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Getting a Summer Job
Create Your own Job/Internship:
Nothing looks better to a future employer than
a "go-getter" who takes the initiative
and creates their own job. Here are some ideas.
Get a group of your friends together who have
child care experience. Next talk to your parents
and network to other parents in their circle who
need child care. Put together a schedule of who's
available when, match that with the parent's needs
and be the "supervisor." You've now
created your own business and managing people
is a highly prized skill in today's economy.
Do the same thing for lawn care, computer maintenance,
pool maintenance, dog walker, or create a "personal
Do your research and Network:
You can also be looking for a summer job at the
same time. Do a Google search for "summer
jobs." Network with friends, relatives, parents
and their friends. I remember knocking on doors.
Go to Work for Your Parents:
One of the advantages of operating your own business
is hiring family members. Tremendous tax advantages
if you work for a parent.
Wages for a child under age 18 who works for
his or her parent (sole proprietorship or a partnership
in which each partner is a parent of the child)
are not subject to social security and Medicare
taxes. Wages for a child under age 21 who works
for his or her parent are not subject to federal
unemployment tax act (FUTA) tax. Payment for the
services of a child are subject to income tax
withholding, regardless of age.
The wages for the services of a child are subject
to income tax withholding as well as social security,
Medicare, and FUTA taxes if he or she works for:
- A corporation, even if it is controlled by
the child's parent,
- A partnership, even if the child's parent
is a partner, unless each partner is a parent
of the child.
Even if your parents don't own their own business,
see what jobs you can do for them. Paint the house,
clean out the garage, etc.