When I was 17 I called my state and asked if I was too young to get a business license. They said I was old enough, I got my first business license for “Hungry Dinosaur Creations” and started making some extra cash.
Another successful entrepreneur trait? You bet. We often start young.
In fact, at 6, I was the one selling baseball cards and candy to my older siblings for a profit. (I also did some non-profit work lending out my books like a library.)
When did you start your entrepreneurial journey?
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When I went to school in Ardmore, Alabama, it was a new experience for me. I was in the deep south at a K-12 school.
One of my classmates was Brad. He was 16 years old, but was in my 6th grade class. His plan was to flunk each grade twice so he could drop out and work with his dad.
You could drop out at age 16, but the only catch was you had to complete 6th grade. After flunking any grade twice, you were automatically passed to the next grade. Brad was my classmate in 5th grade and 6th grade.
I was a straight-A student, and I began letting Brad copy my homework for $1 a page. He’d just copy my answers down first thing each morning and his grades started to go up. 🙂
After that, I began to engage in more legitimate ways of making money.
LOL. I was waiting to hear Brad was now the CEO of Catepillar or something astonishing. It’d be interesting to know what happened to him.
I remember telling my 7th grade teacher I didn’t need to go to school anymore because I already knew how to read. She just laughed… but I still think it true.
I got my first round of jobs by being a consultant and solving some problems for them first. I should have paid attention then that being a consultant and solving problems was way more fun than having a “real job”!
My first DBA and first business loan (from family) came together when I was about 17-18. I bought a laptop and did something with it to earn the money to pay off that loan (I can’t remember what… ;). All the successful stuff has been tech, writing, and consulting related since. (We’ll ignore the MLM mishaps…)
The MLM mishaps! I was lucky that my fascination with MLMs came at about 13-14 when I didn’t have any money to sign up.
Sounds like we both got our first DBA at the same age, cheers!