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Many teens today have marketable skills that people are willing to pay good money for. Rather than work at McDonalds making $6 or even a whopping $8 per hour, wouldn't you rather work for yourself ? You can make significantly more money, decide your own schedule, and learn all the aspects of running a small business.

When I was sixteen, I started "Computer Doctor" at the prompting of one of my teachers after fixing his computer. I relied on word-of-mouth, newspaper, and local industry magazines for my marketing. I would walk into a customer's home, fix their computer, install hardware and software, and train them on how to use it. For this service I charged a whopping $35 per hour (much better than my buddies or even my older brothers were making). I carried this business with me to college and provided my services for fellow students, hence my business helped carry me through college.

Now, you say "I don't know how to fix computers." That is fine, but I'll bet you know how to operate a rake, lawnmower, snowblower, etc. Or perhaps you have a specialized skill or talent you can utilize. Perhaps you can make decorations, furniture, repair cars and small engines, or just about anything else. There is an endless amount of products and services you can provide with less than $100 in startup costs.

In short, don't think the only way to make money out there is the typical teenager jobs, be creative and use your smarts to learn the rewards of self-reliance early in life. You can produce great amounts of money and even greater amounts of pride in taking on such a philosophy.

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