The Internet is where the jobs are
With summer fast approaching, many teenagers will be looking for ways to make extra money this summer. And like most people looking for jobs, it can get frustrating. In this era of double-digit unemployment, it is estimated that unemployment among teenagers and young adults can be as high as 26%. That is a monumental number and can be daunting, if not frustrating. So what is a teen to do? If you are a teenager or young adult who is industrious and wants to be successful, you might consider the option of starting a business and succeeding at it just in time for summer.
Building a web-based business
Building a web-based business is low-cost and offers virtually any would-be entrepreneur the opportunity to grow a business on-line on a shoestring budget. Where else can you find all the tools to build a paying business for less than four bucks a month? Consider many of the fast-growing fields within the Internet industry such as web design, social media consulting, graphics design. These necessities to start these popular business options are included with most website hosting accounts.
Website hosting provides the tools to start a business.
Most website hosting accounts come with free tools such as WordPress and Joomla, content management systems that make creating and maintaining a website easy. The Internet is the last bastion of the creative entrepreneur working with a budget based on what’s in the penny jar.
What kind of business do you want to start?
Where do ideas for a new business come from?
- Personal experiences such as hobbies, interests
- Work-related experiences
- Friends, family, teachers, coaches
- The Internet
- Library research
A pre-business check list
The final step before developing a plan is the pre-business checklist. You should answer these questions:
- What services or products will I sell? Where will I be located?
- What skills and experience do I bring to the business?
- What will I name my business?
- What equipment or supplies will I need?
- What insurance coverage will be needed?
- How much money, if any, will it cost to start my business? Will I need financing?
- What are my resources?
- How will I compensate myself?
Manage your business from start to finish.
Your plans will help you create a focused, well-researched business plan that will serve as a blueprint. The business plan will detail how the business will be operated, managed and financed.
A real life story
For privacy reasons, we will call her Sarah. Sarah is the daughter of a friend of mine and she recently graduated from a prestigious private University in Texas. Sarah is interested in social media marketing and wrote her resume to apply for various jobs in the Dallas area. After little response, Sarah decided to take charge of the situation, start her own website and begin to offer social media marketing through her own brand. Within a few weeks, she scored her first client. After the setup fee of $650 that she charged for setting up a Facebook fan page, a Twitter account and a blog, she charges the customer $650 a month to maintain these three social media networking tools for her new client. And because her client is well known in the Dallas area, she can expect to receive referrals from her client. At the very least, she has a very influential addition for her “references” page on her social media site. Sarah is taking full advantage of the GreenHostIt blog articles on using Twitter to market your business and Facebook marketing tips for business.
Website hosting plans packed with business tools
With a website hosting account from GreenHostIt.com, teenagers and young adults can have easy access to the tools needed to build a successful presence online.