High School Entrepreneurs

by Scott on September 19, 2011

in Business Advice,Getting Online

I’ve been reading a lot recently on the lack of entrepreneur education in high school.  Why aren’t we teaching the fundamentals of starting a business to these kids?  I know there are a few organizations that seem to be on the right track, but they are far from ubiquitous.

America is at a turning point, jobs wise.  So many jobs have been lost and many will never be replaced. Either through productivity gains or automation, companies are slowly killing off jobs that may have had huge promise only a few years ago.  By that same token, it was less than ten years ago that social-media-expert wasn’t even a job – or even a thing.

Starting a business can be a huge hurdle for a lot of people.  It seems scary and no matter where you turn, you seem to run into some government organization that wants another fee or another permit.  But truth be told, it’s not hard to do.  America is a society and culture designed to be supportive of small business owners.  Even if you fail, the results aren’t that bad.

I think we should put more effort into teaching the basics of starting a business to high school students.  Simple things like getting a business name, opening a bank account and simple bookkeeping are more than enough to get someone started.  As you grow, you can fill in the gaps as you go along.  And in a lot of cases, starting a business and running it day-to-day (even if only at night) can be significantly more valuable than any business course you’d ever take.

I’m not sure how this will manifest itself, but I see it as a huge growth area in the coming months and years.  Anyone out there interested in pursuing the idea with me?

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