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post #1 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ideas for making $$$ - broke!

I started out with lots of money, bought a horse 9 months ago, I am now down to $100 :S
I really need to figure out ways to make money. I am going to apply for jobs at our local fast food stores and restaurants.
I am only 14 years old, so it's hard to get a good paying job that is a good job.

I am quite shy with people, so I wouldn't be good for cashier jobs and jobs that involve socializing with customers.

I was thinking about making something and selling? Or buying and selling something for profit?

My passion is art, sketching. I am in art 10 right now, and we are working on human face portraits, and I realized I have a talent for it!
I was thinking of getting better, and hopefully selling custom portraits... but I'm not sure that too many people buy that sort of thing?

Maybe making some sort of horse tack, jewellery.

I need something that will bring a steady income, year round, along with a part time job after school hours.

If you have any ideas, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks soooo much!

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 07:34 AM
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the only real job that is available at 14 i think is cashout operator, or maybe if you apply to work out the back with the stock.

I think art may be hard to get into, but I have never tried as I fail lol
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post #4 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 08:08 AM
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Are you having to pay all expenses for your horse?
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post #5 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 08:42 AM
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Im 14 too the jobs i can think of is stable hand, strapper/ride trackwork(involves early morning an stupid TB's :P),

i was thinking of doing a tack cleaning service- (to do)

from everyday riding saddle’s to show saddles. Available (whenever it suits). Go to there property and clean all there tack!

Disassemble (take apart bridles, remove stirrups etc on saddles

Use a damp towel/sponge to remove major dirt, a soft bristled toothbrush for cleaning out tooling and stitching

Lather up with leather soap, wipe off excess

Condition


Buff

Reassemble

and charge something like

$20.00 Saddle
$15.00 Bridle
$5.00 pair of boots
Or $30.00 all tack clean

Just an idea :)

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post #6 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 03:00 PM
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If you plan on getting into art as a career I suggest you get something else as your actual job and use art to make a few extra bucks on the side - until you make a name for yourself.

As someone who's worked in customer service for YEARS, mostly as a cashier I will tell you that being shy isn't much of a hinderance. I was fairly shy when I first started, but as a cashier you're not required to go over the top with customers, just smile and be friendly. I am sure you are capable of that. If you're not currently, you will be in no time!
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post #7 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 03:12 PM
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i mean, it's an idea.. but i'm a equine fashion designer :) i make saddle pads, polo wraps, jackets, shirts, everything i can for an equestrian. ALL CUSTOM & embroidery as well :) still in the process of making it into a buisness, but i've got all the patterns etc. i'm starting college next semester and i'm taking a buisness course. hopefully i will be opening my own tack shop some day !

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post #8 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 03:26 PM
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Its hard to find any jobs in BC right now.

I grew up there and I got my first job at 14 pumping gas. Paid the bills. I was extremely shy and its almost like I had to get over it. I grew up in a small tourist town that doubled in size in the summer so trying to talk to people that don’t speak English is hard so you get over your shyness pretty quick!

Do you board? Maybe ask if you can work at the barn cleaning stalls or some thing. Find barns in your area and apply. Plus you wont have to deal with a whole lot of people if your shy.
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post #9 of 16 Old 09-22-2010, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to everyone!

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Are you having to pay all expenses for your horse?
I pay for everything, except the board, my parents pay for that :]

JackOfDiamonds - Your idea is pretty cool!

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Do you board? Maybe ask if you can work at the barn cleaning stalls or some thing. Find barns in your area and apply. Plus you wont have to deal with a whole lot of people if your shy.
Yep, I board. But, it isn't an overly big place, just like 6 or 7 boarders. No stalls or paddocks to clean, they are big pastures.
I will have to ask around at some of the new barns in my area. I would love to be a stable hand, there was an ad up for someone looking for a stable hand, it was perfect, but when i went to call the next day, the ad was gone :(

Thanks everyone! I will keep working on art, and hopefully do it for a bit of money on the side in the future :)

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post #10 of 16 Old 09-24-2010, 12:56 AM
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JackofDiamonds i'd just like to let you know that if your 14 you would not be able to work on a racetrack. You'd need to be at least 16 to work at a track. At least where I'm from, I don't know any place that'd allow a 14 year old to excercise racing TB's. sorry.
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