Top 15 Business Ideas and Ways for Kids to Make Money

ways for kids to make moneyI put together this list of Top 15 Business Ideas and ways for kids to make money to help you keep your kids busy, engaged, and learning skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.

I think entreprenuership is a great way to help them think outside of the box and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills early on.  Whether your kids grow up to be wildly successful businessmen or businesswomen or not, setting the stage for them to gain core business competencies will help them succeed in whatever they choose to do in the future.

A few of these skills include:

  • Understanding the value of marketing
  • Thinking outside of the box
  • Gaining confidence in relating and partnering with others
  • Overcoming rejection
  • Offering the customer value
  • Troubleshooting
  • The importance of following through & keeping your word

It seems like more and more people are starting their own small businesses — whether part-time or full-time —  as a way to provide another stream of income for their families, offset rising costs, and to be more self reliant.  There is no reason our kids can’t join us in the journey!

As with any acquired skill, there is a learning curve.  I wrote about how increasing the failure rate NOW will position them for success sooner — LATER.  The more exposure to business and lessons our children learn from early entrepreneurship, the better.  So lets get to it!

Top 15 Business Ideas for Kids:

  1. Salesman– Selling cold water, lemonade, or candy at nearby parks or community events.  Our boys’ first business was affectionately called the “Water Boys”.
  2. Crafter– Sell homemade items at community events or on Etsy.  (minors must sell under an adult on Etsy as you have to be 18 or older to have your own account.)
  3. Dog Walker
  4. Lawn Mower/ Landscaping/ Yard Work
  5. Pet Sitter
  6. Baby Sitter
  7. Window Washer
  8. Tutor for younger children
  9. Paper Boy/Girl
  10. Car Cleaner/ Detailer
  11. House Cleaner/ Organizer
  12. Design & Produce Custom Printed T-Shirts, Bags, etc.
  13. Holiday Help — Decorating, Wrapping, etc.
  14. Providing Packing & Moving Help
  15. Garage Sale Organizing & Assistance

I hope this list of ways for kids to make money serves as an inspirational resource for you and your kids as you discuss with them the possibilities of starting their very own “kid business!”  Another useful resource for you is the FREE Kid’s Business Plan Worksheet that I recently added.

Do you have your own personal experience with this or do you have any great ideas that aren’t included in the list?  I value your feedback and would love to hear your tips and ideas in the comments below!

Emily Eck

About Emily Oak

I am a Mother, a Lover, a Traveler, Entrepreneur and Blogger. I crave adventure, appreciate good leather, find old weathered wood beautiful, prefer french pressed coffee, and feel alive running in the rain (albeit at a snails pace)! I believe in living passionately, loving extravagantly, taking risks, forgiving often, and living for the audience of One. I am an introvert but you wouldn’t know that if you met me. I LOVE people.