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post #1 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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how can i make money?!?!

well i want to b able to pay for my horse stuff but i am not old enough to have a job or drive!!! i advertise for babysitting petsitting etc but never get many calls! how can i make some money to pay for my horse stuff? ALL ideas are appreciated! thx! :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 03:27 PM
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Well how old are you? That might help us think of jobs for you.. :)

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post #3 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 03:48 PM
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Worst job in the world, but you can do it young Or work at a local riding school, you could even keep your horse there

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post #4 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm 14...i wish i could work at the barn i board at but they dont let us :(
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post #5 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 07:47 PM
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I use to go around my neighborhood and mow.
If you have any stuff that you have out grown, and you parents will allow you to sell it, put it on craigslist (get with your parents on this one). Don't give out your email or phone # until someone contacts you and have your parents help make sure you stay safe -maybe collect the buyer's # and have your parents call. I usually meet at a nearby supermarket. I also have a gmail address that I use only for making replies.
You could also see if anyone else has something they would like to sell. Charge like a 10% commission. Take photos of the items, do some research on what it is worth, look it over and list all flaws along with it's good points. Maybe some of your neighbors would even donate.
So, it is up to you (and how much your parents will allow at this time) to build this up. Make fliers, talk to all your friends and neighbors, tell them why you are doing this, give your "clients" fliers to give to their friends. Put a really cute pic of you and your horse.....maybe even list what you are wanting to put the money towards, or some long term goals.
There are so many ways you can go about this.
Periodically, if your parents OK it, have a yard sale.
If you have extra tack, see if the barn wants to have a yard sale. Or see if anyone would like you to list their items. I would start out "free" unless sold, then once you get going, then maybe think about charging a small non-refundable listing fee.
Do some business forums and such. "getting business started" should bring some good google search results.

Try to write down what you are wanting to achieve.
If you make a sale, write down what you made.
If you pay out anything, write it down.
If you take an item on consignment, take pictures, write the client's name and phone #, and how much they would like to get.
If it sells, write what you got for the item, how much you paid the client, and how much you retained.

I know I threw a lot at you, but don't panic, you have to start somewhere and this is a great way to learn. Hopefully, your parents will get on board with you and they can help you learn some business skills.

If not, do some research and put together a plan and some goals until you are "old enough" to start this kind of venture. Talk to your school about getting into shadowing - again age will be a factor, BUT teachers and councilors will take notice if you put some effort and if you WANT to learn. Councilors are looking for the ones that REALLY want it and a lot of them will help you in any way they can.

Let your local feed store know you are wanting to work and get your toe in the door for when they are able to "hire" you or let you do some work on the side. Making friends with the boss always helps.

OK, I'll stop now! :)
Hope you are able to find some inspiration.
Good luck

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post #6 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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wow! well said! ^ lol! my parents said to try pet sitting *sigh* i enjoy it when i get calls but so far i have gotten...hmm....lets see here...TWO! lol! parents said i need to be patient. im gunna put up a ton of flyers in the neighborhood and hope i get some calls for pet is summer time! if u guys have any ideas still share but it looks like i am stuck w/ pet sitting. thx! =]
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post #7 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 08:21 PM
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If you can handle this one, get you a pair of nail clippers and offer nail clippings for $5.00
Offer dog baths for $10.00, include blow dry, brush out, and nail trim.
If it is super matted and you aren't equiped to deal with that,tell the owner and put it on your flier.
State: basic bath with minimal mats, please. No biters or bring your own muzzle. Again, this is a see how it grows idea.

Talk to your neighbors - ask them if they need anything done....mow yards, rack leaves this fall, wash the dog, wash the car, babysit, petsit, walk the dog, etc.....
Make some fliers and maybe so cards and pass them out to EVERYONE nearby (that you know are safe) and tell them you are willing and able. Again, list your goals for your earnings.
Collect cans - hopefully the price will go back up soon. Crush them so you can get more into your can or bag. Again, hit your neighbors up. Provide a bag for them and pick it up once or twice a week (don't forget to give them a replacement bag). Don't be shy, grab that can on the side of the road. I will say that I myself do draw the line on digging through the garbage on this one. There was a time when I HAD to gather cans to put food on the table and by golly I get those cans out of the garbage.....thank God those days are over.

Watch who you fall in love with when that era of your life comes around.

Just think of things you can do/have done around the house and offer your services.

And your parents are right, it takes time.
I "opened" my web store in April and have made 6 sales on the site. Several others at horse shows and craigslisting. But my hits are picking up and I am "selling" my name and letting people know I am around, I am a real person, I love helping and I stand behind my products.

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post #8 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 09:09 PM
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You could also post fliers saying that if someone needed you to clean out their horse trailer before or after a big show you could get paid for it.

such as depending on how big the trailer is. whether or not it is open like a stock trailer, and also if they would want you to clean out their living quarters in the trailer. You could charge according to that.

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post #9 of 19 Old 07-04-2009, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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those are all great suggestions!!! =]
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post #10 of 19 Old 07-05-2009, 08:26 AM
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When I was your age the way I made money at the barn was offered my services for weekly horse care for boarders. I would brush/groom their horses every day. If their horses needed special feed or supplements that the barn didnt offer, I took care of that too. I charged 20.00 a week. At one point I was taking care of 3 horses weekly so I was making 60.00 a week. They often gave tips too.

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