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Rochelle Bonifacio-Prado, Contributor
August 01, 2009

Odd jobs: 10 money-making ideas for your child

Turn your child's idle time into busy business hours. By Rochelle Bonifacio-Prado
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Shop for fruits in season and show your child how to choose fresh ones. Ask older kids to jot down prices of ingredients to help them figure out a reasonable price for their product based on costs.

Convert your living area into a movie theater, have your child design and print tickets, and throw in a bag of popcorn at minimal cost for the complete experience!

Let your child gather his favorite books and help him print out borrower’s cards and tracking sheets for each one. Fees will depend on the number of days the book is out.

Organize a mini arts and crafts workshop with your child demonstrating his techniques. You may include the art sets in the enrollment cost. Have an art gallery where each child can exhibit and sell his works.

Brief your child about the do’s and don’ts of caring for a pet. Request that the pet owner provide a complete and detailed step-by-step list.

Let him segregate your neighborhood’s newspapers, empty bottles, cans, cartons, plastic, and anything else your junkyard is willing to take.

Have them purchase their cleaning equipment (soap, car wax, tire black, rags, etc.) as their start-up investment. Explain how they will profit after a few occasions, once they’ve earned back their initial investment.

Set up an inflatable pool and a rental stall for goggles, snorkels, balls, sunglasses, and just about anything under the sun! Being in charge is the best part of the job, so he can be the admissions officer or the lifeguard. Make sure there is still adult supervision to ensure safety.

Let your child clean up his room, separating stuff that is hardly used but in good condition. Computer savvy kids can post their items on eBay.

Give your child an incentive for doing extra house chores.


(First published in Good Housekeeping, March 2009; photo source: sxc.hu)

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  • Lourdes Espanol Mar 02 2010 @ 09:58am Report Abuse
    These are really great ideas.
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  • angeLmina Mar 05 2010 @ 04:28pm Report Abuse
    i like to do this to my son paglaki nya. does ideas are really great :)
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  • deejay Mar 14 2010 @ 06:30pm Report Abuse
    Ok yung home theater magnate! I like that idea.
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  • meeeow18 Mar 23 2010 @ 01:38pm Report Abuse
    Our mom used to hide money at certain areas of the house as incentives para maglinis kami.
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  • Teresa Apr 25 2010 @ 05:10am Report Abuse
    kahit bata pa pwede na ring kumita.
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