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Question How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:18 PM

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I'm 14 and I really need some money so I don't have to rely on other people to pay for things. I'm really into drumming and would like to make enough to pay for 2 lessons a month meaning I need about £30 a month.

I can't do babysitting, lawn mowing, lemonade stalls or stuff like that because I don't know people who would actually pay. I was wandering if people knew of any jobs I could get which gave me a proper wage? Or something that I could do reguarly without knowing people - because I don't and neither does my mum... If there is a job, what would I be doing?


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:31 PM

I think that fourteen is old enough to have a paper round. They don't pay much but it's a start. Perhaps you could ask a local paper shop if they have any positions going?


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:44 PM

Paper routes pay quite a bit actually. Especially if you can link two routes. I saw an ad that says delivering 100 papers would give you $500 dollars cash per month.
I haven't the foggiest how to convert that to pounds though.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:51 PM

Haha so it's just mine that doesn't. xD
Well then I'd say go try for a paper round, and hopefully you can get one at a better place than I did.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:52 PM

I had a paper round. It payed my £3ish a week for 176 papers. It was crap pay and a lot of hard work as well as time consuming.
They give you leaflets aswell as the papers so on average I was getting about £6.50 a week.

You could always go around the highstreet near you, asking small shops whether they were hiring.


   
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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:54 PM

Mine is £3 a week as well. But the more work you put in, the more money you get.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 1st 2011, 04:57 PM

My friend worked at the chip-shop you take the leaflets and you put them threw people's doors. (:


   
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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 2nd 2011, 05:33 PM

I reckon in Europe paper delivers don't get paid as much then. I would say it's because Americans/Canadians are lazy, therefore no one wants the job meaning it pays more as a better incentive.

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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 2nd 2011, 05:38 PM

Yeah, in Britain every kid wants a paper round.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 2nd 2011, 05:40 PM

I used to work as a glass collector at a pub. The landlord was a family friend though.
You're old enough to get a paper though like everyone else has said and you could always take your old books/CDs/DVDs to second hand shops that pay for them.

Not where you're from but if you have a Cex shop near you then they pay for old CDs/DVDs and old mobile phones so you could make a little bit of money doing that


   
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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 2nd 2011, 05:41 PM

Do you play a musical instrument? If you're good at it, and can find somewhere legal to play, you can earn quite a lot from busking. I don't know, do people do that in the states? Some places you need to get a permit for it.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 2nd 2011, 06:11 PM

not all paper rounds pay badly; mines 130 papers at about £5-£8 a week, which includes normally between 3 and 7 leaflets per paper, and my friend does 170 papers at £7 a week plus extra when there's leaflets


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 2nd 2011, 06:24 PM

You could try babysitting if you know anyone that needs a babysitter or you could put an advert up


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 4th 2011, 09:45 AM

Other than baby-sitting, you may be able to work in a restaurant in the back probably as a dishwasher. It's not a mentally stressful job but in larger places, there's a team of dishwashers so they can train you a bit. In smaller places, other cooks and the chef train you on the spot. It can be hard but it also can be an interesting job. I worked as a dishwasher at a few restaurants and all of them give free snacks and at least 1 free drink. At one place, the chef would make a "scoobie snack" for me saying it was a small bite when it was damn near a plateful lol. He did it for all the kitchen staff as well including himself.

This could also include pubs and bars but at 14, I doubt you'd get beyond a dishwasher. It's usually minimum wage although depending if the restaurant has a tip jar, you'd get a portion of the tip. It can be long hours so you can make nice money pretty fast.

If you work at a fast-food place, you may be able to make quick money.

You could also try working in a supermarket, probably as a cashier and doing some cleaning and possibly a clerk. This could also apply for smaller stores. This isn't limited to simply food because clothing stores, especially those selling teenager (girl) clothing want staff at that age so the teenager customers feel comfortable talking with someone at their age. Such stores don't want 40 year old staff because they won't wear the clothing and aren't up-to-date on the fashion.

Someone suggested selling some of your items. I would be very careful because people will see you, a 14 year old kid who wants cheap money to get some item in the future. Most 14 year old kids don't have good bartering skills because they haven't got much practice. Some stores may be unwilling to buy from you because the teenager may be selling something their parents don't want to be sold. They may want you to be accompanied by an adult. I say this because I tried this, got several hundred dollars but my parents didn't want me to sell some of the stuff so I got in tons of shit and was lucky the staff were very willing to return all the stuff.

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If you're good at it, and can find somewhere legal to play, you can earn quite a lot from busking. I don't know, do people do that in the states? Some places you need to get a permit for it.
Most who do this have bands and perform in "underground" gigs. They rarely, if ever, perform on the street because they usually aren't good enough for passer-byes to like the music. These passer-byes aren't going to be of the same age, so they may not have the same taste in music so you'd have to play something they would like even if you don't. It's finicky because if it's too loud and people dislike it, the police will charge you for disturbing the peace/breach of the peace, even if you have a permit. It's also difficult because you want to play where there are many people but it can be hard to set up all the gear, ensure nobody trips over a cable and you cannot be in a place that prevents people from using the side-walks and street in such a way that endangers them.

Lots of planning needs to be done, which is why 14 year olds don't do it.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 4th 2011, 11:18 AM

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Most who do this have bands and perform in "underground" gigs. They rarely, if ever, perform on the street because they usually aren't good enough for passer-byes to like the music. These passer-byes aren't going to be of the same age, so they may not have the same taste in music so you'd have to play something they would like even if you don't. It's finicky because if it's too loud and people dislike it, the police will charge you for disturbing the peace/breach of the peace, even if you have a permit. It's also difficult because you want to play where there are many people but it can be hard to set up all the gear, ensure nobody trips over a cable and you cannot be in a place that prevents people from using the side-walks and street in such a way that endangers them.

Lots of planning needs to be done, which is why 14 year olds don't do it.
Lol, no offense but seriously? You make out busking is really hard. If your musically talented it's actually really easy. And if your not then obviously you aren't interested in busking or will soon find out that you suck at it. Me and my friends actually make alot of money out of busking.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 4th 2011, 04:52 PM

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Other than baby-sitting, you may be able to work in a restaurant in the back probably as a dishwasher. It's not a mentally stressful job but in larger places, there's a team of dishwashers so they can train you a bit. In smaller places, other cooks and the chef train you on the spot. It can be hard but it also can be an interesting job. I worked as a dishwasher at a few restaurants and all of them give free snacks and at least 1 free drink. At one place, the chef would make a "scoobie snack" for me saying it was a small bite when it was damn near a plateful lol. He did it for all the kitchen staff as well including himself.

This could also include pubs and bars but at 14, I doubt you'd get beyond a dishwasher. It's usually minimum wage although depending if the restaurant has a tip jar, you'd get a portion of the tip. It can be long hours so you can make nice money pretty fast.

If you work at a fast-food place, you may be able to make quick money.

You could also try working in a supermarket, probably as a cashier and doing some cleaning and possibly a clerk. This could also apply for smaller stores. This isn't limited to simply food because clothing stores, especially those selling teenager (girl) clothing want staff at that age so the teenager customers feel comfortable talking with someone at their age. Such stores don't want 40 year old staff because they won't wear the clothing and aren't up-to-date on the fashion.

Someone suggested selling some of your items. I would be very careful because people will see you, a 14 year old kid who wants cheap money to get some item in the future. Most 14 year old kids don't have good bartering skills because they haven't got much practice. Some stores may be unwilling to buy from you because the teenager may be selling something their parents don't want to be sold. They may want you to be accompanied by an adult. I say this because I tried this, got several hundred dollars but my parents didn't want me to sell some of the stuff so I got in tons of shit and was lucky the staff were very willing to return all the stuff.



Most who do this have bands and perform in "underground" gigs. They rarely, if ever, perform on the street because they usually aren't good enough for passer-byes to like the music. These passer-byes aren't going to be of the same age, so they may not have the same taste in music so you'd have to play something they would like even if you don't. It's finicky because if it's too loud and people dislike it, the police will charge you for disturbing the peace/breach of the peace, even if you have a permit. It's also difficult because you want to play where there are many people but it can be hard to set up all the gear, ensure nobody trips over a cable and you cannot be in a place that prevents people from using the side-walks and street in such a way that endangers them.

Lots of planning needs to be done, which is why 14 year olds don't do it.
I know of quite a few twelve year olds who make quite a bit from it.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 4th 2011, 04:56 PM

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Most who do this have bands and perform in "underground" gigs. They rarely, if ever, perform on the street because they usually aren't good enough for passer-byes to like the music. These passer-byes aren't going to be of the same age, so they may not have the same taste in music so you'd have to play something they would like even if you don't. It's finicky because if it's too loud and people dislike it, the police will charge you for disturbing the peace/breach of the peace, even if you have a permit. It's also difficult because you want to play where there are many people but it can be hard to set up all the gear, ensure nobody trips over a cable and you cannot be in a place that prevents people from using the side-walks and street in such a way that endangers them.

Lots of planning needs to be done, which is why 14 year olds don't do it.
I'm sixteen, so only a couple of years older than the OP, and I earned about a tenner for only an hour or so of busking. I'm not very musically talented, not like some of the people doing it, which is why my profit wasn't amazing, but I have friends who are more musical, do a whole day just in the town centre (ours doesn't need a permit) and earn loads.


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 5th 2011, 10:45 AM

maybe at a cafe, ;PP my friend works at a cafe and she gets paid a fare bit and she just turned 14, and she has to share her money with her family to pay for the car to get rego, and for her brothers and sister soccer rego forms, and she still has left over money for school and other things...
or maybe go busking in australia you nead a busking licence, but its not very expencive :333 , hope i helped


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 5th 2011, 02:43 PM

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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 7th 2011, 09:43 PM

Try hooking up a job with a friend or their parents.
I mean if your friend's mom works in a restraunt, she could possibly get you a weekend or two of work, nothing permnant, but around the holidays it helps me get money for gifts.

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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 7th 2011, 10:56 PM

i was gunna say a paper round or leafleting but the pay is really, really bad.
the best thing to do is think about whether you have any friends or family who could give you an 'un-official' job. or a friend of a friend, anyone you know. someone who doesn't know you won't hire you because of your age.. but if you have a family friend who has a business maybe you could help out, even if its something like clearing up or handing out leaflets.
also, babysitting.. you could definitely do that. get the word out, tell your neighbours and get your parents to tell their friends that you're available. you'd be surprised how much you can make from babysitting, people are often very generous!


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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 8th 2011, 11:31 PM

If you have relatives who own a business, or if they have friends who own a business, maybe they can talk to them and ask if you could do some basic work for them
   
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Re: How to Make Money Under 16 - May 9th 2011, 03:07 AM

You can make money on ChaCha. They pay you for answering questions. (does this count as advertising) O.o

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