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What are good gateway jobs/money making activities for a high schooler going into a degree for business if they wish to enter into the career of finance, accounting, or marketing (preference in finance).?

I'm a senior in high school who is unable to work anything other then remote due to family issues. I've been looking for jobs relating to what my career is for quite some time but I can't find anything worthwhile. I'm going to be basically by myself the moment I turn 18 and am in desperate need of assistance.

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Bianca’s Answer

Hi Ashton!

One way to start your entry into business (and make money while doing it) is to look for needs in your local area where you can help support, especially smaller local stores. Many small to medium business could your help anywhere from marketing on social media to helping build, update a website or support book-keeping as mentioned above. Working with a local business can also help you establish a understanding of how to build a marketing budget, how to price your services and even a referral program for every business that refers you to another. Think about your skills you have today and see if you can use any of them to your advantage.

If you are looking to build skills, there may be some paid internship opportunities from local business - check with your local library, guidance counseling office or your local city office. I hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Absolutely agree to this! Jessica Newton
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Shannon’s Answer

A great way to enter into the business field at your age is a summer intern program. Search your local corporations for opportunities, and try LinkedIn for remote opportunities when you have time. Summer internships are a great gateway to get your foot in the door at a business that interests you, and even if you do not attain a permanent role with the company, the experienced gained will help increase your skillset and make you a more viable candidate at another company.
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Jessica’s Answer

A practical approach to kickstart your journey in finance is to begin accumulating experience wherever possible. For instance, you could assist non-profit organizations, local sports clubs, schools, and other community groups with tasks such as bookkeeping, treasury management, and budgeting.

There's a wealth of online learning resources at your disposal to help you tackle these tasks. This hands-on volunteering experience is a dual benefit - it not only helps you develop skills and gain experience, but also aids in establishing a network that often paves the way to job opportunities.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Ashton !

Thanks for reaching out to us for your concern about employment. I am glad to know that you are open to doing remote work because I would like to suggest it as a good option for you at this time.

I was thinking that two ideal remote types of jobs for you would be in customer service or sales, considering your career interests. You can register at Indeed or Linked In and additional employment websites for opportunities. Set notifications for all the types of jobs you would like to apply to and the notifications will come to you (set it for daily notifications) in your e-mail in box. You can also set notifications selecting "Remote" for any companies you may be interested in such as banks, corporations, anything connected to your interests. Do not hesitate to include non-profit places also because they usually have accountants and financial officers there as well. My suggestion is that the more employment websites you register at, the higher will be your chances of obtaining a remote position.

If you do not have a resume right now, it may be a good time to start thinking about and creating one. There are a lot of articles and You Tube videos on how to write a resume that you can find by doing a search for them on line. Also become familiar with how to write a cover letter. These will make you feel prepared to start sending out your resume and apply for jobs as soon as possible. Some jobs lately request sending a video introduction or interview via Zoom. The employer will let you know.

I certainly wish you all the best and I hope the advice I have provided could be of help.

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE FOR REMOTE EMPLOYMENT https://www.flexjobs.com/
EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE FOR REMOTE WORK https://weworkremotely.com/
LIST OF 65 REMOTE EMPLOYMENT WEBSITES https://www.ryrob.com/remote-jobs-websites/
REMOTE FINANCE JOBS https://www.ryrob.com/remote-jobs-websites/
ANOTHER REMOTE EMPLOYMENT SITE https://jobgether.com/search/remote-job-finance-work-online-work-at-home-jobgether
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the information! I'll be sure to check those out. I'm not quite sure how well it will work out though, because I've been looking for jobs like that and a lot of them require a high school diploma. I will keep looking though! Ashton
Thank you comment icon You're welcome. I would think graduating early or doing a GED would be the other side of this if you need remote work. Hopefully all your needed factors can be discovered soon. Keep trying and have a good day. Try some sales jobs, too. There used to be lots of no high school required jobs out there many years ago, but things are different now. Make sure to come back and let us know what happens . Michelle M.
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Summer’s Answer

I'm sure everyone has a different way of looking at this, but here's my advice. Make sure you are taking the appropriate classes/courses for finance/marketing if that's the career path you want to pursue. You will need lots of different skills in this area, but in anything you pursue, customer service will help you develop good communication skills. It will teach you mitigate risk, determine value add, navigate disputes or disgruntled clients. If you're working in the service or retail industry, it will teach you how to manage cash and maybe budgets. You're in high school. If you can be successful in a customer service position, you can be successful anywhere. I also suggest looking for internships in companies that you would like to work for. Look for local appreticeship positions if internships are not available. Volunteer on the weekends if you can't find a paid position that will help develop your skill set until you find a paid position. Best wishes for your future!
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Regina’s Answer

There are several websites dedicated to listing virtual or remote jobs, catering to those looking for flexibility or opportunities to work from home. Here are some of the most popular ones: FlexJobs; Remote.co; We Work Remotely; Virtual Vocations; Upwork; Fiverr; Remote OK; Indeed; LinkedIn Jobs and SkipTheDrive.
When searching for virtual jobs, it's important to carefully research the companies and offers to ensure they are legitimate. Good luck and please reach out if you need further assistance.
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Doreen’s Answer

The role of a bookkeeping service is an excellent starting point that doesn't necessitate a college degree. Although you're narrowing your options by focusing solely on remote positions, this is a job that can be effectively performed from a distance. Every business needs fundamental bookkeeping services. It's essential to fine-tune your resume, ensuring it reflects your strong commitment to exceptional work ethics. This is particularly important as you're restricting yourself to remote roles. I recommend exploring various online platforms, like LinkedIn, to expand your network. Remember, networking is key and can involve all your current activities such as school clubs, interactions with teachers, church, and so on.

Best of luck to you.
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Jed’s Answer

This may be a little late for a senior, but one thing to do in high school to get your foot in the door in finance -- either sign up for or start an investment club! These clubs manage a virtual portfolio (so it doesn't cost any money) and learn about investing, accounting, annual reports, etc. If there isn't one at your school you usually need to get together a few other students who are interested and find a faculty sponsor.
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Erin’s Answer

Hi Ashton! I am a corporate recruiter for a large retailer and I support hiring for our finance department. To get started, I would try and take some Excel courses if you are able to. There are also tons of Excel learnings on LinkedIn and YouTube for free! In almost all finance related roles, you need to be comfortable using Excel (specifically having experience with sum if functions, VLOOKUP's and pivot tables). As far as entry level roles within the field, you could try finding some remote data entry roles to hone in on the Excel skills. I would also recommend searching for finance coordinator or administrative coordinator roles supporting a finance area (tax). You could also look into entry level payroll positions or entry level accounts payable roles just to get your feet wet in the finance world. As for marketing roles, some do require heavy Excel experience as well, so I think that could help you all around. Hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!
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T’s Answer

Quantitative courses (math, economics, introductory finance, accounting, etc)

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint (this is how findings/analyses are presented in business settings)
Thank you comment icon Hey T, these are great skills for the student to acquire but they were asking about jobs. Do you think there is a way for them to make money by offering these skills to people/businesses? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Ribhav’s Answer

Hi Ashton,

Being remote you can consider few options by showing data/ statistical analysis showing a simple model for stock portfolio and sharing as a watchlist based on real dataset available on public domains. This is a huge field to explore.

In addition, you can reach out to local library/ retail stores to help them manage inventory/ spend/ extra curricular activities that would help you in short term.

If you have bandwidth and able to connect with local college teachers for research assistance or any other activities that may be helpful. This would help you with practical learning and gain insights from experience folks you will be associated.
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deborah’s Answer

Hello Ashton! There are many remote jobs available. However, I am not sure about companies who will hire someone under 18, and not yet having a high school diploma. You'll want to make sure the companies are reputable. There are many online customer service jobs and data entry jobs. While not related to finance, they can help you gain experience and develop skills that will help you in your future finance career.

A job I was thinking about for you if you are good with numbers, or other subjects, is online tutoring. Please do research to ensure these are reputable companies. I included a link to one.

You could also set up your own virtual tutoring services and promote it in your local community. You need a computer with Zoom or other video service. There is a bit of set up for the business. Some legal paperwork, bank account, account for taking debit/credit card, financial recordkeeping (help build your finance skills), and advertising. I included a link to article about steps to setting up a tutoring business.

I hope you found my answer helpful. Good luck!

deborah recommends the following next steps:

https://tutorpeers.com/become-a-student-tutor/
https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/small-business/how-to-start-a-tutoring-business
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Caretta’s Answer

Hello Ashton,

My advice to you is to actively pursue an internship. Consider those that come with a paid opportunity. Such internships serve as a platform for you to acquire knowledge and develop in a professional business environment. Ensure your search is tailored towards high school students.

Simultaneously, I propose you explore opportunities in customer service roles. A number of companies offer remote positions in this field. Engaging in customer service is a fantastic way to learn stress management, prioritize tasks, enhance your active listening abilities, exercise empathy, set objectives, and of course, refine your problem-solving skills. Each of these aspects is vital in building a robust foundation for any career path you choose.

Caretta recommends the following next steps:

https://www.indeed.com/q-internship-2024-l-florida-jobs.html?vjk=c962b1909597890b
https://www.indeed.com
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David’s Answer

Thank you for reaching out for advice.

I would encourage you to look for any volunteering opportunities within your local community that align to your career goals or skills that you wish to develop. Many times there is an abundant need for resources to share their skills to organizations that cannot afford to pay.

Concurrently, if your school offers a co-op / internship option I would encourage you to apply.

One final option would be to look to join any online communities that specialize in the industries that you are looking to get into for your career. Some of these organizations may be able to assist you in identifying opportunities to further enhance your career skills.
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Ray’s Answer

Hello Ashton,

Thank you for your question. I am a Lead Experienced Recruiter with Deloitte. I suggest creating a LinkedIn account and create a network of people you know and ask them to provide you with any leads for internship opportunities. You can also create a job search on LinkedIn and sign up for alerts when remote positions become available.
You can also volunteer within your community and establish a network of individuals that could possibly know of any full-time remote positions that are becoming available.

Ray
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