Kids make some of the best entrepreneurs. Fresh ideas come naturally to them, they aren’t discouraged easily, and they’re more than capable of navigating the modern world. But where does that leave you? If you’re reading this, you’re probably a grownup.
Most entrepreneurial problems are solvable by a fresh perspective — namely, a younger one. It’s why we started Kidpreneurs.org; kids are natural geniuses, and it’s about time we unlocked their true potential. Regardless of how you’re stuck, looking back to your younger, more inspired self may help you to get out of that rut. These young entrepreneurs solved some of the most common entrepreneurial problems. What would your kid self do in these situations?
When that awesome idea just won’t come.
Some entrepreneurs know they’re destined for business ownership before a bright idea comes along. A case like this can be discouraging; without an awesome business concept, how can an entrepreneur succeed? Never fear—there is a solution, and it’s easier than you think. Next time you’re talking with friends or just hanging out at your local coffee shop, take note of the problems faced by those around you. If one person is facing an issue, hundreds (or thousands) of others are experiencing it as well. That means there’s a market for the solution!
If you haven’t heard of her already, 11-year-old Mikaila Ulmer is a pro at turning a problem into a product. After receiving a cherished recipe for honey-flaxseed lemonade in 2009, she was devastated to learn that honeybees were quickly becoming endangered. She set out to create a product that would both satisfy her entrepreneurial itch and help the bees . . . and came up with Me & the Bees Lemonade, sweetened with local, natural honey. Since establishment, Me & The Bees Lemonade has sold out at youth entrepreneurial events, restaurants, and Whole Foods stores region-wide. “Create a business that you see the that world is missing, solve a problem with it and do something you have a passion for,” Mikaila says. With a big problem comes a big, brilliant business solution.