The Young Entrepreneur
Do you dream of owning a business, have a passion for change and desire to succeed? Pursuing business knowledge while you’re young is an important factor in future success. The following resources are designed specifically for young people who are interested in following their entrepreneurial dreams.
Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Building T4, Room 4162
Brooklyn New York 11235.Phone: (718) 368-6790.
Consulting services for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs in NYC, including technical assistance and advice on growing a business. Visit website to learn about their products and services, some of which are free. Services provided by an experienced business analyst and planner. Call number for a free consultation.
My Own Biz
New York State Small Business Development Center
163 William Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10038 Phone: 212.618.6655, Fax: 212.618.6669 / Provides management and technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Offers free, one-on-one counseling, which focuses on the development of business plans and locating appropriate sources of funding.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Provides tips on starting a teen business, covering topics such as how to raise money and handle sales and marketing, as well as other business basics. Also provides teen entrepreneurial success stories.
SUMMARY A comprehensive look at the basic financial and management aspects of money-making businesses for children.
The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business
Q: What are some ideas for my own business?
A: Some businesses that young people can start are:
Neighborhood Ventures - Outside Work
- Car washing and cleaning
- Delivery or errand service
- Garage cleaning
- Garage sale service
- Grocery shopping
- Home improvement
- Laundromat pick-up/delivery
- Painting houses/fences
- Pool cleaning/maintenance
- Snow shoveling
- Home bakery service
- House cleaning/window washing
- Laundry/ironing service
- Organizing and running special events
- Serving food, cleaning up, catering
Special Trusted Services
- House sitting, mail pick-up
- Pet sitting, plant watering
Ventures Using Special Skills or Training
- Bicycle repair
- DJ or live music service
- Handicraft/jewelry making
- Designing and selling clothes
- Tutoring in math, reading or other subjects
Ventures with Your Computer
- Brochure/flyer design service
- Computer consultant/instructor
- Computer typing service
- Greeting cards (design/sell)
- Neighborhood/block newsletter
- Neighborhood directory of services
Tips to Become Known
- Advertise in school newspaper
- Door-to-door flyer distribution
- Post notices on bulletin boards in stores, houses, libraries and throughout community centers
- Tell everyone you know and tell them to pass it on