Mar 11, 2021

12 ways your kids and teens can earn money in 2021

Kids and teens are entrepreneurs in the making. Seriously, they’ve got more business chops than most grownups! So, let’s reward that. We’ve got a mix of chores, jobs and other unique ways for your kids and teens to start earning money. Take a look at this list of jobs for kids (12 and under) and jobs for teens (13-19).


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Take care of the pets At Greenlight, taking care of pets is consistently one of the top 5 chores for families. Why? This is a big help for parents, and it’s a great life lesson for aspiring pet-owners. Not to mention, kids love the extra time with their four-legged friends...even when it gets a little messy. Start a business Kidpreneurs are all around us. Take Henry H, for example, an eight-year-old who runs a cookie dough business. Here’s another: Brynn, a 12-year-old on a mission to make masks and donate her profits to charitable causes. Kudos, kids! Help with recycling Recycling is a whole process. First, you rinse. Then, you crush the cans or cut the cardboard, fill up your recycling bin and take it down to the end of the driveway (or wherever your family recycles). Enlist your kids for some help and check how they can get paid for their contribution. Start a garden On theme with making a difference for our planet, another fun chore for your kids is to start (and maintain!) a garden. Take them to the store to pick out fruit, veggie or herb plants and give them an allowance every time they water the garden. Bonus: If your produce is doing well, consider selling it at the local farmer’s market. Earn Parent-Paid Interest If you’re not interested in finding household jobs for your kids, you can start giving your kids an interest rate on their Greenlight savings. Parent-Paid Interest is simple and automatic. Next thing you know, they’ll be explaining compound growth to YOU. Help the neighbors with odds and ends Looking for a feel-good chore for your kids? Encourage them to help out the neighbors with their outdoor chores — raking leaves, mowing the lawn or checking the mail, to name a few.


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Write a book (and sell it!)

Don’t take it from us — take it from thirteen-year-old Stephen M, who wrote an inspiring story about stuttering. His 33-page book is selling on Amazon! If your teens have a knack for words, take a page out of Stephen’s book (pun intended) and encourage them to write their own novels or short stories. Help cook dinner

Looking for stay-at-home jobs for your teens? The next time they request a meal, ask them to help you make it, in exchange for a “paycheck”. You can do this for any of the chores around your house — running errands (if they’re 16), laundry for the family, the list goes on. Get a part-time job A part-time job helps instill lessons of hard work, punctuality and responsibility. Not to mention, it gives them interviewing experience at a young age. Not sure which companies offer jobs for teens? Try this list. If you’re looking for remote jobs for your teens, encourage them to pick up tutoring online. Become a babysitter or pet sitter If your teens are helpers, they may be inclined to take care of little critters...or little humans! To babysit, they may want to get certified with the Red Cross. Pet sitting doesn’t warrant a certification, but it does require a love for animals — and comfort with messes. Create and sell It’s not as easy to find safe jobs for teens during COVID, but they can always have a sale. Try Poshmark, Depop or thredUP for selling used clothes — or have them design their own clothes to sell on CafePress. Offer help as an assistant Looking for a stay-at-home job for your teens? Try offering their help as an assistant. Gardening assistant? Social media apprentice? Personal assistant? Sky’s the limit. Check with your friends and family members — or try a job search tool like this.

One last thing

There’s something out there for everyone. Whether your kids are inside or outside, working for you or working for a company, earning money is the start of a lifetime of lessons. 

And...we’ve got one last idea for you. If you haven’t already, tell your kids about our #MyGreenlightChallenge contests. We give kids and teens the chance to win money for sending in a video explaining a tricky money topic. It’s fun, keeps them learning and maybe they’ll score some cash.

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