How To Make Money When You Are A Kid

Basic Skills for Kids on How to Make Money

Written by Madi Gaebler for Gaebler Ventures

So, you need to make money for Justin Bieber tickets? Do you have what it takes to start your own business? Here are the basic skills you need to make money.

Making money as a kid isn't easy. It takes hard work and sometimes going out of your comfort zone.

Basic Skills for Kids on How to Make Money


Have no fear, there are many simple tips and skills that will make things easier as well as more profitable.


Being committed to your business plan is a very important factor to you success. As a kid, there are lots of other fun things you could be doing. But it is very important that you stick to the plan. Many times, kids come up with great plans that would be very rewarding if only they followed through. 

And remember, it is important to commit to your customers as well as your plans. For example, if you are doing dog walking, get to know the people as well as the dogs and show up on time. Don’t ever not show up. Show them that you are there for them. It just might get you more money and more customers.

If you are having a hard time committing to your plan, it might help to tape a picture of whatever you are going to buy with the money to your wall. This way, every day you are motivated to work from the minute that you wake up.

Exceed your limits

Sometimes in school your teachers might call it a go-beyond. It’s some extra work that makes what you’ve done different from the other students' work. Lots of times, it’s just what you need to impress the teacher. In the business world, go-beyonds are how beginning entrepreneurs take it to the next level. This is exactly what you need to do. 

Sometimes it can be as small as putting a little extra decoration on your signs, or as large as giving out free cookies to all your customers. Going over the top is always good when you are trying to make money. You shouldn’t, however, do so much so that you customers are taken aback or label you as desperate.

Talk, Talk, Talk

Talk to your customers. Talk to possible customers. Talk to your parent(s) about customers. Basically talk to everyone about your business idea. Being shy is very common, but sometimes making money involves stepping out of your comfort zone. 

If you are handing out flyers on a busy street, standing there is going to get you nowhere. So don’t be embarrassed. Be proud and, more importantly, confident.

Depending on what you are doing and where you live, you may or may not know these people. Try not to think about what the other people are thinking. Stay calm and confident and as a result, people will respect you.

When it comes to making conversations with people, some kids are not as skilled as others. Don’t worry though. Many adults are the same way. It helps to think of possible subjects ahead of time.

Be sure that what you are talking about is relatable to everyone. Weather is an easy conversation starter. Everybody likes to talk about it. It can often lead to other easy subjects and is very laid back. If you ever come to a conversation or question that you are uncomfortable, either reveal that you are uncomfortable about the question or answer the question with a short answer and quickly start another conversation. People will get the hint.

So stay relaxed and be sure to talk, commit, and go beyond. You are sure to exceed if you are sure of yourself. Believe me, cash for those Justin Bieber tickets is at your fingertips!

Madi Gaebler is an expert on kids and money. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her friends.

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