Monica asked about ways that our girls make a little extra money. I emailed her, but thought my answer might be the start of a useful post. Here are some of the ways our children earn money.
- I have allowed the girls to put items up for sale on Ebay for us. If it’s something I would have sold myself, I might split the proceeds with them. If it’s something I wouldn’t have bothered with, I let them keep the money. Those high-dollar baby formula coupons that arrive in the mail sell surprisingly well.
- They buy items from the Vision Forum clearance shelf (at the on-site retail store, not the online Clearance Outlet) to post on their For Sale page.
- They combined their savings a while back and bought an expensive female Yorkie to breed. This little business investment of theirs was far more work than they expected, but it did pay off.
- Our oldest can now earn a paycheck when she works with her dad at Vision Forum, so she likes to pay her siblings generously to do her household chores on days that she is gone. We allow this because she sees it as a way to share a blessing with her sisters.
- We don’t do allowances, but I often hire the girls to do extra work for me, such as compiling a mailing list or doing graphic design for a family website. I often hire little ones to make my bed, brush my hair, etc. During the warm weather, I usually have a bounty out on flies and daddy longlegs in the house.
None of these might be practical for your family, but we find that there are always opportunities if you look hard enough and have a bit of patience.
We are rather limited because we live in a very rural setting, but if you live in the city you might find many opportunities with the neighbors:
- Yard care: lawn mowing, leaf raking, snow shoveling, poop scooping, weeding flowerbeds, etc. Hubby and I mowed lawns one summer, raking in over $2000 in the evenings with our $300 investment in a mower and weed eater, and a $4 classified ad. We once paid a kid to shovel the snow on our sidewalk simply because we appreciated his motivation.
- Misc. services: dog walking, house-sitting, pet-sitting and plant-sitting for vacationers, putting out the weekly trash, garage organization.
- Offer services: let your young entrepreneur knock on doors and tell the neighbors, “I’m trying to earn $50 for a ___. Do you have any small jobs I can do to get started?”
- Babysitting: an older child of yours could babysit in your own home if you prefer.
- Yard sale: they could have a yard sale for you, doing all of the work and keeping some or all of the proceeds. They could offer to clean neighbors’ garages, etc. and have a yard sale with the castoffs.
- Recycling: the price of aluminum is currently very low, but it fluctuates. My daughter and a few of my youngest sibs gathered a pickup load of cans a couple of years ago and earned over $150!
- Housecleaning: I started doing this for some of my dad’s coworkers at the tender age of 12. By the time I was 17 I had a small business.
How do your children earn money? How else could they earn money?