”I remember asking my Dad why my uncle couldn’t come with us on spontaneous trips, and he said because he works at an office,” Gonzalez recalled. ”I knew right then that I wanted to have freedom, make my own money and make my own rules. You can’t do that climbing the corporate ladder … as my Dad says.”
Realizing that the entrepreneur lifestyle was for her, she started Stinky Feet Gurlz, a company that makes vintage style clothes and accessories:
Now, at the age of 18, she’s still on a roll.
With college, she has a lot on her plate, but her business isn’t going anywhere.
Asya’s brothers have now followed in her footsteps. You can listen to their story here.
2. YOU be the Boss.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”
~ Dr. Seuss
It’s absolutely okay to turn to the adults around you for help, and there are times when you should.
Nobody can start a business without help.
But don’t forget that your business is YOURS. Make as many decisions as you can, and take on as much responsibility as you can.
Let your customers see you as the face of your business.
Watch entrepreneurs like Lizzie and pay attention to how they communicate. Then, practice.
Before long, you’ll be a pro!
6. Toughen Up and Develop “Grit.”
“This was no time for play. This no time for fun. This was no time for games. There was work to be done.”
~ Dr. Seuss
It’s not easy when you work so hard and things don’t go your way.
Entrepreneurs of all ages struggle through the difficult times, especially when things get tiring.
If you feel that you’ve failed, it’s hard to get back up.
But as time goes on, you’ll develop grit. In other words, you’ll learn to “stick to it.”
When sisters Lily, Chloe and Sophie Warren decided they wanted to start a business of their own, they were disappointed to learn that their family’s bees weren’t producing enough honey for them to sell.
“I would tell any kid that wants to start their own business to never let anyone tell them what they can’t do. Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we aren’t capable and smart. We just see things differently, and that’s not always bad.”
11. Learn the Importance of Empathy.
“When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unlucky than you!”
~ Dr. Seuss
Without empathy (the ability to understand people’s feelings), it’s extremely difficult to create a product people will want.
A photo posted by Miss O & Friends (@missoandfriends) on
Middle school was tough times. I call it tough times because middle school sucks. Girls go through a lot during in these years. That awkward phase kicks in. Boys come into the picture. Cliques begin to form. School becomes more serious. Bullying increases. Girls start to struggle with self esteem & the pressure to fit in. It doesn’t matter if a girl is the most popular girl in school or the best athlete or a band geek or a straight-A student or a punk. No matter who she is doesn’t make her any more or less vulnerable to feeling insecure.
Thanks to her site, Miss O and Friends, girls have a place to go to chat about life and get excellent advice.
Without empathy, her business wouldn’t exist.
Look at all the projects she has in the works now! Can you believe she’s got products for sale at Claire’s and Barnes and Noble?
12. Receive, But Don’t Forget to Give.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
~ Dr. Seuss
Here’s another example of a lemonade stand owner who added a “twist” to her business:
I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me. But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great Granny Helen’s recipe?
That’s how Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. It comes from my Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed recipe and my new love for bees. So that’s why we sweeten it with local honey. And today my little idea continues to grow.
“Last year, beekeepers lost 40 percent of all their hives,” Mikaila said. “Bees are dying.” She quoted Albert Einstein who said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”
Do you have an idea for a businessor any advice for “kidpreneurs?” Chat with us in the comments.
Written by Melissa Fragiadaki
Melissa is WiseStamp’s blog administrator and loves delving into topics of interest to small businesses. She’s an audiobook fiend, podcast connoisseur, and adventurous traveler who enjoys writing lines of code as much as she enjoys writing pages of fiction.