Need some inspiration? Here are ten teenagers that had brilliant ideas for their micro businesses:
Kids these days. It seems like they’re writing HTML before they learn how to talk. And a lot of them are starting companies before they graduate from high school.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite teen entrepreneurs.
Jessica Mah, 19, is currently the CEO and Co-Founder behind Indinero, a Mint.com for small businesses. Mah started her first startup at 13. Last year, she founded internshipIN.com, a site to help high school and college kids find internships in their area. Now, at 19, Mah is finishing up her Computer Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as being the CEO of Indinero.
Ashley Qualls, 19, started WhateverLife when she was 14, a site designed to give MySpace users free Myspace layouts and HTML tutorials. She employs both her mom, and her friends who do graphics for her. Qualls started WhateverLife in 2004 as a hobby, and now has turned into a business, with her site getting anywhere from 150,000 to 360,000 daily page views.
Don’t feel intimidated by their stories. Remember, you don’t have to invent something new or even launch a website to have a successful micro business. All you need is to see a need and meet it. That can be as simple as caring for children or as complex as the micro businesses mentioned in the story.