Teen Entrepreneurship Lets Me Be My Own Boss
By Kyan Pious, Stride Student Advisor
Before my experiences with Stride K12, I never would have considered being an entrepreneur, or even learning about entrepreneurial thinking. So many great things have come from my entrepreneurial journey with Stride, but today I will talk about my absolute favorite thing in regard to being a teen entrepreneur.
In my second year of attending my K12-powered school, I decided to take on an Entrepreneurship Class. I chose to do this because I’m very passionate about being my own boss, working on my own blog, and trying to make a business out of it! I don’t actually have a full “business” yet, but I’m diligently working on it becoming a reality.
Being my own boss is my favorite part of being a teen entrepreneur! There are other things I love about it, too, like brainstorming creative business ideas. But, my favorite, by far, is being my own boss. However, it took me some time and effort to adjust to this concept, and then to make it a reality in progress.
Over the summer of 2021, I had no idea what I wanted to do in terms of my future career, or where my life was going to go. I was, quite frankly, in a rut! I had no direction, and no drive to figure out what I wanted to do. Thankfully for me, that all changed when I attended a life-altering webinar!
The day of the webinar was also the day that I launched my blog… “The Humble Hybrid Blog.” The blog is where I talk about my successes and mishaps with fitness. I also made an Instagram page, which pairs with the blog. And, I am proud to say that the Instagram page is consistently growing in popularity. The webinar itself was overall a very humbling experience for me. I met people who are fairly successful with content creation on social media and also with blogs creation. In addition, I got to meet people like myself, as well, who have no idea how to start any of that stuff! That Stride webinar gave me what I needed the most in the summer of 2021… motivation!
Fast forward to the present day, I have been working hard for a quite some time now, and I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, time management, and other skills necessary to be your own boss. These skills are also very helpful to me as an online high school student.
If you can relate to my story, and you want to get started with your own entrepreneurship journey, then I would give you these five key pieces of advice:
1. Take a week or two to brainstorm an idea that could become an entrepreneurial endeavor. This could be related to something you’re already passionate about, or it could be focused around a hobby that you currently enjoy.
2. Do your best to find personal joy and satisfaction in the process of building out your idea. I worked for countless months designing and writing my blog to get nothing for it, except an opportunity to learn, fail, and try again. Making a to-do list for each day, as you strive toward your entrepreneurship goals, can help you determine what your priorities should be.
3. Accept that failure will happen in the entrepreneurship journey. Something I find comfort in, as a teen entrepreneur, is that there aren’t very many ways to screw up your unique idea. If you fail, or it doesn’t turn out quite how you want, you can always start again!
4. Do tons of research. I literally created a 20-page Google Document filled with important tidbits of knowledge. It helped me start my journey and create an organic vision for my business.
5. Take it slow, and don’t be hard on yourself, as a teen entrepreneur. You’re just getting started with your journey, so there’s no need to rush!
Also, it is good to remember to engage in regular physical exercise, journaling activities, and in making daily routines that can turn your personal motivation into self-discipline. Self-discipline will help you stay consistent, so that one day you will achieve greatness, for yourself. I’m living proof that you can do it!
Want to learn more about teen entrepreneurship? Then be sure to read 4 Steps To Become A Teen Entrepreneur!
Always remember, as you contemplate a business and brand that you want to create, that you will need pre-defined S.M.A.R.T. goals, which are able to be implemented in steps. Each step along the pathway of your goals will lead you closer to your teen entrepreneur objective.
To read more about how online schooling helps students grow, be sure to check out Virtual School Motivates Teen To Become More Responsible.
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, make sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html
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