And .. if you start at 13 and spend 5 years making what you really want on full day. You'll most likely be good enough to get a *real JOB* .. And then you don't need to worry about some 100usd fees anymore.
(Sorry.. this is old stuff, and I know the world has changed ..)
I purchased my first own computer (Was C64 and 1541 drive) when I was 15/16. Spend summers (schooll break) doing various odd jobs (painting houses etc).. learned to code, even learned English at the side, since there were no native manuals. Couple years later I did occasional programming gigs for local university .. (basic, pascal .. )
So, learn to do things well, it may take few years but if you are talented and motivated there will be opportunity someday,
PS: To those.. who wonder.. According the wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64 , the price of that machine would equal 1500USD on todays money.. I do remember it was **** lot money for the day. And the Disk Drive was similarly priced, and I had to spend another summers work just to get that. It was a big investment back then, but I have never regret it.