Your guide to luring lots of loot.
By Tracy Ziemer
February 2001 issue
It's a credit card! A debit card! It's also a bus pass, an
ATM card, and a phone card! Whoa! The Providian Visa card
has a smart chip, which lets you use it for almost everything.
You can also get a credit card reader ($20), hook it up to
your computer, and buy online with one easy swipe. Under 18?
Check with Mom and Dad (visit www.providian.com) and get ready
to be carded.
test-drive a job
If you don't have plans for Groundhog Day (hello -- who does?),
sign up to get a taste of your dream job! February 2 is Junior
Achievement's Groundhog Job Shadow Day, when teens get matched
up with people whose jobs they want -- and spend a day (outta
school!) hanging out with them. It's the perfect way to try
on a job -- and it's free! Go to www.jobshadow.org for more
AGE: 13 years old
HOMETONE: Sherman Oaks, CA
BUSINESS: Vitamin B*eads, jewelry priced from $10 to $40.
Her line is sold at www.expage.com/vitaminbeads.
STARTING SMALL: "I've always liked making beaded necklaces
and bracelets. Then, when I was on a plane two years ago,
I was making jewelry to pass the time, and the flight attendants
lined up to buy it! Later, I approached boutiques to see if
they wanted to carry my jewelry. It was scary at first; because
I'm so young, people assumed I didn't know what I was doing.
But when they saw my jewelry, they wanted to sell it! They
buy it wholesale and then charge twice the price. It's carried
in four stores so far."
GETTING BUSY: "It can be hard to find time to do it since
I have school and a billion extracurricular activities. So
I put together a necklace or two between classes or whenever
-- it's really challenging, but also fun."
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES: "When we visited Hawaii, Britney
Spears made an appearance at our hotel, and I actually went
up to her mom and gave her one of my bracelets! Britney loved
it -- she even sent me a thank-you note. People seem to like
things that celebrities wear, so it's definitely helped out
HER ADVICE: "You have to be disciplined and willing to
work weekends and during free time. But mostly, do what you
love, keep going, and don't give up!"
5 times more women start new businesses than men.
I see France...cheap!
Dying to see the world but find yourself strapped for cash?
Low dough flow makes it tough for the financial challenged
student to travel -- unless you sign up for a program like
Volunteers For Peace (www.vfp.org), which sends teens abroad
for up to three weeks for as little as $220 plus airfare.
In exchange, you spend a few hours a day restoring historic
churches or clearing vegetation from trails with other teens.
Another option for wannabe jet-setters is LEAPNow (www.leapnow.org),
which offers tailor-made school-break and summer journeys
to 129 countries. You may be eligible for a scholarship (based
on need), or you can work abroad and get paid. So get ready
to pay lightly (pack light too!) for your international adventure.
Copyright 2001 CosmoGirl! magazine
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