Your guide to luring lots of loot.
By Tracy Ziemer
December 2000/January 2001 Issue
Each year, 200,000 teenagers are injured at work. Before you
take that job, check this list to see if you could be signing
up for danger.
1. Delivery and driving: Shuttling stuff around in a car
-- like pizza or flowers -- is dangerous and against the law
for teens under 17.
2. Working alone in a cash-based business: Convenience stores,
gas stations, and fast food restaurants are easy targets for
3. Selling to strangers door-to-door or on the street: Teenagers
who solicit are vulnerable to assault.
4. Construction and working from heights: Heavy equipment
can cause serious accidents.
5. Cooking: Working with cooking equipment plus hot water,
oil and grease can equal burns.
AGE: 18 years old
HOMETOWN: Florissant, MD
BUSINESS: Her company, Exquisitely Yours, personalizes wedding
invitations and programs for brides and grooms. Her business
plan took top prize at the Entrepreneurship Fair at the University
of Missouri at St. Louis, and scored her enough cash to start
her own business.
Get THE PICTURE?: "My older brother asked me to design
programs for his wedding. I wanted to make his more interesting
than ordinary programs, so I put a picture of him and his
wife-to-be on them. Everyone loved it! It seems like an obvious
idea, but not many people actually do it."
HER BIG BREAK: "My teacher told me about the fair, and
I was like, why not? So I entered my business plan and was
amazed when I won. I bought a copier and a ton of paper with
the prize money, and it helped me get started. I'm still using
the materials and haven't had to spend any of my own money
on supplies yet -- my profits so far have definitely been
MINDING HER OWN BUSINESS: "The best part is not having
to work under anyone. I like being able to do my own thing
-- it's a great feeling to step back, and look at everything
I'm doing and know that I'm doing it myself."
HER ADVICE: "If you believe in what you're doing, put
your all into it. You won't be successful if you hold back.
Just go for it."
Believe it or not, you can earn dough by spending money online.
Ebates.com gives you up to 28 percent back on what you spend
at participating online retailers like CDNow.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Another one to try is Dash.com. When you register, an interactive
window pops up on sites where it's possible to save money.
You can also earn money by referring friends to the site;
you receive a percentage of their annual rebates and could
pocket as much as $450 a year. It's money for nothing -- and
the clicks are free (he he!).
Bette Nesmith Graham invented Liquid Paper in the 1950s, whipping
up the first batch in her blender with some white paint. She
later sold the product to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5
million plus royalties.
make a quick buck
'Tis the season for givng -- and earning. If you play an instrument,
perform holiday music at dinner parties or church gatherings.
(Ask for $25 to $50 an hour.) But you don't have to be musically
gifted to work a party. You can also charge $10 an hour to
carry trays of punch and finger food around to guests. Spread
the word through family friends. Show up looking like the
professional you are (a white shirt and dark pants should
do the trick), and you'll be on your way to a cash-plenty
Copyright 2001 CosmoGirl! Magazine
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