Ideas to raise money to buy more gear?

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  1. nvottennis

    nvottennis Semi-Pro

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    I need to play a bunch of new things, but being a student, I dont have many choices as in "real" jobs. Any ideas on how you might have raised about 600 dollars for tennis when you were a child?
     
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  2. jigar

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    Sell lemonade???
     
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  3. teto29

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    what i did was buy a stringer and do rackets for other people
     
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  4. ODYSSEY Mk.4

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    It hard but start cutting corners where ever you can, ask for more hours at work. I'd recommend that
    Or just get a credit card and put yourself in debt I don't recommend that.
     
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  5. West Coast Ace

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    Great idea!

    OP, you don't say how good you are. But if you need $600 worth of gear I'll assume you're pretty good. Thus, I'd go to every tennis club/park in your area and ask if you could work with juniors - run basic drills, hit with better juniors etc. Ask adults (who aren't very good) at parks practicing alone if they'd give you some $ if you hit with them and give them some pointers.

    The only other option is to ask (beg!) every friend and relative for any type of work they have or know of.
     
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  6. coyfish

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    Sell blood plasma or sperm lol.
     
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  7. tennis005

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    What I did was buy rackets and other stuff from Goodwill and sell them for more on fleabay. Still do occasionally.:)
     
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  8. samprasvsfederer123

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    it has recently been income tax time, tell your parents to give you a share of it, because really they wouldnt get as much if they didnt have a child, that child being you maybe you can get 100 or 200 off of them, when i was little i got 600 dollars a year since age 8 till age 17 that 5400 dollars. whens ur birthday?

    sell ur videogames i dont know..
     
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  9. subz

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    Try to find work in a store ? e.g. a sport store ? If you are good, you can work in a tennis club ?
     
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  10. armsty

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    I coach, where 80% of my money comes from. Also stringing for about 2.5 years, make approx $1200 a year off that.
     
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  11. The_Question

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    Stand in the street w/a bucket & a sign...sadly, they average around $60,000 per year untaxed right here in Baltimore...
     
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  12. Lakoste

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    Worst excuse to not have a job, ever.
     
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  13. Rockitdog

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    This is a decent idea... only problem with the plasma is that you can't play the same day or at least right away. Need to give your body time to recover.

    Bartending/ being a waiter is a also a way to make some decent cash too.
     
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  14. origmarm

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    OP it really depends on how old you are. If you are a college student this has part time job written all over it. If you are still at school then it's a bit different, I'm not sure what the laws regarding minors and jobs are in the US (assuming you are from there).

    As a college student:
    - Fixed PCs
    - Worked behind a bar
    - Worked in an office filing etc...
    - Worked part time in a DIY store
    - Coached junior tennis and strung racquets

    What I did as a kid:
    - Washed and polished cars
    - Mowed lawns
    - Cleaned pools
    - Gardening/landscaping
    - Building work (e.g. painting, tiling etc..)
    - Fixed PCs for people i.e. the computer illiterate
    - Walked dogs
    - "Archived" for local businesses i.e. sorted their receipts out chronologically and rubbish jobs like that.

    Hope something in there rings true.
     
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  15. baseline_monster

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    Well I'm 22 years old. I do the following
    Work 22.5 hours as a postman
    Work 13 hours a week as a doorman thur, fri and sat nights
    Getting stringing machine next week
    Sell whatever gear I'm not using.
     
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  16. Nellie

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    I pay my baby sitter 15 bucks per hour to change the television channel for my kids while I have date night with my spouse.
     
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  17. origmarm

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    This is a good one that I forgot about. Depending on how young the kids are they mostly sleep all night anyway until they get over 10 or so and stay up a bit later.
     
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  18. NickC

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    Find a job. Work at a supermarket or fast food joint if you have to. Either that, or sell pot. If you're smart about it, you can pull in a few thousand in about a month and then quit for good. But I'd advise getting a real job.

    If you have any cash right now, invest it. By investing, I don't mean buying bonds or stocks (you can do that too, if you know how), but I mean investing in courses and skills that will help you. Try getting CPR-certified, so you can work as a Lifeguard or a Waiter, or get certified in physical fitness (not hard at all, most high schools offer a course that gets you certified), so you can work at a local gym or whatever, or if that doesn't sound appealing, get your bartender's license if you're over 18, so you can work evenings and if you work at a good spot, you can make bank on tips. Look at a summer course guide from your local community college, they usually have tons of programs and classes that can get you certified in a whole bunch of things in a matter of 2 or 3 weeks. See what works.
     
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  19. mucat

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    Try deliver pizza with extra anchovies, I heard you can make quiet a bit of money by doing that.
     
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  20. tennisguyak

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    Give tennis lessons.
     
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  21. coyfish

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    I valet parked cars for a semester and I made a ton of money. It depends who you work for though. I worked for a private upscale restaurant and we kept most of the tips. On a typical 5pm-11pm friday / saturday I usually made 200-300 bucks for 12 hours of work. Its also a fun job because you get to drive cars and keep moving. Only downside is you give up your friday / saturday nights.
     
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    Double down at the casino
     
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    Sell drugs.
     
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  24. athiker

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    A few of these have been mentioned but about the easiest "businesses" to start up as a young person, mostly all you need are some flyers, are baby sitting (take a safety course and mention it in your flyer, have your parents spread the word), lawn mowing (most parents will let you borrow the household mower at least for starters), general yard work (leaves, trimming, small handyman stuff), painting and sealing driveways.

    Stringing does seem like a natural but you have to buy a stringer of course and not sure how quickly that business ramps up. Depends on where you are I guess.
     
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  25. Hidious

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    Bet on your tennis matches. Or on pro matches. A small 20$ on Schiavone would have given you 660$ for Roland Garros. :)
     
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  26. diredesire

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    Yeah, because they don't sink a huge percentage of their taxable income into stuff like clothes, frivolous consumer electronics, etc on you? Give me a break.
     
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  27. samprasvsfederer123

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    what do you mean, oh and im not a child. or below 20. for ur information.
     
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    Funny movie!
     
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