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.)
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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?
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!