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21 Awesome Ways Children Can Earn Money

Making money as a child was a lot trickier for people in my generation than it is for kids today. But, because of the strides people in my generation made, it is so much easier for kids today. And because of these strides in evolution, children can earn money with much less effort today.

Along with my children being able to make money at a much younger age, I also want my children to be more financially savvy with their money. These two things go hand in hand when it comes to how I teach them about work and finances. Therefore, I have introduced them to as many different ways to earn money at a young age as possible. This helps them diversify, but also see the things they really like to do to earn money.

children can earn money in-person and online

Earning money in person isn’t quite what it was when I was a kid, but there are still plenty of opportunities. But, that’s not they only way for them to earn money these days. There are also a ton of ways for them to earn money online, which might end up being an even better fit for your individual child. However, not all of these suggestions will be appropriate for all ages.

  1. Babysit – Babysitting is something I started doing at the age of 12. And parents are always in need of good babysitters. If you have any friends or family that could use your child as a babysitter, just to try it out, this is a great way to start.
  2. Create a yard sale – Have your kids help you go through their old clothes, shoes, and toys. Then, have them set up a yard sale and run it, while you oversee. They can keep whatever money they make.
  3. Employ your kids – If you are self-employed and have any tasks your children can help you with, then you can pay them to do so. My younger kids help with things like shredding mail and picking up dog poop. Anything that’s business related counts.
  4. Organize people’s stuff – If any of your kids have an eye for organizing, then this may be a viable money earning opportunity for them. This is another one you’d have to oversee, of course.
  5. Peer product flipper – One of my kids likes to flip candy, shoes and trading cards at school. This is a really good way that children can earn money if your child has a good eye for a deal.
  6. Selling t-shirts – Designing and selling t-shirts all in one fail swoop is extremely simple to do today. Some of my kids love to create designs, so this is a good way for them to make some money on their hobby. A few good websites to check out that cater to this market are: CafePress, Shopify, Teespring and Zazzle.
  7. Walk dogs – Walking dogs is something that most kids love doing, and most adults could probably do more of. So this activity could be a threefold option to spend more time together, get some exercise and earn money at the same time.
  8. Wash cars – All of us need our cars washed, probably more often than not. Not only can you pay them to wash your car, but they can help with your friends, family and neighbors also, if they are willing.
  9. Water plants – Helping your child find families that are vacationing, work long hours, or are elderly that need help taking care of their plants is another great option.
  10. Yard work – Yard work is something that a lot of families would love help with. This option is another one that gives them some good exercise while earning money.
  11. App tester – There are quite a few places your child can begin earning money playing with app. Two of the best places to get started are TesterWork and UberTesters.
  12. Create games – Similar to being an app tester, your child could get paid to create games. If this sounds like something your child might like, then it may be time to investigate creating their own game and monetize it.
  13. Create illustrations – If your child likes to create illustrations, then this is a fantastic option for them. All they need is a decent illustrating tablet and intuitive software (Clip Studio Paint Pro is a good one). A great website to have them set up a portfolio on is Deviantart.
  14. Make crafts or jewelry – If your child loves to create jewelry and crafts, then selling them online may be a great way for them to make money as a kid. The most popular website for things of this nature currently is Etsy.
  15. Making music. If your child has a musical ear, then this may just be the money-making genre for them. One of the best places to get started is Soundtrap.
  16. Make YouTube videos. Kids can be product testers and make videos of them testing out products from different companies. Even if your kid just wants to make videos talking about particular subjects (video games, how-to-videos, etc.), they can place ads in their videos to start generating income. As a parent, however, you should be closely monitoring them.
  17. Selling digital goods. Creating an eBook or a course is a great way to begin selling digital goods with very little overhead.
  18. Sell their old stuff online. There are many different platforms for your kids to sell their old stuff online. Some of our favorites are Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Poshmark.
  19. Start taking photographs. Taking photographs can be a great way to put your child’s hobby to good use. Some of the best sites they can check out are: EyeEm, Foap, Pexels and Scoopshot.
  20. Streaming. If your child is already big into watching streamed live content, then it may be time for them to start creating their own. Live streaming through Twitch is a great way to get them started.
  21. Take online surveys – Since the kids are on their devices more often than not, they might as well be making some money and have fun at the same time. Some good online survey sites to check out are: MyPoints and Swagbucks.

how children can earn money summary

Overall, there are so many different ways children can earn money these days that it could make ones head spin. I personally prefer for our kids to try all of the in-person options first because it gives them more social skills also. Which is a huge bonus. But, going through the list of all the money earning opportunities have helped us as parents see where our kids interests and skills lie. Which has ultimately helped us learn more about what they might really thrive at as adults in the work world. And this knowledge will only help them more financially in the future also. Even bigger bonus!

What are some of the best ways you have found that your children can earn money on their own?

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Sources of Retirement Income – Put Your Money to Work

Making the transition from working to becoming a pensioner can be difficult. You might find all the extra free time overwhelming and not know what to do with it, and you may also miss the routine of going to work every day.

However, perhaps the biggest challenge you’ll face with your new way of life is learning to adapt to the loss of income. Having been used to relying on a regular wage for so many years, the sudden change in monthly income coupled with your usual bills and expenses can be alarming. Fortunately, there are many sources of retirement income that you can take advantage of.

We’ve provided some advice to help you put your money to work so that you can enjoy your retirement to the fullest. Read more

Careers for Someone Interested in Making a Lot of Cash

Careers for Someone Interested in Making a Lot of Cash

 

Making a lot of money is often every eligible employee’s first concern. Everyone wants to have the best car, best house, and live the most expensive life. This is only achievable with a high salary, something which is incredibly hard to achieve unless you know the right people or have the right education. If you are looking to further your education and want to know what field to go into in order to make the most money, look no further! Here are five different careers for someone interested in making a lot of cash:

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3 Steps to Improving Your Credit Score and Why It Matters

Whether you want to buy a house, a car, or rent an apartment, you need a good credit score. If you don’t have a high score on your credit report, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t buy big-ticket items or find a place to live. But it does mean that you’ll pay more to buy the same items as someone who has a better track record with the credit bureau.

The good news is that a less-than-stellar credit score doesn’t have to be permanent. There are some easy ways to raise your score, and all it takes is a little time for your number to rise. Read more

Some people who live a wonderful quality of life making a meager income while others struggle no matter the income. Learn more here.

Money Matters: How to Go From Debt to Wealth

There are people who live a wonderful quality of life making five figures and those who struggle with a six-figure income. The difference is the way they handle their money. If you are careless with money, you will live a stressful life caused by outstanding debt. Thankfully, you can change the way you handle money and end the in-debt way of life. Below are a few tips to help you achieve success. Read more

How to Manage Your Money Better

If you earn a good living, enjoy a comfortable lifestyle, and appear to have no financial worries, it doesn’t always mean you’re good at managing your money. It may just mean that you’ve figured out how to earn well.

Two ways that you can improve your money management skills are to get better at managing your credit cards and get at planning your retirement. Read more

Converting Your Passion Into Profit: How to Make Money as an Infopreneur

In the not-so-distant past, making money solely from generating and sharing information was considered a pipe dream. Today, savvy people are doing it all the time, and so can you. We live in the Information Age, so why not take advantage of it by making money with your own info and expertise? It can be done, and it’s not as hard or as expensive as you might think.  Read on to learn about how you can make money as an infopreneur by sharing your thoughts and ideas with people who want to learn what you know. Read more

Why I Love Swagbucks to Make Money Taking Surveys

In a lot of cases, surveys may not sound like a lot of fun. They can be pretty time consuming and aren’t always relevant. But, I’ve found one consistently good survey site to earn money on that has a multitude of ways to earn money. This site is Swagbucks. And they haven’t steered me wrong yet. So, here are the many reasons why I love Swagbucks to make a little bit of side cash.

How Swagbucks works

When you first sign up for Swagbucks, it may seem a bit overwhelming. They will want you to fill out a lot of personal information right out of the gate. But all of this is necessary for them to send you your rewards. And of course for their own marketing purposes. They also want to make sure that they are catering the surveys and tasks to your personal life.

This is important because the more specific you are with the answers you provide, the better they are able to match surveys to you. And by doing this they, and you waste less time in the grand scheme of things. I know, for me, I prefer to only take surveys that are relevant to my life currently. So, while this step can be the most time consuming of the whole onboarding process, it’s the most important.

Once you finish the initial sign-up process, Swagbucks will grant you with some initial SB to add to your account. Everything you do on the site, or through the desktop extension can earn you more SB. Once you have SB in your account, you can begin looking at different cash out options to use your rewards.

how to earn swagbucks

Once you’ve signed up, there will be quite a few options on the home screen to begin earning more Swagbucks. My favorite option is to take surveys. And this is a really easy thing to do while I’m stuck in the carpool line or waiting for dinner to finish cooking. I’m all about multi-tasking!

Another really good way to earn Swagbucks is by using the extension when shopping online. This is similar to Honey, Rakuten and Capital One Shopping. All of these sites will pop up when I’m shopping online to let me know if there are rebates or coupon codes they can try to save me money. Well, Swagbucks is similar but instead I can earn Swagbucks for my purchases. I usually use this option once I’ve tried the coupon codes on the other extensions and none of them work. Because, either way, I’d like to earn something for my online shopping purchases.

Another really great way to earn SB is by using their Magic Receipts option. This let’s you upload your receipts from certain stores and earn SB for purchases of certain items. It’s similar to how Ibotta works, except that you don’t earn actual cash back, but SB instead. Of course, SB can be turned into cash, so it’s really all the same in the end. And the best way to hack this is to turn your receipts in through Swagbucks Magic Receipts, Ibotta and Receipt Hog. Now, you’re really saving a bundle on groceries!

As if this weren’t enough of a reason to give them a try, you can also earn SB by donating to charities, watching videos and playing some mobile games.

what can you use your swagbucks for?

Once you’ve earned enough SB, you can start redeeming them for a myriad of different things. The most popular thing to redeem them for (and what I have always done to date) are gift cards. They offer a ton of different gift card options, as well as monetary values to choose from. Some of the most popular choices are:

  • Amazon
  • Visa gift card
  • American Express gift card
  • Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Google Play
  • CVS
  • Sony PlayStation
  • Door Dash
  • Apple Store
  • Target
  • The list goes on!

On top of this, they regularly have “sales” on their gift cards. This means you can purchase them for less SB than you normally would. So, if you want to get even more side cash, it’s good to keep an eye on the gift cards that are on sale and try to redeem your SB towards one of those.

Gift cards are the primary way to redeem SB, but they do also offer PayPal cash. So this is another good option if you don’t want any of the gift cards they have to offer. Or if you just need money in your PayPal account for an upcoming purchase.

summary

Ultimately, there are so many great things about Swagbucks that it’s hard for me to say anything bad about them. While you may not make a ton of money performing the activities on their site, you can also save some money by using them on regular purchases. It seems like they get more and more robust with their offerings each year, so I’m interested to see what they roll out with next. No matter what, if you haven’t given them a try yet, you’ve really got nothing to lose.

Have you tried taking surveys on Swagbucks to earn some extra side cash? If so, how has your experience been?