Dear children of the UK,
Please stop asking us for money for Pokémon cards, FIFA packs, PlayStation add-ons, video games, brain lickers, smart putty, and so on.
Parents of the UK.
And whilst you’re here, why not take a look at some ideas how you can earn some money to pay for all this stuff.
So you’re a kid and you want to make some cash. I’ve got the kids myself so I know how much kids like to make some quick cash.
But what are the best ways kids can make some money?
Here are 16 proven ways to start making money fast if you’re a kid
- Baking cakes
- Washing cars
- Sell books or CDs on eBay
- Walking dogs
- Mowing lawns
- Do odd jobs around the house for your parents
- Selling On EBay Or Vinted Or Depop
- Lemonade Stand
- Have A Garage Sale
- Selling Sweet Cones
- YouTube Or Instagram Channel
- Fixing IPhones
Read on to find out more about these ideas in detail.
1. Bake some cakes
Cupcakes are popular just now and relatively easy and inexpensive to make.
Use a recipe such as this one for the cupcakes.
Make sure you tell your customers that the cakes are homemade and that you haven’t just bought them at Costco. Print or design a sign that says ‘MADE BY KIDS’ to tell your customers that a kid made them.
Sell from a parent’s car boot parked in your driveway (stay safe), or a fold-down table in your front garden.
Print out a sheet with your ingredients so that any allergy sufferers are aware.
2. Car washing
Every car owner needs their vehicle washed every now and again. With a bucket of suds and some sponges, a could of kids could charge up to £5 for a thorough car wash.
Make sure you do it properly or you won’t get asked again. Watch a video like this to learn how to do a thorough job.
It could be a good idea to start on a parent’s car to make sure you get it right. Then move on to friendly neighbours’ cars. It sounds easy but there’s more to it than you think and thoroughness is everything.
Also, always be super safe around cars and never go inside the car so as to avoid any accidents.
3 Sell old books or CDs
If your house is like ours, there will be loads of books that have been read and available for sale and CDs that never get listened to any more lying around the house or stuffed away in cupboards.
Ask a parent (nicely) if they would like to ‘declutter’.
If they agree, you have a couple of options to shift the merch.
- Car boot sale like above. Maybe combine it with your cake sale.
- Ask a parent if you could use their eBay account to shift the goods.
Look out for any local school or church hall fetes. You may have to pay to book a table, but with luck, your profits could cover your costs.
4 Dog walking
Dog walking is a legitimate business in its own right now and there are thousands of adults throughout the country whose full-time job is giving four-legged friends a runaround in the park.
But that’s not too say you can’t get a piece of the action.
You’ll know who has a dog in your local neighbourhood. An idea might be to print out flyers mentioning your service, then pop it through some doggy letterboxes. Ask a parent if you can use their mobile number for the flyer. Then wait and see who comes back to you.
5 Mowing lawns
Come spring, the smell of freshly mown grass is in the air when garden owners are mowing their lawns for the first time in months.
However, lawns need to keep getting mown to keep them in shape and it can sometimes be tough for the elderly (or the lazy) to keep on top of garden maintenance.
It might be an idea to make a start with your parents’ or grandparents’ lawn to get some practice in. If you do it properly, they will be delighted, believe me.
Always try your best to do a thorough job, also if you can mow the lawn, you could try branching out into other areas of horticulture such as trimming hedges.
6 Doing odd jobs for your parent
As a parent, I can think of nothing more helpful than a child cleaning or tidying around the house. Some ideas are hoovering, cleaning your room, do the dishes or emptying the dishwasher.
Ask a parent if they would be willing to pay with cash or supplement your pocket money for your hard work.
You may be surprised at the reaction!
I hope these ideas have been useful and have given you some ideas on how to earn some extra cash.
7 Selling on eBay or Vinted or Depop
A great place where you can sell unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories. You can sell no longer used musical instruments, books, clothes and digital games. You’ll need to have your items in good quality and take decent photos.
Before selling your item it is worth checking out similar goods and what they have sold for. Check if you are prepared to post your item off or if you want the item collected only. You may need your parents permission to set up an account and to set up PayPal to collect the extra money you make.
Extending from this you can look around on auction sites and charity shops for bargain buys and re-sell them. If you have an eye for detail and trends you can pick up some under-priced items and sell them on. Car boot sales and garage sales are also good for picking up a bargain which you can re-sell to make some extra money.
This is an easy and smart way to get some extra money for the things you want. We bought a toy doll on eBay for a couple of pounds, as we realised it was a collectors doll which we re-sold for £60. My teenager was very happy with the extra money she earned.
Money Making Ideas for 12-year-olds
8 Lemonade Stand
As the sun comes out you could build a lemonade stand in your street and sell your drinks to local passers-by. You will obviously need to be careful about hygiene but you can dress up your drinks with little umbrellas or ice cubes.
If you live in a community-friendly area you could pop leaflets through neighbours doors to let them know of the times you will be out or promote on local social media. This could be a great way if you are a young teenager and want to save up for a new gadget or clothes. You’ll need to have some change ready for when people pay you and might want an adult on standby to help.
Ways Younger Teens Can Make Some Extra Money
9 Have a Garage Sale
Other ways younger teens can earn some extra money is having a garage sale – again, notifiy your neighbours in advance and you could soon make some pennies for your piggy bank.
10 Selling Sweet Cones to your friends and local people
A fab money-making idea for a youngster to earn some extra money in their spare time. You can bulk buy sweets, particularly retro sweets, and the clear cone bags with ribbons relatively cheaply. You can get quite creative with your packing and wrapping and then post pictures of your sweet cones on social media.
If you have a community Facebook page this would be a great way to advertise your products. You could sell each sweet cone for around £2-£3 each, and if each cone only cost £1 to put together you can soon make a little extra money.
These also work well for local fairs and community events. If you sold 30 cones you could soon make £50-£60 pounds – perfect for saving up for those new trainers.
Money making ideas for older teens
if you know people and friends with small children, they are probably very keen to get out when the lockdown restrictions end. And those small children will need looking after. If you enjoy being around younger children and can demonstrate an element of responsibility and safety you may well be able to earn £10 – £20 for an evening’s work which is a relatively convenient way of earning some extra pocket money as a teenager.
It’s worth asking around as couples are always keen to have a night out without the children. You could even start by offering to sit with the children during the day initially to build up trust. You could increase rates at certain times of the year when you need some extra money – such as over Christmas and New Year.
Ways to Make Money Online as a Teen
12 YouTube or Instagram Channel
If you are tech-savvy, there are a number of things you could do to earn some extra pocket money in the UK. Setting up a YouTube or Instagram channel is a long term goal but you could find yourself earning cash from adverts or gaining freebies to review. You will need to build up a following of at least a couple of thousand followers so this is a long term way of making some extra pocket money. You don’t necessarily need to show your face on the channel (this puts a lot of people off) you can share other people’s work and videos as long as you credit it. Google AdSense and Affiliate Marketing are all additional ways to bringing in a passive income.
13 Fixing iPhones
Another idea is to learn how to fix iPhones. There are plenty of tutorials that show you how to change an iPhone screen. The cost is relatively cheap to fix, and you could pick up an old iPhone from eBay with a broken screen, fix the screen and sell the phone on for a lot more money. You will be learning a great skill and making money too. Iphones are cheaper and simple to fix the screen than other phones.
Survey Sites – ideal for earning extra money and gift cards
If you are stuck in and have your phone or computer to hand, you can pick up a few pounds here and there by entering surveys. Some sites also pay you in gift cards. You may find that you have a lot of market research calls back at you as a result so shop around for the best survey sites. Slicethepie.com is a site where you get paid for your opinions and you can join if you are over 13 years old. You are asked to part in short surveys about music, fashion, brands. We tried it and it was quick and easy to sign up, and our tester took part in couple of surveys on music. They were quick and easy and the pence earned soon turned into pounds.
Qmee.com is another survey site popular with teenagers who are looking to make some extra money – you need to be 16 to sign up but is a good place for taking part in short surveys and earning a bit of extra pocket money.
The money you earn stays in your account and you can withdraw it straight away to your PayPal account. InsatGC.com is another survey site, you give your opinions or watch videos and adverts and earn money from this, you can also earn gift cards by doing this.
Userlytics is another place where you can get paid for testing out websites. You can earn anything from $5-$20 from checking out and giving your opinion on a new website. A microphone and camera are necessary for this and you need to be over 16 to join Userlytics.
Lastly, one for the younger teens, if you are age 13-14 and want to earn some extra money try signing up to TheOpinionPanel – you do need to make $25 before you can withdraw the money. Gift Hulk is another place you can earn money as a teenager, you enter surveys and earn gift cards.
Remember always stay safe by:
- Telling your parents where you are going at all times
- Stay in groups of at least two or three.
- Be polite when talking to potential customers
- Obey the rules of the road when washing cars and knocking on doors.