Making money under the age of 16

Making money before the age of 16 can be difficult, but not for preteens and teenagers that babysit or pet sit. “I started babysitting when I was 14 [years old] in order to make money without having a formal job and as a way to practice for having a real job,” said Bailey Balinski, who babysat for three years. Balinski usually made around $50 when she would babysit from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I started babysitting because I wanted to make money and my neighbors needed a babysitter,” said Kelsey Berndt, who started babysitting when she was 12 years old. “I typically make $8 an hour. Sometimes $10.”

Babysitting is a great job for younger teens because it is a way to make money without doing too much work.

The easiest way to make money: online

Selling things has never been easier with the help of the Internet. EBay, Craigslist, and Amazon are just a few of the websites that allow people to easily sell their unwanted items.

“I sell things online to make a little extra money,” said Jack Culp, an EBay user. “[Selling things online] is a lot easier than having a yard sale or going to a pawn shop.”

Even though selling things online is easier than other methods, there are still some strategies to selling items online. “I price things a little high purposefully, because I have not had one person who does not want to negotiate and offers lower than the asking price. If I make the starting point higher, the negotiated price tends to be higher too,” said Stephen Charles, a Craigslist user.

Tipping a necessity, not a bonus, for wait staff

Many people who work in the food industry survive off of tip money. Waiters and waitresses typically make less than minimum wage, so tipping can make up a large portion of their paycheck. “On a week day shift I typically make between $150-$180 from tips,” said Antonio Ellis, who is a waiter at Silver Beach Pizza in St. Joseph, Mich. “On weekends I can make between $200-$250 and sometimes more.”

Tip money is very important to Ellis because he only gets paid $3.18 to serve.

Uber: The new way to earn a little extra money

Uber has created a way to call a taxi with the touch of a button, and ever since then it has became more and more popular. “Uber is similar to taxis. They are easier to hail and are differently priced. In the long run, they may be substitutes or complements to buses and subways. Uber has the ambition to replace your second car.

More money, more stress

Working multiple jobs is becoming more common among college students. On top of school, some college students feel the need to work multiple jobs in order to earn money for when they graduate. “The biggest benefit of having two jobs is that I get two paychecks every two weeks,” said Taven Thuma, who coaches competitive cheer and works in the Department of University Advancement at Michigan State University. “I have multiple jobs so I can pay for both rent and school.”

Jake Pawloski, who works at Jimmy John’s as a delivery boy and Impact 89FM as the video director, also has two jobs so he can have more money. “Jimmy John’s gives me cash, which helps me budget, because then I am less likely to take the money that I earn from Impact out of my bank account,” said Pawloski.

Commuting to work: ‘The stress that doesn’t pay’

MacKenzie Carlock waits at a CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) station for the train to pick her up for work at Lush Cosmetics. Unfortunately, there is an issue with the train, which is common because she lives so close to Wrigley Field. She checks her watch to make sure she will still be on time for work. “I leave for work about 50 minutes before my shift starts to ensure that I am not late,” said Carlock. It typically takes Carlock about 30 minutes to get to Lush Cosmetics, which is downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue.

A different type of job: working from home

With the rise of technology and social media, more and more people are working from home. This includes designers, bloggers, podcasters, writers, and many more professions. Tony Federico, the vice president of marketing for Natural Force, began working entirely from home in January 2017. Before January, he worked both from home and as a personal trainer. Federico first began working at home when he started a blog titled, Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction.