We lived outside the city in an area with 4 acre lots and my son raised chickens and sold the organic eggs to raise money to get started. As Okie said he started on a 14 year old bike then kept saving until he could upgrade to a 5 year old bike as his first race bike.
I made the agreement with him if he could save 1/2 the cost I would pay the other half and then he got whatever he sold his old bike for to start his fund for the next bike. It took him 3 times before he could afford 1/2 of a new bike.
In addition to selling eggs he also did just about anything someone was willing to pay him some money to do around the neighborhood including babysitting.
BTW he got his first bike at 9 and his first brand new YZ80 at 11
yeah, i am not going to get a brand new bike. that is alot of money. but is sometimes alot just to get a used bike.but yeah i also live kinda out of the city i have 5 acres and my friends all ride so yeah.I can't really walk to work. Thanks for the ideas.
This summer i worked a landscaping jobs (private, not in a business) and set my price at $17.50 cash. I never once had anyone turn me down on that price. Plus i stipulated that they were responsible for cost (i.e gas, fertilizers, tanbark, fencing materials) on top of the labor cost.
I also did some businesses with a friends Scag which i paid him $40 a day to rent.
I could make an easy cool $400 a day over this summer on mowing lawns.
The problem with that is ... i spent it all on motorcycles and now i only got a couple bucks to last me until the grass starts growing again....
i made over $900 in half a year from mowing lawns and umpiring little league baseball.. (I'm only 14) :)
Edit: I am supposed to have a confirmation party in may, after i receive confirmation, but..i talked to my parents and instead of having a party, they are going to chip in more than half to pay for a bike , so I'm happy )))
Hey man, i'm sorry but i had to wait till i was 19 to get a bike bc my parents wouldnt allow me 2. if ur parents approve, youve already completed the first step. if you really want a bike bad enough, youll find a way to get it, either by buying a used one, or doing odd jobs to save up for a new one, or if at worst, youll have to wait until you have a job. just remember that its never too late. good luck.
Lot's of reasons (i.e. excuses) to not work. If you REALLY want it you'll figure out a way to earn some cash. It's called work because if it wasn't it would be called easy and everybody would do it. Like has been pointed out almost all of us started out with old bikes and worked our way up.
I think he? said that twice- that he or she is buying a USED bike. The good news is, he/she's not spoiled and even the cost of used bike "seems like a lot of money". Unfortunately not all kids his/her age have that kind of perspective. ;-) (Read carefully before rapping those teenage knuckles with a ruler!)
Do you have a bicycle to get places? I've seen people around here towing lawn equipment behind them on a bicycle. It can definitely be done.
Most of these have been covered:
Mowing lawns, cleaning gutters?, newspaper route, shoveling driveways, landscaping cleanup, weedpulling, washing cars, washing house windows?, babysitting is a great one you might not have considered, buying and selling used stuff (refurbishing maybe along the way), or just selling used stuff if you have things you can sell. Old fashioned Kool-Aid Stand, Cookie/Bake Goods sale. Sweeping floors. You'll be old enough to start bussing tables or washing dishes very soon.
Good luck. You have a great attitude. You are looking for ideas, and you have a work ethic. It doesn't take much more than that, except a little energy to boot!
Okie- Is the forum no longer indicating when a post has been edited? As I read it (both yesterday late in the day and again this a.m.) it read as it reads now. His second post repeats "I know I can only get a used bike".
It just seemed a little rough, IMO, if he hadn't edited it, and had said TWICE that he was going to buy a used bike, to say "grow up kid, we all started with used bikes" and not offer any constructive suggestions. If he or she has edited it, then I apologize. But, as it reads right now two posts say the same thing.
My comments were largely directed at the repetitiveness of "you'll have to buy used" (since he knows that). Once was certainly plenty. Concrete ideas and positive support are always ideal.
Yes it will, but it give you 10 minutes (after you originally post) or so to edit without that message. I actually DO read posts before replying, as the post reads now, I would have never suggested a used bike. :cool:
BTW, I didn't think the replies seemed "rough" at all...? Different ways of seeing the same thing I suppose.