Making Money when you're young;
The purpose of this guide is to help young paintball players make enough money on their own to purchase gear. The fact that you're reading this guide shows you have the drive & desire to stop mooching off your 'rents. Or you want a DM9 and know they'll never but it for you.
Computers represent easy money if you know what you're doing. It also is an avenue to make money that requires very little to no investment, unless you're doing hardware upgrades and you have to buy the pieces first.
- Virus Removal
- Web Design
Physical laboring is the most obvious way to make money. Using equipment your family already owns (mowers, rakes, shovels, etc.), you can go around your neighbourhood and offer your services. It helps to have flyers you can leave in mailboxes or leave with your neighbours. Come up with a little speach to say when people open the door. Just an example:
"Hi, I'm Jeff. I'm going around the neighbourhood offering services to raise money for my paintball team. If you need anything done, mow your lawn, clean the windows, paint your fence, please feel free to give me a call. I'm available any time after school or on Sundays. Is there anything that you'd like to have done today? (yes/no). Ok! Thank you very much for your time and keep me in mind if you need any of these services! Goodbye!"
Here's some ideas to put on your flyers;
Commercial / "Real Job"
- Mowing Lawns / Weed-eater
- Window Washing
- Washing Cars
- Painting Fences
- Debris Removal
There are some places will hire under 16, but most do not. It's unfortunate for you guys that want to work, but there's child labor laws for a reason. Some places you can try are below.
- Coffee Shops
- Gas Stations
- Convience Stores
- Greenhouses / Garden Stores
There are other "1-shot" items, like selling candy at school. I don't consider these reliable sources of income that you can base an income off of. Selling food items in a school is prohibited (if a teacher catches you, you could loose all your 'inventory'), so be aware. Also, parents will be very supportive of you being proactive, and will more more apt to help you buy stuff. Brothers & sisters can be recruited to help on big jobs... of course you'll have to pay them