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Self employed

Craftsman

June - September 2019 • Bakersfield, CA

What I liked

Working with my hands and not having to sit down all day

What I wish was different

I wish I hadn’t been in Bakersfield

Advice

Wear safety glasses
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Freelance Copywriter

June 2019 • Boise, ID

What I liked

Freedom of time and flexibility

What I wish was different

I wish that I could be payed even more

Advice

Time management is key to success when working for yourself
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Cleaning and Maintenance Worker

August 2019 • Rexburg, ID

What I liked

The fact that I can control my own time and phase.

What I wish was different

I wish I found this opportunity early than I did.

Advice

Working as independent contractors is very effective way to find out your true potential and energy for the work.
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Hair Stylist

January 2014 • Warner Robins, GA

What I liked

I make my own hours and set my own pay

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Be professional at all times
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Landscaping

May 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Pay was good and working for myself.

What I wish was different

Needed to advertise more.

Advice

It is always good to bet on yourself and take risks when you are young.
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Commercial Fish

June - July 2019 • King Salmon, AK

What I liked

Being outside all day everyday

What I wish was different

The living quarters

Advice

Prepare to not sleep very much for three weeks.
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Grounds keeper

March 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I love the flexibility and freedom this job gives me with my hours

What I wish was different

Not worked enough hours

Advice

Be self employed, it’s a lot better to be your own boss!
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Auto Detailer

July - September 2019 • Essex, VT

What I liked

Being self employed is excellent because I work around my own schedule. I also enjoy working independently at times because I am efficient and get things done on my own.

What I wish was different

There were certain times when I had a few days off here and there and I would have liked a few more cars. But overall I stayed pretty busy with it.

Advice

You must stay motivated in order to be self employed. The only person motivating you is yourself, so as soon as you start to lose sight of that, you won’t succeed.
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Nanny

April - August 2019 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

Freedom of when to work. I loved the kids

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

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Cab Driver

November 2018 - August 2019 • Springfield, MO

What I liked

Learning springfield

What I wish was different

Cab owner offer different shift

Advice

Have another source of income
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Nanny

April - August 2019 • Centreville, VA

What I liked

I got to hang out with three cute kids all day. I came up with daily crafts for us to do while I wash there.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more resources to take them places.

Advice

Always be professional with your conduct while talking with the parents. It goes a long way!
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Private Flute Teacher

June 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Being able to make my own schedule and sharing music with enthusiastic young people.

What I wish was different

Honestly, nothing.

Advice

No student fits into a cookie-cutter. Go into each lesson with an open mind.
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House renovator

May 2019 • Murfreesboro, TN

What I liked

I loved meeting new people and working for myself.

What I wish was different

I wish I was a little more organized and had help.

Advice

Don’t take on too much
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Nanny

June - September 2019 • Berkeley, CA

What I liked

The environment and challenge.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been more consistent.

Advice

Find and build connections with people.
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Nanny

August 2016 • Clinton, NJ

What I liked

Learning how to care for children. I cooked, cleaned, help the children with homework and drove them to and from school and practices.

What I wish was different

Weekly hours depending on when the parents got home from work.

Advice

With being a nanny, I learned to be patient. Patience when the children wouldn’t listen, or did not want to do there homework.
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Nanny

April 2019 • Niles, MI

What I liked

Having a varying schedule and a laid back job.

What I wish was different

I wish it would have been a job thats geared toward my major and what I am studying in college.

Advice

I advise people to look for their summer jobs early so that they are able to get the internships and jobs that will help them in the future.
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Full Time Nanny

May - August 2019 • Hinsdale, IL

What I liked

Working with kids and the busy schedules.

What I wish was different

More pay.

Advice

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Lawn care

May - August 2019 • Daleville, IN

What I liked

Building my own schedule

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Always work hard
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Freelance Sculptor

May 2018 • Belleville, MI

What I liked

Over the summer, I used social media and Etsy to drive figurine sales. As an artist, I enjoy being able to work for myself as often as I'd like. My other job tasks included creating online tutorials, maintaining an Instagram page, and communicating with customers globally through email and text. Having the control to create unique products was the most desired thing for me. Having this summer job affirmed my love for business and management.

What I wish was different

I wish I had taken the time to reorganize my online web store much earlier in the summer. Although I was always organized, I certainly did not have the most efficient shop. My takeaway from the entire summer was that I should prioritize organization and time management over some other aspects of my business. Doing so will be good for my business in the long run.

Advice

If another individual were to have the same summer job as I did, I would recommend that they focus more on creating differentiated products, rather than perfecting shop analytics. In this business, listing criteria and social media layouts are bound to change. To keep customers engaged, one should focus more so on the quality of their product.
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Audio/Software/Design Engineer

February 2015 • Denver, CO

What I liked

I am self employed, what more is there to say? It's amazing

What I wish was different

I wish CSU would be more open to self employment and teaching kids how to be self employed.

Advice

It's amazing, and super easy. Do it.
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