10 SUPER TIPS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
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Wondering how to help your girl become the best kid entrepreneur she can be? Besides being her number one cheerleader when she shows signs of becoming a savvy business person and sharing words of encouragement, curating tried-and-true entrepreneurial advice for her is another way. And we’ve done the work for you! Below are ten tips to support your girl as she starts and builds her dream empire.
1. DISCOVER YOUR PASSION
Your girl will have more fun and be more likely to stick with a business based on something she’s passionate about. So talk to her about and help her brainstorm ways to turn her interests into a business. Her small but mighty inner CEO will be grateful for the push in the right direction.
2. READ BOOKS AND FOLLOW ROLE MODELS
Seek out some success stories of young girl entrepreneurs and share everything you can about their respective journeys. Their stories can serve as inspiration for your girl, especially when the self-employed path may seem rocky at times. Letting your girl read age-appropriate books about entrepreneurship, leadership, and money is also a fun way to sneak in a bit of empire-building learning.
3. SEEK OUT OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY NEW THINGS
After-school clubs. Summer camps. A winter-break gig or seasonal internship. So many different opportunities! With the right balance, your girl can learn the principles of entrepreneurship from real-world experiences and grow her resourcefulness, resilience, and self-confidence. And the more things she is exposed to, the more likely she will find something that she’s passionate about and be able to turn it into a successful business.
4. BE GOAL-ORIENTED
Business ventures and goals go hand-in-hand. Goals set your girl up for happiness and success. They also provide your girl with something to focus on and work towards.
5. PUT IDEAS INTO ACTION
Launching a business is a pretty big deal. Your girl needs to be aware of what it takes to get there and the challenges along the way. She can develop this awareness with a business plan template and guidance from girlpreneurs who’ve already successfully transformed their ideas into realities.
6. FOCUS ON SOLUTIONS, NOT PROBLEMS
Whenever your girl directs her attention and energy toward solutions instead of problems, she gives you a preview of her entrepreneurial spirit. Solution-oriented thinking also strengthens your girl’s ability to push through adversity, no matter how hard.
7. WELCOME FAILURE
Win some, learn some! It’s still one of our all-time favorite tips. Encourage her to try, fail, learn, and try again. She’ll build an essential skill that many entrepreneurs have. And don’t forget to applaud her efforts “win” or “learn”!
8. EMBRACE INDEPENDENCE BUT DON’T BE AFRAID TO SEEK HELP
Independence gives your girl the best chance to reach her full potential. Owning a business empowers your girl to step out of her comfort zone and push herself. But, of course, your girl is allowed to call upon a mentor for help. And if you’re her first pick, then it’s your call to ensure the balancing act between trust and freedom. As shared by the young girl boss behind Dreah Dreah Shea Butter whose mom helped out: “Ask someone who is close to you to help make it happen.”
9. MEET (OR EXCEED) YOUR CUSTOMERS’ EXPECTATIONS
When your girl anticipates her customers’ needs, wants, requests, and preferences, she improves her customer service skills. She also creates meaningful interactions that translate to loyalty. And who doesn’t wish for repeat purchases and positive word-of-mouth? What’s more, making real connections with customers teaches your girl how to appeal to her customers and motivates her to make a difference. It’s also a lot easier to sell more to an existing customer than it is to find a new customer.
10. LOVE WHAT YOU DO
The entrepreneurial world welcomes everyone, regardless of age or background. If your kid or teen entrepreneur is passionate about her product or service, she can keep living out her dreams in the business world.
If being an entrepreneur is in the cards for your girl, she can put these 10 super tips for kid entrepreneurs into practice anytime. Whenever she gets stuck or feels discouraged to continue her passion project, bookmark these tips for her and encourage her to absorb their positive and confidence-boosting messages. They cover everything: from why, what, and how to what if. And they remind your girl to see the glass as half full when starting (or re-starting) her entrepreneurial journey.
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