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carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Hi, so although this isn’t exactly a question about Christ, I was wondering if any of you had ideas for making an honest living besides getting a real job. I have a Swagbucks, PopCulture, Blogger, and enroll.com accounts, but none of them really do anything. I haven’t gotten any students on enroll and I’ve had it for several months. And you can only receive money for you blog once you reach $100 (So far I’ve made $1.50), and it’s really disheartening. I’d like to earn money for shopping, savings, and for a trip that I’m going on in a few months, but I can’t get any babysitting jobs and I’m not able to do things like work at a restaurant or grocery store. Sorry, this is really long, but I am desperate. I’m not desperate enough to do anything illegal or horrible, but extra cash would be nice. Any suggestions? Thanks!

May 26, 2015 at 00:21
Marcy

Marcy

I walk dogs and dog sit and that can be good money. I started by putting up posters in my neighborhood and people would call me when they needed me. Selling stuff online, such as on Etsy, is an idea, too. You mentioned students. Tutoring or even teaching a small class is an option, as well. There are ways to do this. I made it for a long time without having to get a real job for money.

May 26, 2015 at 09:06
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Okay, thank you! Do you have any other website suggestions? Etsy only lets those 18 and older sell online (Tried it before:( ).But tutoring, hmm… How do you recommend going about it? Since it’s summer time now, would people still be interested?

May 26, 2015 at 12:55
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

What is it you like to do? I paint sometimes, so I used to set up at flea markets and sell my work. My sis did the same thing.

Tutoring is also a good idea, I think it works best if you can advertise by word of mouth. It’s probably easier to tutor someone you know, or someone a friend knows.

If I may ask, why are you unable to babysit or get a real job?

May 26, 2015 at 14:18
Marcy

Marcy

I don’t have any website suggestions since I’ve never actually sold online. Could you go in with one of your parents so there’s someone over 18 involved and you can do it?

I got my first work tutoring by doing volunteer tutoring at the library and then being hired from that. If there’s a program that does little kids tutoring, perhaps look into it? However, while for the one I helped with you could be under 18, I’m guessing a lot would require you to be 18. I hung up posters on community bulletin boards for my classes (though I didn’t get any students that way) and my mom and I spread the word to moms that we knew.

May 26, 2015 at 15:42
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Okay, thank you. I can babysit, but no one ever takes me up on the offer. I don’t really want to talk about why I can’t get a job because it’s a very long story; simply put, I’ve gotten Social Security since I was little and that gets taken away when I’m 18 or I get a real job.
I like writing and would love to freelance write, but I can’t find anywhere that hires teens. 🙁

May 26, 2015 at 16:54
Juanita11

Juanita11

I found this site. I don’t know if its legit but check it out anyway!
https://www.freelancer.com/job-search/online-writing-jobs-teenagers/1/

May 26, 2015 at 17:50
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Checked out reviews on Freelancer.com. It was a scam. All three sites confirmed it. 🙁 Anything else?

May 27, 2015 at 18:32
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

@AdventureGirl You suggested painting. Do you have any DIY suggestions? I know how to make that stuff, I just don’t know if people would buy it. Do you think they would at a reasonable price? And what is a reasonable price?

May 29, 2015 at 20:55
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

Yes, people buy it! It’s good if you can make a facebook page and let your friends (and friends of friends) know you are creating and selling. I’ve sold more that way than at a flea market.

A reasonable price would take into consideration the time you put into the project, as well as cost for materials, plus profit for you.

May 30, 2015 at 09:21
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

@AdventureGirl Okay, awesome! Thanks so much! I’ll definitely try it out!

May 30, 2015 at 19:37
Marcy

Marcy

Two things I just thought of:
One, you might want to look into if social security would be affected by paying taxes. You’ll have to pay taxes as a self-employed person if you make more than a certain amount (I don’t know the exact amount or even if it varies from state to state).
Two, you’ll probably want to do something that has minimal start up costs. Art would be great if you already own a lot of the materials and so don’t need to invest much. That way, if things don’t pan out for you, you don’t lose much money.

June 1, 2015 at 15:29
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Awesome advice, I didn’t think about that at all! Thanks so much, @Marcy!

June 1, 2015 at 18:01
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