I’ll be honest, I’m not so sure my kids will be going to college. Some of them might, but it’s not an option I’m going to force them into or push on them. When I graduated from high school, it was just expected that the next step would be going on to college. So that’s what I did. I went to college.
Times have changed since then and many more people are successful and make a good living without going to college. Plus, with the way the political and social climate is on my college and university campuses, that is just not an environment or influence I’m eager to have my children be around.
My husband works for his brothers; they own their own business, and my husband owned his own businesses prior to working for his brothers. And I guess you could say that I own my own creative branding business because I do make money blogging, which supplements our family’s income. Working for ourselves (or for family) has been a wonderful blessing for our family. It provides so much flexibility, and being your own boss definitely has its perks.
As a mom, I often wonder what each of my kids’ futures will look like, with one aspect being what kind of job or career will they have. Having owned our own businesses, my husband and I have often talked about helping our children start a business of their own. Our oldest kids are 14 and 12, and while still on the younger side, are a great age for starting to learn about the business world and entrepreneurship. There are business startup tips and ideas that you can learn form experts, if you are interested just click here.
While my husband and I have some experience with owning and running a business, we don’t have experience with starting one from scratch. So I was pleased to learn about Adam Lean’s book, My First Small Business Plan for Teens.
Adam Lean has created a 10-step guide for teens that will help them start their own small business. No experience or money required. You don’t even need a business idea; Adam will help you with that too. Once you complete all 10 steps in the guide, which you can do at your own pace, you will have your very own small business.
- Steps 1 through 4 will guide your teen to come up with a business idea that will interest them and will sell something that someone will be willing to pay for.
- Steps 5 and 6 will walk your teen through the economics of the business to ensure that they will make a profit.
- Steps 7 through 10 will guide your teen in preparing to start their business.
My First Small Business Plan for Teens comes with a complementing, spiral-bound workbook that will help guide you on your way. You will use this workbook to complete tasks as you work your way through the guide; tasks such as – brainstorming a business idea, determining who your target customer is, naming your business, and advertising plan. In essence, your workbook will end up being your business plan.
The guide is written with teens in mind; it’s simple and easy to follow and understand. It takes the guess-work out of what is entailed to start a business and lays everything out in a clear, logical order. There is also a handy ‘Tips’ section at the end of the guide to help them run their business more smoothly. You can view a sample of both the text and the workbook on the My First Small Business Plan for Teens website.
So why would a teenager want to start a business anyway? And what are the advantages?
By starting a business, a teen can not only earn their own money, but also learn responsibility, personal money management, business basics, selling, and people skills. They will be better prepared for the real world, as running their own business will promote independence, a strong work ethic, and give them confidence.
Now that my boys’ hockey season is over and the weather is starting to get nicer, I’m looking forward to jumping into this book with my boys and seeing what kind of business they can cook up. I’m excited about the simplicity of the program and the easy-to-follow format that will allow my boys to work on much of this on their own and won’t need me holding their hands the entire time. After all, this will be their business, not mine.
My First Small Business Plan for Teens guide and workbook are available for $19.95 (this is a limited time offer; regular price is $29.95) and are geared toward kids ages 13-17, however it could be used with those as young as 11 or as old as 19. They also offer a 60-day 100% money back guarantee. So you really can’t lose.
Is your teenager interested in starting a business? Do you think having your teenager start their own business would be beneficial for their future? Would you like to win a copy of My First Small Business Plan for Teens? Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for your chance to win a ‘Teen Success Bundle’ from the creator of My First Small Business Plan for Teens.
The bundle includes ($50 value):
- Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens: The Secrets about Money – That You Don’t Learn in School by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- The Success Principles for Teens: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield
- My First Small Business Plan for Teens by Adam Lean (includes guide and workbook)
One person will win the entire teen success bundle above and another person will win a copy of My First Small Business for Teens (guide and workbook).
Giveaway ends March 19th at 11:59pm EDT. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to email to claim prize. Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions upon entering the giveaway.
Shannon R says
My teen has actually bounced around between many kinds of business interests, so I can’t answer the queDeion specifically. She hasn’t expressed interest in baking more than anything else.
Karen Brown says
My son has been wanting to start a lawn care business
Lisa W says
This would be perfect for my business-minded 13 year old son…who has great plans for a bakery cafe to be followed by a 5 star seafood restaurant. 🙂
Heather G says
This looks like something my teen would love. Thanks!
I am really excited to share this post with my mom-friends of teens and hopefully encourage my son to start a business himself!
Jenna DeMaria says
She wants to start an etsy shop to sell her handmade items.
Laurie M says
My children love to bake so something along those lines.
Glennda Green says
This would be awesome for my teen and preteen!
Daughter is interested in selling her paintings.
My son wants to start a petsitting business.
My daughter is interested in a jewelery making business. She had some already made, and would like to know how to go about selling it. She would like to make some spending money for her, and some to donate to the local animal shelter.
Stephanie Moore says
My teen could benefit from this bundle! Thanks!
My daughter is determined to start a sweet shop…Sprinkles and Sparkles
KATRINA MORGAN says
my daughter loves art and wants to get her work out?
Jen A says
My daughter wants sell handmade items such as knitted items, soaps, and felted products.
My teen is interested in starting a landscaping business!
Anything that helps others!
Anna Tester says
Thank you for the great ideas!
My son has been wanting to start his own business for what seems like forever! We look forward to reading this material!
Mama K. says
This is timely—-just this week, my 16-yr-old daughter was talking to me about an Etsy store she wants to start! Thanks for this opportunity!
I don’t know what type of business he’d want to start.
These would be wonderful tools for my teen who has been wanting to find a way to sell her artwork, teach others, and also her writing. Thank you for opportunity!
Heather Young says
My son has talked about selling baseball cards on eBay.
My son has a heart to assist those in need. He’s looking at starting something like dog walking service, lawn service, even tutoring younger children, or all 3 in hopes that he will find his gifting.
My daughter already has started an online clothing sales shop, but would love to venture into used/hard to find books eventually as well. My son would like to start a woodworking business.
Patsy Staub says
My son has so many wonderful ideas! This will be great to help him get focused!!
Jennie T says
My teen wants to do a metal business. WElding and making things like knives
Laura Strong says
My daughter has been asking about selling her art and I have no idea how to go about it so this would be perfect for both of us.
This looks great. Thank you!
Sheri H says
This is a neat give away! It would tie in nicely to our Econ and consumer math programs for next year.
Stephanie H. says
My daughter plans on being a graphic designer after college and she also wants to someday own her on business.
I didn’t know resources like these existed for teens. Thanks for sharing!
My daughter is interested in starting a business in agriculture-vegetables, fruit, and flowers along with raising chickens for egg production.
My teens would like to start an online store.