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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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alic100

alic100 wrote:

in the summer i walk dogs and during school days i take out people's dogs for them beca...
commented: Thu Mar 27, 2014

brittsterrox

brittsterrox wrote:

maybe you could do yard work
commented: Sat Feb 22, 2014

Nlresda123

Nlresda123 wrote:

u could shovel snow in winter and sell lemonade in summer or babysit some kids or walk ...
commented: Sat Jan 25, 2014

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I'd say jeans. I'm a natural born psycho-redneck and leggings are not well suited for my lifestyle. If I had to wear any pair of pants besides Wrangler or Riders jeans, I'd be in a comatose!
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