Teen Wants Parents to Back His Summer Business
Bennett, Cherie, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
I'm a guy in 10th grade, and I don't have to tell you that it's still almost impossible to find a summer job. I have started to go around and put in my applications at all the usual places, such as fast-food restaurants and the mall. I get applications given to me, but you can just tell that the boss thinks it's a joke when I fill it out and pass it in.
I have not had a single call back from all of the applications I have put in, and I am a good student with great personal references.
I really need to make some money this summer. I want to get a car when I get my license, but I don't want my parents to get it for me. I want to go on a snowboard trip next Christmas and need a new snowboard for it. There are certain clothes that I want to get for myself. And I want to be able to pay for the music that I download.
If I can't get a job, I would like to start a business of my own. I'm not sure what that business would be, but I think the best thing that wouldn't cost too much would be a T-shirt business, where I could make transfers that would get ironed on T-shirts. There could be cool sayings, cool quotes or maybe even just cool artwork.
I have a good artist friend who has agreed to help me. The problem is, a business like this takes money to start it up. I would like to borrow about $2,000 from my mom and dad to do this business. I know they can afford it. I would make them silent partners in the business or pay it back with interest -- however they like.
Do you think this is a reasonable thing to ask them? How can I get them to say yes? …