Gettin' Paid

Kaitlyn Garrett
We’re almost two weeks into 2019, so I’m assuming that you might faintly still remember your New Year’s resolutions. I’m also willing to bet that the success of one of these resolutions is somehow related to money.  See, the obvious problem is that most of us are lacking in this department. But here are ten ways that your peers successfully made money in 2018. Learn from them and maybe this year you won’t have to turn your house upside down looking for spare coins to buy gas this spring or presents when Christmas 2019 rolls around.

1)  Driving

A simple and easy concept yet so few of us think of this. Despite my infamous driving history, I love driving so so much, and I make quite a few laps around Buckhead everyday to help with my anxiety. So occasionally when one of my mother’s friends ask for me to drive their kids for money, it seems like a dream come true. And I’m not the only one who makes easy cash doing this.

“It’s lowkey a great way to make easy, fast money,” says Chloe Titleman (11). “I love driving and a lot of the kids I’ll occasionally drive live close by so it’s not out of my way or anything.”

Meme Greene (12) also has previous experience making money by driving peers or other kids who need a ride. “I mean sometimes it's a bit awkward if I don’t really know them, but even then all you have to do to drive out the awkwardness is to play music.”
2) Buckhead Exchange

Ah, a fabulous way to make money and to clean out your junk at the same time. Yes yes, I know that I said the point of having a job might be to AVOID selling your stuff, but the Buckhead Exchange is a great place to get rid of the stuff that you honestly don’t want. The Buckhead Exchange is a huge Facebook group where everyone from Buckhead can offer up anything from their old clothes to their old houses for sale. The Facebook group is typically more successful with girls than boys, but hey you do you. There are over 12.1 k members and all you have to do to buy an item is comment on the post and say you’re interested. On the flip side, if you’re ready to clean out your junky closet, EASY cash can be made just posting the clothes on this group.

Alicia Walters (10) has sold stuff repeatedly on the group and she admits that typically your success with Buckhead Exchange directly depends on the current demands of the Buckhead bubble and on the trendiness of whatever you’re selling. “If you figure out what to sell at the right time, you’ll literally never have to consider another job for cash income in high-school,” she says.

3) Tutoring

Okay this one requires slightly more effort on your part, but the money you’ll get from this is typically higher than dog walking or searching the couch for quarters. One of my best friends Hunter Fankhauser (11) tutors my sister once a week in Spanish.

“I love tutoring,” Hunter says. “It’s funny because you learn the material even more when you get to teach it to other people.”

But then again, this is one of our more challenging jobs…

“It requires a lot of effort because you have to be really patient because you can’t get irritated with the kids… you actually have to sit down with the kids and know the material well. The hardest part is making sure that the kid gets a good grade because if they don’t  you probably won’t be hired again,” Camille Summers.

4) Babysitting

Okay, this one’s kind of obvious but it’s timeless and easy. In fact, I don’t think that I’ve ever met someone who hasn’t had a babysitting gig at least once. This job is typically more enjoyable if you like the kids that you’re babysitting for, but I mean it’s not a requirement. Babysitting opportunities are typically also so easy to find because as long as people keep having babies, you’ll have a job.

These opportunities are literally just an email away for us, as many students babysit for their teachers’ kids on a regular basis, including Mr. Wade Morris. Last year in AP Euro within the first few weeks of class he asked if any of us were interested in babysitting for his girls, and all throughout the year, a list of the interested students would receive emails whenever he needed a babysitter for the night.

Harper Finch (11) says, “I love babysitting. It’s seriously so convenient. Like normally while the kids are sleeping you can get your own work done or watch TV. It’s like in exchange for babysitting their kid you get full access to their house.”

5) Photography

If you have photography skills this is the job for you. Zelle Westfall (12) has proven to us time and time again that high quality pictures are under high demand right now and that quality pictures are too. With all of these holidays coming up, many families need photographers for Christmas or holiday cards; if you have the credentials and skills, you’d be crazy not to put yourself out there.

6) Making Jewelry

Another way to share your creative skills! Yes, this was more of a popular job during middle school; I know some of us are still haunted by those old, cringey Instagram accounts. Jewelry is expensive, though, here in Buckhead, and your personal designs will come in super handy and be  economically feasible for you during holiday seasons and for birthday gifts.

However, making jewelry requires a certain amount of time (and patience) that some, including me, don’t have, but Jordan Knotts (11) said the time she put into it in middle school was worth it: “I honestly loved making it because it was a nice break from studying and I thought it was fun to design different necklaces and bracelets. It was just a hobby of mine that I did on the side of everything else and so although I didn’t make very much money I had fun doing it.”

8) Take Surveys for money

This one’s so fun and different I had to include it. While I couldn’t find anyone who has made money this way, I did a little research so that we can in the future. Taking online surveys for money is literally exactly how it sounds, but yes, duh, sometimes they can be clear cut scams so don’t be stupid. Dollar rated 13 of the best places to take online paid surveys, and their results were based on the different companies’ track records, number of opportunities, and income potential. Their number one tip was to sign up for email sheets from a variety of different companies because you won’t be eligible for all surveys obviously. Some of Dollar Sprout’s top recommendations for sites to pop by are Survey Junkie, Vindale Research, Inbox Dollars, OneOpinion, and Survey Club. Have at it folks.

9) Bake food  

Tale as old as time, true as it can be, people will spend a bat-poop crazy amount of money on food. Even if it’s super low quality food, if other food options are even worse than yours, you’re likely to make bank. I specifically remember in elementary school kids selling extra cookies in exchange for people to do their homework. There’s almost no difference now except you’ll be making money instead (hopefully).  

Elise Burns (11) used her baking skills and tasty treats to make money. This task does require time and discipline, but Elise thinks that it was all worth it: “Even though I did not make as much money as I had hoped, it really taught me good work ethic with handling money and distributing how much I would put toward buying ingredients or just for spending money for myself.”

10) Getting jump starts on our professions

This idea is by far one of the smartest and most impressive options we’ve gone through. Why not go ahead and see if your possible career interests now is actually something you’d be interested in pursuing in the future? These jobs typically take up a lot more time and dedication but you’ll make money and it’ll look awfully shiny on that college resume.

Hunter Fankhauser (11) is literally pursuing his dream of dentistry by being an intern at King and McCune orthodontic. In fact, you’ve probably already seen him in there. I clearly have an interest in journalism in the future, so I started looking for jobs for newspapers last winter. Fast forward and I’ve been on a paid internship with the Reporter Newspapers for a year.

I can assure you, you absolutely will not regret any of the time that you spend working towards your future. It’s a smart investment (no pun intended).

Okay, so in the end, the downside to my wonderful job ideas is that they all require effort, and the idea of having to go work after a long day of school makes me literally want to vomit. It really sucks because I believe we all have this mindset that school is the equivalent of work, but we’re not making a SPECK of cash from our miseries.

But I’ll promise you this, if you can manage to keep your full time job of school AND perhaps one of these additional extra ways to earn some cash, one day when you have one job and one job only, you’ll be more grateful than ever.

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