It’s no secret that the world has become more entrepreneurial. Innovation, creativity and a can-do attitude are hallmarks of success. Think Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or better yet, the legions of mothers making their own way on their own terms.
So why not start young? Kids spend a lot of time towing the line, listening up, being taught, and being told what to do. They relish the thought of being allowed to do their own thing and make some decisions!
Entrepreneurship encourages children to think “outside the box,” create unique solutions and become leaders at an early age. The entrepreneurial mindset teaches kids to depend on themselves for their own success, and results in more self-confidence and opportunities in their lives.
Entrepreneurial skills also teach kids to:
- Set goals
- Spot opportunities to solve problems
- Understand that making mistakes is an important part of learning
- Become responsible with money
- Develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills
Introducing kids to entrepreneurship at a young age plants the seed that following their passion, via starting their own business or even freelancing are viable career options.
But you don’t need to become a business owner to benefit from developing entrepreneurial skills. Sales, communication, innovation, problem solving and leadership abilities are the pillars of entrepreneurship, but these skills will help propel an individual’s success in any career and in any economic environment.
Plus there’s the unmistakable benefit of helping to better prepare kids for an unpredictable future. After all, who knows what industries will be created, or obliterated, over the next 10 years.
Got a creative kid on your hands? KidPreneur programs for kids ages 7 – 15 start February 1st in Cloverdale, Langley, South Surrey/WhiteRock and Vancouver.
Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs is an exciting afterschool program designed to engage children ages 7-15 in entrepreneurial thinking and foster their natural, enterprising spirit. In our 16 week entrepreneurship programs, KidPreneurs learn vital business skills while starting their own micro-businesses in a fun and experiential way. The program concludes with a Market Day, where kids sell their products to the public. www.yelearninglabs.com
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).