Teen Wants to Make Money to Buy a Car

Spencer writes:
I’m 16 years old and have held other jobs for companies but am unsatisfied with the
amount of money they bring back. I need enough money to get a car and possibly
help support my family. I am considerably smart and can learn things very fast.
I just don’t know where to start. I always thought of starting a grocery business for
the elderly but don’t have a car. I also don’t know how to start with the business.
I just hate the thought of a 9-5 job.

The Career Doctor responds:
I am all for teens having part-time jobs while in school — but only if they can handle it.
Typically having an after-school job helps teens in a number of positive ways.
In your case however I hear no mention of school. How can you be in — or want
– a full-time position if you are so young? Okay getting on the soapbox here folks. . .
you need to stay in school. To succeed in our economic system you need at least a
high school education but really a college education. You want a money incentive?
One study found that the lifetime income of families headed by individuals with a
bachelor’s degree will be about $1.6 million more than the incomes of families headed
by those with a high-school diploma. Read many other fascinating facts and figures in
this article published on Quintessential Careers:
What Good is a
College Education Anyway? The Value of a College Education
If you agree to stay in school let me offer some suggestions for being self-employed entrepreneur rather than a teenage slave to Corporate America. I think the grocery
business for the elderly shows some great creativity. Here are some of my ideas: a cleaning service; a yard maintenance service; a pet sitting service; a PC tutor/Web site development service; a catering service; a painting service; an errand or messenger service; or an educational tutoring service.
Just remember that if you start your own business you have many more responsibilities
and obligations than if you work for someone else. Get an adult’s help finalizing your
plans — and stay in school!
Get more information about starting your own teen business by reading my article:
Job Ideas for Teens
15 and Younger: Beyond Babysitting

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