Sometimes, going on camping trips with your Patrol and Troop can take a lot of money, especially when you go often. Does this mean you have to limit your camping trips because of a lack of money? I hope not! Besides the different fund-raisers that your Troop might do like: Selling popcorn and or selling batteries, there are many ways an individual Scout can start to earn money.
A Scout is thrifty! This means that a Scout will avoid borrowing money and work hard to earn and save his own money. One thing is for sure, though, a Scout must be willing to work hard. There might be some jobs out there that a Scout can take that pay good and don’t require a lot of work, but if you want to sit around and wait for those jobs, you will most likely be waiting for ever. Nothing will ever pay off like perseverance and hard work.
So, first of all, I encourage you to keep looking. If you are willing to work hard and take jobs that others might not be willing to do, then you will have a better chance of getting work. For instance, the way I earn money right now is through lawn mowing. I’ve got over a dozen customers that I mow either weekly or every two weeks. It’s hard work in temperatures of over 100 degrees and I’ve got to take precautions against heat-stroke, but it pays off. However, in order to get this many customers, it took me many hours of going door-to-door passing out cards and talking to people, so you can’t get discouraged if you don’t get anything right off the bat.
I do have some suggestions for some very common and specific jobs that I would recommend looking into to get you started:
- Window-washing. This is something that I’ve done in the past. It doesn’t take expensive gear to do, and a lot of people don’t like to do this for themselves. Just about all you would need to get started is a bucket, water, a squeegee, and some window cleaner.
- Bush trimming. This is a good starter job that doesn’t take a lot of money to get started in. This job also needs to be repeated every month or two, so if you do a good job, people will have you come back. You can buy a pair of bush shears relatively cheaply, and a lot of people are willing to pay for this.
- Weeding flower beds. This job takes nothing by your hands, your time, and maybe a few small garden tools. This is one job that most people don’t like to do. I know I don’t, but I’m willing to do it for some pay, and if you are too, you can get some good money by doing it.
- Mowing Lawns. This one is a bit more tricky. Unless the customer provides their own lawn equipment, you will have to supply your own. This includes maintaining it, buying gas for it, and transporting it to where the job is. If you have the resources to pursue this one, go for it! It can be a good source of money.
When you’re looking for a job, I would pass the word along to family members and friends that you are looking to earn some money, and ask them to help you spread the word. You can say that you are willing to do just about any odd job. It could be mowing lawns, weeding flower beds, trimming bushes, clearing brush, etc. The important thing is getting the word out and keeping at it.
If you do a good job for someone and don’t charge too much, chances are they will mention it to their friends. This will lead to more and more jobs in the future. On the subject of charging, there isn’t a “one-price-fits-all” for these jobs that I can tell you. Each job is different. Some are harder, some are easier, some are shorter, some are longer. Also, the laws of supply and demand will lead to different prices in different areas. Just make sure that you are reasonable. A good job deal is one where both people walk away thinking that it was worth it. It isn’t a “win/lose” game, but should be a “win/win”.
- Pursue a lot of different options
- Persevere even if it takes a while
- Be willing to do hard work
Have you gotten some good summer jobs? Do you have advice for things to avoid? I love to hear it! Please write a short comment saying what you do and any advice you would give.
Happy job hunting!