Create a Healthier Relationship with Money by Making More of It   

(Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder and CEO, shares his thoughts in a weekly column focused on

community wellness and inspiring others.)

Money. To some, it may be considered the root of all evil, but, in reality, it’s pretty important, don’t you think? Without money, we couldn’t pay our bills, put food on the table, buy the things we need or have a little fun!

But what’s more important than the amount of bills in your wallet is your relationship with it. If you have a history of overspending or using credit to make purchases without being able to pay it off quickly, then you likely feel like the bank is always empty. But, if you establish a healthy savings plan that allows you to pay with cash, money remains a positive resource in your life.

Whether you’re a high school or college student looking to make some money after school or throughout the summer, or an adult who has a special vacation or large-ticket item in mind, there are bound to be a few ways below that can help you fatten up your wallet and help you develop a healthy relationship with your finances.

Offer to do some chores around the house – the least desirable, the better!

Check out the neighborhood and offer to help out with mowing the lawn.

Establish a few clients who would like to have their houses cleaned on a regular basis.

Search around online for sites like Swagbucks that pay participants to watch videos or complete surveys.

Work in the backyard garden and then sell the produce at a local farmer’s market.


Spend your days walking dogs.

Run errands, like picking up groceries, prescriptions or meals.

Lifeguard at the local pool.

Offer tutoring services.

Outdoor beautification like painting fences or planting trees.

Pet sitting while relatives or friends are away.

Become a nanny to help that frantic mom who could use an extra set of hands.

Make and sell items on sites like Etsy or at local craft fairs.

Be someone’s personal assistant, booking travel arrangements or making phone calls.

Blogging can be an excellent way to earn money if you learn the ins and outs of affiliate linking. Just find a theme that is familiar to you and plan for a few months of blog topics to get you through the summer months.

Clean out closets and see what your local thrift store might offer for your clean, lightly worn clothing.