15 Ways for Pre-Teens to Make Money This Summer

15 Ways for Pre-teens to Make Money This Summer

One of the best ways for pre-teens and teens to learn the essential life skill of money management is to earn and be responsible for their own money. The following are some great money making ideas to make some extra cash this summer when the thrill of being out of school wears off.

1. Recycle cans and earn money while also helping the environment. Take your recyclables to the nearest recycling plant or grocery store. 

2. Hold a garage sale this summer and sell unwanted/unused toys, clothing, etc. If you partner with Mom or Dad, you can sell lemonade to thirsty shoppers. 

3. Start a lawn service business. Mow yards this summer, rake leaves in the fall, and shovel snow in the winter. Charge different fees depending on the size of the yard. You can advertise your availability to the neighborhood with handmade flyers. Or advertise your business in your neighborhood’s newsletter if they have one.

4. Get a few friends together and hold a neighborhood car wash.

5. Make and sell crafts (for instance, crocheted hats and scarves, jewelry, candy and gift baskets). If you have the money, consider renting booth space at a local farmer’s market or craft show. 

6. Do chores for neighbors/help the elderly. Elderly people often have odd jobs that they are unable to do for themselves, or errands they need run. Make sure your parents are comfortable with the neighbors you help.

7. Babysit smaller children. Make sure you are old enough and certified through the Red Cross. Check the Red Cross website for babysitting and caregiving classes in your area.

8. Are you musically inclined or play an instrument? Consider providing music or instrument lessons.

9. Provide pet care services for friends or neighbors. Pets need washing, walking, and sometimes, even training. Many pet owners would rather pay a responsible kid to watch their animal than send them to a care facility when they go out of town.

10. House sit for neighbors when they are out of town. Water their plants, check their mail, tidy up the front walk, etc.

11. Take your used and unwanted video games to a local game stores (for instance, GameStop).

12. Take your old but well-maintained clothing to a consignment shop (for instance, Plato’s Closet).

13. Be a class helper at a local dance school or coach/referee at your local YMCA, or summer youth league.

14. Use your computer skills to teach someone how to use a computer. Create and design websites, or keep a blog.

15. If you have a knack for photography, consider volunteering your services with a local photographer. Once you learn the ropes, you can suggest being a paid assistant. 

The above list is just a small sampling of business ideas for children and young adults. You can probably come up with an assortment of ideas on your own. The important thing to remember is that it’s never too early for children to learn about managing money, and if they earn their own money, they will have a vested interest in the process.


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