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Below are some ways for kids to earn some extra money. This topic is covered in the newsletter as well (subscribe on the home page) and there is also another page about ways for kids to make money.

Earn Money - Products

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

If you live in an area with pine trees, collecting the cones you'll need for this will be easy. Bring several plastic shopping bags and start gathering them up. In some areas, you can get three hundred cones in a hour or less.

There are two ways to make them hang as ornaments. The first is to simply tie a piece of thread or string to them near the fat end of the cone, with a loop for hanging on the branches of the tree. A better way is to use wire "ornament hangers." This requires that you twist little "eyelet screws" into the top of each cone (Wal-Mart has both of these things), and attach the wire hangers to these.

To really make them pretty, you need to spray-paint them (you'll need a parent to buy the paint for you). Set up a string in the yard, or use a clothesline to hang the ornaments on, and spray-paint them from all sides. They'll be dry in a few minutes. Gold and silver are great colors, but red and green work too.

If you use all four colors, you'll have to invest about eight dollars total, with hangers, screws and paint. That should give you enough supplies to make at least 140 ornaments. You can sell them for 50 cents each or a set of all four colors for $1.50. If you sell 35 sets (140 ornaments), you'll make $52, or $44 profit after the cost of your supplies.

Cold Soda

If there are events in your town in the summer, like parades or festivals, you may be able to sell cold pop. Call the city government and ask them which events they allow vendors at, and how much it will cost you for a permit to sell pop. You'll probably need to borrow the money from your parents to do this, because the permit may cost as much as $50 per day, and you'll need to buy the pop, a cooler, and ice. See if you can borrow a small wagon to pull the cooler around in.

I have seen kids sell hundreds of dollars worth of pop in a day during a parade or festival. You should try to have several types of soda, and at least one of them should be a sugar-free one. If you watch for sales, you can get 12-packs for as little as $3, which is 25 cents-per-can. Sell them for a dollar each, and make sure they are cold.

Earn Money - Services

Snow Shoveling

This is one of the best ways for kids to earn money in the winter. All you need is a shovel. If you can't borrow one from your parents, it will cost about $10 to buy one. Find one that isn't too heavy.

Ask your parents for permission first, but there are several ways to get business. You can go door-to-door asking if people need any snow shoveling done. You can approach people who are shoveling their own driveways and offer to finish the job. You can see if businesses downtown need their sidewalks cleared.

Ask around to see what people think is a fair price in your area. You can charge by the hour (maybe $6 per hour), or by the job. If you charge by the job, be sure you are good at guessing how much work it will be to shovel that driveway or sidewalk.

Car Detailing

People pay up to $75 or more to have their cars washed and thoroughly cleaned inside. Of course, there are professional services that do this, and they have good equipment, so you can't expect to compete with them. But if you can borrow a bucket, a vacuum cleaner and some cleaning supplies, you can offer a cheaper service to your neighbors and your parents friends.

Do your parents car first (maybe as a birthday present) to get experience. You need to clean every little part of the inside. That means the windows, the dashboard, under the seats, the mirrors, and every corner. You should be get a book or go online to earn how to get stains out of seats too. If you do a good job, you should be able to charge $20 for your service, and it should take you a few hours or less.

Yard Work

Kids have been earning money raking leaves and cutting grass and trimming bushes for a long time. Ask around to see what people are willing to pay in your area. Usually you can use their equipment, so you don't have to invest a dollar to get started doing this.

One More Way for Kids to Earn Money

Online Blog

You'll need your parent's permission and help for this one, but it is a fun way to earn money. Go to one of the places on the internet that lets you set up a free blog (like Blogger.com). Create a blog about something that interests you. It can be on video games, how to raise hamsters, television shows, or anything that you want. Once you start it, you just have to write something new at least once every week. It can be your opinion, or advice, or useful information.

To make money with the blog, you need to find something online to sell for a commission. This is called an affiliate program. You tell people about a company's website, and if they go there and buy something, you earn a commission.

Commission junction (cj.com) handles affiliate programs for many companies. You can go there and find a product that readers of your blog might buy. If your blog is on video games, for example, there are companies that sell games. You just announce on your blog that they have great games, and put a link to their site with your code in it (ask a parent for help with this part). If visitors to your blog go and buy something, you get paid.

Unfortunately, an adult has to open the account to sell these affiliate products, and the check will be sent to that adult. The good news is that once your mother or father sets it up for you, they don't have to do anything else except cash the checks for you. You can do all the writing for the blog, and you can tell your friends about it to start getting visitors.



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