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Old 10-05-2013, 12:25 AM
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It has been about a year since I last posted here. I'm 14 now, and well, I'd like to have a car by my 16th birthday. In fact, I'd like to have one by my 15th birthday.

I found the perfect truck. It's a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. But here's the problem. I'm afraid the truck will be bought, so I'd like to get the money to pay for the down payment. I've asked around for a job, and nothing. I even went to the dealership (which my next-door neighbor works at; she does all the paperwork) just to be told the down payment is $1,800. So, I don't know where to get a job. It's hard to find a job at 14, yes I know. But I don't one to be one of "them" who don't have my own car by the time I turn 16. Plus, I need a steady income.

So, the reason I'm asking on here is for ideas. Newspaper is not an option, there are routes, but they don't pay good enough, and my bike has a flat tire. I need something that pays minimum wage so I can meet my goal for having at least $2,500 by the time I turn 15 in June of next year (this will cover the down payment, registration, insurance, etc.)

So, is there any ideas. I'm trying to be optimistic about the outcome, but all these declines are making me more pessimistic.
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It has been about a year since I last posted here. I'm 14 now, and well, I'd like to have a car by my 16th birthday. In fact, I'd like to have one by my 15th birthday.

I found the perfect truck. It's a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500. But here's the problem. I'm afraid the truck will be bought, so I'd like to get the money to pay for the down payment. I've asked around for a job, and nothing. I even went to the dealership (which my next-door neighbor works at; she does all the paperwork) just to be told the down payment is $1,800. So, I don't know where to get a job. It's hard to find a job at 14, yes I know. But I don't one to be one of "them" who don't have my own car by the time I turn 16. Plus, I need a steady income.

So, the reason I'm asking on here is for ideas. Newspaper is not an option, there are routes, but they don't pay good enough, and my bike has a flat tire. I need something that pays minimum wage so I can meet my goal for having at least $2,500 by the time I turn 15 in June of next year (this will cover the down payment, registration, insurance, etc.)

So, is there any ideas. I'm trying to be optimistic about the outcome, but all these declines are making me more pessimistic.
IMO your best bet would be to find a farmer local to you that needs some extra help on the farm, most of them will not turn down good reliable help and they pay cash most of the time which is always good to, many may think being a farm hand is seasonal but if you have basic hand tool skills there is plenty you can do when crops are not in, like repair fence, etc etc. When I was 12-14 I worked on a farm and made $1 less than minimum wage at the time but it was cash so it worked out.

Not sure exactly where you are at in Missouri, but when I was 15 I worked at a local restaurant in Warrensburg (Country Kitchen) washing dishes I was allowed 15 hours during the school year, 30 hours during the summer, I soon learned that I could work at 2 different places washing dishes and get twice the hours! The only problem with working that many hours especially during the school year at that age is keeping up with your studies. If you do take on a job like that I would strongly suggest just sticking with 1 as it will get to a point where you can not juggle work and school, and school at your age is much more important than work.

Hope this helps and I hope you take my advice and learn from my mistakes when in school do not try to work more than you can handle it never turns out for the best.

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Jeremiah, I live in Boonville. Quite a ways (but not too far) from Warrensburg. The problem about being a farm hand is that I'm not that strong, and I don't think I would be good at it.

I realize that school is [much] more important than work, but I have straight-A's. I plan on working only one job, but I want a job that pays good enough.

As I say "I'd like to have my first vehicle by the time I turn 16, not by the time I turn 20"

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I'm not that strong is no excuse . You will get stronger the more you work, and you can always learn. I used to pressure wash parking lots for smaller businesses that didn't want to pay what those guys called professionals charge. I was lucky enough to have access to a pressure washer and my grandma would take me when my parents could't. Good luck and I think its awesome that you want to be such a responsible kid.
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I also have apiphobia and spheksophobia.

A lot of my friends who live on farms can bench press about 250, maxing out about 280. We did incline presses (where you are not flat, you sit at an incline) and I was able to lift 65 pounds at about 14 reps in 30 seconds.

I'm the type that would give it 110% at any job, though.

Most of my friends are in the local FFA chapter. They live on farms, so their parents pay them to be farm hands. It's nothing to see them counting 20 dollar bills at lunch. But I don't live on a farm, I live in town.
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When I was 14 I lived in town and worked on a farm, road my bike. I weighed in 130lbs soaking wet and looked like a bean pole. The job was more about reliability and consistency. As a manager now that is what I am looking for. When I operated a construction company back in the 90's I hired a girl who was 5'3" and 110lbs. She was reliable and consistent and worked several years for me.
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When I was 14 I lived in town and worked on a farm, road my bike. I weighed in 130lbs soaking wet and looked like a bean pole. The job was more about reliability and consistency. As a manager now that is what I am looking for. When I operated a construction company back in the 90's I hired a girl who was 5'3" and 110lbs. She was reliable and consistent and worked several years for me.
Yes. I know what you mean. I can be consistent and reliable. But there are some jobs I'd never be able to do, and there are some jobs I can do that are pretty good.

I don't know how much farmer would pay me because I'm not related to them. Most of my friend's get paid a lot to be a farm hand because they are working for their parents, or a close friend of their parent's. I'm also a strong believer in "don't believe what other people say" but my friend's have said that I'd never make it as a farm hand.

Also, a few weeks ago, I volunteered to help build the float for our class. Another volunteer who lives on a farm would never let me do anything. He made me pretty much made me sit there and watch. In fact, one of the class sponsors had to tell him to let me drive a couple screws in. I've worked with him on several other projects, most recently a project in our Physical Science class and he wouldn't even let me swing the pendulum.

I also have apiphobia (fear of bees), and sphekosphobia (fear of wasps.)

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I don't know what job to do. At my age, I'm limited to places to work. But there's got to be something, but I'm all out of ideas.

I'd like to may the down payment on the truck ($1,800) by the time I turn 15 in June, plus I'm going to need an extra $500 to insure it and register it.

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Have you considered looking for work at the lot that truck is on. Seeif you can be the lot guy and wash the vehicles. I know you can't drive their vehicles but you wash them in place .
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Have you considered looking for work at the lot that truck is on. Seeif you can be the lot guy and wash the vehicles. I know you can't drive their vehicles but you wash them in place .
Actually, yes. My next-door neighbor works there (she deals with the paperwork and rentals, etc.), and she says to come back in the summer. But other than that, they are not hiring.

So I need to work somewhere else.
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