Finding a First Job

Getting a job can be a great learning experience for a child. It's important to find the right job. Do you have any job ideas for kids that are safe and will teach them responsibility?


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April 3, 20010 found this helpful

Hello! I wanted to mention one idea for a young person to make money. The floral shops need people to fill the water tubes--hundreds of them! Especially here just before Easter, Father's Day, graduations and weddings coming up. Try going to the shops and asking if you can help fill the tubes and other chores there. My son did this for awhile, and we would have buckets of water and tubes, filling them as fast as possible! You might also try at printing shops and small companies that you wouldn't have to be 16 to work at. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Wanda in Memphis

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June 7, 20040 found this helpful

Just a note to young men and women posting on this thread. Be very careful posting your email or phone number in a public forum. Even one as trusted as this one. The first place you should look for babysitting jobs is in your area, advertise your services to family members and trusted family friends that are approved by your parents.


Let people in your family know you are available to work. They may have babysitting jobs, they may need some yard work done.

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February 8, 20050 found this helpful

Hi Robin,
This is really the wrong place for a young person to look for a job. Ask around the neighborhood if anyone needs a babysitter or talk to someone at church. There may be people that need someone to take care of their kids after school.
Best Wishes,
Susan from ThriftyFun

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April 2, 20050 found this helpful

Try beauty shops, shampooing hair, or sweeping the floor. Maybe you could try housework, yardwork, any kind of cleaning work, including washing cars or ironing. Even at business where you are too young to work, they may let you sweep floors. Other options include: dog walking, bathing dogs, helping people set up their yard sales, helping someone with organizing their garage, helping to serve & cleanup at weddings & large parties, and cleaning pools. Elderly people need all kinds of help. Then there is: delivering newspapers, helping someone sort their personal papers, dusting, picking up fallen limbs after a storm, helping to move furniture, cutting the grass, or raking. Learn to give really good haircuts. Cook for the elderly. Make throw pillows, totebags, and pretty aprons & sell them. Bake cakes, cookies, or casseroles & sell them. Open a lemonade & sandwich stand. Sing or play an instrument for special occasions.


You have to learn, there are "no" fast, easy ways to make big money, not even for adults. You have to be willing to make small money and learn to live off small money.
Look around, ask around! Opportunities are all around you, just open your eyes & look at the world from a different perspective. Start small, but be persistent. Keep on working when you'd rather play.
Don't be 'too good" or in too big a hurry to make money to think you shouldn't do volunteer work (without pay), that is the best possible way to open the right kind of doors to the best paying jobs.
Don't be worried about your parents being sick & being dependent on you for money, that is their worry, not yours. Stop wasting money spending it on "stupid" stuff, every dollar saved no matter how small, moves you closer to your goals. Save your $ and the universe will reward you in due time, when you are lest expecting it. Always earn your money honestly, in a clean way so you won't have any shame to be burdened with. So your money will really be your money to do with as you intelligently see fit to.

You must be very careful, not too trusting. There are many evil people out there just waiting for the opportunity to hurt you. Making money is important, but your safety is much, much more important! More important than anything! Good Luck!

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