Entrepreneurs exist in every age group. We’ve all heard stories of people who are made redundant in middle age or retire later in life and then use their creative skills and experience to become successful entrepreneurs on some scale.
However, although teenagers have received a lot of bad press in some parts of the world, it is this age group alone that is perfectly poised to provide us with yet more stories of inspiring entrepreneurship in the near future. Today’s teenagers have grown up with technology in a way no other generation has before them. Surrounded by laptops, internet friendly gadgets and the internet itself, both at school and at home, they can use their innate knowledge of this technology to drive their ideas in the future.
Of course, not every teenager will be an entrepreneur – it takes far more than computer skills and an understanding of technology to succeed in this field. However, in a world where internet based businesses are developing at a rate of knots, today’s teens would do well to recognize the advantages that lie in treading their own path. It also pays to be protective of a future that has the potential to be so bright. We may be used to upgrading laptops on a regular basis, but if your laptop held your latest idea and you lost it, you could be losing more than just the machine itself. Make sure you are always covered – and that includes protecting your ideas as well as looking after your equipment.
Employment is not the only path
The traditional path of leaving school and walking into a full time job in a career that interests you is still the one predominantly pushed by most schools, colleges and universities. However, there are plenty of young entrepreneurs around today who provide living proof that there are other ways of doing things. Striking out alone and creating your own business wouldn’t be everyone’s choice, but there are still many markets to be developed online.
In this sense there are many opportunities that young people will see and be able to exploit in this field. Furthermore, the world’s most successful entrepreneurs have given us more and earned far more than they could have done in any other employed position. It says a lot about treading your own path if you have what it takes to do so, doesn’t it?
Of course there is a lot to be aware of if you are considering becoming an entrepreneur. It isn’t just about ideas. It is about discovering what you need to succeed and thrive. While many fledgling businesses can be run from home, you still need to ensure you have what you need. A laptop would be a good investment since it can go where you do, as opposed to working within the limitations of a laptop. This frees you up to be creative with your entrepreneurial spirit wherever you are. You also need to protect your ideas and your future though, which is why it pays to be protective of your equipment and get laptop insurance for it. If you are going to strike out on your own path you must be prepared to focus on everything you need to do. If you worked for a computer company they would likely provide you with the insurance you needed. However, if you start your own business you would be responsible for organizing this element.
Of course it isn’t as easy as walking out of school and into a successful career as an entrepreneur. A dedication to learn and work, some great ideas and the determination to see them through is all part of the mix. The willingness to fail and to learn along the route will also be essential elements to remember.
It is anyone’s guess who tomorrow’s entrepreneurs will be, and what they will do to advance the world we live in. However, it is good to remember today’s teenagers can have a significant role to play in entrepreneurialism if they have what it takes to contribute in this way. While older generations may find new technology challenging in some ways, teenagers take to it as if it had always been there. As we look to improve the world we live in and develop new technology for the future, there is no reason to suspect creative teenagers cannot be at the forefront of these efforts.
The more ways there are to provide support for these groups in society, the better the results could be for all of us.