How could my 13-year-old neighbor make money?

Don't suggest =smart= i already saw that.  I've also searched instructables... nothing that i want.

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Kiteman7 years ago
You could get them to give lessons on basic internet skills.

Lesson #1 - How to Use a Website's "Search" Function.

Oh snap
GrotBox7 years ago
Cleaning cars. Cleaning windows. Mowing lawns. Buy and sell things on ebay. Make things and sell them. Deliver newspapers. Pick wild fruit, make jam and sell that. Dog walking service.
If you've searched the Answers to past questions along these lines, you've seen just about all the good suggestions we've been able to come up with.

The answer is the same for a 13-year-old as for anyone else: Find a service or product that there's an unfilled market for, and that you can make a profit doing, and that doesn't have start-up costs so high that they won't be repaid reasonably quickly. Spend the time and effort and money necessary to let folks know that the business exists. Make sure the product/service is good enough that customers think they're getting a good deal. Collect endorsements and references, and use them in further advertising. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. WORK.

Kids have an advantage in that people may be more willing to listen to a sales pitch from a kid than they would from an adult. They also have the disadvantages of less experience and strength and starting capital. Finding a good balance for those is not trivial, alas.

As a 13-year-old, I started working a paper route, which over the next few years I built up to 80 (!) customers. I also negotiated with my parents to recast part of my allowance as payment for yard work, and taking on more of that responsiblity let me boost my income a bit.

I would be remiss if I didn't also point out that _saving_ money -- cutting back on the spending for candy and comic books and the like -- can also add up faster than one might expect.

Good luck. Remember to have fun.
As a 13-year-old, I started working a paper route, which over the next few years I built up to 80 (!) customers. .

I saw a lovely story about Brad Sugars, the business coaching guru who said he started at 13 with a paper round, and then sub contracted the actual doing of it to his friends.

Apparently, he retired at 25, for the first time !

He'd imagined that playing golf all day was the thing to do when you retire, but he discovered that golf players largely spent the time on the course discussing their prostate problems, so he went back to work.


To add on -- doesn't necessarily have to be an unfilled market -- the best place to open a a burger joint is next to a mcdonalds.  Find even a saturated market, and do x job better than them.  That's the free market.
OK; "unfilled or inadequately filled."

As the old poster says:

   (pick any two)
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rickharris7 years ago
lemonie7 years ago

OK, what would you pay them money for?