Level 1: Money From Mom.
Your goals are to cook with out starting a fire, fix the TV, get 800 Simoleans from mom, and to get a job. You need to do it fast...or your sim will get comfortable lazing around and won't want to do his/her goals. Make a sim that is nice, active, and neat (use the left over points aswell). Then read a cook book from the shelf and try to get a couple cooking skills. Now try cooking dinner (you should not start a fire!).
Now read a mechanical book from the shelf and also try to get a couple mechanical skills. Now try fixing up the TV (you should hopefully not get electrocuted!). To recieve 800 Simoleans from your mom...simply just sell the bed, or just sell everything in the house, since you are not going to live there when you move out after the level.
Your sim should still be happy enough to get a job (read the newspaper to find one, or on your sim's computer). Who cares what job you get, because you are going to get promoted some time!
You now...should be able to go to the next level! Good luck!