10 Things I Want to do Before I Turn 16: #3 Getting a “Job”

Madison Walker
2 min readFeb 1, 2021

I love going out and shopping with friends, however I do not like spending money. I knew I needed a balance of income for when I go out with friends.

It started off as babysitting over the summer for a family, but that was only for 3 months and I needed something year-round. I then started babysitting during the school year whenever anyone in my neighborhood needed me. The bad thing with babysitting is that I couldn’t control when I wanted to work, I could only wait until someone contacted me.

I tried to come up with ideas for months, but nothing came up. Although it seems simple enough to go and get a job at a restaurant, it wasn’t that easy.

I play competitive softball, which takes up a lot of time. For instance, this coming summer, I will only be home for 1 or 2 days a week for 6 weeks straight. I also have 3–5 hour practices when I don’t have tournaments. The only off time I have is during the fall and winter, but I still have tournaments and practices, they are just local.

After the fall season, I head straight into high school ball, and we practice everyday after school until 5:30. I didn’t want to overload myself with schoolwork, practices, and a job.

I got to thinking again, knowing that I need to start saving money towards college and my future. I finally got an idea!

My best friend had started Door Dashing with her mom to make money. I wanted to do this so bad, but you have to be 18 years or older to become a Door Dasher.

I immediately went and begged my mom. She said yes, as long as we used my car. We applied and started the next day. I drove and picked up the food and also delivered it to the customer while my mom sat in the passenger seat and directed me.

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We went out three other times that same week. These past few weeks since we signed up, I have gone out with my mom 2–3 times a week for an average of 3 hours each time.

It has made it so much easier to hang out with friends knowing that I have money on my card and my savings. I still babysit from time to time, but I enjoy Door Dashing very much!