Getting a job--whether you're babysitting, scooping ice cream or starting your own small business--is a big step to take. Before you leap into the working world, though, there are some things you really ought to consider...you know, aside from wanting a loaded wallet the next tiem you hit the mall.
#1. Does your family need you to help out?
Helping their family out financially is something kids have been doing for hundreds of years--and being able to contribute to your household, even if it's just to pay your rec soccer fee, will make you feel really proud and mature. Even if your fam is getting by OK, wanting to take some of the burden off your parents is a sign that you're growing up...and that's a great thing, girlie.
#2. What would you be giving up?
Would you have to quit your music lessons, even though you're prepping for all-state? Would your tutoring sessions fall by the wayside? Or do you just want something to fill the afternoons? If you're going to be sacrificing something that's important to you, ya might want to reconsider. Ask yourself this: What do you value more, and would giving one thing up for another make you more stresed out or less happy?
#3. Why do you want to do it?
There are a lot of legitimate reasons to want to start working at a young age. You learn a lot on the job, like how to be professional, deal with customers and clients and the value of money that you've worked hard for. And it looks great to be starting in the real world early--on college apps, your resume and in conversation. Unless you're giving up something major (or, um, doing something illegal...), we say why not?
#4. Will you enjoy the work?
Sure, sometimes you won't have a choice but to do stuff you'd rather not, but if you have the choice between quitting something you love, like dance class, to work somewhere you'd hate, it might be wise to stick with the thing you adore. After all, once you're on your own, you might not have the opportunity.
#5. Do you have time?
Last of all, you need to figure out if a job or a business is something you can fit into your schedule along with school, homework, extracurrics, friends and family time. Cramming stuff into every spare second of your day might be fine for a week or two, but eventually you'll feel rundown and resentful. Remember, you need some you time, too!