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My Little Sister’s Summer

Summer Vacation 2008My youngest sister is 16. She’s on her summer break. She’s saving up for a car and for insurance. She’s working for me.

We’ve both had our eyes opened this summer. Her only previous work experience is babysitting, which is a very different type of work than helping me to put together marketing materials, work on client projects and handle the mechanics of actually running a business.

I’ve had to train her from the ground up — including on some Internet usage that I would have thought was second nature to kids growing up with computers.

But it’s been a great experience: she’s one of the most dedicated people I’ve ever worked with.

She wants to figure out the why of what I want done, not just how to get through it and get on to the next task.

And I’d like to think that I’ve inspired her to think about earning money in terms of what she can do, rather than in terms of what jobs she can learn. When the summer is over, her employment options aren’t great. Beyond continuing to work for me, which *fingers crossed* it looks like she will do, she can wait tables or take on more babysitting gigs.

But she can also offer her services doing some of the types of work she’s learned with me. She can set up newsletter software faster than I can, post to any type of social media account, and generally handle a lot of virtual assistant type tasks.

It’s interesting to compare the two of us.

I’ve never wanted to work for anyone else — and never done particularly well at it. My baby sister is a little more adept at such situations, but it may be that she’s ready to start considering alternatives.

I’d like to think that I’m an inspiration to her, that I’m the one who convinced her that even though she’s young, she should consider working for herself. The seeds may have already been there (I’m not the only family member who doesn’t do so well with a standard 9-to-5), but I like to think that I’ve helped her figure it out.

Image: merfam via Flickr, Creative Commons

Thursday Bram offers content marketing through Hyper Modern Consulting, as well as more traditional writing services. She’s also the co-creator of Constructively Productive, the blog that’s bringing perspective to productivity. You can find Thursday on Twitter.


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