Creative Ways for Kids to Make Money

Kids can pick up odd jobs to help make ends meet.
Kids can pick up odd jobs to help make ends meet. (Image: David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Kids can find creative ways to make money to help fund their hobbies or pay for expenses while in school. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most teenagers work part-time jobs at some point during the academic school year to provide themselves with additional capital for school-related or recreational expenses. Kids of all ages can, however, use their entrepreneurial spirit to gain additional income.

Artistic Creations

One of the simplest ways for kids to get creative and make some additional money on the side is to simply use their artistic abilities to create their own artwork or crafts to sell. Artwork does not have to be on a canvas and kids can feel free to get as creative as they want using arts and crafts as a way to make some money. Kids can sell their art on eBay or Etsy with the help of their parents.


Another creative way for kids to make some money is to put a camera in their hands let them snap away. There are many different websites that kids can upload photos to and make money on royalties every time someone downloads a picture. They can also sell individual photographs for a set fee, but there is greater earning potential from collecting royalties. With the relatively inexpensive nature of digital cameras and memory cards, it can be simple for kid to get started making money right away.

Trash Sculptures

One way for kids to get creative, earn some additional money and even clean up the community is go around town collecting various pieces of trash that have not been properly disposed of. Rather than allowing these things to ruin environment, kids can collect the trash and use them as a sources of inspiration to create works of art to sell. Creating a story to go with each piece of "art" can give it an emotional appeal. Offer the art to the highest bidder or for a set price on Etsy and eBay.


Another way for kids to make some additional money is to use their computer skills to provide a service that meets a need. There are numerous ways in which kids can use their computer skills to make money. They can create web pages for adults who cannot do it for themselves. They can also provide consultation to adults who do not have the necessary computer skills to navigate the Internet or complete other basic computer-related tasks.

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