How Kids Can Start Their Own Business

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Teens can become entrepreneurs just as easily as older persons can. Because you have ideas, haven’t learned how to be afraid of failure, and because of your energy level, you are more likely to succeed at your business endeavor. Think of the things you enjoy and you’ll quickly develop some business ideas.

Doodle Some Ideas

Think about what your passion is. If you love to take care of smaller children, consider starting a babysitting business. If you love to create beautiful designs, think about learning desktop publishing or drawing. If you’re good with the computer or the Internet and you believe you can run an online business, write up some basic ideas for what kind of business you want to own and operate.

Don’t be afraid to dream about what you want to do to create and start your own business. Talk to your friends and schoolmates -- good potential customers -- and find out what they need to have that they don’t have now. As you’re dreaming about possible businesses, try to learn why you want to work in a particular business. If you’re an artist, maybe you want to create several paintings or drawings for sale. If you already babysit for your parents’ friends, try to figure out why you like children and why you like to work with them.

Develop Business Skills

You can play business games that will help you to learn basic business skills. Look at the “Just for Clicks Business Game” and play it. You should work at developing the skills you’ll need to run your business.

Some of the skills you’ll need to learn are how to make decisions, how to manage your business’ money and how to work with other people. Working well with others is a skill you’ll take from school to college and to the workplace. Learn this skill early so you know how to manage people and how to negotiate and get along with them.

Target Customers

Figure out what kind of people you like to be around. If you’re a member of the track, soccer and cross-country teams and you don’t like talking about makeup, hair or nails, you won’t want to be working with girls who think mostly about these topics.

Find other kids in school or your group of friends who like the same things you do. You can think about making these friends your customers.

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