At, Edward991 writes:

I’m a 13-year-old boy and I do a lot of filming and editing. I really want a MacBook Pro; what is the best way to make money for a it?

MoneyThis is an excellent question, and one many members of our community have asked in one form or another over the years. I’d start answering it by advising against ever going into debt to buy an optional system or device. If you can’t afford it right now, then you probably shouldn’t get it. You’re far better off building a savings account with enough money to get you through a difficult (and unforeseen) circumstance. Since you’re only 13, this is less of an immediate necessity.

So how would you raise the money for a MacBook Pro? Your age limits you from taking on serious work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn money. It’s nearly lawn mowing season again and that means there are plenty of yards in the area in dire need of tender loving care. Professional lawn care companies cost an arm and a leg, and having a local teenager willing to get the job done for a reasonable fee is a deal few homeowners would pass up.

Let’s say you charge $30 per week to maintain someone’s front and back yards. This includes trimming, hedging, mowing, and possibly some light gardening. The job might take you 1-2 hours per week during the spring and summer months. If you were able to make that type of deal with five of your neighbor’s homes, then you would be earning an income of $150 per week. 10 weeks of this effort and you should have enough to pick up a MacBook Pro. Add to that the health benefits of working outside and the deal isn’t half bad.

Mowing yards isn’t your thing? Consider babysitting, taking on odd jobs such as helping neighbors with spring cleaning, or collecting recyclables for sale to a recycling center that pays for materials by the pound.

On a slightly more innovative side of things, you might even consider offering your MacBook Pro up to sponsors. Plenty of students have managed to get local business and/or online companies to sponsor MacBook Pros in exchange for a laser-etched logo somewhere on the cover of the laptop. If you can create a website around your specific idea for how you will use the MacBook Pro and explain in clear terms why sponsoring your laptop would be a good decision for a personality or business, there is a chance you’ll find someone to subsidize the costs of your laptop.

You could also try a personal fundraising site like GoFundMe and appeal to its users’ giving nature. Explain why having a MacBook Pro will make your life and/or situation better, and there’s a chance you might find the funds you need to make it happen.

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