Being a young entrepreneur is not easy. On the one hand, you may feel like you’ve got this, but can often find yourself disregarded by sponsors and investors because they think you’re just a child. So how do you get those around you to take you seriously? You might not believe these tips, but we promise – they are tried and tested.
Believe it or not, play. What sets you apart from the millions of grown-up entrepreneurs with lots more life experience, is that you have the power to play harder. Imagine the impossible and simulate ways that the grown-up fraternity can’t. So stop listening to people tell you to “grow up”. Play harder.
Adopt the “why not” mindset
Entrepreneurship is not easy. Many have tried and succeeded. Many have tried and failed. Both statements are true. As a young entrepreneur in the making, you need to come up with innovative ideas and invent new ways of doing things. When investors, suppliers and customers say it won’t work, ask why not. Then take that feedback and refine it. Go back and pitch it from another angle.
Do your homework
Unfortunately, homework does not end when you pass your grade. If you are to have a shot as a damn good young entrepreneur, you must do your research. Read up on online resources, ask existing business owners, talk to the wise around you and learn the ins-and-outs of running a business. Learn the “business language” and find out as much as you can about your prospective business venture.
At the end of the day, all that preparation won’t do you any good unless you decide to get off your feet and do something.
Don’t worry about fear. Do it afraid. Do it discouraged. Ask yourself what is that one thing you can do today to bring yourself one step closer to running that business. Do that one thing for the day. Ask yourself again tomorrow and do it. Even if you don’t see results, don’t quit. You’re closer today than you’ve ever been to becoming a teen boss. We believe in you.