Here is a list of things that you can do to earn some cash for that something special you always wanted. There are many things you can do that are better than setting up a lemonade stand in your front yard.
One of the first things you need to do is get some recommendations from your school teachers, parents, and friends. These are like a job reference that you would get if you were getting a job. Ask them to write a letter for you to say how trustworthy and reliable you are. You can show these to prospective customers. If you mowed Grandpa's lawn all last summer, ask him to write you a recommendation letter. If you watched your sister's kids for an evening, get her to write a letter also. Ask them nicely to include their contact information so that your customers can call them and ask questions about you. This shows prospective customers that you have had responsibility in the past and you know how to handle it.
Second, you need to think about what you can reasonably do without a lot of help from your parents. That's not to say they can't help you but it is better if your money earning adventure does not interfere too much with your parent's lives. If your parents have to drive you everyday, you may find they are not very supportive of your efforts. Now that you have decided on what you would like to do, make a business plan. You need to figure out how many free hours that you will have available, will there be any equipment you will need to purchase to start your business, who in your neighborhood will be your target customers? In other words, who will you sell your product to? What are you going to charge? Will you need transportation? If you have a bike and can ride it to and from your jobs, it will make it even easier. Write all of this down on a piece of paper. Now present your ideas to your parents. You want them to let you do this, right? Maybe you will need to borrow the family lawn mower or other garden equipment. So sell yourself. Tell your parents that you really can do this by yourself and show them your business plan.
Next, you will want to make flyers to put up at the local grocery store and anywhere else that has a public bulletin board. You will also want to use word of mouth advertising. Tell everyone that you are willing to work and what you do. Be up front with what you charge. Don't undercut your rates but keep them reasonable. Your parents should be able to help you figure out a good amount to charge. You also might want to make up a calling card that you can give to people that you meet. Have your name, phone number and what you do right there on your card, kind of like a business card. Be sure to show people your recommendation letters and tell them they can contact these people to ask about you. Remember that these are only temporary jobs and when the job is over, remember to ask the person you worked for to write you a recommendation letter. Now here are some ideas of what you can do:
Now that you've got the job, get yourself a date book or big calendar and write down all your appointments. Keep yourself organized and remember, people like you to be on time. If you have to cancel, please remember to give people at least a 24 hour notice. One thing that always holds true is that a happy customer is a repeat customer so be sure to leave them happy.
I hope you find employment soon with one of my ideas. Work hard and reap the benefits.
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 7 grandsons. She is a published author and poetress. Born in California, she now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and many pets. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, arts and crafts and bargain hunting.
some great ideas there for earning money thank you very much
i would also add in this day and age to write down in a book specially for this purpose every single booking name address telephone number and date and time of booking so that your parents know exactly where you are
and to take a mobile phone/cell phone pay as u go or contract phone with you so that your parents can ring u any moment of the day,
and to make it clear by stating to every single customer that u have given your parents the name address and time of the booking you are currently doing
and that your parents being the kind considerate parents they are might do random phone checks on you for your own safety
child protection is paramount over any money earned and at the end of the day its the parents resposibility teenagers included to provide for their children until they have left school and can earn a adult wage themselves
some jobs dont get money anyway and helping an elderly relative mow a lawn or babysit a tired neighbour for free because your child is kind and caring and did it without thought of being financially recompensed is worth more than money can buy
i have 3 teenagers who help round the house and do voluntary work in the local community besides their studies
until they met the legal age to earn their own money in the UK which is 16 years old then i pay for everything
even between 16 and 18 yrs when they are studying for A levels i would rather they got enough rest and sleep and recreational time in between their studies than worrying about earning money
what do other people think?
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