Pezzano Mickey & Bornstein June 2018


Unconventional Summer Jobs for Teens

be the perfect first job for a child who wants to try earning a few bucks for the first time. Teens under the age of 18 will require parental consent.

VIRTUAL STOREFRONTS If your child has a flare for arts, crafts, or anything else DIY, encourage them to set up an Etsy shop. There are no membership fees, and after Etsy’s 3.5 percent cut, sellers receive their profits via PayPal. Minors age 13–17 must have a parent or legal guardian manage their Etsy account. PETSITTING AND HOUSESITTING If your teen is trustworthy and responsible, there’s no reason they can’t work for neighbors, friends, and family. Most professional petsitting and housesitting services require their sitters to be over 18, but allows teens 14–17 to register as “Teen Providers” with parental consent. Depending on where you live and how much experience your teen has, they can expect to earn $15–30 per visit, and they may be able to ask for more to stay overnight. Help your teen get the word out by posting on social media. Most importantly, keep your teen safe by helping them screen clients and teaching them what information to share. Summer jobs are a great way for teens to earn extra cash and learn responsibility. The next time your teen asks you for money to go to the movies, encourage them to earn some spending cash of their own. Who knows? They might actually treat you to a movie sometime!

As your teen becomes more independent, they may be interested in getting a summer job. Whether they want to save up for a big purchase or just have some extra spending money, summer jobs can solidify the importance of hard work and responsibility for your child. Plus, the earlier your teen starts, the sooner they can learn how to manage their money. Fast-food restaurants and clothing stores are popular first jobs, but encourage your teen to think outside the box and try one of these creative money-making opportunities. ONLINE SURVEYS AND REVIEWS Companies are eager for consumer feedback, and they are willing to pay for it. Sites like Swagbucks and MySurvey offer members the opportunity to complete tasks like taking surveys, writing reviews, and watching videos to redeem rewards in the form of cash or gift cards. Teens can also preview up-and-coming music as reviewers on Slice the Pie. Sites like these require quite a bit of work for a relatively small wage, but they can

How Christa Creates a Great Client Experience

This month, we’re introducing you to another crucial member of the PMB team: Christa. She covers the front desk and provides clerical support to our attorneys. In many ways, she’s the voice of our Warren County office. Christa has been with us for six years, and she found her way to PMB at the suggestion of a friend — none other than our paralegal, Maria. The two are good friends, and Maria knew Christa would be the perfect fit for the environment and work. She was right, of course. Christa finds value and joy in making a client’s experience great from the moment they step into our office or contact us by phone. “I like being out here and talking with folks. I’m a positive person, so I like to make everybody happy and let them know they’re in good hands. When someone calls us and is upset, it’s nice to be able to calm them and make them feel good.”

After work, Christa is likely enjoying the outdoors with her family. Christa and her family members are hikers who go camping and spend time at the beach, so they’re eager for the warm weather to roll in, allowing them to enjoy these activities. She’s also the No. 1 cheerleader of her kids’ activities. Christa’s eldest son is graduating from college this summer, and she’ll be there to lead the applause with the rest of the family. She also loves watching her daughter sing, and her daughter and younger son run cross-country races. “I love cheering them on,” Christa says. She brings that same encouragement to the office. We love having Christa on the PMB team, rooting for our attorneys and clients every day.

Working for our attorney, Lisa, Christa has also found the perfect fit in her supervisor.

“She’s wonderful. We clicked right away. When you like your boss, that’s a really good feeling.” 2


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