Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Money. I need it. How do I make it? (P.S. I'm 14)

Ask the Recap Money. I need it. How do I make it? (p.s. I'm 14)Dear Recap,

I need money and nobody hires 14-year-olds.

How can I make some?

Thanks.

–T.T. USA


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So there’s this thing called a rainbow, and if you can find the end of it, there’s a pot of gold that will make all your money troubles go away.

If only!

But wait. There’s good news: You live in an era that’s ripe with money-making opportunities. In fact, filling your wallet with cash is as simple as this two-step process:

1. Think about what you’re passionate about, or what you’re good at.
2. Figure out how you can turn those skills into cash.

Love bikes? Have you spent lots of time souping up your personal set of wheels, or are you a whiz when it comes to repair? Open a bike shop in your garage. Sure, you may not get a lot of customers at first, but if you talk yourself up to your friends or teammates—then do a good job repairing their wheels—your reasonable prices and good results could quickly spread by word of mouth. Best part: You’ll be doing something that interests you and making money.

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Do you have crack computer skills? Look for opportunities to connect with people over 50—maybe through a local assisted living facility, or your place of worship. Sometimes, people in this age group feel uncomfortable with technology because they didn’t grow up with it. That could mean money for you: You could hire yourself out to give them an hourly lesson once or twice a week. And you might just make a few new friends (or adopted grandparents!) in the process.

Are you crafty? If you love to make things with your hands, and you’re already making a lot of them, consider setting up a shop on Etsy.com (but talk to your parents first). Or, stay local: Pass out samples of your crafts for your friends to wear, and spread the word that your goods are for sale. (Just be sure you know your school’s rules: Often, you can’t sell things on school property.)

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list—for more ideas, check out this guide to turning your hobbies into cash—but it’s a way to start thinking about positive cash flow that makes you the entrepreneur, instead of the kid who can’t get hired. Starting with your passions, then brainstorming and building out from there, isn’t just a lucrative proposition. It might even set you on the path to becoming a small business owner. Now there's a real pot of gold.

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