Cherry Festival,​ when I​ lived in​ Traverse City,​ Michigan,​ adults came to​ town just to​ collect the​ cans that people threw all over .​
With a​ 10 cent deposit,​ they were collecting more than $100 worth per day according to​ several of​ them .​
If the​ kids wear gloves,​ leave broken cans and bottles alone,​ and use hand sanitizer,​ this is​ a​ safe way to​ make money.
5 .​
Personal services menu .​
If there are many people in​ the​ family,​ a​ great way for kids to​ make money is​ to​ sell their services .​
They can make a​ menu of​ things they'll do and how much they charge for each .​
It might include washing windows for 50 cents each,​ for example,​ and maybe $1.50 to​ walk a​ dog .​
If the​ list is​ copied,​ it​ could be handed out to​ all relatives and possibly neighbors too.
6 .​
Rummage sales and flea markets .​
If parents agree,​ kids can have rummage sales,​ selling not just household things,​ but arts and crafts and refreshments too .​
Parents might even take their kids to​ a​ flea market to​ set up a​ stand .​
I​ sold (as an​ adult) more than $1,​000 of​ hand-made walking sticks one summer,​ while my wife sold hundreds of​ dollars worth in​ pewter figurines glued to​ rocks,​ sea shells and crystals .​
Cookies and drinks sell well too .​
It's a​ great way to​ learn about business,​ and a​ good way for kids to​ make money.




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