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what would be the best summer job for me?

i am 15 but i really don't like the idea of working in a fast food joint i would rather be a stock boy or something like that #summer-jobs

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Domonic’s Answer

Hi Luke. So, the good thing about summer jobs is that a lot of places will have a lot of openings, because while fewer people will be in school, more people will be traveling, on vacation, or just have more time to go out and about. This leads to more opportunities for summer work. No need to worry about working somewhere if you don't want to, because there are a lot of options.

If you wanted to focus on retail like you mentioned, a lot of retail and department stores like Walgreens, CVS, PetCo, and most stores you'd see in the mall will be looking for people. Most will work with your schedule so you can still have a social life and be able to enjoy summer while earning some cash. I can tell you that Walgreens is somewhere I have worked at before, and while it isn't glamorous, I was able to get good hours while maintaining free time over summer.

If you wanted to be outdoors, I'd recommend looking at water parks, public parks or even becoming a sports official. I've worked as an Admissions member at a water park, a part-time lifeguard, and a soccer referee before. These allow you not only to get outside while earning your money, but can lead to other opportunities as well.

There are plenty of other options, but these are some good places to start. The main key is finding somewhere that is A: easy for you to get to, B: somewhere that will work with your schedule, and C: somewhere you will enjoy working.

Domonic recommends the following next steps:

Search your area for places looking for Seasonal/Summer workers.
Find a few places and look into them to see if any fit the type of work you're looking for.
Apply to one or more places that you'd like to work at.
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Dwayne’s Answer

You want the biggest bang for your buck. We all have the same amount of time each day but how we use it determines how well we will do in life. You can work fast food or you can work for someone else and make a little bit of money. If I was 15 again, I would focus on making the most money per hour and still enjoy your summer vacation. I would suggest that you work for yourself. When my sons were your age, they owned their own company. One knocked door-to-door and offered to wash the exterior windows for homeowners. Usually he did pretty well because he was a lot cheaper than a local window washing business. Usually paid in cash day of service. He made a lot more than working fast food or minimum wage. But it is hard to be motivated to actually go out and do the work. You are your own boss. My other son started his business when he was 13. He went door-to-door and offered to spray paint the house address number on the curb of a home. Paid cash after the work was done. He usually averaged $300-$500 a day cash in hand. But, it is very hard to motivate yourself to go out and be rejected. The cash makes it a little easier. The one Caveat is,... NEVER, EVER go into someone's home. If you are motivated by what you can do with the cash you earn and can realistically deal with rejection, you can make more money than you ever could working for someone else and more money than any of your friends.
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Audrey’s Answer

Apply to as many opportunities as possible and go for what interests you most. Depending on hours asked, you might be able to work part time at a few different places. This would be a great way to sample multiple areas to see what interests you more for future summer roles
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