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Ilanded my first-part time job dur­ing the sum­mer months. Be­lieve me it was a per­fect fit. I was never in­ter­ested in work­ing at fast-food restau­rants or re­tail stores, how­ever, I did work for a bowl­ing al­ley and the tips were great! I have al­ways been in­trigued by work­ing in an “of­fice,” hav­ing a set up with a desk and tele­phone. Dur­ing my Ju­nior year of high school, I vol­un­teered to work for the Dean of the school, an­swer­ing phone calls, tak­ing mes­sages and some fil­ing. When the sum­mer months were ap­proach­ing, I spoke with the Dean and she put in a good word for me to work the sum­mer at the Su­per­in­ten­dant’s Of­fice. I loved it so much that it ac­tu­ally led me to other of­fice jobs and even­tu­ally in the cor­po­rate arena and a law firm.

Th­ese jobs taught me how to man­age money, han­dle re­spon­si­bil­ity, and how to deal with the gen­eral pub­lic. They were in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences and pro­vided me with some much-needed au­ton­omy and fi­nan­cial free­dom.

1. Web De­signer

Web de­sign­ers are al­ways look­ing for re­mote in­terns that have tech­ni­cal skills in web de­sign or web devel­op­ment. This will help to en­hance your skill and can lead you to own­ing your busi­ness that will flour­ish re­wards be­yond high school. Work­ing re­motely al­lows you to set your own sched­ule while earn­ing great money.

2. An­i­mal Shel­ter Worker

If you want to be­come a vet­eri­nar­ian and love an­i­mals, work­ing at an an­i­mal shel­ter could be a great part-time job while you are in school. It will pro­vide hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence while you get to spend time with the an­i­mals. Shel­ters hire min­i­mum-wage em­ploy­ees. Most of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are to clean out their cages. The job can be messy and heart-wrench­ing when the an­i­mals are sick; how­ever, it can be re­ward­ing when the an­i­mals are nursed back to health.

3. Land­sca­per/Lawn Care

When I was a kid, my par­ents did their own landscaping. Satur­day, the whole fam­ily would be out­side rak­ing leaves and pulling up weeds. To­day, landscaping is a ma­jor mar­ket. Now, peo­ple pay a small for­tune to have their lawns mowed and their hedges trimmed each week. I paid $175 per month for 4 vis­its from a lawn care ser­vice. If you could line up five cus­tomers, one for each day of the week, you will “rake” in the money. Dur­ing the win­ter months, you can shovel snow from drive­ways and side­walks.

4. Tu­tor

Jobs that al­low you to set your own sched­ule dur­ing school months can be ad­van­ta­geous for some­one who en­joys help­ing oth­ers to learn. It pays just as much as baby sit­ters and some­times more. Par­ents pay good money to have their kids tu­tored so they can suc­ceed. Tutoring is big busi­ness now for ele­men­tary school stu­dents, or help­ing a fel­low class­mate get those cal­cu­lus ques­tions right. There are a num­ber of cor­po­rate tutoring en­ti­ties, like Syl­van Learn­ing Cen­ter, but you can of­fer your ser­vices as a tu­tor for less money, and with a more per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

5. Arts and Crafts Pro­duc­tion and Sales

The art wold is amaz­ing and ever abound­ing. Teens and tweens who have artis­tic skills of­ten spend time in their craft and search for a mar­ket that can sell their work. The hol­i­day sea­son of­fers great op­por­tu­ni­ties to sell in school fes­ti­vals. Churches hold arts and crafts fairs, and ea­ger shop­pers line up to buy Christ­mas or­na­ments, wreaths, and last-minute gifts. Booth and ta­ble rental costs vary, but if you part­ner with a friend or a neigh­bor who also has items to sell, it won’t cost as much and you can help each other out. Sales how­ever, can be spo­radic, and the money won’t re­place a steady in­come. You can also set up shop on­line. Con­sider sell­ing your arts and crafts on Etsy.

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