Earnings of a 17 year old

Summer break. Seven or eight weeks that are promised to be sunny and hot, exciting and memorable. But here I am, sitting behind my laptop next to a window through which I can see thick rain drops falling off of leaves. The weather hasn’t been summer-ish here in the Netherlands, meaning that I unfortunately can’t go out and swim all and every day.

So, besides being creative I have decided to be as productive as possible. Ever since I was little I wanted to make money. I’d make these little magazines filled with offers of my services, such as downloading a Nintendo DS game for someone or cleaning their room. Mom didn’t think it was such a good idea to earn money from my siblings their chores, so I had to drop it.

But now, at the age of 17, I’m allowed to do a lot more. I’ve been doing these advertisement sites on which you can get a few cents by clicking on a button, but it hasn’t exactly been paying off. After more than a year I have almost reached 12,50 euros…

And on August 2015 I started getting actually paid. I started with my account on Redbubble, as I may or may not have told you about more than a thousand times. Every single time I would get a notification that I had earned three euros, I would get so excited. The earnings kept going up and up, especially each year around Christmas, but my current sales are getting lower and lower. Therefor I’ve decided to concentrate on making new designs this summer.

Since the start of summer I also have a job. A real life, summer job kinda thing. About twenty hours a week I’m in a clothing store for pregnant ladies and young newborns. I’m behind the cash register and although I’m getting paid terrible, the job isn’t as bad. I’m just glad that I have something to do this summer and I’m getting paid for it.

Then, also, I have an account of Fiverr. This is such a useful site if you need to get things done and you don’t want to spend too much money to get a logo designed or something. I personally have been translating documents a few times now, and although it takes up so much time and I get less than what would be the minimum wage, I’m happy to earn something from it.

And yet, with these types of income and my weekly pocket money I’m struggling to safe money for later. I’m also selling some old stuff like lamps and books, but I need to find a way to earn more money and safe it better.

Any tips would be extremely appreciated!