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Home business for kids

Discussion in 'General Business and Entrepreneurship' started by Corazon, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Corazon

    Corazon Entrepreneur

    Some friends say that I am business-minded. Maybe that was because of my orientation when I was a girl. My mother urged me to have a home business. My first is the ice-candy business. I would buy fruits like young coconut or cantaloupe and sometimes banana, the choice would depend on the cost. And then I would use the fruit to make a mixture. The young coconut is grated and mixed with water, sugar and milk. The concoction is placed in small elongated plastic before being frozen. Almost all the kids in the block bought my product.

    Did you have a home business when you were young?
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  2. jona

    jona Entrepreneur

    Yes, me and a couple of friends started a business selling frozen Kool-Aid Cups one summer, right out of one of the guy's home.

    We went to the supermarket and bought the small sized plastic cups and lots of Kool-Aid, froze the thing and probably sold it for a price that, I am sure, made us actually lose money, but that was ok, it was never about the revenue but about the fun of selling stuff and drawing posters advertising our products.
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  3. Nikita

    Nikita Entrepreneur

    Business was never something actively encouraged in our household as we were all just expected to go to school and find jobs and get married. I myself never saw myself as following that path though even at a very young age and I made sure I saved very early on and also I tried my hand at practicing all of which I had to figure out myself. At around age ten I was selling ice pops made with orange juice that I put in the freezer. I always thought I was the only one that did that until I grew up and went to school and heard that it was fairly common.
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  4. Ladyferoz

    Ladyferoz Entrepreneur

    Yes, these are good skills to have. I used to have small businesses like selling candy to my family members. My school also encouraged entrepreneurs day when we were in different grades, you had to compile a business plan, then go through all the motions, and sell your product. It was so much fun, and cheaper because I never paid my parents for overhead costs.
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  5. Nancy

    Nancy Entrepreneur

    Definitely! My dad was had several business when I was growing up. He finally became very successful in the amusements business at it's peak in the 80's. My brother and I had all sorts of businesses growing up too. In high school we had a thriving business in our neighborhood mowing, raking, shoveling, gardening, cleaning, babysitting, etc. We kept it up through college and early adulthood. My own children have the business bug too. My daughter used to buy bags of candy and resell the individual pieces to her siblings and friends for profit. She also made and sold natural skin care products. We also made muffins for local coffee shops as a family. We need to encourage our children that they can create income and be independent!!
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  6. remnant

    remnant Entrepreneur

    Oh yes! I used to be very enterprising when I was young. I used to grow mung beans and used to feel self actualized when they reached maturity. My other venture was rearing rabbits. I remember there was a time I had as many as 30 rabbits and when they matured, I used to sell them in the village. I used to wake up early in the morning to feed the litter.
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  7. Valerie

    Valerie Entrepreneur

    Sadly, I never had a home business when I was a runt. Where I grew-up left me isolated outside of school, and I was raised to be unassuming. While I would've loved to do it and often imagined running a restaurant or a law firm (haha), my house was located in an industrial park right off a major highway. Get to close to road and you'd be run over.

    My desire to be entrepreneur bloomed when I graduated high school and finally found myself out in the wide world, ready to see what I was capable of. I don't know if not having "business-training" when growing up has hurt me or not, but I wish I could've at least started a lemonade stand of something.
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  8. setupdisc

    setupdisc Moderator Entrepreneur

    I was rather enterprising when I was little, but I also had a sense of humor at the same time. When I was about 5 years old, I used to take the little cigar tubes that my dad had from boxes of Dutchman cigars he and his friends used to enjoy while having dinner, doing business, or talking about politics at a party. They usually had glass jars that the cigars were shipped in that stayed in a large box. I used to like those as a kid, because it was almost like a test-tube that a scientist would use. One winter, I got this crazy idea to actually use one like a test tube and put everything from rubbing alcohol and vinegar to pine-sol and scope in one just to see what would happen. I started adding kool-aid mix from the powdered sugar packets to change it from brown to green to blue and purple. I then added salt and spices to it to give it an extra weird scent.

    I went outside and poured one of them onto the snow, and saw that it instantly made it go away.

    I resealed most of these and had multicolored test tubes, put them in my backpack, went to kindergarten, and behold! The Magic Snow Melting Formula was born. Only 50 cents each! ;)

    I was selling all kinds of these even to first graders and some in the second grade. Portions of lunch money as profit went from $1 to $10 by the end of the day, and I was happy as a clam. I couldn't believe that my first venture was so successful. I told my dad all about it, but as usual he was too busy paying attention to his "grown up" business to really take note of mine. My mother however, was worried about what I was doing when I came home with a bunch of empty glass vials in my backpack. I told her I was doing a class experiment. She smiled, and said ok. Just don't do anything too silly or weird, and be nice to the kids. I smiled and said ok, I will. And as far as I was aware, I followed her guidelines...while I sold my magic snow-metling formula on the playground for nearly 2 weeks lol. :)

    By the 3rd week, the recess monitors and two of the teachers returning from lunch caught on to it. There were at least 40 kids at any given time pouring all kinds of weird (mostly harmless and natural colors and flavors) all over the playground to melt snow. Apparently, the janitors were not too pleased with it seeping onto the sidewalks and other areas they had to clean. One of the teachers told me to go to the office and take my "mad science kits" with me. I told her I couldn't do that because they had bought and paid for them, and the Principal would have to ask them nicely or pay them the difference for the unused amount if he wanted them to give theirs to him, since that's only fair. She gave me the weirdest look I've ever seen (even today). Half like she wanted to say something authoritative, and half like she wanted to bust out laughing. She told me that it was a smart and brilliant business attempt, but that selling random solutions to children on the playground is not safe even though it melts snow at such amazing rates lol!

    I went to the Principal's office and had to explain what I had done. He had almost the same look as the teacher did, and asked me: "How much money did you make selling this anti-snow formula to the kids?" to which I answered about $30 in total. He raised his eyebrows at me and said: "It's the early 80's, you made $30 providing for your peers, and you're only 5 years old. Not bad...ER, I mean...it's good but you're going about it in a way that may not be good or bad but might be seen as bad. Do you understand? I've had kids in my office for stealing lunches, for taking backpacks, and for fighting or saying bad words. I have never had anyone in my office for selling their inventions on the playground to serve a need. Do you have any more of this snow melting formula?"

    "I sure do!", I said and gave him a vial. "This one is on the house, just for you."

    Now, he laughed. He shook his head smiling and said: "I still have to call your parents and explain this, but you're alright. If you ever want to sell things you make or buy, in the future you have to do it the right way. You know how your mom and dad have to have a license to drive? And you have to have a name tag and ID for the school on your first day? Well, in business, you have to have licenses for things. What you sell has to be safe. Even if it is, other people won't know that it is or that you are a nice person unless they know it is safe. I want to buy one of your snow-melting formulas as a souvenir, and I will pay $5 for it."

    I was shocked. "FIVE DOLLARS?! But sir, it is only 50 cents each! And this one, this one I am giving to you for free so that you won't tell my mom and dad!"

    He smiled and laughed again, and said: "I have to tell them, but I will be nice. And I do want it for $5 and not 50 cents, because when something is important and has a lot of value or need, you are okay to pay more for it. The same way you were willing to give me one of these for free to avoid calling your parents, it has extra value for me to tell my wife and kids what it means and a good story later on. It will be a good memory for me, and that makes it far more important than any price I pay extra for it. Do you understand what I mean?"

    I shook my head yes, because mostly I did, but it wasn't until a few years later that I fully appreciated what he was saying. I asked him if he really had to tell them still, and he said that he didn't want to, but he had to. When I asked him why, he told me that in my business, I would be the Principal of it, just as he is the Principal of the school. He then wrote on a piece of paper these words: "A Principal must always have principles." He gave it to me and told me to say that to my parents, tell them that he didn't want to tell them about my business, and then ask them what it means so they can explain it to me further.

    He was a very good man, and he was a businessman himself before his brother and sister-in-law took over his well-established business so that he and his wife could do what their passion in life was: working with and helping children. He was the Principal, and his wife was a teacher at the same school. They were both good people, and I'm glad to have had one for a Principal, and one for a teacher a year later. In all truth, they were both my teachers when I look back on it now.

    I was going to post and say "Lemonade Stand!" or "Shovel Snow! Lawn care! Raking Leaves!" and a dozen other suggestions...but I'm saddened to tell you that kids are now being fined in many places (especially in America) for doing these things. There are police officers who have recently handed out tickets to children ages 6 to 10 years old for having "unlicensed lemonade stands" and really issuing them $100+ tickets that their parents ended up having to pay. :( I've seen teenagers getting fined and even sued by the city wanting money from them for "not licensing their snow shoveling business"...asking for $200 to $350 from these children...which may not be much to us for a 6 month license, but is too much for even a 13 or 14 year old to come up with to give to an over-zealous enforcement of business licenses to make money off of anything they can.

    So instead of suggesting what was perfectly fine in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's for children to be able to do for a business and make money at without there being a risk...instead, I will default to one of my earliest teachers and mentors for business to have Principal principle and ensure that if your children or any kids that you are close to as family or friends of family want to do a business of some kind, you will have to oversee and ensure that there are no trivial licenses which preclude them from being able to do so.

    Up until the 80's and early 90's, for a child to be enterprising and moving ahead was important, encouraged, and supported. At some point thereafter, the value for children to develop these skills and enjoy their accomplishments disappeared in favor of control organizations that instead want to prohibit or scare children into being servants of the state rather than entrepreneurs by their own right.

    I was extremely blessed to have the business influences that I was able to as a child, but how terrible it would be if I were given the reverse and made to be afraid or told I was "bad" for being industrious?!

    THAT is what is happening today, and if you are a good parent or adult educator in a position to which you work with children for their betterment as adults, then it is important that you are able to give them the understanding and mentorship they need for business and understanding the values of it. Because without you, they may no longer get to as I did and others have before.

    So any business that you see a child wants to do, from lawn care to animal care / pet walking, car washes, painting, or anything else...please make sure that you are able to teach them what they would have to do later to build their own business WHILE you protect and insulate them from the practically socialist controls that now want to prevent them from their own future development.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2016
  9. Jack Benoit

    Jack Benoit Entrepreneur

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