For all of the young entrepreneurs and aspiring child entrepreneurs out there, I would like to encourage you to continue to follow your passion and don’t think that being a business owner is “just for grown-ups.” When I was a kid, I would continuously find creative ways to build my money stash and my daughter seems to be following right in my footsteps.
My 5 year old entrepreneur, ‘Ailani, started her own business several weeks ago. She had mentioned to me over a year ago that she wanted to make her own candy bouquets and sell them so she’d have extra money to do her own holiday shopping. The idea came when she saw a candy bouquet at our local grocery store and instantly fell in love with the idea, but knew she could make the same thing “but better.” (Definitely my daughter. Haha.)
I didn’t act on her idea immediately because. . .well I have a long list of excuses here but the point is, we finally got around to it earlier this month. She made a sample for her little sister’s Fall-themed birthday celebration, made a few changes, and was ready to go. Of course, this wasn’t as quick and easy as I just made it seem.
First, I sat down with her and made out a business plan. If you’ve ever written a detailed business plan you know how much fun this can be. (Sarcasm) We worked together to come up with a business name, a logo, etc. Then we had tons of research to do, materials to buy, just lots of little behind-the-scenes details to take care of. She got to see firsthand how much work really goes into starting and running your own business. It was a really great learning experience and also a great mother-daughter bonding opportunity.
We finally have most of the details ironed out and she has sold 2 baskets so far since actually getting started about 2 weeks ago (it was for my Dad but it counts right?) We’re still in test drive mode and unfortunately I can’t reveal her business name and logo yet till we get everything finalized and handle all of the business to really make it our own. I will be sure to update this post once we get all of that worked out. 🙂
‘Ailani is now in the process of creating and preparing to market her Thanksgiving and Christmas/Holiday baskets. I will let you guys know how that goes. Stay tuned!
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