Recycling plastic bottles, babysitting, mow lawning, walking the neighbor’s dog, watering their plants while they are away, participating in yard sales, helping your parents sell some of the things that you do not need in the house on eBay, newspaper distribution and washing cars are ways in which an 11 year old can earn some pocket cash.
If you walk the neighbor’s dog, for example, four times a week, you are guaranteed to earn 20 Dollars by end week. This will only consume roughly one hour of your time each day walking it down the street and back. With this kind of calculation, you are bound to make more during school holidays when you have ample time and no homework to do before going to bed.
Alternatively, you could collect all your old items that you might not be using or have grown out of. They may not be useful to you but they are to someone else. Take a picture of the items and with the help of your parent(s) and their consent, you could sell them only. So instead of letting your toys get dusty with no intention of ever using them soon, you could earn yourself some pocket change by selling them online.
Washing cars is also another alternative revenue generator for an 11 year old. Not much skill is required to clean a car neither does one need certificates. You could start by washing your parent’s car for 10 dollars; ask the neighbor if he needs cleaning of his car to. This could work to your advantage during weekend when most people are indoor relaxing. Instead of riding your bike the whole day with friends, you could take some time off and clean three to four cars for the same amount each.
If this is too much of a calling, you could collect plastic bottles and cans that can be recycled. As you ride your bicycle, have some make-shift bag where you collect any recyclable material that can be traded in for some spare cash.
Why not use your bicycle to earn you some cash too? You could distribute newspapers during the holidays. Approach the local distributor in your area and propose the idea. You do not have to deliver it personally to everyone; you could drop it at the entrance or place it next to the mail box.