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Old 10th December 2006, 03:43 PM   #1
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I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I would like to start some sort of online business that requires no capital to start. My two biggest interests are tennis and music, specifically bass. I've tried to think of ways to turn my interests into a profitable business, but I've come up blank. I'm not looking to make huge money and I understand that making a lot of money usually requires some sort of investment. I just want to make enough to buy some things I want. I would love to hear any suggestions you can offer.

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Old 10th December 2006, 05:10 PM   #2
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This is a great time for you to explore possible business opportunities while there is little risk.

I've heard of people making good money buying and selling through ebay. Since you have an interest in tennis and music, do you also have an interest in tennis and music equipment? It requires very little start up as it's up to you what items you start spending your money on. You won't need an office or any equipment beside your computer and internet access which it seems you already have. Just make sure you look into the different delivery costs and do your research on what people are willing to pay for an item.

There are loads of ways to make a little money without much or even any start up, not only through the internet. So use the time you have while you are young to explore them, find the ones that make a little money and the ones that make surprisingly more money than you originally thought, otherwise if you want to start a business later down the track when you have dependants like a wife and kids, it will become a completely different scenario.

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Old 12th January 2007, 07:44 AM   #3
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Wouldn't you say it would be better to work for a company until you have a little experience or some capital? It would be much easier than to pick a business.

It would just be a matter of months ...

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Old 12th January 2007, 10:45 AM   #4
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Old 12th January 2007, 11:59 AM   #5
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Wouldn't you say it would be better to work for a company until you have a little experience or some capital? It would be much easier than to pick a business.

It would just be a matter of months ...
WOW, sorry to say Cratima but I 100% disagree with your question to this 15 year old kid. I was asked / told the same question my entire life, now I am 25 and own a very successful website design company; I have never had a 'real' job my whole life.

Why does everyone encourage kids to get all this experience in the 'corporate world?' I agree that experience is great, but what better business experience then owning your own business? Who cares if you fail, if you don't fail it probably means you are not trying.

My advice to the person who posted this original response is follow your heart, keep doing what you are doing (getting advice), become aware of all your options, and follow your gut.

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Don't you think that it just might be a reason for everybody telling you this advice?

More than this, there are things you just can't learn without corporate knowledge.

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No I do not think this is the reason everyone WAS telling me you need corporate experience to start any business. Just because all the stock analysts told everyone to invest in Enron doesn't make it the right decision.

In fact I feel that corporations are going to find themselves competing with savvy entrepreneurs like myself & the 15 year in the future. Just because corporations do business one way does not make it the correct way.

How can you even say this: "there are things you just can't learn without corporate knowledge" I don't know how you run your business, but when I was a one man team I had to perform many of the same business activities as an entire corporation would (obviously on a small scale).

Cratima - I thought this business was to encourage & help people start their own business ideas, not to dis-courage them

My advice to the 15 year old is still to start your own business NOW, you are young and the mistakes you will make (due to the 'lack of corporate experience') will be worth the learning experience. Pave your own way in the world, don't step in the footsteps of others.

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Old 6th February 2007, 06:38 AM   #8
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Going back to the OP. There are plenty of things that you can do to earn a little, or a lot of cash on the internet with no investment other than your own hard work. Do some searches on information businesses. You could for example set up a site that specialises in Tennis stats or Bass line music scores and then use somethink like Adwords to bring in some cash. You will learn about marketing, and managing a small business which may be of help after high school. You may also use the skills later on in another business.

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WebBizIdeas - I agree with you. This is America. Freedom. Give it a shot. At least you have the opportunity in this country to fail. Don't be afraid.

Other than that, you can start your own biz on ebay selling ebooks. There are ebook lots you can purchase for under $10 and rsell them all day and night long.

Search for "resell rights" on ebay.

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Old 7th February 2007, 09:35 PM   #10
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Fodera you are young, you have a lot of time to experiment.
I will suggest you to start reading about Search Engine Optimization. It is more an approach in doing online business than Internet marketing tool.
You can also try CafePress.

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