Knowing how and when to spend money can at times be difficult. It is important when thinking about how you use money, particularly if you aren’t earning it and relying on your parents. You want to be independent but at the same time know that you need the financial support of your parents in order to be able to get the things you want.
You might be asking yourself all sorts of questions such as – how can I make my own money whilst at school? When can I apply for a credit card? Can my parents open a card in my name? Can I use my parents credit card with their permission?
Finding your first financial steps is always tricky and this is why you might need help to achieve your aim of getting money of your own. This article will set out exactly how you can achieve that goal of beginning to become financially independent and getting some hard-earned cash of your own.
Part Time Work Feasible?
The first thing you must consider when thinking about getting your own money and spending it is – how feasible is part time work for you? Part time work is of course one way when you are young and still in school or college that you can start being financially self-reliant.
You must consider of course how feasible doing part time work for you is. If you have a gruelling school schedule that involves not only many different classes but also a great deal of extra curriculum activities, then you might be wondering if you can really spare the time to have a part time job.
Equally, you must consider as to whether you are simply not committing to part time work because it is easier to not do it. It’s an understandable reaction – many people of a certain age don’t feel like they are ready for the working world or want to be ready for it. This doesn’t have to be the case though.
Work will always be hard, particularly when you’re doing it for the first time and are having to balance it with school life. However, it is possible, and you should never be put off from trying your hardest at a part time job. It will demonstrate to you what a workplace is like, how to regularly do your work and could give you something good to put onto your CV.
Choosing Your Part Time Work
Once you have decided that you want to work part time as a means of feeling financially free, you then need to decide what kind of job you want. Part time work for young people can come in all shapes and sizes – from the traditional paper round to writing online, there is a variety of different things that you can do.
Whilst paper rounds, for example, might suit many people they may not suit you. Paper rounds can work if you want to do them for a fixed time during the weekend, but it will always mean that some of your free time will be given over to completing your paper round. You may be fine with this or your might find it intrusive on your life.
Similarly, going out in all weathers might not suit you or your family. Alternatively, you can look for online work. Since the start of the internet working online has become, for many people, the norm. It can also be a great way to get involved in an industry or organisation that you want to be involved in later without having to travel miles to be a part of it.
Indeed, you might even make some friends or contacts who might be able to help you when you apply for that particular company or for a role in that particular field post college.
Working online part time can also make you more relaxed and feel like you have more power of your working environment than if you work somewhere outside or at an actual office.
Getting Help From Your Parents
You must make sure when attempting to become financially stable that you get help from your parents. Your parents, after all, are there to help you. They want you to succeed. They are there to give you advice on what kind of part time work you might want and what you can achieve. They can also give you advice on how to properly handle money.
How To Handle Your Money?
Taking responsibility for your own money is crucial if you want to have a stable financial income in the future. Money does make the world go round after all and you need to be able to balance your books effectively if you want the world to spin in your direction.
If your parents give you a certain amount of money to use, then you should make sure you reward their faith in you and spend it wisely.
Can I Use My Parents Credit Card With Their Permission?
One way to demonstrate to your parents that you are financially responsible is to use their credit card in a responsible way. This will show you understand not only that you know how to use a credit card but that you can also be responsible with other people’s money.
The question you might be asking of course is – can you use your parents credit card with their permission? You can indeed but only with their permission. Using a credit card with the owner’s permission is fraud which is a very serious offence.
Finding Your Financial Feet
Knowing that you are soon going to be entering the adult world and have real responsibilities can be very scary. You might wonder what it is like to be an adult. This is how either earning your own money or using your parents credit card in a responsible way can teach you what it is like to be an adult, much more than any textbook can.
Understanding your finances is something you don’t get two chances at – if you get off to a good start knowing how to manage your money then it will be a skill that will serve you well for the rest of your life.