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Dear Dish-it: I Want A Job

Aug 02, 2013

Dear Dish-it,

I really need money to buy a 5-piece drum set, but I have no way of getting a paying job because I'm only 12-years-old. What can I do to earn some cash?

Cashless

Dear Cashless,

Being 12 to 14 is a tough couple of years because you're at an age where you need cash flow, but most places don't hire staff until they're 15 or 16. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways around this. 

Jobs at Home

First ask yourself, what can I do around the house to earn money? Maybe your parents will pay you to wash their cars, mow their lawns or complete other chores that aren't typically yours. Or offer to organize some of the messiest cupboards, drawers or closets in your house. You could also babysit your younger siblings or new puppy.

Jobs in Your Neighborhood

Do you have an elderly neighbor with a dog? Perhaps you could walk him once a day for a small fee, or complete chores around their house or yard that have become difficult with your neighbor's advanced age. If you have a printer at home, try making some flyers with a list of services you offer - such as dog walking, babysitting, lawn mowing, leaf raking, snow shoveling, gardening, pool cleaning, house sitting, etc - and drop them off in all of your neighbors' mail boxes. There's bound to be someone who could use your help.

Jobs in Your Community

There are a few jobs available to people your age - some that will give you a real paycheck, and others that will pay you "under the table." For a real paycheck, look into a paper route or holding signs on the side of the road for local fast food restaurants. You may also need to dress up in mascot costumes. Other ways to earn a little cash is to go to your local dog groomer and offer to walk the dogs once he or she has completed a grooming. You could talk to your local used book store owner and offer to clean or shelve books, sweep or run errands for the owner. Stick to small businesses that have only one or a handful of employees. You could also look into upcoming events in your community and offer to help with the set up and clean up for a small fee. For example, a farmer's market or flea market. Vendors may need individual help, especially those who are manning their tables alone. Even just offering to relieve them for bathroom breaks would be helpful.

Have Your Say

Do you have any more job ideas for Cashless? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

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Sn0wy_Gir1

Sn0wy_Gir1 wrote:

Hope you get the drum set :D good luck
commented: Fri Sep 26, 2014

JayWhat

JayWhat wrote:

How about people that are broke. Like really on every website that says what jobs can 1...
commented: Sun Aug 17, 2014

TapGirl50

TapGirl50 wrote:

I hope you earn enough money!
commented: Wed Aug 06, 2014

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 :) Aww thank you :D 
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I'm sorry to hear about that. Hopefully it will change :) If they break up, at least expect it. I know you like his girlfriend, and you want them to stay together, but with all the fights, they might not. Don't be surprised if they do, and if they don't. Just hope for the best :D
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Thanx c:  I will try to tell them how I feel 
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AlphaT posted in Family Issues:
There's nothing you can do. There is no "Oh, well all you have to do is tell them how you feel" when it comes to this.
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 :( Ugh!!!! My dad and his girlfriend is at it again, they are keep fighting everyday over stupid stuff, and I dont like it when they are fighting everyday and I feel bad for my little siblings and me hearing them fight everyday and the swearing and name calling everyday my little siblings are to young to learn swears and seeing their parents fight. I don't want a family that fights everyday I want a happy family that doesn't fight. I like my dads girlfriend she's nice to me and my little brother she buys us stuff we want and she gives me money when I need it, an I don't want her and my dad to break up she did a lot for me and my brother.    What should I do to make them stop fighting everyday? How should I make them love each other and to get along with each other?   Can anyone give me advice please 
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