What is a good age to get a first job?


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Natalie Holeman Profile
Natalie Holeman answered

As Zayne says, it depends on the job.  My father bought a new lawnmower after I finished the 6th grade.  He paid for the first gallon of gas each year, a can of oil each year, and had it serviced including blade sharpened each year.  That was to pay for the mowing of our lawn.  If I wanted spending money, I had to mow other people's yards.  Lawn + trimming around house, sidewalk, and driveway was $1.00 for most places, I did have one large yard I did for $2.00 (1969-1972).

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SuperFly Original
Two dollars to mow the grass? Oh my god that Is underpayment.
Natalie Holeman
Natalie Holeman commented
I considered it good pay. I could buy 2 rolls of film for my camera, a bag of candy, go to a movie, and keep the gas can filled. Gasoline was like $0.40 a gallon which would last me for 5 yards. So about $.08 cents a yard for my gas. Candy was like $.20 a bag. Film was like $.50 cents. In 67 when I started a McDonald's burger, fry, and coke was $.36 with tax (burger was $.15, soda $.10, fry $.10, and $.01 sales tax). In 1972, it was up to $.52 (.25 for burger, .15 for fry, .10 for soda, and .02 for sales tax). So $1.00 for a normal sized yard, I thought and still think, was a fair price to charge but then I have never really been greedy, a fault by most people's reckoning today.
SuperFly Original
Well I can see the biggest perception issue is the time difference. Aint no 40 cents a gallon anymore!
Matt Radiance Profile
Matt Radiance answered

The first job can start from being 12-13.

Danae Hitch Profile
Danae Hitch answered

I started babysitting at aged twelve. By the time I was thirteen, I was babysitting for four families on a regular basis - two of the families had four kids each.

When I turned sixteen, I got a "real" job working at a movie theatre.

I would encourage everyone who is physically able to, to begin working as soon as they can manage family, school and work. Nothing prepares you more for life than having a job that has some teeth to it - one that teaches you how to behave in public, how to count change the correct way, one that teaches you that life is not fair and one that gives you money for the work that you do.

K. B.  Baldwin Profile
K. B. Baldwin answered

Like Bruno said, I had a paper route at 12.  I donl;t think those exist for kids anymore.

My first "real" job with a paycheck and deduction and all that was 16, unloading and sorting plums in a packing shed. 

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