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How Your Family Members Can Make Money

Here are some nifty ideas showing how your teenagers or other family members can make money. They can do most or all of the work themselves, but may need a little help at times. Besides earning extra cash, these ideas can help your kids learn responsibility and a work ethic.

Types of work available

Many of the following items are suitable for teenagers. Some of these jobs let the family member be self employed. They can advertise their services in the local newspaper or the Craigslist.org website for the nearest city. Other jobs are performed for business employers.

1. Applying decorations to clothing — Keep abreast of the latest teen fashions and then apply appropriate decorations to other people’s clothing for a fee.

2. Babysitting — This is a popular job for teenagers, especially girls.

3. Bagging groceries — Go around to the local grocery stores to get this kind of job.

4. Cleaning homes — Advertise this service to get work. The elderly and shut-ins could be a good source of jobs.

5. Collecting redeemable bottles — Some states charge a deposit on beverage containers. You can collect these and turn them in for a refund of the deposit.

6. Cultivating gardens — Many people enjoy having a garden, but they may not be willing or able to do the work required.

7. Delivering bulky purchases — People who have purchased certain bulky items, such as home improvement supplies, may be willing to pay a person with a pickup truck or van to deliver those items to the buyer’s home.

8. Entertaining at parties — If you have a flair for entertaining people, you could advertise your services. Maybe you want to be a clown or an elf.

9. Grooming the elderly and shut-ins — Everyone likes to look their best, but may not be able to take care of themselves.

10. Growing vegetables — You can raise vegetables and sell them to local grocery stores or fruit stands.

11. Mending clothing — Active children often rip their clothes or lose buttons. You can advertise this service and make some good money.

12. Mowing lawns — This is a popular job for teenagers, especially boys. You can make more money if you have your own lawnmower. Just walk around the neighborhood looking for jobs during the grass-growing season.

13. Picking fruit — This is a seasonal job performed for orchard owners. The faster you can pick fruit (with care) the more money you can make.

14. Providing a referral service for babysitters — You can ask around for qualified babysitters and store their contact information on your home computer. Charge the babysitter a fee when you refer them to the people needing their services.

15. Providing a typing service — If you have a home computer with a laser printer and word processing software, you can provide a typing service for students and small business firms. (Be sure to run the spell checker and grammar checker before printing your work.)

16. Providing an online research service — If you like to do online research, you can sell your services to authors, small business firms, students, and websites.

17. Pulling weeds – This can be a good way to make some money, but be sure to wear work gloves.

18. Raking leaves — When the leaves start to fall someone has to rake them into piles and/or place them in leaf bags.

19. Refinishing and/or repairing furniture — You can advertise to haul away old furniture for nothing. After repairing and refinishing the furniture, sell them at a flea market or your own lawn sale.

20. Running errands for the elderly and shut-ins — When people are housebound, they may pay you to run their errands.

21. Shoveling snow — After the snowing stops, get out your snow shovel. Ask your neighbors if they will pay you to shovel the snow off their sidewalks and driveways.

22. Teaching people to use computers — Most young people know how to use computers. They can teach their skills to older people for a fee.

23. Tutoring students — If you are very good at certain subjects and can instruct other students, you can earn money as a tutor.

24. Walking dogs — If you live in a big city, there probably are many people who will pay you to walk their dog. The more dogs you can handle at a time, the more money you can make.

25. Working as a retail store clerk – Go around to retail stores in your city and leave your contact information. Visit the stores every two weeks or so.

26. Working as a shipping department clerk – Go around to places that have a shipping department and leave your contact information. Visit them every two weeks or so.

27. Working in a fast food restaurant – Go around to fast food restaurants every two weeks or so. You probably will be hired eventually.

28. Wrapping Christmas presents – Many department stores offer a gift-wrapping service. If you have the required skills, you may get a seasonal job.

Rules about jobs for teenagers

The U.S. has both federal and state rules governing teenager workers. For most kinds of work, you have to be at least 14; but the hours and working conditions may be restricted if you are under 16. In addition, you may have to get a work permit. There are separate rules covering agricultural work.

These age restrictions usually do not apply to traditional youth employment, such as babysitting and mowing lawns.

Ways to look for jobs from employers

There are several ways to look for available jobs. You can look in places where employers announce their job openings. Examples would be the “help wanted” section of classified advertisements in newspapers and the “jobs” section of Craigslist.org for your desired city.

You could go around to business firms in your local area to see if they have any job openings. You might want to leave your name, age, address, and telephone number if the business looks appealing.
You could ask your family and friends if they know of any possible job openings that might be suitable for you.

Websites about searching for jobs

These job search websites are an easy way to conduct job hunting. When a website has a search selection box that allows for keywords, you usually can enter “teenager” as a keyword. This lets you search for teenager jobs instead of adult jobs.

  • www.Teens4Hire.org  This site claims to be “The #1 career and recruitment website for U.S. teens.” You have to register with the site before getting information on available jobs.

Conclusion

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Make Money With Your Pickup or Van

During these hard times, you may want to start your own sideline business. This posting describes a venture that uses your vehicle to help perform handyman type services. You may already have the needed handyman experience. If not, you can learn what you need to know by studying handyman manuals and/or learning while doing the work.

Let’s say you already have most of the required equipment and supplies. Then you can start in business as soon as you satisfy all the governmental and insurance requirements.

Initial requirements

You need the following:

  • Pickup truck or van, and a home telephone
  • Basic handyman equipment and supplies (see business ideas below for items needed)
  • Basic office and accounting supplies, including job bid forms
  • Basic protective gear, such as long sleeve work shirts, heavy-duty gloves, and boots
  • Need to be in good health and enjoy physical activity
  • Need to determine and satisfy any governmental and insurance requirements
  • Need to determine location of local dump sites, fees charged for dumping, restrictions on materials allowed to be dumped, and rules for hauling trash

Subsequent requirements

After you have started making a cash profit in your small business, you may want to add some of the following:

  • Business telephone
  • Home office
  • Computerized accounting system
  • Additional handyman equipment
  • Additional workers (contract labor, not employees)

General guidelines

Getting these jobs usually is just a question of becoming known to potential customers, being qualified to do the work, and quoting the right price for the job.

Keep your startup and operating expenses to a bare minimum. You want to start showing a cash profit as soon as possible.

Don’t meet with customers in your home. The increased traffic may upset your neighbors and violate zoning rules.

Solicit customers by placing classified advertising in your local newspaper or the craigslist.org website for the nearest city. Describe the services you are offering in plain language. Include a telephone number or e-mail address where customers can reach you. You may also want to include a tentative hourly rate for your services.

Common job procedures

When discussing a job with a customer, you need the following questions answered:

  • Are you willing and able to provide the desired service?
  • Will you need to bring a helper?
  • Can you and the customer agree on an hourly rate or a fixed fee for the job?
  • When and where will the job be performed?

Note: If this is a large or difficult job, you probably want to inspect the job location before quoting an hourly rate or a fixed fee for the job.

If you need to purchase any materials for the job, the customer should pay for this upfront. Any cost of materials will be in addition to your bid for labor, vehicle and equipment expenses, and minor items such as dump fees and job supplies. Note: If you need specialized equipment for a job, it’s better to borrow or rent instead of purchasing it.

You need to agree with the customer on the various details of the service required. For example, are there any extra services that the customer desires or expects? Be very specific when determining and recording  the type and amount of work to be performed. Don’t make any assumptions. You don’t want to argue over being paid because the customer is not satisfied with your services. To avoid arguments, write down all important details on a standard job bid form. Then both you and the customer should sign it.

After completing the job, gather up your tools and equipment. Tidy up any areas that need it. Collect your agreed upon fee from the customer. Haul away any trash or discarded items.

Business Idea 1 – Clearing out basements and garages

Homeowners or tenants pay you to remove trash and other unwanted items from their basements and/or garages. (As a related activity, you could make money by refurbishing and selling some of the items you haul away.)

Upon arriving at the job site, you should have the customer indicate which items are to be hauled away. In addition, determine if any retained items should be moved to a different location. You might want to use a pad of sticky notes to write down any instructions. Place each note on the affected item.

Carry the trash out and put in your vehicle. Use a wide shovel to put small items into trash bags for easier handling. Perform any additional services required or that seem appropriate. (An example would be knocking down any cobwebs and sweeping up the floor.)

Business Idea 2 – Doing seasonal jobs

Homeowners or tenants pay you to do various types of seasonal jobs. These jobs could include the following:

  • Cleaning out rain gutters
  • Clearing ice and snow off doorsteps, sidewalks, and driveways
  • Cultivating gardens
  • Digging up a plot of ground or lawn for a garden
  • Mowing lawns
  • Pruning shrubs and small trees
  • Raking leaves
  • Removing weeds

Upon arriving at the job site, you need the customer to point out the various locations to be worked on, what work needs to be done, and how this work should be done. For example, when clearing snow and ice off sidewalks, where should the snow and ice be placed? When cultivating gardens, what plants are considered to be weeds? When pruning shrubs and small trees, how far back should the limbs be cut off? When raking leaves, should they be placed in leaf bags or just a big pile? When removing weeds, are there any other plants mixed in with the weeds that should be protected?

After performing your work, place any rubbish in your vehicle. Use a wide shovel to put small items into trash bags for easier handling. Perform any additional services required or that seem appropriate. (An example would be smoothing out the ground or sweeping off the sidewalk.)

Business Idea 3 – Washing windows

Washing windows is an easy way to make money. Your main problem is getting customers. You can wash windows for homes or business buildings. You should try to sign up business owners for a long-term contract. You might offer them a free washing job to show how worthwhile (and perhaps inexpensive) your services are.

Upon arriving at the job site, have the customer show you the outside (and any inside) windows to be washed.

If there are any hardened lumps of mud or some other substance on a window surface, you will have to remove them with a plastic scraper before washing the window.

Mix a suitable window cleaning solution in a pail of water. Use a combination cleaning sponge and squeegee (or other professional tools) on a long handle. After washing the window, remove the residual cleaning solution with the squeegee. Wipe the squeegee blade with a lint-free rag after every pass.

Perform any additional services required or that seem appropriate. (An example would be cleaning up any water spills and wiping off the windowsill with a lint-free rag.)

Business Idea 4 – Working as a “slave” for a day

This idea has a clever twist, which is offering to be a “slave” for a day. This means that you offer to do almost any task that the customer desires. For example, you could do any of the tasks shown above. Other tasks might include cleaning up an attic, disposing of outside trash, fixing damaged or sagging doors, moving furniture, and repairing and/or painting damaged walls.

You may be able to get a write up in a local newspaper because of the unusual nature of your services.

Upon arriving at the job site, have the customer describe the various tasks desired. However, you want to avoid any dangerous tasks. You don’t want to accept any job that might result in being injured.

Complete all the tasks that you can perform safely. Perform any additional services required or that seem appropriate. (See above business ideas for examples.)

Conclusion

There are always tasks available that people are willing to pay to have done. You could be the one to make this kind of money. You might want to first inquire around your neighborhood or advertise on Craigslist to see if there are any opportunities available that suit you.

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Is a College Education Worth the Money?

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Many college students have taken on large loans only to discover that they can’t find work after they graduate. Therefore, I wonder if a college education is really worth the money in all cases.

Excessive college costs

The availability of student loans has allowed colleges to keep on raising their tuition costs. This increase in the demand for a college education has overwhelmed the supply. The natural result is an increase in the price of a college education. However, this continuing increase in tuition costs may not be accompanied by any increase in the value of the education.

Is a college education really necessary?

There are certain careers that require a college degree. These are the traditional professions like accountants, doctors, lawyers, nurses, and teachers. However, many occupations or professions don’t require a college degree. For example, you don’t need a degree to start your own small business. You don’t need a degree to become an inventor or create a new type of online business. You don’t need a degree to become a cook, drive a taxi, or operate a computer. You don’t need a degree to provide various types of online services.

Many people have started out at a low-level job in a company and worked their way up simply by being able to get the work done. There are many positions in a company that require suitable experience, rather than a college degree.

You may start working at a small business and then purchase the business when the owner retires. You can use the income from the business to help you pay the purchase price.

Alternatives to college education

Trade schools provide valuable training at much less expense than most colleges. Some trades provide an apprenticeship program where workers receive on-the-job training. You may be able to find colleges that provide online education at a lower cost than the traditional on-site education.

Conclusion

Before parents or students decide to burden themselves with a large education loan, perhaps they should explore some of the alternatives to an expensive college education. They could look around at some of the opportunities available and decide how to become qualified for those opportunities. They may discover that a college education is not required.

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