Speaking to Young Entrepreneurs; The Old Schoolhouse Expo

If you tried joining the Old Schoolhouse Expo last week, and were unsuccessful, I too was unsuccessful.  In other words, my session was cancelled due to technical difficulties.  The team at The Oldschoolhouse has apologized for the mess up – it was technology out of their hands…so yesterday we met to record the session I was going to do.  The good news is, if you did sign up, you should be receiving a link to that recording shortly – and I will also post it right here!  I hope this helps, and again, i apologize for the mishap.

If you have not been to one our conferences, a quick recap of my content might be helpful.  The video is coming, but here is what we covered…

My topic was Starting Businesses in High School…

1. Why would you want to start a business….

  • Freedom…the oppressive life style of most corporate jobs is completely unfriendly to the family.  I call this “Corporate Bondage”.
  • It’s rewarding.  There’s something inspiring about getting paid directly for what you personally create and do.
  • Far less temptation.  I don’t know your personal convictions, but the workplace is filled with pagan thinking and will lead a person down the wrong path quickly.  Large companies routinely ask their higher up employees to compromise in order to make the numbers work.  Woman and men frequently travel together and work so closely on projects that, infidelity is just around the corner.  And the temptation to pursue success in an unbiblical way, is big.  Some stand strong, but most end up with a lukewarm faith or worse.
  • Entrepreneurship builds faith.  Teaching you children to thank God for the food suddenly takes on a new meaning when you are actually praying for business to close and it does! When a payment comes, you know God is providing.
  • It’s an excellent platform for homeschooling.  You won’t learn how to conduct business in school – not even business school!  Sales, marketing, and entrepreneurship in general are not really taught in school – you just have to do it.
  • And there are more – but this should get your started.

2. Where Should You Start?

Well, I had an hour, and this subject takes more than an hour.  This short paragraph won’t do you much good other than to say, there are some practical steps just about any high school age person can take right now.  My 12 year old son closed another bike sale yesterday.  He’s multiplied his initial $15 dollar investment 16 times in the past 2 months and there’s no end in sight.  Start by considering you personal passions, talents, and giftings from God.  Then look at the people you want to serve in your business. Discover their needs, and start brainstorming on how to meet those needs.  You may start with something sort of interesting, but as you get going you’ll find new things, or expand in directions that motivate you.  Work hard to sell something and you’ll see what I mean.  Cashing that first check starts the juices flowing, and allows any young student to grasp the vision of what it means to generate income outside the family.

We’ll have a link to you shortly…in the mean time, you can always visit the store page and check out our 5 Essential Topics for Raising Entrepreneurs…


© 2012, David Stelzl

2 thoughts on “Speaking to Young Entrepreneurs; The Old Schoolhouse Expo

  1. I’m a new follower of your blog. My oldest son who is 7 years old right now has such an entrepreneurial spirit and I am so excited to get him prepared to start his own business in a few years (praying on what that will be exactly but we have some time). So, thank you for your blog and your words of Godly wisdom!

    • Thanks for reading – since you are starting young, which is the right thing to do, don’t worry too much about what it is, but rather think in terms of experimenting with many ideas until something seems to go. As he gets older, focus more on the learning aspect, less on profit, initially. And above all, continue to seek God’s wisdom along the way and He will make your path straight.

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