For anyone under 18, there are two benefits to getting a job or starting your own business. Obviously it puts money in your pocket so you can have some fun, but work experience now looks good on a college or job application later. Tasks as simple as babysitting or dog walking shows that you are responsible, trustworthy, and can manage your schedule. Working at a retail store after school or waiting tables at a restaurant means you can handle customers and money. And provided you do your job well, you’ll likely be able to get a recommendation from a manager when you need it later. Remember that until you graduate, however, your first concern should be your school work. Just balancing work and school teaches you a skill that will help you throughout your life.