The world is a beautiful place, but it can also be a challenging one. Nowhere is this truer than for those just entering the business world. It can be tough to make the transition from full-time student to full-time job holder. This is why you need to cultivate and release a strong sense of entrepreneurship in your future job seeker (or even better, business owner).
Release the Entrepreneurship Spirit in your Teen
The singular most important thing you can do when preparing your child to enter the business world is to build a strong foundation. You want them to understand the value of a dollar, and how businesses interrelate.
If you can get a teen to understand that the wheels of commerce work best as cogs in a business machine, you are off to a great start. It’s important to explain that practically no business can stand alone since goods and services tend to be tied to their resources.
Solving a Problem Is the Best Marketing Tool
In today’s world, profit is often driven by marketing. While marketing itself may seem like a black art of charts and spreadsheets, there is a simple truth to it. That is, a product or service that provides a solution to a problem practically sells itself.
By solving a problem, the customer can instantly connect his or her value system to the product or good being sold. This transference of values is exactly what entrepreneurs need to focus on to be successful.
You need to get your teen to understand the importance and simplicity of this. If you can, you could launch them in the right direction for their future success and entrepreneurship endeavors.
Aim for a Debt Free Beginning
It is hard to be an entrepreneur when you are heavily saddled with debt. This is why you should encourage your future business leader to apply for every scholarship they can.
After all, a few thousand shaved off the front of student loans can save many thousands by the time the loan has run its course.
There are quality scholarships to be found, you just need to do a little research. It’s never too early to start this process, and more time spent doing this will only help with increased opportunities.
One place to apply is the Adrian Rubin Scholarship, which is open to both graduating high school students as well as current college students. You can stay abreast of their offerings by following Adrian Rubin on Twitter.
Plan to Succeed
All students need to develop a well-designed strategy when it comes to their future. There is a saying that goes, and I badly paraphrase here, you can either fail to plan or plan to fail, both have the same outcome.
To be successful, you have to build a plan, and you have to work that plan. Pretend that the future is riding on it because it is.
By starting early, you can release the entrepreneurship spirit in your teen. Giving them an understanding of business arms them with tools that they can use throughout their business life. But most importantly they will have this tools at the beginning of their work life.
Because this is when they need it the most. The rest they may be able to figure out along the way. Or at least a parent can hope.
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When he is not writing on his wife’s blog or has his head buried in software code, Greg Chaffins can be found celebrating nerdy things on his own website, NerdBeach.