Looking for ideas to raise funds? Here is 31 Ideas!
CLEAN SOMEONE’S HOUSE
If you like cleaning, this is for you! To get started, make a list of what types of cleaning you’ll do. Will you clean bathrooms and kitchens? Will you dust? Vacuum? Make sure the jobs are jobs you can do well!
It’s not uncommon for babysitting teens to make $10 an hour, $20 an hour or more. Babysitting is a great job for teens who are responsible, mature and enjoy being with kids. During the summer you could offer to nanny while parents are at work and kids are out of school.
Some people want pet care while they’re away at work and don’t want the pet to be alone. Others need pet care while they’re on vacation. Dogs require constant care, either at your own home or at the pet owner’s home. Other pets such as cats or fish may just need you to check in on them twice a day.
If you have a neighbor, friend or family member who is going on vacation, they may want to hire a house sitter to keep their plants watered and make sure their home isn’t vacant while they’re away.
Many people don’t have time to walk their dogs but want their dogs to get exercise. These people will pay a decent hourly rate to have someone else walk their dog a few times a week.
Some people just don’t have time to wash their cars, but you can make some serious cash doing it for them. You’ll need equipment such as a bucket, soap, rags to wash with and towels to dry with.
SELL CLOTHES YOU DON’T WEAR ANYMORE
As long as you’re sorting through your shoes, you may as well organize your whole closet! Put items up for sale on Facebook Marketplace or take them to a second-hand boutique like Plato’s Closet.
SELL OLD BOOKS
If the de-cluttering extends all the way to the family bookshelves, take your used books to Half-Priced Books.
PICK UP AND DELIVER GROCERIES
any busy people and families would love to pay a teen who is willing to run errands for them. They might send you to pick up some groceries or to stop at the drug store. RUN A 5K Lace up those Nikes and hit the trails! Find sponsors who are willing to support you as you run for SFC.
Wooden fences need to be painted or stained every few years to protect the wood from deteriorating. If you like to paint and have neighbors who have wooden fences that need to be re-coated, ask if they’ll hire you to do the job.
TAKE FAMILY PHOTOS
Handy with a camera? Have an eye for posing? Offer to take family photos for people at your church, family members, and neighbors.
SELL LEMONADE/BOTTLED WATER
There are a number of places where you could sell drinks and snacks to local residents. Busy street corners, outside of public parks (if your city allows it) and at garage sales are some ideas.
A lot of churches and youth groups sell fireworks the two weeks before July 4 to raise money. Approach someone you know that’s running a tent, they’re always looking for help!
MAKE FLYERS FOR PEOPLE
Got an eye for design? Are you good with Microsoft Word, Pages, Gimp, or Photoshop? Offer to make a flyer for their event.
WORK AT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT
It’s hard to beat a good, old-fashioned job when it comes to making money. Chic-fil-A and Culvers are some of the best places to work. McDonalds, Burger King, Dominos Pizza, and Subway are other ideas!
You can just clean the interior of cars or you can do it in conjunction with a car wash. You’ll want to get some window cleaner, vinyl/upholstery spray, and paper towels. A portable hand-held vacuum like a shop-vac is also important.
MOW SOMEONE’S YARD
Everyone needs help mowing their yard on occasion. Ask your parents if you can use their lawnmower (offer to pay for the gas it uses out of your earnings), or you can use each client’s mower if they have one they are willing to let you use.
TUTOR YOUNGER KIDS
Many parents are looking for reasonably priced tutors for their kids in specific school subjects. If you’re a teen that excels in a particular subject such as math, reading, or a foreign language, you can offer your tutor services to local parents.
DO LAWN WORK
If you’re not interested in mowing lawns, you could offer to trim hedges, rake and bag leaves, or weed gardens. Weeding usually needs to be done on a weekly basis.
COLLECT ALUMINUM CANS
If your neighbors drink a lot of canned drinks such as sodas, consider asking them if you can pick up their discarded soda and other beverage cans once a week. Then bring the cans to a local recycling center where they’ll pay you cash for your aluminum cans.
SELL YOUR USED VIDEO GAMES
You know you don’t need all those video games! Offer to sell them to friends, or put them up for sale on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
SELL SHOES YOU DON’T WEAR ANYMORE
It’s time to sort through those shoes! Offer to sell them to friends, or put them up for sale on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
A MOTHER’S HELPER
A mother’s helper is different from a babysitter or nanny because the parent is home most of the time you’re there working. You might be asked do the dishes, make lunch or fold laundry. You might help a child with homework, change a diaper or take a young child out to play.
Another good, old-fashioned job option.
BE AN UMPIRE OR REFEREE
Local sports organizations often seek out teens to work umpire and referee jobs for kids’ sports teams. If you love and are good at sports such as baseball, basketball, softball, and football, you could apply to work as an umpire or referee.
WORK AT A GROCERY STORE
Another good, old-fashioned job option. Hy-Vee’s have a great starting wage.
WORK AT A COFFEE SHOP
Working at a coffee shop will give you skills you’ll use for the rest of your life (making super delicious coffee!!).
MAKE AND SELL HOME CRAFTED ITEMS ON ETSY
Are you gifted at sewing, making crafts, artwork, woodworking or other items? If so, you can open an Etsy shop and sell your products online.
ORGANIZE HOMES OR GARAGES
f you’re good at organization, you can organize people’s homes or garages. Many people want organized spaces but just aren’t sure where to start. When offering your services, take a thorough look at the job that needs to be done and determine how many hours it will take you. Then times the number of hours by your desired hourly rate and make that your offered price for the job.
GET A SUMMER PAPER ROUTE
Contact local papers to see if they have paper delivery routes available in your area. Or, check your local newspaper’s employment section for ads seeking out paper delivery workers.