How to Encourage Your Budding Entrepreneur

If your child comes to you and inquires about different jobs he or she could perform, you might just have the makings of a budding entrepreneur. It is important not to dismiss those budding entrepreneurial wishes, as your child may be onto something that will be a part of his or her future.

If your child comes to you and wants to find a job or start a business and you do not have the time to discuss it at the moment, make certain to let your child know that his or her idea is important. Then, set up a “meeting” to discuss possibilities.

How to Encourage Your Budding Entrepreneur

Let Your Child Be Heard

It is important to set up a date and time where you can brainstorm together with your child. He or she may or may not have an idea as to what the new business endeavor is. That could be the beauty in the whole discussion.

Make sure you give your child free rein to come up with their own ideas. Do not discourage or dismiss any idea.

Go with the Pros and Cons

Make a list of different ideas and show your child the upside as well as the downside of any and all ideas that he or she may have. In this way, the reality of the notion of starting their own business will be available along with the dream.

Also, list what is necessary to start the new business – such as tools, materials, and even money. If money is necessary to start the new business:

* Find out where the money will come from
* Ask how he or she will earn the money to start up the new business
* Work out a plan that you will meet your child halfway for the start-up expenses

Discuss Finances at Your Child’s Level

If your child has a dream for a new business endeavor, that is wonderful news. However, the hard cold facts of finance must be discussed with your child. Support your child’s dream, but let them know that managing finances is and always will be a huge part of life.

Help them create a document on the computer that will show their start-up expenses, their monthly expenses and their materials and supplies. Discuss the possibility of donating supplies to their business for the first month or two and then possibly taking out a loan from you to proceed. Make it clear that they will have to repay the loan from the profits.

Discuss finances at your child’s level of understanding. Do not be afraid to have them sign an agreement of sorts so they will understand that integrity and commitment are part of owning and operating a successful business – even if it is a miniature business.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.