If you are a young child and wish to become an entrepreneur, there’s nothing that should prevent you from becoming one—especially your age! No matter how young you may be, if you’re willing to learn and tap into your entrepreneurial ambitions, there’s no reason why you can’t succeed.
The Early Years
If someone tells you that you can’t start a business when you’re young, they’re not only being discouraging, they’re also wrong. In fact, I started my first business when I was just 10 years old.
My brother and I sold potatoes on the roadside to any cars that passed us. Since I grew up on a small farm located five hours from Perth, Australia (with a population of about 15 people), passing traffic was not easy to come by but was extremely important since it contained our potential customers.
The most important thing for any entrepreneur to do (at any age) is to just start! Once you get into the habit of running your own small company, you’ll get better at it with time and you’ll reap the rewards of your hard work in adulthood.
Use your imagination to create your first business. When it comes to business names and attractive taglines, there’s nothing more creative and vivid than the minds of children.
My first business (selling roadside potatoes) was called “Spuds 4 Sale.” It was a clear play on words that was catchy and used clever wording. It was short, memorable and most importantly, it was clear!
My brother and I were selling spuds, and that’s exactly what our name said we did. This clarity was particularly important since drivers didn’t have the time to decipher complicated road signs as their vehicles whizzed by.
Not only is it important for you to get creative with your company name, but also to be creative about the company in general. Find something that’s easy to do and requires little adult supervision. If you can find a product to sell, all you need to do is get the correct marketing for that product and you will end up with a sale!
Success Comes Slowly
It took a while before I got my first sale at Spuds 4 Sale. I clearly remember selling my first bag of potatoes and the sense of excitement that came with it.
After my big brother left me to man the roadside stall, an elderly couple pulled up and asked how much I was selling the potatoes for. Even though we were selling them for $1, my instinct told me to hike the price up to $2. I remember feeling nervous because I realized I was trying to make a profit.
Fortunately, the couple bought two bags and gave me five dollars for my effort and my products.
You can’t expect instant results, especially when you’re starting out at a young age. Just enjoy the experience you will gain and remember that it will be useful when you’re an adult entrepreneur.
The Example of Adam Horowitz
The following story of Adam Horowitz may serve as the inspiration you need to start your business, despite your age.
At the age of 15, Horowitz launched a fairly ill-advised gossip blog, which was quickly shut down by his parents. However, he gained a lot of online experience from running that blog and found potential in internet marketing.
He went on to start another site, Urban Stomp, which hosted music and listed the locations of parties in his Los Angeles neighborhood. Additionally, to generate cash, he sold clothing through affiliate sites.
His first party listing drew over 700 excited teens and proved to be a massive hit. And that was the start of a successful journey into the world of digital business.
Horowitz now teaches courses to teenagers on how to make money online and also runs mobile marketing sites such as Mobile Monopoly and Cell Phone Treasure.
If Horowitz can become an online business success by learning the ropes himself, there’s no reason why you can’t succeed as an internet marketer with MOBE—a system that has almost every aspect laid out for you.
All you have to do is research how you can manage affiliate marketing alongside your current school and home responsibilities, and you’ll be just a few clicks away from becoming an internet marketing success. Log on to MOBE.com and see how you can get started as an internet marketer today!