Hello everyone! If you checked out our last post on Monday, you probably know that I am enjoying my vacation right about now, but I’m also probably working. You guys are all so amazing, and you comment on each and every one of my posts and I love interacting with you guys and seeing what you’re up to. I’m also probably writing up some new posts, writing down ideas, taking photos, and living a life worth writing about because that’s the whole reason for this blog, and this blog is my job. But I love my job and I wouldn’t trade if for anything, and guess what: That’s the way it’s supposed to be.
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I look at my blog like its a business, and trust me it is. People who think that blogging is easy don’t see the 15+ hours I put in a week on top of the school and sports a normal teen puts in. Somehow I find enough time to make all As, work out 2 hours a day, and have a blog with over 200 amazing beautiful followers (That’s you!) So why should teens start their own business? Why not spend that time doing other things?
All throughout the very short 15 years of my life, my parents have always told me I was meant to be a leader; that the millions of dreams and ideas I have in my mind are worthless if I don’t do anything to pursue them. They taught me that sometimes you have to work hard for what you want; that sometimes you have to fight and negotiate for the best deal, but that in the end it’s worth it. They taught me that taking risks is the first step towards success, and they taught me that you should never settle for something that is “enough”.
Here’s the problem: Adults look down on us teenagers because we are young. I mean all we do is eat you food, spend your money, and have worthless relationships right? I’ve had so many adults make fun of me for having a blog and writing posts that will have an impact on people. And I’m just going to tell you that I’ve been searching for a really long time for an answer on how to solve this problem, and I’ve only come up with one answer: we have to show them through our actions that we can be respected. It’s just the way the world works. See the adults that were making fun of me a couple months ago? Once they saw my follower count they stopped making fun of me. The people who made fun of me for wanting to start a blog, stopped doing it when they saw how successful. The most successful people didn’t need the approval of others. Just look at examples like Walt Disney and Steve Jobs.
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You can learn so many lessons through starting a business it’s hard to just name a few, but I’m going to anyways. You can learn time management, integrity, learn how to have better communication and presentation, learn how to money, but most importantly you will prove to yourself that you can and will rock the world. You just have to try.
Now you’re probably telling yourself this: “She’s right! I should totally start a business this summer…but how?”
Step 1: Think about what you love to do.
Your business should be something that you love to do, not something that you think would make a lot of money. See, I like writing so I started a blog, but my best friend loves little kids so she started a babysitting business, and my cousin loves cooking so she started catering baked goods to special events. Maybe I don’t make as much money as my cousin, but I’m doing what I love an that’s what matters.
Step 2: Brand Your Business
This is SO IMPORTANT even if you are just babysitting, you need to brand your name so that people can look at your brand name and say: I remember her/him! They were amazing! Personally I suggest Canva. After that’s done move on to step 3!
Step 3: Get Your Name Out There
Hang up fliers, spread the word through family friends, or even give your services for free. These things will not only get your name out there, but also give you a great reputation, which will make people want to use your business. What sets you apart from the crowd?
Step 4: Have a Plan
Okay so now you’re out in the world, but what happens next? How do you keep yourself from working to death or losing track of money? You need a plan. I, as a teenager, can affirm that planning never sounds very much fun. In fact I hate plans because I feel like I have no room but wiggle or take chances. The cold hard truth is that you have to have a plan for how you’re going to keep track of money, and how many hours you are willing to work every day/week/month, how much you’re going to charge, etc. It’s to protect you, not to ruin everything. Trust me.
Step 5: Take Over the World
Literally, you can do it if you try. You can rock the world with your business. Dream big even if you have to start small. You’ve got this I believe in you.
I have a feeling a lot of you are going to be stuck on step one, but don’t worry I’ve got you covered.
Here’s 10 Cool Business Ideas
Do you love kids and playing with them? Then you might be an AMAZING babysitter. Trust me, this is your dream job, and if you get your name out you can make some pretty good money. Another option is to team up with friends and watch kids at one of your houses, kind of like a mini daycare!
Catering for Special Events
Do you love cooking or baking? Advertise your services for special events! You’ll most likely only have to work on the weekends, and you can always taste test the food. (AKA the only reason I would start a catering business)
Selling Crafts Online
Do you enjoy crafting and making cute diys? Try selling them online! I know some people who make AMAZING money from this one!
Start a Blog
If you like writing about yourself, advice, or just life in general then this one is for you. ‘Nuff said.
Are you an amazing photographer? Have you gotten some pretty amazing shots? Try selling your photography services! I know a lot of amature photographers that have a steady income.
Do you have a special place in your heart for animals? This one is actually really cool because you get to get exercise while playing with someone else’s dog.
Plan Kids Parties
If you love kids, and you love planning special games for them to play, try advertising yourself as a kids party planner! This one is super exciting because you get to decorate and play games and probably eat cake, just sayin’ that sounds pretty great to me.
Teach a Skill to Others
Is there something that you’re just amazing at? Are you an expert musician, an artsy crafter, or an amazing chef? Advertise yourself as an instructor in whatever you happen to be great at, and I can almost guarantee you that you will make a pretty big buck, especially if you do a good job.
Do you love the outdoors and the feel of cool dirt against your skin? Advertise yourself as a Yard Service and watch the offers roll in! There are plenty of people who just don’t have enough time to do their yards all by themselves and could use an extra hand. My older brother makes at least $50 a month just from mowing lawns.
Sell Your Graphic Designs on Apparel
And that’s it! The whys, the hows, and the whats to starting a business as a teen! Are you an entrepreneur? Are you going to start a business? If so what kind? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a wonderful summer,