Jobs you had growing up.

Australia
June 14, 2007 11:29pm CST
We all wanted to make extra pocket money when we were kids so I want to know what jobs everyone did. I did a paper run for a while, and I walked my neighbours' dog. I also had a cake stall once and a mini garage sale- which was actually a footpath sale. I think I made about $3 that day selling all my old Happy Meal toys. I always wanted to start a babsitting business just like the Babysitters Club but that never eventuated :-( Then my friend and I were going to start up a Pet sitting business but that didn't happen either. .. So what did you get up to?
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17 responses
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
i worked as an office assistant when i was in college, then i did some typing jobs and i worked in a psychologist office. i was able to accumulate some savings from these odd jobs and i used it buy some things i would need or for my siblings sometimes. usually, i use some amount to buy food. my parents were always away because they were running the farm which is located some kilometers from us. the problem is worsened by hte fact that mountain roads at the time were not passable to vehicles yet.
• United States
15 Jun 07
Let's see . . . from age eleven to age sixteen, I babysat A LOT and I cleaned houses for extra money (and I saved A LOT). Then, from sixteen to twenty-three, I wore many hats: * waitress (steak house and Chineese place) * cashier (grocery store and warehouse store) * customer service rep (video rental place and music store) * store manager (music store, book store and import furniture store) * bank teller Then, I went into business for myself and havenn't punched someone else's clock ever since.
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Jun 07
Good for you! That has got to be a good feeling!
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
15 Jun 07
i babysat alot when i was a teenager. that, and i think i recall trying to sell lemonade. not so good!
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I got a lot of babysitting jobs when I was a teenager. I also picked up a few odd jobs cleaning for people. My first steady job was working as a dishwasher in a local restaurant.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
15 Jun 07
when my brother and i were still in grade six, our family is suffering from too much poverty. eager to help our parents, we go from one house to another selling fried bananas. we do that even if the sun's too hot or if it was raining a lot. all we wanted was to have all the fried bananas sold so we can have something to add up for the money we will be buying for food the next day. looking back now, i don't regret going through those times. it made me realize how important money is... anne
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• Australia
17 Jun 07
That's a great thing you did for your family.
@mada9898 (193)
• United States
16 Jun 07
I worked at three jobs that were interesting at time. I work at K-mart as a high school student for 2 years. As a college student I worked as a janitor and at a grocery/retail store called Fred Meyer (Kroger) I enjoyed working there as a student but I wouldn't make a career out of it. The military has been interesting as well. I enjoy my lifestyle in the military more!! I never did a lawn mowing business or anything like that.
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• Canada
16 Jun 07
My sister and I sold ice and worms when we were younger for a dollar a dozen or a dollar fifty for a bag of ice . When I was thirteen I started babysitting for family and friends and then when I was a sixteen I started working in a take out restaurant , I started as a waitress but by the following year I was also cook and manager and ended up hiring my sister to work there as well .
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I delivered the morning and Sunday paper for 4 years. I bought my bike, tv, and anything else I wanted with this money.
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• United States
15 Jun 07
I did a ton of babysitting, starting when I was 10. Most of the time it was for our neighbors with 3 kids. I watched them at my house so my mom was around. I babysat for several other families too, but not as much. I made over $1000 one summer with just that one family. My next job was at a craft shop at a tourist place. It was a fun job and there were 3 of us young girls that became great friends through it. Then I graduated from high school, then business school and it was into the real working world.
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@maehan (1445)
• United States
15 Jun 07
When I'm student, I earn extra pocket $$$ by distributing newspaper, work in fast food restaurant, factory operator, part-time waitress, kitchen helper, part-time sale assistant in a retail store.
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@AmbiePam (51159)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I babysat a lot. Like you, doing a Babysitters Club type organization was my dream, but of course it never panned out. I also helped clean up my church for a few bucks, because obviously I couldn't lift the heavy machinery. And when I was a teen I housesat for some people because they had left pets behind and wanted to make sure they were taken care of. I tried collecting cans for a long while, but although I did something for the environment, it didn't make much of a different in my pocket book. : )
• United States
15 Jun 07
I started babysitting when I was 13 and had 3 families I worked for. Sometimes they'd give me extra money to do chores while they were gone like scrub out the bathtub or do a few loads of laundry or pull weeds in the garden. I did a lot of odd jobs. When I turned 15 I got a part time job at the hobby store about a 1/2 mile from school. That's where I learned how to run a cash register and count back change. I also learned a lot of different crafts from the customers coming in to buy things for their projects. It was a lot of fun and learned a lot. I went to work full time when I was 17 for 7-11 and got my first apartment shortly after. I guess that's when I grew up! LOL
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• Canada
21 Jun 07
i started babysitting at age 11. i did that for a few years and hated every minute of it. i'm not one to enjoy looking after somone else's kids or entertianing them. then i worked as assistant cook for one summer at a camp. i loved that, it was a blast. i was the summer i turned 16. and the following summer i worked in a foctory putting together switch boards.
• United States
21 Jun 07
I made most of my money by babysitting, but even when I was younger, I would make crafts and try to sell them. I made seed bead necklaces then, and sold them at the ham radio flea markets that my dad took us to on a lot of summer weekends. My sister used to sell rocks. Successfully, I might add. She was a pretty cute kid, though. :) And now she works in Marketing. :)
• China
21 Jun 07
I went to work a few days ago, because I just graduated from school. I want to do extra work to earn more money, but time is limited. I have to spend some time reading and studying more special knowledge. I did not have any part time job before.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
21 Jun 07
Hey there, For extra money during school holidays, I would go to work with my mom to the sewing factory and sew cuffs and ribbing on to sweaters or hoodie tops, I enjoyed that alot, this type of work contributed to my sewing skills I have today... During the week days after school, our grand father would split, us and our cousins into two groups of five, depending on who was there, and he would take five of us down to the farm, to either move sheep or cattle to different paddocks which I hated, I'd always let the sheep get away, these sheep would run all over the road, and we'd have to go get them again, I was forever getting growlings from him, until one day, I refuse to go and help do farm work... The other five would stay and help our grandma out in their Diary take away store, stacking groceries, serving people and eating all the lollies or what they could behind my grandmas back lol... Gone are those days... But they were my odd jobs, and then each of us would get dropped off to our homes and get our chores done if there were any and then do our homework... I think we as little kids worked hard back then... The good ol days of chasing sheep lol...
17 Jun 07
Eventuated?!?! What a fabulous word! ***goes to look it up in the dictionary*** Brilliant it is there e·ven·tu·ate /?'v?nt?u?e?t/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[i-ven-choo-eyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –verb (used without object), -at·ed, -at·ing. 1. to have issue; result. 2. to be the issue or outcome; come about http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/eventuated ********************************** Okay apologies about that and now to my response. When we were growing up we never really had much cash and there was no way I could have been given pocket money so when I was 10 or 11 I started doing paper rounds. It took me an 1 hour every morning, 2 on a sunday and I got £8. I also done one in the weekdays afternoon which was smaller and got me £3,50 a week. Then when I was 13 I got a job in a hairdressing salon and washed hair, make tea, swept and cleaned and got one pound an hour and I worked on Saturdays and Sunday and then as time went on I gradually started avoiding school to go and work. I am glad that I did work so hard as a child as it has taught me great values for now as an adult and I uderstand the value of money. I have always paid my own way and never rely on my parents for money. I actually enjoy working hard and being very busy and I have been told that I am a fantastic employee. I am lucky to be blessed with these attributes from my mother who is also the same.