Like most parents, we give our kids an allowance in exchange for lightweight household chores. It’s great to show them early on how to earn some money for spending, saving, and donating, but to really get their entrepreneurial juices flowing, you’ll want to teach them to hustle!
More specifically, learn how to Side Hustle! What is a side hustle? Urban Dictionary defines it as: Sideline that brings in cash; something other than your main job.
I like to equate it to the new school version of the old school lemonade stand, or paper route. Actually those old school hustles are still great ways for kids to make money today, but with a new school twist.
Unless your kid has a ‘main hustle’ all of the ideas below are really just ways that your kid(s) can earn some serious cash, while thinking a little outside of the box.
So what are the side hustles?
1. Lemonade Stand
Of course we have to start here! I love entrepreneurial success stories, especially from kids! Mikaila Ulmer created her BeeSweet Lemonade using her great granny’s recipe at the ripe old age of 4, when her family encouraged her to enter a children’s business competition.
She now sells her lemonade flavors at Whole Foods, and this is in between workshops on how to save honeybees (yes, she an expert at all things bee’s) and teaching others how to be social entrepreneurs like herself.
Search Pinterest for lemonade stand ideas, make some good (cold) lemonade, find a great location, and have some fun. Most patrons will be happy to pay you a small sum for some quenching lemonade, and the better the product, the more you can charge.
2. Get Paid To Shop and Watch Videos
Swagbucks is a website that will pay you for watching short videos, playing games, shopping at your favorite eCommerce websites, and various other online activities.
You get paid with Swagbucks which you can later redeem for gift cards to places like Old Navy, Walmart, and Amazon. Oh I forgot to mention that it’s free to sign up!
3. Browse Your Mobile Phone and Get Paid
InboxDollars is similar to Swagbucks in that you will get paid to watch videos, take surveys, and play online games, but instead of getting points that you redeem for gift cards, you actually get cash payouts. It’s also free to sign up, so you really have nothing to lose, and $$ to gain.
4. Lawn Mowing
Probably one of the oldest side hustles around, but now you have tech on your side. Greenpal is like the Lyft for lawn care. Instead of knocking on doors for business, with Greenpal your clients come to you.
The best thing is the average vendor makes $55 per hour using Greenpal, and you can set your own hours and pick the clients you want to work for. This service is only available in certain states, so check the website to see if your city and state is listed.
I’d say this side hustle is better suited towards older kids, and hey you can always canvas the neighborhood for clients, just put on a smile and ask for the business.
5. Sell Soda, Candy & Snacks
This can be very profitable, especially if you can get your products cheap. Costco is a great example of where you can get a 12-pack of soda for less than $6 bucks. You can turnaround and easily sell each can for $1 and double your money, but why not sell them for $2 bucks instead! You can do the same with popular snacks and candy.
6. Shovel Snow
My kids live in Southern California, so this side hustle would prove challenging to say the least. However, if you live in colder climates, there is much money to be made shoveling snow, clearing driveways, and clearing walkways for your neighbors. Here are some additional tips to ensure safety comes before payday!
7. Shoe Hustle
There is money to be made in the sneaker flipping game. It’s pretty much what it sounds like, you find popular sneaker brands, and resell them to other sneakerheads for profit. If you want to get on the path to success, checkout Ned’s story for some encouragement!
8. Sell on eBay
Similar to the shoe hustle above, you can start by finding items in your household that you no longer use. One that comes to mind with my kids is video games, and accessories.
Once you’ve depleted items to sell from around the house, you can look at finding products on clearance at your favorite stores, then sell them for a profit on eBay. You should check out their underage user policy, and the Seller Central portal has a ton of great information to get started.
9. Creating Online Content
They are already on their smartphones and tablets as consumers, so why not create content for other people to consume? From YouTube to Instagram, there are many ways to create content tailored around subjects your kids are interested in.
For example, my oldest son created Pulling Up Cars, an Instagram channel based on his passion for Supercars, Hypercars, and Exotics like Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and McLarens. I take him out to car shows most weekends to gather the content, and he updates the feed daily.
10. LiveStream Video Games
My kids love playing video games on their Xbox, but did you know that your kids can take part in a revenue share on sites like Twitch.TV where they stream their video games live to like minded viewers?
It helps if your kids have a personality that sets them apart, and of course they need to be really good at the games they are streaming, as this is a very competitive side hustle!
11. Clean Houses
Are your kids good at cleaning up? Mine are definitely not, so for that reason, they’re out! But if the idea of $15 – 20 per hour sounds good, they may consider offering their cleaning services to your neighbors.
Professional maid services are great, but at $35 per hour your teen or responsible pre-teen could get the nod for that business if they charged $15 per hour, as long as they can work efficiently, and thoroughly.
If you’re good with kids, finding a babysitting gig can pay dividends. Many parents would gladly pay a responsible teen or pre-teen $20 – 30 bucks for a few hours of watching kids while they take in a meal, or a movie.
Do a few of those every weekend, and you’ll have some nice spending cash to put in your pocket.
13. Pet Sit
My kids love our cat, and have even started an Instagram channel for her, and if your kids love pets they can earn some doggie dollars, or kitty cash (ok that was corny) by pet sitting for people in your local neighborhood.
I know this can be especially beneficial for families that go on short trips, and just need for someone to check on food, play, and go on a few walks. Dogs of course would need more care than cats, or fish, so decide on the level of commitment you want to put into the service.
14. Dog Walking
If pet sitting is too much of a commitment, how about dog walking? Having a dog is a huge commitment, and many dogs require daily walks to stay fit, and healthy.
If a dog owner has a demanding schedule, it’s pretty tough to keep that commitment, and that’s where a dog walking teen or pre-teen will come to the rescue.
According to Angie’s List, dog walkers can make up to $30 for a 30 minute walk! Add a second dog, well that’s another $10. This can be quite lucrative as you can see!
15. Wash Cars
My kids love to help me wash the car on the weekends, so why not take that same effort and make some spending cash! All you need to get started is some good quality soap (not dish soap), a bucket, some wash mitts, and some drying towels.
If you’ll be doing the interior, you will want to get some interior cleaning supplies, and possibly a portable vacuum cleaner to make the job complete.
16. Work Fast Food
My first job as a teen was at McDonalds. Many may consider this not worth their time, but In-N-Out Burger as of this writing starts out everyone at a minimum of $11 per hour. And if you think there is no room for advancement, well store managers can make more than $160k per year!
17. Run Errands For People
Many people don’t like running errands, and would gladly pay a teen to pick up groceries, dry cleaning, prescriptions, or ship a package.
To make this worthwhile, make sure to work in areas where there are a lot of homes, and apartments that are close to shopping centers with a variety of businesses.
18. Scoop Dog Poop
Yes this may not be a favorite for obvious reasons, but this a service many people will pay for. One way you can increase your income is to charge a flat monthly fee like $40 per month, per customer, where you’ll stop by at an agreed upon frequency to scoop the poop.
Get 10 customers per month, and you can see how this can quickly add up to a nice sum for you to spend, save, and donate to your favorite charity.
19. Work Retail
Working a retail job is a great way to make some extra money, and get work experience. I’d say the best perk about working retail is the employee discount, so make sure you work at a retail place you also love to frequent to maximize your overall benefit!
20. Hobbies That Pay You
Fiverr is a website that allows you to offer your service for payment. Anything from designing logos for businesses, proofreading, or writing blog post and articles. You can offer your services for as low as $5.
I know that $5 doesn’t sound like much, but the key here is to get your ratings up, and build up a solid reputation with your work. If you stick with it, you can raise your rates for future gigs.
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