Starting a Business Together

Starting a Business Together
Blog Writers - Thu Jun 14, 2012 @ 12:39PM
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For many years now, my siblings and I have always been looking for little business opportunities, that would potentially grow to bigger ones some day.  I think starting businesses is such a great thing to do with your siblings, and you'll get closer through it.  Some resources I like to use are as follows:

Lately we've been using an amazing book.  You can watch a commercial of the book by clicking here: Lemonade to Leadership - YouTube.  The book is by Bonnie Drew, and can be purchased through Excellence in Writing. I personally have found that book to be an incredible help when it comes to starting businesses, whether big or small.  It's recommended for those in grades 3–8, but I have found it works extremley well for just about any age. It engages kids in recognizing opportunities, record keeping, marketing, merchandising, and writing your very own business plan and implementing it!  If you and your siblings want to start a business, but aren't sure how, go through this book together and be inspired.

The second resource I highly recommend isn't really a resource at all.  It's a book, and a very good book indeed!  I picked it up at our library, and since that time (oh so many years ago) I've re-read it.  It never gets dull.  This book is a fantastic read-aloud, and you'll gain new ideas from it.  Sprinkled throughout it are real-life examples of the author's own business start-ups as a kid.  The book is titled Beyond The Lemonade Stand by Bill Rancic, and can be found online or at most libraries.

Finally, the last resource is not a book or curriculum.  Instead, it's a website, and it's packed with helpful information for starting your own business.  Some of the topics covered on the website include: creating your business dream, develop a business concept, and financing a small business.  All of this can be found by clicking here:  How To Start Your Own Business For Kids

So, to close, the basic steps in starting up a small business are:

1. Do some Research so you know the basics to starting your own business.  (Use one of the resources I've listed above.)

2.  Look for opportunity.  (Could your neighbour use help cutting lawns?  Offer to do it.  Maybe you have so many dogs in the neighbourhood...why not start a dog walking business?)

3. Discover your interests, talents, gifts, hobbies.  (Do you like to be around children?  Try babysitting.  Do you like baking?  Have bake sales.  The possibilities are endless!  As Teddy Roosevelt said, "Keep your eyes on the stars but your feet on the ground."  In other words, dream big and reach high, yet be practical, too.  Though a skydiving business might sound like fun, chances are if you have no plane and no property to do it, it's not very practical.) 

4. Involve and work with your siblings (always find ways they can help out and share the income).

4. Advertise (flyers, posters, business cards, etc.).

5. Save the income (set up a bank account).

As Ephesians 3:20 says, "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us!"  Have fun thinking up a business idea and doing it, and involve your siblings, too!

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1. Natalie  |  my website   |   Thu Jun 14, 2012 @ 01:47PM

COMMENT UNDER THIS POST!

What types of businesses have you started or are anticipating starting? Share with us below what business ideas you have or what ideas you've already begun working on. I look forward to reading them all. Feel free to check back on this post to see what comments are new under here.

2. Grace   |   Thu Jun 14, 2012 @ 01:52PM

Hi there!

I really liked this post! I think it's so important for us to spend time with our siblings, and you brought up the idea of starting businesses with them. I was ecstatic! I love to start businesses, and I have SO many ideas, except sometimes it's hard to know where to start.

Lately some of my ideas have been:

-Teaching seniors and others how to use computers
-Playing my instrument at conferences, weddings, events, homes, etc. (this would be a business/ministry)
-Writing books and selling them
-Dog walking

I am so thankful that you shared your favorite resources with us on this post. I have been using Lemonade to Leadership for about half a year or so now and I am loving it. It has such great projects, and I'm learning so much it's amazing. I never knew about that website you shared until now, so I'll have to check it out.

Getting our siblings involved in our home-based businesses is a great idea. I have been doing that in so many ways, yet sometimes I think I could involve them more. My brother sometimes helps me, as do my sisters. It's great to see us working together, and I think by doing this, we are building solid relationships, something the world would frown upon but Jesus would smile upon!

I can't wait to see what other people's ideas are.

3. Meagan   |   Tue Jun 26, 2012 @ 09:08PM

Yep, start a business! Come up with a good idea! Something you enjoy doing.