Kids always seem to need money, whether it is for toys, play dates, lunch or activities. Instead of always paying for extra items or fun, encourage your child to get a job. It is easy to make quick money as a kid by selling a product or a service. This is good for a child whose financial needs never cease. Go the entrepreneurial route, create a small business and watch the money roll in.
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Things you need
- 3 pieces of large tag board
- 2 wooden stakes
- Thick markers
- Disposable cups
- Bottled water
- $5 in change
Figure out how much it will cost to make the lemonade and how much you will need to sell it for to make some money. Then make large signs using tag board that advertise your lemonade stand. Include the price of the lemonade and add bottled water. For great visual impact, use bright colours outlined in black. Offer lemonade refills for less than the amount of the first cup purchased. Attach two of the signs to your wooden stakes. Make sure these have arrows to direct traffic.
Set up a table and chair at the end of your driveway, close to the street or on a corner near your house. Have a friend or parent join you for company and safety. Put the bottled water in your cooler, fill it with ice and set it by your chair. Put your cups on the table.
Make at least two pitchers of lemonade. Ask an adult for help if you are not comfortable measuring the ingredients. Cover the pitchers and set them on your table.
Tape your sign to the front of your table. Post one sign on each end of your street to attract more customers. Put £3 in change in a box or resealable bag out of view, get comfortable and prepare to be busy. Make sure that you have extra pitchers of lemonade already made or someone who can help you keep the beverages stocked.
Take a babysitting course, like the one through the American Red Cross, linked in the References below. Learn how to take care of infants and young children. Get training in first aid and CPR. Find out the going rate for new babysitters in your area.
If you are not old enough to babysit on your own, market your services as a "Mother's Helper," where you play with, and distract, the children while the parent is in the house doing other tasks.
Make flyers advertising your babysitting services, rates and available hours. Post these at your neighbourhood clubhouse, grocery store, laundromat and gym. Tell your neighbours that you are available to babysit. Use word of mouth to spread the information.
Accept babysitting jobs and do your best when working. Keep the children safe and happy and tidy up any kid messes. If the parents are impressed with your services, they may hire you again. They also will tell their friends about what a great job you did. This will lead to new customers.
Tips and warnings
- Always ask your parent for permission before you do anything to make money.
- If you are a young child, always have an adult with you when you are selling products.
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