Part six in our series on teaching children about money...
One thing I'm grateful my parents taught me is to come up with creative sources of income. Some of the ways my siblings and earned money were rather normal (paper routes, babysitting), and some were less conventional, such as selling bottled water at the Fourth of July parade and trapping rodents. And I'm sure there are some ways we earned money that I've completely forgotten.
It takes creativity and simply making opportunities to earn money, but here are some starter ideas, many of which aren't limited to kids:
Seasonal outdoor work: cutting grass, raking leaves, shoveling snow, etc.
Selling baked goods (Here's a neat story about a new wife who sold chocolate chip cookies)
Pulling weeds (My grandmother even paid me to do this when we were on vacation at her house! :-) )
Being a mother's helper
Selling greeting cards through programs such as Olympia Sales
Were there any unusual ways that you earned money as a kid? How do you plan to encourage your own children in financial creativity?