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I'm 13 years old and I need money. The problem is I'm not quite old enough to get a job. Do you or anyone else know any money making ideas for young teens? Thank you for you time.
editor's note: please remember to think through safety issues on any job that your children take on. Don't let them use tools that are dangerous for their age or assume situations that could put them at risk. Our children are worth far more than any money they could earn from a summer job.
Cookie Kids Business
We have several younger teens in our family, and our two 14 year old twin girls, and their 12 year old sister have a little business baking and selling homemade cookies. The laws in our state are pretty good, we don't have to have a separate kitchen or anything. They just stick with a few basic recipes and walk into places like banks, barber shops, etc. They have people who look forward to their coming each week. They know we come on a certain day. Maybe this is an idea you could try!
Job? Start a Teen Business!
Just a thought or two you may want to consider. First - selling American flags (assuming you are in the USA. If not, sell Canadian flags, etc.). Now, this may sound wild, but think about it for a minute. In the not too distant future, we have several days upon which flags could and should be flown. Independence Day, of course, is the "biggie." Most Americans don't even have an American flag, simply because it's too much trouble to go buy one.
Go to your local library. In the reference section, look in the big thick collection of books called "Thomas' Register." Ask the librarian if necessary. Look under "Flags, American" for manufacturers. Pick out several with ads which seem to be workable. Most will have a toll-free phone number. Call, or write, to get a sample and "quantity" prices. Explain that you want to go door to door (ala Girl Scout cookies) and take prepaid orders for flags. If need be, buy one as your "sample" flag. Then, preferably on the weekend when people are home, become a salesperson. Have a free-flowing presentation, a neat, clean sample (YOU be neat and clean, too!), and a duplicate receipt book. Get the money up front! A reasonable profit on something of this nature is double what you pay. (Example: Buy for $6.00; sell for $12.00)
Cover a wide range of homes, keeping track of who was not at home, allowing you to go back the following day or weekend. When the flags come in... deliver them immediately, and have your customer sign your copy of the receipt indicating "received, xx/xx/2000, John Q. Smith" and keep your copy. Zap! You're an entrepreneur!
Another quick, easy money maker... and you can do this one at any time of the year (except in the snow). Again, go door to door, offering to paint the street number on the curb in front of individual houses. At the local hardware store, get a set of 4" high stencils and cans of the best black (white?) paint available (ask the salesperson). For $3.00 or so, you will paint the number in front where everyone can plainly see it. When they say "yes," you can paint it immediately and then head for the bank. Do a good, neat professional job.
Do both of the above for someone and your pockets will not only be full, but the people for whom you worked will have a "Welcome!" attitude toward you for future ventures.
Old Teen Job Standby - Babysitting
Time to get out your babysitting skills. If you have younger siblings then you know what it takes to care for younger children. Start getting the word out that you are available. Perhaps some people might find you a little young but you can start small. Perhaps your parents would let you baby-sit in your home with them there. That way you could be responsible for your charges and still have adult supervision if needed. When you build up respect for your work then you could go on to daytime babysitting at the child's house. This only increases the experience you have to offer prospective parents of young children. Babysitting can be a great way to earn money and also a learning experience. Go slow and earn respect for a job well done with happy children and there will be no end to finding the work you want.
What Do You Know?
Sales: Recycled materials into inexpensive crafts for sale at your school's holiday craft fair. Don't have one? Start one. Ours is at the elementary school for children who would like to buy a holiday gift for family members but don't have a lot of money. Items are priced under $5.00, usually the candy and small stuffed animals go best. Here are some ideas: Painted rock paperweights, some with pretty flowers, some with a nice border and a scripture verse or saying. Cut off blue jeans recycled into lizards or sock type dolls. Plastic spoons dipped in chocolate, wrapped in plastic wrap with a pretty ribbon, sell for 10 cents. Reindeers made out of candy canes and brown pipe cleaners for antlers. The key here is not to spend a lot in materials and to go for the volume sales, many items for a little add up to a lot.
Get out from the library books on children entrepreneurs. That's thinking bigger than a bit of money from the local arts and crafts fair.
Service jobs: Our neighborhood has mother's helpers in the summer. For up to $2.00 an hour you can watch and play with the children while Mom/Dad tries to get the grass mowed, the windows cleaned. The local Red Cross or your hospital will have a babysitting class.
Do you take lessons? Maybe you could serve as a teacher's assistant for the beginner classes? How about tutoring some children in reading or math for a fee? Set regular hours and make it fun.
Start a petsitting and housesitting service. Show people you're a responsible business person. Start by making up a flyer to give to neighbors outlining the days and hours you would be available. List chores you would be willing to do, like walk dogs while people are working or away, picking up mail and newspapers, turning lights off and on to make it look like they're home when they're not, etc.
Joan S. in The Woodlands, TX
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