Although it is difficult to classify someone as a true “teen entrepreneur,” there are a few ways to identify them. Even at a young age, some people possess the power of thought and action. Whether it is simply running a lemonade stand at age ten or creating a multi-million dollar company at age sixteen, there are young entrepreneurs around every corner.
What’s amazing about being classified as an entrepreneur is that there are no real requirements. Having access to certain resources and support is very helpful, but by no means does lacking in any one of these departments affect your chances of success. The one thing that is essential is faith in yourself. If you do not believe you can succeed, why would anyone else?
One example of a successful teen entrepreneur is Tyler Dikman. At the age of five years old, he began his journey making $22 an hour working a lemonade stand. At the age of ten, he was working birthday parties as a magician, making $74 an hour. By the age of fifteen, Dikman started a company for computer supplies known as CoolTronics.com. This website blew up as a helpful resource for anyone who needed guidance navigating their computer. At seventeen years old, he was making $1 million in profit.
Another success story comes from a sixteen year old named Jon Koon. Koon purchased wholesale car parts and worked with local mechanics to help make the cars look new with high-end accessories and finishes. Though he used his own money for the beat-up, wholesale parts, the value finished cars were drastically higher, making him a millionaire in a short amount of time.
Although these are two very amazing stories, it is common knowledge that not everyone has access to these types of resources. Some people are lucky enough to have contacts in their field of interest or have money to create a startup company on their own, but that is not the reality for many people wishing to pursue their dreams. Luckily, for those who do not have access to these resources, organizations have been created to help children and teens access information, helping them thrive. The truth of the matter is that knowledge is power. If you put in hard work and energy, it will pay off in the end.
One major organization that has helped get youth involved in pursuing a career in technology is known as Girls Who Code. The gender gap in technology and engineering has been getting worse since the 1980s. Women who made up 37% of computer science graduates have now been reduced down to 18%. Girls Who Code has taken the school system by storm educating more girls year after year about coding and getting them excited about entering this vast realm of possibilities. It offers opportunities to explore coding as well as teaching young girls how to work and collaborate with others. This also gives them the opportunities to move on and work with major companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Pixar, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Warner Brothers, to name a few. These young girls are taking initiative, going after their dreams, and obtaining stable jobs while doing it.
This goes to show that you do not always need money to be successful and explore new outlets of expression. Although there is no real definition for a “teen entrepreneur,” I think it is safe to say that anyone can be an entrepreneur as long as they set their mind to it.
My name is Payton DiNardo. I am seventeen years old and a senior year at Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, CA. I am an active member in Leadership, Choir, and Yearbook. Last semester, I learned about an amazing internship opportunity from a teacher at my school. I took a chance and applied, and I was fortunate to be selected where I joined the team at Edlio as an intern. I have already grown so much working here and know that as time continues to go by I will learn more skills to help me obtain my future goals. After high school, I plan on attending NYU and working on music production. I have always been interested in music, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.