By Jessie Wagonr
Making money can be a challenge, especially when you aren’t old enough to have a traditional job. Though age can be a barrier, young people in McPherson are finding a way to work around it and earn some spending money.
The average teenager spends $2,150 a year. The average tween, those children between the ages of 10 and 13, spend $1,725 a year. Studies show the majority of those amounts do not come from their parents, rather from money the young people earned themselves. Without a traditional job, these young people are finding creative avenues to earn money.
Adauizion Warring of McPherson is only 7 years old, but she has a hopping enterprise going to earn some extra money. On the occasional Saturday morning, she places signs up on First Street, advertising her bunny petting operation. For just $2, anyone can stop and pet her bunnies, and with 20 bunnies, there are plenty of fluffy bunnies for everyone to enjoy.
“People like to pet the bunnies, and the bunnies like to be petted,” Warring said. “People can hold them and even feed them something from the garden.”
Sisters Ava Wilson and Paityn Behrens wanted to earn their own money to spend on an upcoming trip to Kansas City. They went the tasty route and opened a lemonade stand at their home. As cars passed by, they would wave the drivers in for a tasty drink on a hot day.
Joey Miller, 15, launched his mowing business after spring break this year. He wanted to find a way to make money, and mowing seemed like a good fit. He is now mowing 13 yards and has been able to make some repairs to his vehicle and save some money.
Cousins Meredith and Brittany Ramirez decided to use their love for creating to make some money. They make jewelry, mainly earrings and bracelets, and sell them to friends, family and online shoppers.
“It is fun for us to work together and make the jewelry,” Meredith said. “We were doing it anyway and decided to try to sell them. It has gone great. We went shopping together last week and didn’t have to ask our moms for money.”
One barrier all of the young people have run into is marketing their efforts and getting the word out that they are available for hire.
“Getting the word out there was hard in the beginning,” Miller said. “I was trying to get a lot of yards, so I handed out flyers. Some of the people, probably half of my yards, have just called or texted me because of word of mouth; someone told them I was mowing.”
Flyers and word of mouth worked for Miller, but some of the other young people have relied heavily on social media to reach customers. Warring gets a little help from her parents, having them post on social media when her bunnies are available for people to come pet. People see the posts and make it a point to stop by. The Ramirez cousins have launched quite a social media campaign to promote their jewelry.
“We use Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok to tell people about our jewelry,” Brittany said. “We share pictures or videos. We are going to start an Etsy store soon. I think we can make more money if we sell online.”
Once tweens and teens have some money in their pocket, studies show the most common things for it to be spent on are,food, clothing, beauty products and video games. While this generation of young people does like having money to spend, research also shows they are savvy about saving, with 61% of teenagers having a savings account they regularly make contributions to.
“I want to get rich and use my money to buy things I want or need,” Warring said.
“Meredith is better at saving her money than I am,” Brittany said. “She always puts money in her savings account. I save some, but I like to have my money to get iced coffees or make-up without having to ask for money from my mom or dad.”
“I do like to save my money,” Meredith said. “We work hard for it, so I like to save it. I don’t know what I’m saving for exactly, but I like knowing it is there.”