Can you believe fall is already here? And winter (not to mention Christmas) is just a few months away!
If you’re looking to earn a little extra cash, now is the perfect time to start your own money-making business before or after school. Then you’ll have lots of extra cash for Christmas shopping!
You probably know that restaurants and grocery stores won’t hire kids under the age of 13.
It’s against the law for businesses to hire kids under the age of 14. Child labor laws were enacted to protect you.
Here are 7 Jobs for 13 Year Olds To Make Some Extra Cash:
Just remember to check with your parents first before knocking on doors looking for jobs!
A Raking You Can Do!
Fall means lots of leaves! And piles of money for ambitious 13 year olds. You could charge by the hour for raking, or better yet, by the bag. A fair price could be $10 per filled hefty bag full of leaves. That would add up to be thousands of dollars on our farm!
But you could easily make $60-80 for a day’s worth of leaf raking.
If you live out in the country like we do, you’ll probably have to pick a neighborhood and head into town.
The best place to search for leaf raking jobs are at the homes of senior citizens or working couples with beautifully landscaped lawns. Why? Because these people care about their lawns!
Holiday Bazaars (one of my favorites!)
Every year St. Bridget’s in River Falls holds a Christmas bazaar as a fund raiser. And many other churches do as well. One of my favorite Christmas bazaars is at the Old Stillwater Courthouse with it’s Victorian Christmas theme.
How most bazaars work is that you "rent" space in the gym or fellowship hall for a certain dollar amount, and then keep the profits of all the things you sell. Kids can earn several hundred dollars at holiday bazaars by selling unique, homemade crafts.
Things that you can make that sell well at Holiday bazaars include:
homemade soaps & body scrubs
funky handmade jewelry
scrapbook greeting cards
homemade cookies and brownies (low-fat or sugar free are especially popular)
handmade Christmas ornaments or decorations
grapevine wreaths or garland
knitted doggie jackets or jeweled dog collars
"gifts in a jar" or jarred hot chocolate or cookie mixes
I may even head to a bazaar with my homemade “Manure Tea Bags” to feed your indoor plants! Another idea is some trendy laptop covers or “skins:”
You can also set up your own free online store to sell your homemade goods. Check out www.etsy.com.
Shovel, shovel, shovel!
Both businesses and homeowners must have their walks shoveled by a certain time of the morning. Otherwise they risk getting a fine. You could make arrangements with a couple of neighbors or businesses to shovel their walks early in the morning before school.
And don’t forget to toss some sand or salt on the icy spots!
As the holidays approach, parents need baby-sitters to get their shopping done. for Christmas and New Years parties, office parties, and special nights out. Let your neighbors know that you are available for baby-sitting and get on their list of sitters to call.
For the month of December, also think about offering "drop in" baby-sitting on Saturdays so parents can do their Christmas shopping. By watching several kids in your home, you can double or triple the baby-sitting earnings.
Christmas and Thanksgiving usually means lots of company for some of your neighbors. Your parents might know which of these neighbors would hire a kid to help get the house cleaned and ready for company.
Or you could offer to put up holiday decorations or hang Christmas lights up outside.
Baking for Bucks
One of my least favorite jobs is meal planning. How about offering busy parents a home-cooked meal either made at their home or delivered just in time for dinner? This would be especially appreciated around the hectic holiday season.
When you’re advertising or talking to customers, stress that it’s cheaper than take-out and healthier too!
Entering contests is yet another fun way of earning a little extra cash or cool prizes. Ask your school art teacher about possible contests you can enter.
So get started, have some fun, and be rolling in the dough by 2010!