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How can I make money as a teenager?

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    (Original post by Juanitor)
    Made me chuckle

    I'm kinda in the same situation. Problem is, I can only start work some time next month, and I imagine that vacancies for small places go pretty quickly, so I'm not sure what I'll be able to get at the time. I'm just going to look around high street grocery stores, little places... might try the cinemas/super markets. Idk, I just need to use a few months to generate cash for uni
    Don't try cinemas.

    I applied once when i was like 16. There were about 100 applicants for 1 job i believe? Then we all had to sit in one of the cinemas and we were told to go to the front and say something about yourself. A third of people left lol, but it was stupid. To do all that for a ****ing job at a cinema? That was ODEON btw.

    I need a job myself. Just applying to loads of places online really and giving my cvs in to places. Trying to rack my brain for jobs. Bar jobs are an idea too, but that's hard if you're under 18 as you can't be on the bar.
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    Restaurants/hotels should be able to take you on. The jobs aren't limited to pot washing, but should be open to most roles, except those involving supply of alcohol. Waiting on would be suitable.

    Also, apply for EMA if you can at college (easy money!)
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    Since I can't find a job either, I have decided to save up my monthly allowance; and then buy nice clothes from a wholesaler, then sell them on ebay...until I can get a proper job
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    Don't give up! You will get there eventually!:grin:

    I had to do lots of crappy jobs before I eventually got my current job which I enjoy (in a clothing store).

    - Babysitting. I started babysitting when I was 14 and made a lot of money out of it. Start by posting a notice in corner shop windows etc or letting neighbours with kids know that you are available. It's a great job, you essentially get paid for just playing then watching T.V once the kids have gone to bed! My pay varied a lot, from £5-6/hour to £9-10/hour. Pay tends to increase when you babysit later.

    - Tutoring. If you are good at a particular subject you can offer tutoring services. Kumon takes on young people to tutor primary kids in Maths and English, it has fairly good pay and isn't too demanding. Alternatively, there are online tutoring agencies like UKTutors. I tutor French through this site and I've already had several jobs through it Free to sign up, you only have to pay a small fee once you have a guaranteed job (like £4). Tutoring money is really good - e.g. I charge between £9 and £15/hour depending on the age of the kid and I am completely unqualified in teaching, I am just good at my subject!

    - Restaurants and hotels are often keen to recruit pot washers and waiters/waitresses. When I was 16 I worked in a hotel as a general assisstant, it wasn't the best money ever but it gives you something to put on your CV as experience!

    - In the summer, retail jobs do become available because of students moving, etc. I work in a clothes store and this is the time of year where we have just recruited a new bunch of people. Try places like New Look, M&S, Superdrug, Boots, Clarks. As well as good pay you often get a staff discount! Tesco employ a lot of people for shelf-stacking and till work, not exactly glamourous but you get ok pay.

    - If there are any primary schools near where you live, enquire what cleaning service they use. You can call and ask if there are any jobs going. I did this for a while last year, most of the time you just have to do an hour or so at the end of each school day. The pay is fairly ok and since it's only a short shift each day it's not too demanding! Not like doing several long shifts at the weekend!

    - As well as pinning up notices for babysitting, advertise dog-walking service. Busy people will pay a lot of money for you to exercise their dogs and it's an ideal summer job!

    - As mentioned above, eBay and other similar sites such as Gumtree offer some really good opportunities in terms of buying good and selling them on, or selling your own stuff.

    - Make sure your CV looks good. Even if you haven't got a lot of experience to include, follow a good clear structure and keep it simple. Include personality but not too much, the people reading it need to be able to quickly decide whether or not they should consider hiring you. They don't want to read through unnecessary information! Keep it sweet and simple, and use a neat font such as Arial, nothing like Comic Sans MS or Century Gothic, it doesn't look professional... IMO.


    Hope this helps, good luck finding work :rolleyes:
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    Prostitution?
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    Go to some local pubs (Not chains like spoons) around your area and see if they're employing, its summer time so they'll generally be busier - they usually will have some jobs for glass collecting/cleaning for 16 year olds. If not, just look into local stores and give in your c.v. I'd generally avoid larger chain stores as its always a massive faff with the application and further process and due to competition, you'll be unlikely to get it.
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    (Original post by Gob Bluth)
    Don't try cinemas.

    I applied once when i was like 16. There were about 100 applicants for 1 job i believe? Then we all had to sit in one of the cinemas and we were told to go to the front and say something about yourself. A third of people left lol, but it was stupid. To do all that for a ****ing job at a cinema? That was ODEON btw.

    I need a job myself. Just applying to loads of places online really and giving my cvs in to places. Trying to rack my brain for jobs. Bar jobs are an idea too, but that's hard if you're under 18 as you can't be on the bar.
    Aha, thanks for the tip, I was thinking of trying my local Odeon xD Bar jobs sound good, and over 18
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    Supermarkets like tesco are always hiring because they aren't really being negatively affected by the recession (not to the same extent as other businesses anyway) and if you pick one that doesn't use an online application service then in my opinion it's much easier to get your foot in the door. You just need to print off their application form, fill it in and hand it in. They pay really well, in a large store it's not difficult to pick up overtime and if you do something like check-out work then there will be loads of people that you can ask to do a shift swap with if you've got something important you need to attend (like a really good party XD). When I worked at tesco there were a lot of uni students working there who only worked there during the holidays.
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    Couple of easy means of making a bit of cash if you have nothing better to do during the summer holidays (won't make you a fortune but could be a bit of extra money):

    TopLine is a website that replaces all ads on your browser with their own approved companies. You recieve a share of the revenue for doing nothing.
    Link: https://www.jointopline.com/register?fid=QVZ7JBCRT483

    Superpoints is one of many websites where you watch videos, complete surveys, offers etc. and accumulate points which can be converted to currency. I can post links to guides to make money from it if anyone wants.
    Link: http://superpoints.com/refer/chriswuk
    (It's invite only hence why a referral is needed)

    Also matched betting, there's a forum post for that somewhere.
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    Have you been handing your CV into shops? Or looking at applying online as well? I work at WHSmiths and in my store the manager won't even look at any CV that is given in, and only accepts applications online. Try having a look on the jobseekers website, as for my area a lot of the local restaurants, cafe's and bars post on there when looking for waiting staff.
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    (Original post by sil3nt_cha0s)
    Not much point using specialised CVs for menial jobs. Generic CVs are fine.
    Your kidding, right?

    If you haven't worked in a shop - dont give advice.

    If you have worked in a shop - learn that the employers you have had are dreadful. 99% of shops will bin generic CVs because they get so many - you have to stand out.
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    (Original post by Davott)
    Your kidding, right?

    If you haven't worked in a shop - dont give advice.

    If you have worked in a shop - learn that the employers you have had are dreadful. 99% of shops will bin generic CVs because they get so many - you have to stand out.
    And how do you suggest the OP is going to stand out? He's 16 years old, with no work experience other than a paper round. He can write a load of stuff about teamwork, hardworking, efficient etc. but it's not going to get him very far when he's got basically nothing to show for it.
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    (Original post by sil3nt_cha0s)
    And how do you suggest the OP is going to stand out? He's 16 years old, with no work experience other than a paper round. He can write a load of stuff about teamwork, hardworking, efficient etc. but it's not going to get him very far when he's got basically nothing to show for it.
    Standing out is not just about experience etc. because if an employer is looking for 16-18 year olds they are never going to expect 20 years of retail experience.

    What they do expect, is someone who has a genuine interest in the company, its products and a will to learn and develop. Thats what you need to make very clear in a 16-18 CV. Hell, its just as important in any CV. I'll expand further if the OP wants.

    May I ask what your relevant experience is with regards to this?

    I feel capable of saying these things thanks to 3.5 years retail experience, close contact with many employers in multinationals, interviews at multiple high street retailers and a year at university that involved plenty of career/CV workshops designed to make me employable. That good enough for you to believe me?
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    you can buy bulk foods/sweets from Macro like a box full of haribo bags and sell them for £1 each

    you can also buy boxes of sweets that out of date for really cheap, and sell those

    people used to do that at my highschool and made a lot of money
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    (Original post by Sheep)
    you can buy bulk foods/sweets from Macro like a box full of haribo bags and sell them for £1 each

    you can also buy boxes of sweets that out of date for really cheap, and sell those

    people used to do that at my highschool and made a lot of money
    I've done that once, it works.
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    (Original post by Timor)
    buy things online on the cheap from places like ebay, sell them for a small profit. you can maximise your profits buy buying items that could make a set and then selling the full set. worth a try. i.e- buying some tv series individually and then selling them all together.
    16 year olds are not allowed to have an ebay or paypal account Unfortunate, because I had a decent business idea, will have to wait another 15 months
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    Set up a bank account, and save any money you get. Seriously, making money as a teenager is very, very hard.

    - Nobody wants to employ you
    - Nobody trusts you.

    Your time would be better spent perhaps studying, or by other means of bettering yourself e.g reading. Your best option is to save any money you get from your parents in a high-interest bank-account.
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    Really, Kaneboy? I (21) have been turned down by the likes of McDonalds and KFC simply because the other applicants were at the ages of 16-17. Simply put, they'd save money employing them on the minimum wage instead of me where they'd have to pay £6+ per hour.

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