My son, as regular readers may remember, wants to become a businessman. I have told him that it is never too soon to start. Developing or enhancing entrepreneurial skills is something that can be done early. Why work at a McJob if you can do something on your own? McJobs are very useful to help individuals develop responsibility, to show up on time for work, and to learn to interact with fellow employees and bosses. But so is having your own little business. Even teenagers can start up a little enterprise and learn how to provide a good or service. The struggle to become successful can be rewarding, but humbling as well. It is never as easy as some people might think.
A friend of my son's, about the same age, has been running a profitable little car washing business in the hamlet where he lives. My son has helped him wash cars there, and thinks that he can run a similar business in the area into which we will be moving shortly. I suggested to him that he should do two things: First, offer to work at a professional car detailing shop for a day or two for free, in return for some training in how to wash a car correctly. Amazingly, he agreed to do this. Secondly, I suggested he do some interesting advertising. I co-owned a little advertising company (and wrote all the copy) back in the 1970's, so I offered to write him some copy for a flyer. Would you let my son wash your car, based on this ad?