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I am a 14 year old boy my parents won't give me pocket money that's fine, I'm in need of money so I can go out with my friends I need your advice on how I can legally make money
Ask Sam


Hi there,

Thanks for writing and for bringing up a really good point about how to make money.

I can hear that it is important for you to have money so that you can go out with your friends and to be able to do things.

Every family is different and some families might be struggling for money. But it is important that your parents provide for you and make sure you have important things like clean clothes and enough food.

I can hear you want to be able to make your own money and that is a mature step to take. It's also important to think about what it might be like if you do have a job at this point in your life. As you are 14, you are legally allowed to have a part-time job.

This means you can only work certain hours and only certain kinds of jobs (as you are still at school). Lots of young people work at the weekend of during school holidays and the kinds of jobs young people may have are things like paper rounds, shop work, garden work, washing cars or doing housework for money or dog walking.

It may be worth asking a parent or teacher to give you ideas about where you might be able to find work. We have more advice about this on our page about Money and jobs, including advice about wages, what having a job is like and benefits. If you wanted to ask other young people for ideas you could also look on the message boards.

Hope this helps, but If you’d like more advice, you can talk to a ChildLine counsellor by calling for free on 0800 1111, by email or by logging on for a 1-2-1 chat. We are here to support you.

Take care,

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