A few weeks ago, I mentioned speaking at an upcoming career day at a middle school. Well, that happened last Friday and it went REALLY well!!! Yay!!!
Just a quick review – I was asked to cover these main points:
- My title.
- Length of time in my position.
- Training, education, or background needed for my job.
- Three important duties of my job.
- Whether or not I wear a uniform.
- Talk about equipment or tools needed for my job.
- What do I like most about what I do.
- What kind of benefits I get (like insurance, traveling, etc.).
- What’s one thing that I would like to change.
- A funny or unusual story about my job.
- What other job I could get with my training/experience.
I did cover everything that they asked for, but I ended up concentrating on a few main points that I think matter the most:
- Find your passion. You can make money with anything with some imagination and if you put in the work to be good at it.
- Your reputation matters! If you’re a slacker, that rep will follow you and mess up your future options.
- Care! “I don’t know” will get you no where.
I also made them this handout:
You Can Be Your Own Success Story!!!
Success Stories at Under 18
- Ashley Qualls – Created whateverlife.com when she was 14 years old. Made enough to buy her own house before she was 17 and turned down a $1.5 million offer to buy her site.
- Farrah Gray – Created his own specialty food company, Farr-Out Foods, when he was 13. Was a millionaire by 14. Started the Farrah Gray Foundation at age 15 and uses his own money to fund literacy programs and scholarships.
- Abbey Fleck – Invented the Makin’ Bacon Dish when she was just 8 years old! Sold 100,000 by the time she was 11.
- Richie Stachowski – Invented the under-water megaphone at age 11 and made more than $500,000 in the first year.
- Kelly Reinhart – Invented the Thigh Pack, a device that helps kids tote around their hand-held video games and electronics, at age 9. Had over $1 million in orders in her first year and even met with President George W. Bush since it was being considered for military use.
- Elise and Evan MacMillan – Started their farm-themed chocolate company when she was 10 and he was 13. Ended up selling their company just a couple of years later for an undisclosed, but large, amount.
- Leanna Archer – Started her own line of natural hair care products at age 9. Within 3 years, she had 3 employees and was making 6 figures per year (that is between $100,000 and $999,999 per year).
- John Magennis – Started his web design business at age 14. Was a millionaire by age 17 and he says it’s because of his passion for the business.
- Sarah Buckel – Invented magnetic locker decorations in 8th grade and netted $1 million her first year.
- Tyler Dikman – Had a lemonade stand at age 5. Was a magic performer for birthday parties at age 10. Then created cooltronics.com, a computer supply business, at age 15. Was a millionaire by age 17.
- Lemonade stand
- Pet sitting
- Baby sitting
- Dog walking
- Yard work
- Paper route
- Car Wash
- Selling crafts (jewelry, key chains, covers for electronics, book covers, art, etc.)
Feel free to email me, Crystal Stemberger, any time to ask questions about blogging or self-employment. Ask for permission first. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source for young entrepreneur list – http://www.businessmba.org/10-entrepreneurs-who-made-a-fortune-before-they-were-18
I ended up speaking to about 100 kids in 3 different classes. The majority seemed to at least enjoy the half hour, and then there were about a dozen that really got into it and a dozen that pretty much ignored me. I call that a success!
I made eye contact with as many kids as possible, got them involved with personal questions, and surprised them a few times with my general craziness. I had fun with them. I hope they felt the same.
Meeting Other Cool People
Other than speaking to the kids, I also got to hang out with the other speakers for their hosted breakfast and lunch. Before breakfast, I had a great time swapping stories with a couple of members of the local SWAT team, a cool cop, and then I started chatting with two engineers. One of them ended up being my friend’s dad! That was fun. He was really nice.
At lunch I started chatting more with my friend’s dad again, a sweet lady who had been growing a business with detection dogs for 35 years, and seemed to really get along with a very cool woman from NASA. I had a lot of fun hearing her take on the not-realistic parts of “Gravity”, the recent Sandra Bullock movie. She also seemed honestly intrigued by the world of blogs and blog advertising. I have her card and hope we get to chat again.
Overall, I had a ton of fun and will totally return next year if they ask me back.
Hope all of your Fridays were as fun! What have you been up to lately?