Entrepreneurship is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular in the younger generation. I mean, think about it. When we were younger, it was taught that we needed to pick a career that had already been established, learn as much as we needed to get a job in that career, work for most of our life in that career path, and live the rest of our life on retirement, if we were lucky.
Well, if you were anything like me, you spent most of your adolescence in school, only to have zero idea of what you truly wanted to do after graduating. There were definitely appealing careers that sounded like a lot of fun, but they all led to working for someone else.
The idea that I could work for myself was never brought up in school. You had to win the lottery or invent something important and live off your fortune for the rest of your life to earn that kind of time freedom. When I was younger, the only people under 25 hanging out at the beach on a Wednesday afternoon were homeless people or kids that lived at home with mom and dad. Nowadays, you can create the life of your dreams at any age, given the right mindset and work ethic. If you are like me, and you want to teach your children about the importance of entrepreneurship, there are a few ways you can introduce the concept into their life.
Teach Them About Money Management
This sounds like an obvious one but it is the biggest one. Money management is key to building a personal empire, and the idea can be taught at any age. When they’re younger, start a piggy bank. There are a few electronic banks available that can help your child add up the money they have saved.
Take your children to the bank and help them open a bank account. Most young kids don’t have a concept on how money works or how hard it can be to come by. The more value you place on money management, the easier it will be for them to implement that into their life as they get older.
Teach Them About Responsibility
Again, I know this may be an obvious one. Responsibility is an essential characteristic for any entrepreneur. You need to be able to create your own schedule and be disciplined and responsible to tend to all of your tasks, which can be overwhelming for some. You can teach responsibility by making sure they are in charge of certain daily tasks. Having a weekly chore chart or daily tasks that they are in charge of doing can teach personal responsibility. The more responsible they become, the easier it will be to be their own boss when they are a young adult.
Nurture Their Skills And Talents
Noticed that your child has a special skill or talent? Support and help their skill set grow, if possible. For example, if your child has a real skill in art, invest in signing up your child in a few classes to enhance that skill. If you see that your child has a real genuine interest in something, do all you can to nurture that excitement and see where it takes them! You never know what a healthy extra push in the right direction will do.
Teach Them Business Basics
In order to run a successful business, one must know the basics. Don’t wait until your child takes business in college to start teaching a few simple skills. Money management, handling employees, and back office work are all small examples of what it takes to run a successful business. You can run through these business concepts with your child and give them pretend scenarios to problem solve. Allowing them to have an awareness of what they can expect in the future will help them prepare for those moments ahead of time.
As adults, we are connected to all types of industries. You may possibly know someone in the industry your child has a genuine interest in, so connect! Allow them to see what a day in the life of an entrepreneur is like by having them sit down with someone and have a conversation. If the person is comfortable, have your child shadow them for the day to see what life in the field is like.
Teaching philanthropy to your child is essential when it comes to learning the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. Most successful businesses have a portion of their earnings go to charitable causes, so giving back to the community financially and using a portion of your child’s earnings to do so will teach them that lesson.
For example, if your child starts a lemonade stand, have a certain percentage of their earnings go to a local charity or organization. It will teach them how to give back and budget with their earnings to do so. You can also teach them to give back by giving their time. Donating a portion of time to charitable causes is what philanthropy is all about and can be more important than how much you give financially. Whether it is helping build homes for those in need or donating time at your local soup kitchen, having your child give back to the community is easily the most rewarding lesson of them all.
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