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What I learned from early jobs

What I learned from early jobs

I believe that we can learn something from just about any situation. With that in mind, here are some of the things that I learned from early jobs and work I’ve done.

Picking boysenberries. I learned that people will sometimes pay you to do things you love to do. (There’s nothing quite like eating fresh berries right off the bush.)

Babysitting. That I have more patience than I thought. How to start and market a business of my own. That some people value your services more than others, and that you should stand up to the people that don’t pay you what you’re worth or who treat you rudely. (Either by asking for more money, or by refusing to spend your time there.) There are plenty of other people out there that will treat and pay you well.

Dog sitting. That I’m allergic to just about every kind of dog. That dogs love you no matter what. That there are some times when it’s just not appropriate to show or give off the scent of fear. That many people pay more per hour for dog sitters than babysitters.

Worker in a pizza restaurant. I learned that sometimes all you have to do to get a job is walk in and ask. However, sometimes you should fully understand what the pay and work will be like before you accept. To trust my instincts regarding people. I also learned that I don’t get tired of eating pizza.

Bulletin board creator. For this job, I got to design & setup themed bulletin boards in 5 or 6 school classrooms plus an entire library. Once again, I learned that sometimes people will pay you do to the things that you love (things that you’d do for free anyway just because you love them so much). I also learned that there is money in creativity.

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Data entry. That if you want a raise, you may need to ask for it. That there is power in numbers. That joking around with and being friendly with the boss is a good thing. That I should pay more attention to my surroundings. That many people learn about and get jobs due to someone they know.

Those were some of the jobs & work I did before age 15. I think probably the biggest things that I learned from working as a kid is that if you want something, you should go after it and do what it takes to make it happen.

What were your early jobs like? What did they teach you about money?

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