New Computer Money Problems

Discussion in 'Small Business Helper' started by PwnThePanda, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. PwnThePanda

    PwnThePanda Guest

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    Now this isn't a small buisness but Im guessing this is the right place to post this. Now Im young, 13, have an allowance $10 bucks a week, and very desperate to get a new computer.

    My friend showed me a decent customized computer (with monitor, keyboard, and mouse) for my needs that would add up to somwhere around $1,500-$1,700 including sales tax.

    I have tried to think of ideas to create money but they either seemed like they wouldn't work or just plain stupid.

    I currently have around $100 ( I just spend alot so I would of had more.) I save my money and don't spend it alot, Somtimes I do if I want somthing badly but dosn't take a huge chunk out of the amount of money I have.

    Does anyone have a smart idea that would be able to give me the amount of money I need?
     
  2. tsbhelper

    tsbhelper Small Business Helper Forum Moderator

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    PwnThePanda,

    At your current rate of income, $10 week, it would take you a minimum of 150 weeks (3 years) to accumulate the minimum necessary capital... and this is assuming you saved every dime.

    Even at the rate of $50 week, it would still take you thirty weeks, or more than seven months to accumulate the minimum ($1500).

    When I was 13, had a paper route, mowed lawns, trimmed hedges, raked leaves, cleaned out roof gutters, scraped and painted houses, washed dishes in a restaurant, collected soft drink bottles to get the deposit back on, collected newspapers to sell to the paper recycling company, and salvaged copper pipe to sell to the junk metal yard.

    Could average about $35 a week, but in today's dollars that would probably be closer to $150 a week. For you, at that rate, would take you about two and a half months to earn what you need.

    What you want to do is possible, but you are going to have to work pretty hard to get it. If this suits you, then start looking for work to do. Ask everybody you know, including your parents, if they have some work that needs doing, and that you need to make some money.

    Believe me, you will have no problem finding the work to do... if you just ask around.
     
  3. Rinpun

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    Wow, tsb, I'm not sure I could handle doing all those jobs but then again, you wouldn't have a computer to go to back then, eh? :D

    Well, I'm getting quite proficient with the manual lawn mower, so I might offer my services to the suburbs where I live.

    I suggest you wait until you're 14. I don't know why, but people trust you more, and you can make so much more money.

    If you're a man, you should be able to get a job mowing the lawn.

    If you're a woman, you should be able to get a job babysitting.

    Depending on your skill or luck, you'll get more money doing one than the other. Obviously, lawns require a certain degree of physical strength (that usually comes naturally) to push the thing around and depending on what you use, you might need to be 14 to be large enough, but that isn't always the case. Babysitting requires you to have above average sociable skills, because while you don't actually need any skill to do it (if they behave themselves) you need to maintain good friendship with the parents and kids and then you'll be rolling in a lot of money per babysitting.

    And this is a bit off-topic, but you can pave the way for yourself if you study up and take classes considered ahead of your age level. Get a high score on a notorious test and people will be flocking to you to do a job, even though the knowledge to pass the test might not help in the job at ALL. Of course, you can get like Ryoko and earn 40000-50000$, but that is pretty much the max for people who haven't gone ahead in learning anything...but then again Ryoko DOES have some intelligence in the mechanical art field, and you'll most likely need at least one area of expertise if you hope to get a job in the future.
     
  4. SD_Ryoko

    SD_Ryoko <img src="\usflag.gif" align="left"/>&nbsp; Admini Staff Member

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    Its very hard to be 13 and save up decent money, we all understand that.

    If I had a 'get-rich-quick' scheme in my head, I'd use it - LOL. But like tbshelper said, it just comes down to hard work.

    Nowadays, people will pay $10 or more to mow a lawn. I would. When I was a kid, my dad gave us $1, while the other kids got at least 5. But back then, we were tough kids. Most time was doing rugged things. Dad put us to work all the time, and we built forts, constructing things, fell out of trees, etc.

    Mowing a lawn once a week already doubles your money. Yeah, hard work sucks. I know.

    And hey - making a flyer and stapling it to a nearby telephone pole never hurts. "Will mow lawns for money." Heh heh. Most of the guys at work would love to find someone to mow their lawn, but say they have no kids in the neighborhood.

    Think about your money trouble now, and the hard work you may do. And realize, this is the best motivation to do well in school. Or you'll feel this way most of your life.
     
  5. Rinpun

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    Heh. I mow our lawn for 50$ a month (and I'm 14 as I mention). Then again, I only do it like once a week so it doesn't really matter. I'd rather get a job at Mcdonalds or bide my time preparing my research teams.

    Fliers on poles? I'd rather make a fancy flier in Illustrator (can make nice cartoon graphics or use clipart to make a cool looking lawn mower :D) and stick it in everyone's mailboxes--I live in a secluded little suburb circle of houses so it's easier to go around and stick it in everyone's mailboxes...no one looks at telephone poles in our area--at least not as much as their mail.
     
  6. SD_Ryoko

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    I would stick it near or ON the mailbox, never 'in'.

    If you don't know guys, opening someone elses mailbox is a federal offense. I'd hate to see someone come after you for it :(
     
  7. PwnThePanda

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    -tsbhelper

    1)I don't have a lawn mower. We have the gardeners do our yard so we have no need for one.

    2)Everyone in our neighborhood basically has gardeners besides the people who don't really care that much about there yards and wouldn't want to hire me.

    3) Gardeners also take care of trimmed hedges,raked leaves, and cleaned out roof gutters. So can't do those either.

    4)Salvaged copper pipe to sell to the junk metal yard... Where would I get copper pipes and I have no clue where a junk metal yard is.

    5)I could collected newspapers to sell to the paper recycling company but I don't think we have a paper recycling company

    6)I could also collected soft drink bottles to get the deposit but my family dosn't really drink that much soda. We only have a few bottles that would give me about 50 cents alltogether.

    7)Restaurants in my town don't really do well beside a few who are not hireing.

    -Rinpun

    Baby sitting is not only for woman you know. Everyone now has an older brother or sister thats my age that will babysit for free.
     
  8. SD_Ryoko

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    Well you don't have to pick up any of those specific examples.

    What about a paper route?

    What about a permit to get a job? (You need one under 16)

    Then you could work fast food or at a restaurant, or something.

    LOL you know what they do in florida? Start fake life insurance and medical inurance companies, take payments, then close up shop and keep the money.
     
  9. PwnThePanda

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    There alrdy is somone who does the paper route near me.

    Even if I got a permit there are no places that are hiring.
     
  10. SD_Ryoko

    SD_Ryoko <img src="\usflag.gif" align="left"/>&nbsp; Admini Staff Member

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    Nikki dropped of 10 applications and got offered 2. You just have to apply yourself. Do you want that computer or not? :)
     
  11. The Helper

    The Helper Administrator Staff Member

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    If you have console video games you can sell them on eBay and make a pretty penny. The cartridges or CDs are where the money is at. If you do have them and decide to eBay them sell them all seperate, you will make more money that way.
     
  12. Shadowy Fear

    Shadowy Fear I have returned

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    HOW COULD ALL OF YOU FORGET THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE! :mad: :mad: :mad: :(

    A lemonade stand AHAHAHA :D :D :D

    Well, you could rob a bank if you are REALLY desperate and your life depends on it, but I wouldn't suggest that ... :p

    Pretend to fall and hit your head and go into a coma and tell the doctors that you'll gvie them 50% of the income if they will say that it will take $500,000 to perform the operation to get you out of the coma and tell them to tell your family to go door to door asking for money :D Just make sure they don't sell your house :p

    Tell your parents that you will do the gardening work for a cheaper price than the gardeners.
     
  13. PwnThePanda

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    I can't sell them on e-bay but I could sell them to a game store and look up prices to make sure they don't rip me off. Thats a good idea but I don't know which games I would want to sell.
     
  14. Im_On_56k

    Im_On_56k Hm...

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    Sell the games you don't play...
     
  15. The Helper

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    If you sell the games to a games store you will not make near the money you would selling them on eBay. If you go sell them to a games store you are better off just keeping them.

    The idea of selling them on eBay was to help you make money and maximize the amount of money you would make by selling the games. If you sell them to a games store you are just maximizing the amount of money the games store is going to make reselling them.
     
  16. tsbhelper

    tsbhelper Small Business Helper Forum Moderator

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    What I said was... go around and ask everybody you know if there's some kind of work you can do for them... that you need to make some extra money. You don't have to be specific, let them figure out what they need to have done that you might be able to do for them.

    By telling you what I did to make money when I was your age, did not mean that you could or should do the same things. Obviously things are much different now than they were when I was your age... times have changed.

    Bottom line is this, if you are serious about making money, you have to work for it. While age is a barrier... your willingness to work and a positive attitude about it (what you can do instead of what you can't) will make the difference.
     
  17. Cognitor

    Cognitor New Member

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    Howabout tutoring? You can make decent money off of that.
     
  18. sqrage

    sqrage Moderator Staff Member

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    i had the same problem. i am getting a new comp next year building it myself as it will be cheaper and better that way. and the way i got the money is a asked my mom :D
     
  19. Myzteryz

    Myzteryz It only does everything.

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    rofl AHAHA
    Great way to do it..
     
  20. Sud

    Sud "[If life=Dota] I'd have quit long ago" -- Acehart

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    If you have any type of marketable computer skills, they can be pawned off in a lot of places. Even if it's just data entry, all you really need for that is a decent WPM and some accuracy.

    If you can do assembling and minor repair of computer boxes, it's possible for you to find some employ assisting in those types of places (if say you have a high or elementary school that is hurting for staff and you can provide them a competant service, you might get them to agree to stretch that budget a little to have a pseudo-tech around)

    A lot of it is being a greedy little opportunist. Why I was that age, when snow started to fall, I got that shovel out and was annoying people at their homes to let me shovel for them (I didn't get jack squat for an allowance, so I was well acquainted with the feeling of no money). Eventually when I became old enough to handle money and do grunt labor, I joined up with the family fruit huckstering organization and subjected myself to that for the summer. Bought myself a few computer systems with the proceeds off that.

    Oh and don't buy pre-assembled systems unless it's an INCREDIBLE deal (which, by the price of this, it does not look like). You can always save a TON of cash by assembling the parts yourself, and the bright side to that is you get to choose the quality and the parts of the system. It's a skill you want to learn for the practicality of saving yourself the cash, and can lead to other opportunities as you age a bit. Even better if you have a friend or family member with a contact in the business you may be able to hit them up for a discount of some type. Paying full retail price on computer stuff means markup city.
     

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