“Make money, have fun, and become a better entrepreneur!”
-Acton Children's Business Fair participant
Unsure where to start? Our advice is to keep it simple.
- First, think about what you can make with your own hands that others might enjoy.
- Next, picture how you might sell it.
- Finally, imagine the feeling (and responsibility) of having a little extra spending money as a result.
Learn more about the 3 Magic Seeds for starting a business.
For more inspiration, check out photos from the 2016 Acton Children's Business Fair of Washington, DC, and the following resources:
Stories of Young Entrepreneurs
Looking for business ideas or just curious about other young entrepreneurs? Read these inspiring stories.
When sisters Anna, Leila, and Noor launched Balloon Zoom in the Fall of 2011, they wanted to create a company that was not only fun, but could also give back to the Washington, DC, community. In addition to running parties and corporate events, and crafting unique balloon decor for DC businesses and special events, Balloon Zoom has given hundreds of dollars to Janney Elementary School and Heifer International, purchased coats for Washington, DC, children in need, and donated its expertise to area nursing homes and community events.
Mikaila Ulmer is CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, a company she launched at the Acton Children's Business Fair in Austin, Texas, when she was 4. Ulmer, now 10, bottles and sells BeeSweet Lemonade at Whole Foods and other stores in Austin and donates a portion of profits to the protection of honeybees. Ulmer appeared on Shark Tank in March 2015.
Carter Kostler wanted his mom to be able to drink her fruit-infused water on the go. So at age 13, he designed a bottle that would allow her to do just that. Now 15, Carter sells his Define Bottles online and in small stores. Of being an entrepreneur, he says, "It is important to know from the beginning that there are a lot of highs and lows and there is no such thing as overnight success. It takes a lot of hard work and you have to be strong to keep moving forward.
Business Ideas for Kids
From making cat toys to designing websites, check out these 101+ Business Ideas for Kids by Kris Solie-Johnson.
Guide to Writing a Business Plan
From Biz Kid$, this worksheet helps young entrepreneurs think about marketing (from the name of their business to who they will sell to) and financials (including materials, pricing, and profit).