Get yourself a job!

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“Mom, can I have money to walk on Friday? 

“Dad, I need money to go shopping on Saturday.”  

“I am so broke.”  

“I need money.” 

 These are some of the most commonly asked middle school questions. “Get yourself a job” is the most common answer. Getting a true job for someone under the age of 15 is a hard task, but it can be done.  Middle schoolers are getting ready to go to high school where they gain more freedom, but more freedom means more independence… and having to pay for your own things.  

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that children under age 14 cannot work any non-community jobs unless employed by their parents in a non-hazardous industry. Therefore, if you’re under 14, you can legally only do community jobs. Babysitting, pet sitting, lawn mowing, dog walking, and working a lemonade/snow cone stand are some of your options. Although these activities may not pay as much as minimum wage jobs such as working at Walmart or McDonalds, you can still get some extra cash for the weekends. 

 According to the FLSA, children ages 14-15 can only work during non-school hours. They can work up to 3 hours per school day, and 18 hours total during a school week. They can work up to 8 hours on a non-school day, and 40 total hours during a non-school week. So, if you are 14-15 you can have a minimum wage job, but you must follow the time limits and restrictions. There is no limit on the hours that someone age 16-17 can work, but you cannot work in a job that the Labor Department considers hazardous. If you are 18 and up, there are no restrictions. 

All in all, getting a job is difficult but it can be done. Middle schoolers are getting ready to start high school, and its best to have a little extra cash. Stop asking for money and get yourself a job! 



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