Are You The Boss? OTM Teens Took a Be Your Own Boss Challenge

By OTM Staff

The interns here at On The Money Magazine (Jayla Cooper, Alexis Patton, Maryam Abdali and Maurisa Black) took the “Be Your Own Boss Challenge."

Interns pictured from Left to Right: Jaylah, Alexis, Maurisa and Maryam

Interns pictured from Left to Right: Jaylah, Alexis, Maurisa and Maryam

The challenge consists of yes or no questions that referred to entrepreneurship and  leadership. The results show how capable you are to be your own boss. All of the interns came out to be leaders and here are some of their thoughts on being a boss.


Jayla Cooper

Jayla Cooper

I learned that if you take your education further beyond high school it qualifies you for more job opportunities and more money. I also learned the difference between net pay and gross pay. Net pay is the amount of money after deduction such as taxes insurance and health care. Net pay is the total amount that you take home. Gross pay is the amount of deductions before any of the money gets taken out. Having a Bachelor’s degree can earn you up $16,000 more rather than those with only a high school diploma. After about forty years that can add up to a sum of nine  hundred thousand. The career field I’m most interested in is Athletic Trainer. This best fits me because I’ve played sports such as Volleyball, Soccer and Track growing up. I can help if someone pulls a muscle and be an assistant to an emergency. I thought the, “Be Your Own Boss Challenge” was interesting it made me reevaluate myself by answering yes or no questions. It was a really helpful game. - Jayla C.


Alexis Patton

Alexis Patton

I’ve learned that education is the key. The more education that you have the more money you earn. Not only will you earn more money beyond high school education but more opportunities can come your way to benefit you.  Even if you weren’t thinking about going to college, graduating with a GED can help you more than just not graduating at all. Going to college is going to pay off for all the long hours of studying, tuition, and more. They also talk about balancing school and work being a teen and knowing the things we spend money on, so that makes it seem like the article speaks directly to me. They want you to know what you’re getting yourself into when you’re looking for a job. - Alexis P. 


 Maryam Abdal

 Maryam Abdal

After doing the “Be Your Own Boss Challenge”. My results were that I’m in great shape to be my own boss. The business field interests me more than any other field. I want to make a platform for myself and be able to reach people while making money, and the business field is the best for achieving this goal. I thought the “Be your Own Boss Challenge” was cool. The “Be your Own Boss Challenge”  was helpful and about the major elements that are in play with starting your own business. I also learned that after 40 years, with my master’s degree, I can make 2.5 million dollars. - Maryam Abdali


Maurisa Black

Maurisa Black

I learned that I should really be my own boss because I am a determined leader who likes things done the right way, and I’m a very self-motivated person.  I will work my hardest when it’s something that I want to do or volunteer doing. I am interested in going into the Computer Science field just because it has something I love which is computers and that will be my motivation to get me through school and to my career every single day. They also have a good pay which is about $93,950 a year and requires a 4 year degree or more will help me to start saving to build my own business someday. The be your own boss challenge showed me that I am better off working for myself and having people under me I am a better listener and leader than just a worker I like taking charge of a situation and the game showed me that I am ready to be my own boss and I would definitely not mind that. - Maurisa Black

These were our thoughts on the “Be your own boss challenge”.  Now it’s your turn to try it!