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3 Things Kids Should Know About Starting a Business

So you’re a kid and you want to sell some stuff.

Excellent.

Let’s get to work.


I started my first business when I was four years old.

Alright, so it wasn’t super legit - but I put a lot of work into it!



girl in Brownie uniform in front of a tree
Here I am, clearly ready for all business ventures

I used pastels and drew flowers on paper and envelopes and sold them for literal pennies to everyone I knew. I was a pretty savvy four year old too. I made matching sets, I figured out who my target market was (Grandmas. Okay, MY Grandma, but still) and cut some paper in half to offer my customers size options!


When I was about 10, I started making friendship bracelets and sold those to my girl scout and swim team friends. I had an assembly line up on my bed frame - about 12 different bracelets in progress, and I’d work on a row or two on each and then move on to the next (even then, I was figuring out how to use my ADHD as a super power! Hah!)


I always, always planned on being in business for myself one day. I just had no idea exactly what shape it would take. About ten years ago I started selling the earrings I crocheted, and it played out exactly like the stationary and friendship bracelets did -- just on a slightly larger scale. I made stuff I loved, sold to everyone I knew, and then stopped when I either ran out of customers in my immediate circle, or didn’t quite know what to do with it next.


Luckily, I never completely gave up on those earrings. I kept making them, and kept refining other skills, such as product photography, networking, website design, and understanding the psychology of sales. TEN YEARS LATER, I am able to look backwards and think about what I wish I’d known and understood when I first launched Royaboya Handmade.


So, my fine-feathered ambitious friend, here are the 3 things I wish I’d known when I was your age.


One. Keep Going.