Running a business teaches kids valuable lessons and life skills. Check out Chelsea’s reasons why every kid should run a business.
As a kid, I was always looking for new ways to make money. When I was very young, I sold rocks door to door. No, there wasn’t anything special about the rocks, but I suppose I was pretty darn cute because I sold more than a few.
Later on, I decided to switch products and developed a thriving neighborhood cookie business, which I ran with my brother and a good friend. Of course, my desire for money didn’t go away when I was a teen. That meant I was out babysitting, teaching dance lessons, and working at our local community theater whenever possible.
Of all the great projects I did as a homeschooler, I believe these little businesses were some of the most educational. Oddly enough, they weren’t even an “official” part of my schooling.
My entrepreneurial exploits provided me with countless life lessons that I use even as an adult. On top of that, they gave me the confidence to start my own businesses as an adult. To this day, I’ve only ever had one “real” job working for someone else. Setting my own hours and picking and choosing what I spend time on is the norm for me.
My childhood experiences with running businesses have led me to believe that all kids should be encouraged to start a business. Here’s what they might learn. [Read more…]