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How to make easy money for a thirteen year old? Answered

I've thought about working at camps, shoveling snow, etc.  But It's SUMMER and i don't have time to work at a 4 week camp in my 2 months of summer break.  All of my neighbors own lawn mowers, and I live in a quiet place where it's hard selling things. Any suggestions or place ideas for earning a decent amount of money in my free time?  Is there any possible store that will hire a part time thirteen year old?



7 years ago

Only my pocket money plan actually was used and made money for someone !

All the other ideas are try and see if it works for you ? A

I'm not 100 % sure if this is true nation wide... but at least in IL, you can't legally work for someone and be paid until you are 14. (Unless it is your parents or yourself.) I would suggest getting an internship, that way when you are old enough to get a job, you will have experience, and more than likely the place you interned at will hire you. Also, if you intern, it will give you an idea of whether or not you want to work in that field for a living.

Otherwise, if you are 13, maybe you are good with computers? Many people over 45 don't really understand computers and would love to pay you to teach them the basics, and also to fix minor problems. There is good money in that field, and I did that for a number of years before I could legally work. You can also do this remotely using remote assistance software. www.logmein.com has some nice free remote assistance software. (Don't tell people you are an expert if you aren't though... I learned that the hard way while I was still learning about computers)

Even for lawn mowing and odd jobs? I thought the laws applied only to employment at/for a business.

You would be working for yourself in that case... you can start your own business and have people hire you that way... but for them to hire you as an individual would be illegal.

Righto. That's what I thought. Law varies state by state as to the minimum age, but right. Employers hiring are subject, while an individual can sell lemonade @4 if he/she wants.

Rambling: my first profit maker was selling lunch bags full of popcorn from a wagon I dragged along behind me through the neighborhood. The flaw in my plan? Once I'd made the rounds, I immediately went back down to the grocery store, bought two more cans of popcorn (back in the day when there was no microwave popcorn), and proceeded to do the rounds once more....Needless to say, I had a lot of unsold bags the second time. "Market saturation" lesson learned

Raking, sweeping, cleaning garages,basements, washing decks, moving things for home owners, as Kiteman suggested, perhaps doing the mowing for someone using their equipment. Advertise yourself as an odd jobs kid. Post a rate, (in this economy, don't get greedy!), and work hard. If you have a community bulletin board in the local grocery or other "general stores", post an advertisement. If you're in a church, consider asking to post something in the community room. Of course, door to door is a good method too (that's what I used to do), just make sure to be polite and relatively kempt ...

Again don't be greedy. I'd gladly hire kids to do things for me, but they all seem to want $20/hour for work that an adult could do far more easily and that frankly, I don't have $20/hour to pay. When I was a kid in the 1970s, I asked $1 for a front lawn, $1 for a backyard lawn (mowing), and similar prices for all the other things I did for cash, and I had work year round that kept me well situated to buy the candy, models, rocketry kits, paints, bike parts, HO cars & railway stuff, and other things I wanted. No doubt, the price of living has gone up, but it hasn't gone up by a factor of twenty, and incomes for adults have in large part gone functionally down.

In the USA, you in general cannot expect to be hired in a store, since you're 13 and that violates the law in most areas. If you're family owns the store, I *think there are exceptions, but otherwise afaik, hiring a child in a business is or can be a violation of child labor laws. For instance, in Ohio, the minimum age for "official" employment, ie, by a business, is 14.

Paper route? Dog walker? Wash cars? Babysit? Wash cars? Garage sale?
chores :P? and there's a bunch of other great ideas out there, you just have to look!

Hope that helps!


7 years ago

I know of a youngster who bought a half dozen doughnuts early one weekday morning and quickly biked to nearby homes and sold them a doughnut at a profit and took orders for more the next morning before the people left for work.

In a few weeks the youngster had a profitable early morning fresh doughnut route until school started and then sold the rights to the route to an adult business.


Just because somebody owns a lawnmower, that does not mean they actually want to use it themselves.

As for selling things, enlist your parents' help to sell stuff you make on ebay or etsy.

Otherwise, try knocking on shop doors and ask for work (in the UK, children can legally be employed from aged 13).

See past answers to similar questions; many good suggestions have been posted in the responses.


7 years ago

Your best choice of an employer might be your parents. If they have the resources to pay you, see if there are some special projects that you can work on, above and beyond the normal things and chores. Getting paid for doing a special project is perfectly reasonable since it is something that they would not normally ask you to do.

You'll have a hard time finding a part time job at that age, but you can always do the aforementioned odd jobs. Another suggestion, look into building PVC furniture and storage shelves and such- little investment, easy to build, and quite useful when finished.

The idea would be you used their lawnmowers, not take your own.