We All Must Start Some Where - What Was YOUR First Job?

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Here is a neat story that I thought you might like...

What was the first job held by 7 of the world's richest people?

7 billionaires' first jobs - 1 - how billionaires got started - MSN Money


So, what was your first job?

My first "job" was a sacker in a grocery store.

But I spent my pre- employment age years doing a butt-load of door-to-door sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I worked at McDonalds. I was damn good at the job too.
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    I did dishes at my uncles restaurant.
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    I worked with horses at a riding school - owned 4 horses
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by tpw View Post

    Here is a neat story that I thought you might like...

    What was the first job held by 7 of the world's richest people?

    7 billionaires' first jobs - 1 - how billionaires got started - MSN Money


    So, what was your first job?

    My first "job" was a sacker in a grocery store.

    But I spent my pre- employment age years doing a butt-load of door-to-door sales.
    Hahaha, my very first real job that had a pay check with taxes taken out of it was also a box-boy at a super market. I started out at $4.50 an hour and worked my way up to deli clerk, price changes, and then night crew.

    I learned really quickly that I did not want to stay in the grocery business. lol

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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Rod Cortez View Post

      Hahaha, my very first real job that had a pay check with taxes taken out of it was also a box-boy at a super market. I started out at $4.50 an hour and worked my way up to deli clerk, price changes, and then night crew.

      I learned really quickly that I did not want to stay in the grocery business. lol

      RoD

      That just goes to show, I am older than you.

      My first job where they took taxes out was when the minimum wage was still $3.35.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        I worked in the basement of a book store taking deliveries then having to organise the books into categories and stack them on the shelves, it was so boring I fell asleep in my second week and got sacked.

        B***ards still haven't paid me.
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        • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
          Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

          ... it was so boring I fell asleep in my second week and got sacked.
          Is that you, Henry Chinaski?


          * * *

          My first proper income came from working for myself, from home, but I was put under pressure to "do the normal thing" and found myself, for a short while, assuming a sort of business/IT admin and order-processing role at a door panels manufacturer. Hellish. Mind-numbing. The routine and sense of enslavement (well, you know, not really - just the reality that most days were predetermined and monotonous, with real life being relegated to the minority proportion of time I had free) didn't sit well with me at all, making me deeply depressed and dysfunctional. I know it's reality for most people, too, but I believe most people gain a kind of fulfilment from camaraderie with colleagues that I don't, being highly introverted, easily frustrated and something of a loner anyway.

          After that I drove a counterbalance forklift and reach truck! :rolleyes:

          Anyway, I didn't quite fall asleep on the job and get fired like Mr. Chinaski, above, but I was, and surely still would be, an employer's worst nightmare.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Radio DJ at 15, thats where my career started. Then I dropped radio in my early 30's and started this "web thing" back in 2003/2004.
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  • My first and only official job was a Web content writer at an outsourcing company here in Manila. This was a year after I became permanently blind. I was 25 then...

    From age 17 to 25, instead of working for a company while studying at the university: I assembled computers, sold computer hardware parts, repaired computers, did computer hardware and software troubleshooting work, did website development and photo editing work, developed audio CDs for company and wedding giveaways for my family, friends and neighbors, for their own family, friends and neighbors, who also had their own family, friends and neighbors, and I arranged an affiliate system for this, so they'd benefit, while giving me more business as a result..

    From age 14 to 16, when my parents abandoned me and my then 6-year old sister, I borrowed money from my good friends, bought things and sold them at marked up prices, which had me ending up buying weed by the dozen pounds and selling it to my friends, who also sold it to their friends at marked up prices, who in turn sold it at marked up prices, and so on -- Affiliate marketing? Social networking? Viral marketing? Word-of-mouth advertising? Good thing this didn't last for more than a couple of years. Otherwise, I wouldn't be blind, but I'd perhaps be doing jail time...
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph G Spiteri
      Working in a grocery store part time wile in university.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Allard
    Dishwasher at a restaurant at age 16.

    Promoted to cook in 4 months, then head cook 6 months later. Then to another restaurant and was given the keys within a week there. Then went into retail, was the youngest assistant manager ever at the Kmart in the town I used to live in.

    Things were going great until I got an OWI and lost my drivers license. Couldn't drive my daughter to daycare and myself to work, so I had to figure out a way to make money from home. I had a little bit of experience writing for Ehow.com and made a little cash, so I went all out and spent all my time writing articles

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    I worked at a restaurant as a server/team member.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Worked at Round Table Pizza with a bunch of stoners. Even the Managers were usually high all the time. We had problems with lots of bad pizzas going out.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanwacik
    I worked at a manufacturing company that manufactured computer fans for IBM. I was making $1.98/hr. Times sure have changed, eh?
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  • Profile picture of the author SteveJohnson
    Worked in a Holiday Inn laundry. Before permanent press sheets Had enormous wash machine that held 100 sheets in each of two compartments, thing was bolted to the floor with 8 1-inch bolts. Unload/reload the washer, then run the sheets and pillowcases through the mangler - a big gas-fired, belt-fed ironing drum (that Stephen King wrote a horror story about, he must of worked around one too).

    Don't regret a minute of it, though. What better place for a 14-year old kid to spend his days than in the company of a bunch of hippie-generation 'hospitality workers'?
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    Receptionist at an ob/gyn physicians office.
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    I was a Coding Analyst in a market research firm. It was a major organization TNS, next to only AC Nielsen.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    I was a bag boy at a grocery store for two weeks in high school. My first 'real' job, I started as a part-time cashier for CVS Pharmacy (Revco DS back then) and worked my way up to store manager a couple of years later.

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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I was what was known as a lumper for a caterer. Lumpers carried heavy boxes full of dishes, serving utensils and the food to various banquet halls. Most of our gigs had two lumpers and two or three waiters. I got minimum wage, which at the time was $1.25 an hour. Not long after starting it went up to about $1.40 an hour. I was still in high school at the time, 1970.

    The caterer did a lot of Polish weddings and bowling banquets. One of the perks was that we often got to take food home, really nice, prime roast beef and baked potatoes. I learned a lot at that job, mainly, that I wasn't cut out for manual labor.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      I was a mother's helper for a few months but then got a better job as a cashier for a Dominion grocery store, part-time, while still in high school. I'm not really sure but I think I was making something like $1.75 an hour back then. LOL
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      • Profile picture of the author jessicalynn
        I worked as a server at a diner-style restaurant when I was 16 up until I left for college. I saved up 4K to buy my first car working that job! I was so proud of myself...and I remember feeling kind of superior because I used to make a whole HUNDRED dollars when I worked a weekend night, while my friends were working retail for minimum wage.
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Dish washer at a local cafe, but soon got promoted to waitress.

    And yeah Bill, I was paid $3.35 too.

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  • Profile picture of the author Carol_A
    My very first job was at a fast food place called Red Barn. My sister put in a good word for me, and I was hired at 16!

    I remember the feeling I had when I received my first pay check and realized how much minimum wage was - I was SO happy! lol

    Great memories...
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  • Profile picture of the author mgreener
    Chopping and hauling wood was my first job and it didn't get much better from there for quite awhile!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Hess
    I used to be a stripper before I became a Clickbank millionaire. It's a story similar to this one: Haley Milano's Stripped Down Profits
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    • Profile picture of the author zelgly2
      My first job was a part time tutor, i used to take English lesson for adults. i liked the job very much because you would be able to teach what you know to others who is in desperate need and when you see the improvement from the student within that 2 weeks time you will be very, very happy
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    • Profile picture of the author WebPen
      Originally Posted by Mark Hess View Post

      I used to be a stripper before I became a Clickbank millionaire. It's a story similar to this: Haley Milano's Stripped Down Profits
      WHAT?!

      That software takes 2 clicks?

      Screw that- the software I'm rockin only needs ONE click and I make millions every day, son.

      *please buy my software I'm selling it for only $27 because I want to help you*

      ...back to the question, my first job was at Chuck E Cheese, baby!

      ...and yes, I was the mouse. 3 times.
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        Originally Posted by Justin Stowe View Post

        WHAT?!

        That software takes 2 clicks?

        Screw that- the software I'm rockin only needs ONE click and I make millions every day, son.

        *please buy my software I'm selling it for only $27 because I want to help you*

        ...back to the question, my first job was at Chuck E Cheese, baby!

        ...and yes, I was the mouse. 3 times.
        My software doesn't even have to be clicked. It knows what you're thinking and...hey...QUIT THINKING THAT RIGHT NOW!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Viramara
      This is sad, I'm a momma's girl and don't have a full-time job yet....Except I wrote fictions (and nonfiction articles) for magazines, becoming translator, and a private English teacher.

      Originally Posted by Mark Hess View Post

      I used to be a stripper before I became a Clickbank millionaire. It's a story similar to this one: Haley Milano's Stripped Down Profits
      Dang, Mark, that sales letter makes my day!! Especially the part :

      "The Next time you hear a claim from a guru telling you his software will make you rich, you can bet on 2 things :
      1. He's been to my club" (WTF!),
      2. He makes money on YOU, not his software (yeah baby, you already do that now :rolleyes:. So, she learned the same method from the Gurus who hired her to strip?)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
    My first job was TECHNICALLY at Carls Jr, I was there 3 weeks before I got an offer from an interview I had BEFORE that for bagging groceries at Lucky's (now albertsons).

    So yeah, had they not taken 2 months THAT would have been my first
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  • Profile picture of the author PeteTheMonetizer
    To be honest my first and only job ever has been internet marketing.

    It was actually one of my personal goals to be able to say that I had never worked a real job in my entire life.

    Self employment all day.
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  • Profile picture of the author luckystepho
    When I was at college I had a part time job in a pet store. My sister was the manageress so we used to have a great laugh! I still remember the day when one of the snakes got out...
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    I was the same as you. Worked in the grocery store when I was 16, in the produce section.

    Then I chased the bigger paycheck in McDonalds while I was in sixth form.
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  • Profile picture of the author rooze
    I worked weekends at a manual car wash when I was 14.

    Interesting experiment: Ever tried waxing a car with a shammy leather and keeping the other hand still? It's practically impossible, you end up doing circular cleaning motions with both hands even though only one has the rag in it.

    The boss offered me a full-time managers position, until I scratched his Jensen Interceptor, then he gave the job to a new bloke and I quit. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    I worked at at telemarketing gig for a couple of weeks.

    Then I quit.

    Then I joined the Army.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman1
    My first job was bagging groceries at a local grocery store, I enjoyed working there.

    Now, I love the income and freedom of being a full-time internet marketer.
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  • Profile picture of the author dimitri banks
    am still working , i am digital print operator , HP Indigo Presses . I am damn good at what i am doing but I want freedom !

    To be free from the slavery that our current
    work-life as human beings has become, free to
    do whatever I want, whenever I want, and not
    have a boss or someone else controlling my
    life, is worth all the work and effort x 1000!
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I volunteered at a Library fixing and putting away books at the age of 14 and when I turned 16, they were able to pay me.

    I honestly prefer that to my current job...
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  • Profile picture of the author mge
    I worked at Carl's Jr in high school. I actually liked eating their food during break time. It was minimum wage and I still coudn't afford a car.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    herald boy, age 12, the paper must get through

    that first ice cream paid with my own pay tasted so good, the sausage roll even better
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Babysitter until I was old enough for a job permit and then I got a job at a shoe store ... a small local shoe store that was so small, they didn't even pay minimum wage.
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  • Profile picture of the author KabirC
    President of my company, only thing I have ever done and hopefully will have to do! Being young really has its perks! haha
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    • Profile picture of the author lbradshaw
      My first job was in a factory disassembling plastic toy pieces. I was only 14 but I got to work with my best friend
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  • When I came to America I had only $400 in my pocket so the next day I got a job at McDonalds for $4something an hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Lenney
    Actually, I need to change mine - when I was 10 and 11, I used to sell Soda's on the Golf Course in the summer - Golf Balls too sometimes. Usually would make $60-$100/weekend profit for a few hours a day. For a 10 year old that's pretty damn good

    Had a guy give me a business card, mention i'd be the next donald trump, and told me to call him when I turn 18. I lost the card LOL

    True story though, one my mom still tells people today - haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Steadyon
    A pornstar and then I got into IM.

    Time to go back to my old career...
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
      I actually started as a grave digger in a local cemetery. I could tell some interesting stories about that experience, both funny and macabre.

      Fortunately, I worked myself up in my endeavours, rather than down!

      The 'down' will get us all in the end; it's the only certainty in life. So make the most of life while you have it.

      Just my thoughts,

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      My very first job was a waitress on the concourse of a bowling alley serving drinks to the night bowling leagues.

      I actually made very good money because at the time, the bottle deposit return had just started in Michigan and the owner Joe Bonfiglio, didn't want to deal with it so we got to keep all the cans we served every night. I took home two to three industrial sized garbage bags of cans every night.

      So between my very good tips and those returns, I brought home between $500 and $600 a week on top of my paycheck which was only a meager $90 to $93 a week.

      Terra
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        My very first job was working in a paper factory one summer during high school - it was enough for me to know that I never wanted to work in a factory ever again (and I haven't).
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    Like many, my first job was packing at the supermarket about 4 years ago.

    Though obviously times have changed because I started on about $14 an hour... as opposed to the $3 - $4 people were getting 20 years ago

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  • Still in college.Started with doing freelancing.Now Internet marketer
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    Soccer referee in 7th grade! Then, busser and dishwasher at a local restaurant. Then web/graphic design (in high school). Then tutoring.
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  • Profile picture of the author wendywond
    At the age of 17 I started working as a cashier in Kenny rogers. I still remeber I need to have a parent concept form in order for me to work. Now a newbie SEO but it changed my life for the better.
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  • Profile picture of the author funkynassau
    Bell Canada Directory Assistance Operator (411) Oh how I hated it...
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  • Profile picture of the author 4EverMaAT
    My first "real job" was working at Pizza Hut in my teens.
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    factory...still there lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
    I feel like I had many firsts.. lol. They are all somehow jumbled in my head... but if I think really really hard, my very first job was at Sears as a sales associate. I was 16 at the time, and it was actually not a bad first job for that age.

    I've had worse in the later years... Dairy Queen, shrink wrapper for VHS videos (that was an interesting one), banquet server (HATED that one as I'm super clumsy), oh and selling knives door-to-door - you know the pyramid scheme one. Definitely am not a door-to-door kinda gal.

    All of those were in my college years to make ends meet. And I suppose I picked up a few skill sets here and there from each. I haven't thought about those jobs in a long while. LOL.
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