There are many benefits to starting a micro business as a teenager including:
- You know more about somethings than some adults (like Algebra II and social networking)
- You usually have more energy
- You can charge less than adults
But can your age be a hindrance to getting respect? Some young entrepreneurs say that being young can be a problem:
From the Wall Street Journal article Baby Face a Challenge for Entrepreneurs by SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN comes this story:
When Ray Land launched Fabulous Coach Co., a Brandford, Fla., transportation business in 2004, the then shaggy-haired teen struggled to recruit drivers—and eventually gave in and trimmed his hair.
“They didn’t say it was because of my age, but that’s what I’ve always thought,” says Mr. Land, who is now 23 years old. “I keep a very professional look and try to be cautious in how I talk to people. I don’t use the word ‘yo.’ “
The take-away from this entrepreneur:
- dress nicely
- look professional
- use professional language, especially in emails. Avoid text message speak when you want to sound professional.
In other words, use your age as an asset, but don’t let it get in the way of making a sale or serving a customer!
Carol Topp, CPA