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Business Ideas for Kids


She has big ideas and is eager to try earning some money with them—but what’s the best kid gig? It all depends on her. Some ideas will excite her more than others, and that’s a good thing to discover: her enthusiasm will make it easier to work hard and do a better job. So here’s a list of 25 kid business ideas to get the conversation started!

Kids earning money

Chores and odd jobs

1. Pull weeds

2. Feed a neighbor’s pet

3. Help an elderly couple or busy parent with errands

4. Paint fences

5. Wrap gifts (holidays, birthdays, etc.)

Kids earning money

The dirty work

6. Clean pet cages or aquariums                                           

7. Wash cars

8. Pick up backyard dog doo

9. Clean up after parties

10. Organize the neighbors’ garage

Kids earning money

Super Skills

11. Tutor younger kids in your favorite subject

12. Create a newsletter for a rec program

13. Take “best friend” pictures for kids at school

14. Paint other girls’ nails

15. Decorate cupcakes for parties

Camp counselor

Be a day camp counselor

16. Organize children’s birthday parties

17. Be a parent helper for someone with small children

18. Run a story hour at your house

19. Care for others’ pets after school (especially if the adults work late)

Girl maker and selling jewelry

Make and sell

20. Jewelry

21. Personalized pet food dishes

22. Hot drinks at the ice rink

23. Yard signs (like “Thanks for Slowing Down”)

24. Banners for celebrations


Whatever you and your girl decide, help her do her homework: look around for things and services people want or need, talk to the neighbors, check out the competition, and think about timing. With a little preparation and a lot of creativity, your girl can turn something she loves into her own successful kid biz!


Adapted from A Smart Girls Guide: Money by Nancy Holyoke. ©2018 American Girl.
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