How can a 10-year-old make money?

Updated February 21, 2017

Kids need money! The problem is, however, that kids have to meet minimum federal and state age requirements to get a job. But what about kids under the legal work age? For instance, a 10-year-old kid may want to make a little money to save for something specific that they can buy, but may run into difficulty raising the money to do so without his parents' help. A little ingenuity can, however, make it possible for kids to earn some extra money.

Yard Work

A 10-year-old can make a little money during the spring and summer by starting a yardwork business. The child can offer services such as raking and bagging grass, pulling weeds in vegetable gardens, picking up trash around the yard and the rest of the neighbourhood and, perhaps, trimming hedges and shrubs. No amount of yard work should be seen as insignificant.

Car Wash

A 10-year-old kid can have a car wash. Find a business like a petrol station that is willing to let your child or a group of children set up shop on a hot day. This will attract business to the participating business and it will give your children the opportunity to provide a service that many people do not want to do for themselves anyway. You can either set a price point or simply take donations.

Animal Care

Another way that kids can make money is to provide a basic animal care service for people in the neighbourhood. Dog-walkers are common in many U.S. cities, but you wouldn't want to turn your 10-year-old loose in the middle of a metropolitan area. Kids in smaller towns may, however, be able to make money in this way. They can make much more money, moreover, by also providing animal grooming, feeding and watering.


A 10-year-old can collect items for recycling. Recycling cans, bottles, plastic items and newspapers can be an excellent way to raise some additional funds without needing any start-up costs.

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About the Author

Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities. He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001. A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business. He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.