Biz4Teens was founded to fulfill an ambition: help teenagers get a first experience at creating and running a small business on their own.
This ambition is grounded in two beliefs. First, that it is good for teenagers to acquire business skills as early as possible, so they can maximize their future prospects. Second, that teenagers learn better when they put in practice what they are learning.
We offer teenagers an opportunity to follow a step-by-step approach to execute a small business idea. This lets them progress at their pace, and we help them by providing exactly what they need to build. As they progress on their project, they acquire business skills when they need them. Because they put these in practice immediately, there is a higher chance that these will stick.
As a result, teenagers will grow in self-confidence and will learn a complete new set of skills, they will be able to call upon for the rest of their life.
Executing any of our simple business idea will teach your teenager these 7 skills:
1) he or she can create something out of nothing
It is about leveraging a passion or a talent and turning it into something, product or service, somebody will need to solve a problem he or she has.
2) he or she will acquire basic computer skills, including website development and social media
School will teach them word, excel and powerpoint for sure, but we will teach them how to build a website and leverage social media to create the right buzz and connect with potential clients.
3) he or she will practice how to sell an idea, a product or a service
It starts by understanding clients problem and then explaining how much easier their life will become once they start using your product or service.
4) he or she will learn to deal with rejection and build additional strength to get out of their comfort zone and pitch again
It is not easy to be told “no”. Understanding why it did not work, what was wrong in how they approach people, and changing it, so that the next pitch can be successful. And try again.
5) he or she will develop a customer base
Acquiring new clients is a must for any business to strive. Understanding how to retain them is the next thing. Excellent client service matters. Developing new products to answer other needs of existing clients also helps.
6) he or she will grow that customer base
The power of referrals and the snowball effect it can have should be leveraged from the start. Happy clients are priceless as they will bring new clients.
7) he or she does not have to do everything alone
You always have to acknowledge your limits. Learning to pass a much-too-complex task to someone who does it better is key, even if it means you have to pay them money.
Help your teenagers develop those new skills by starting their own small activity.
Join us and let’s build enterprising teenagers together!