So you’re too young to start selling stock, but you’re old enough that you need some income. What do you do? Well, you’re in luck. There are dozens of ideas out there just waiting to be taken. Read on!
1. Do extra chores around the house. In addition to your weekly or monthly allowance, ask your parents if you can do extra work for even more Make sure to discuss the specifics!
- Get paid for cleaning the yard. This can mean raking leaves, picking up trash, or getting rid of useless stuff in the yard.
- Wash your parents’ cars. They’ll be happy to pay you to do this instead of springing for a car wash. However, you will have to invest some money for cleaning supplies, such as a sponge and a bucket.
- Clean the entire house. You can offer to clean the house in preparation for a party, or just do it on the spur of the moment. However, if you don’t discuss it with your parents in advance, you risk not getting paid for it. On the other hand, you could get paid extra for doing such a nice thing for your folks!
2. Write a book. Sure, this one seems a bit far-fetched, but it’s doable and, in fact, it’s been done before. You don’t have to write a Greek classic — you just have to write a book.
3. Re-sell your stuff online. If you have a keen eye for prices and things that are “hot,” this may be a decent option for you. If you have anything right now that you don’t use but someone else might, that’s money. If you don’t, get on the lookout.
4. Recycle. Alright, so maybe this one isn’t the most lucrative, but it’s certainly super easy. All those cans of soda you, your friends, and your family (and your neighbors!) drink are worth 5 cents a pop. 100 is an automatic 5 bucks. And all you had to do was drink soda!
5. Start baby or pet sitting. If you’re of a decent, trustworthy age, you may be able to start taking care of others’ children and/or pets. Babies can be hard work — so if you don’t have experience, you might wanna stick to puppies.
6. Join a neighborhood garage sale. You have plenty of toys sitting in the back of your closet that hasn’t been played with in months underneath plenty of clothes you grew out of last year. So why take up all your space? Go sell ’em!
7. Get a paper route. You’ll have to get up very early, but it’s good money and good exercise. You probably know someone who has done this before — if you don’t, you haven’t asked!
8. Tutor. If you’re stellar in a school subject, you may be able to tutor students who are younger than you — at any school in the area, if you have a ride. Go online and talk to your teachers — they may even be able to point you to a few kids who need help.