How's much do you pay?
What is everyone's thoughts on a pay rate? I know what I'd like to pay her, but we haven't got very much money at all...
Young neighbour - have a figure in mind as to what you can afford and will appreciate if he/she puts some muscle into the job. First up - ask them what they are expecting!
If they say $5 an hour tax free and do an awesome job then you have the opportunity to make a further donation to their fundraising trip. If they want a hell of a lot more and don't have life experience (plus do a lousey job ultimately) - start with giving them a one day trail and call it if it doesn't work for you. That would be my take on this as your dollars are just as important to you as their fundraising is to them, bearing in mind that you are not donating to the cause - they are earning their money and that in itself is a life lesson to a young person.
I'm a big softy and hate to feel like I'm ripping someone off...in fact I'm down right useless at being hard nosed unless someone really rubs me up the wrong way.
Bræðr munu berjask ok at bönum verðask,
munu systrungar sifjum spilla;
hart er í heimi, hórdómr mikill,
skeggöld, skalmöld, skildir ro klofnir,
vindöld, vargöld, áðr veröld steypisk;
mun engi maðr öðrum þyrma.
Brothers shall fight | and fell each other,
And sisters' sons | shall...
I'd go with 10 Dollars, too, and that is VERY good pay for a 15 year old.
Standard weekly housecleaning, not including windows etc. for a small to average house would be up to 2 hours work for a professional cleaner and they'd get maybe $15/hour and pay their tax from that.
When I pay somebody to help clean my house, it's to someone who needs the money to live. She takes $12.00 an hour (her price, not mine), works like a trooper and does a bloody good job. My money is too hard come by to give to 15 year olds, most of whom have trouble keeping their own rooms tidy.
Highgirl, if your money is equally hard come by, keep it in your own pocket or pay her $5.00 an hour. If she's that keen to go on the trip, she will do it. She's working for a holiday, not for wages and nor is she a charity. We're too easily suckered into believing some things are good causes and feel that we should "donate".
Heck, if a 14/15 year old is prepared to go out and try and earn some money to fund a trip rather than expect their parents to pay for it, I think the young girl deserves a round of applause. Whether or not Highgirl ends up giving her some work and paying her is Highgirls decision of course, and if money is really tight I would perhaps be saying either no, or saying that I can't offer much in the way of hours, but would be prepared to pay NO MORE than $10 an hour. Maybe another way of helping would be to recommend her to other friends/neighbours who may be looking for some extra paid help.
Ronney;350269 wrote: Overseas school trips! Not a necessary part of education, it's a luxuary and if they wish to have them, let the parents fork out for it.
When I was 15 I had 3 part time jobs, after school and on weekends. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to learn the value of working and earning my own way by people who were unconcerned at the state of my room - which, by the way, was a tip. (I've come right since then )
To add - as adults, when earning wages, what we do with those wages is our own affair. I wouldn't care to guess how much of my wages has gone on travel over the years but it would be an extraordinarily large amount. I would figure a 15 year old can spend their earnings on far worse things than travel.
I would also suggest $10 per hour but fixed to how many hours you consider your house takes to clean. Obviously a bit of education needs to go into initial days...
eg: $20 to do the windows
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Allisonwonderland;350363 wrote: Heck, if a 14/15 year old is prepared to go out and try and earn some money to fund a trip rather than expect their parents to pay for it, I think the young girl deserves a round of applause.
Your dead right Alison - but at $15.00 an hour! I don't think so, or at least, not in my books. As has been pointed out, this is more than the minimum wage and is tax free. Perhaps the point I was really making was that if I was so monied I could afford to have somebody help clean my house, it would be to somebody who needed that money not to some kid, no matter how nice she is, who wants to waft off overseas on a school trip.
But never mind, perhaps I come from a slightly different financial strata to some and live in a much poorer area than many.
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Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land