Category: Money

How to Make Money as a Teenager!

So your allowance (if you get one) is not enough and you want to make more money. Don’t we all?

While some of you can’t work yet until you hit a certain age, there are still other ways to get some extra cash. Read my wonderful list to see what kinds of jobs you can easily do!

First, a few tips:

Tip 1: Do Your Research

Doing your research is important. Nowadays, anything and everything you need more information on can be found on the Internet. Look for sites that will let you work from home or find local places that can be easily traveled to. Try to find something you can do over the weekend – as long as it doesn’t interfere with school. Be careful when looking on sites like Craigslist, though you may find something you’re interested in doing, make sure to share this information with your parents. Your safety is important, and Craigslist is full of weirdos. Better to try a site like WAHM.com, which features a lot of work at home jobs, such as blogging.

Tip 2: Keep your options open

You don’t necessarily need to stick to having only one job. You can babysit on the weekends and tutor during the day. Keep your options open and don’t be too picky either. No one said making money would be easy and sometimes you just have to sacrifice hanging out with your friends to do some chores around the house that your parents are paying you for.

Tip 3: Don’t be a quitter

So you don’t like mowing the lawn…it’s really up to you whether you want to continue doing it, but remember what you’re doing it for. If you’re really trying to save up, then you know what you need to do…don’t quit. Sure, if you really want to switch things around you can, but don’t drop something only because you’re too lazy to do it. Working hard earns great rewards – in this case you’d be earning money, which is exactly what you’re here to get.

Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty: below are some things you can do to earn money as a teen!


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Any type of “Sitting”

What I mean by that is housesitting, babysitting, dogsitting, plant sitting and whatever else type of “sitting” or “watching over.” Trust me, I’m sure you have relatives or neighbors who need you to keep an eye on their house, water their plants and babysit their kids while they are out for the weekend. This is a great and easy way to earn cash!

Sell stuff online – Ebay, Amazon, Poshmark

Selling stuff online is a great way to make some extra cash. On top of that, it helps de-clutter by cleaning out your closet! Sell things you don’t need anymore. Use sites like Ebay, Amazon or Poshmark to post your items. Take clear photos of your things, write a description for your item (use some great adjectives to describe it – entice your buyers), do some research of how much your item is selling for from other sellers, and then choose your shipping methods.

Garage sales

If you don’t have the time to sell things online, a great alternative is by having a garage sale. Start gathering your things, make and post flyers around your area (careful — some places forbid this) and on Craigslist. Timing is really important! People usually go to garage sales early in the morning to get the good stuff. You know what they say, “The early bird catches the worm.” Don’t forget to also have a lot of change since people tend to pay with small bills and quarters.

Blogging

You don’t have to be a “professional” writer to blog. You can write about almost anything and there will be sites out there where you can post and gain visibility. Do your research on sites that will pay you for your creativity and thoughts. One article I’d like to share is called  “20 Sites To Get Paid For Writing and Blogging.” Check it out!

Tutor/Lessons

Do you have a specific skill that you’d enjoy teaching? If so, tutoring might be for you! Whether its teaching your neighbor’s kid how to do algebra or teaching them how to play an instrument, you can easily make some money.

Background actor

Have you ever wanted to be on a TV show? Well it’s possible. You might not get to talk to the actors but you can definitely get paid to be on set as an Extra. Extras are those people in the background to help create the atmosphere or environment for the show or a particular scene. You can research places that hire background extras. You don’t need experience. If you have different skills and talents, they’ll definitely want to know that! It can be anything from juggling, riding a bike, gymnastics, playing the guitar and the list goes on. Who knows, you might become a featured extra meaning you’ll get paid a bit more than the standard rate. If you live in the Los Angeles area, try out Elite Kids Management, Kids Management or Central Casting depending on your age. You will need a parent or guardian’s permission of course.

Chores

Yes, I said it…CHORES! Simple enough right? Ask your parents and relatives if they need anything done around the house. You can wash dishes, vacuum the house, walk your neighbor’s dogs, do the laundry, throw out the trash, clean the gutters, wash the car, or teach your grandparents how to use social networking platforms like Facebook. Mowing the lawn is also an easy job to get because a lot of people own houses and believe it or not, some would rather pay people to mow their lawn instead of them doing it themselves. Take advantage of that and start asking friends, family and your neighbors!


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Kristen_MarquezBy Kristen Marquez.

Kristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

How To Look Fabulous for Prom and Have a Great Time Without Spending a Fortune

Prom is just around the corner and it will be one of the most memorable and fun nights as a high school student. We get it, some of you want to wear the perfect dress (and the perfect guy)! A gown, shoes, a makeup artist, a hair dresser and a limo can definitely burn your wallet. You also want to continue the fun afterwards, even if its just to get something to eat.

All of this can add up money-wise! But don’t fret; I have some helpful tips for how to look fabulous and have fun without breaking the bank!

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Go shopping as early as possible

Dress shopping early and on off-season months will help reduce stress and anxiety compared to if you waited last minute to shop around. Don’t wait until a month before the big night to find your dress because you might not find your size or, even worse, you might end up with the same dress as another last-minute shopper.

You don’t need to shop at expensive stores like Jovani or Mia Bella Couture to find the perfect dress. You can still look like a million bucks by shopping at department stores like Macy’s or other dress stores like Windsor. Check sale item items and find coupons to use. Macy’s has great discounts and usually a 20% off coupon to go on top of it. Don’t forget to try stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Max as well.

Some California girls like to shop at Santee Alley, the famous open-air market in Downtown Los Angeles. If you decide to go that route, make sure you go months before and go on a weekday. It gets extremely packed on Saturdays and you will find yourself in crowds of girls fighting for the same dress. The great thing about getting a dress there is that you can haggle prices – if you pay cash, they might be more willing to accept your offer. If you find your dress in Santee Alley, make sure you LOVE it because most stores have a no return policy! You can probably snag some great inexpensive heels here too, but don’t expect them to last a long time.

L.A. guys can also find affordable tuxedos at Santee Alley, as well as department stores. Head over to your nearest JCPenny, Macy’s, or Sears. If you don’t want to purchase a tuxedo, there’s always the option of renting one. Another alternative is either borrowing one from someone you know that shares your measurements or you can head over to thrift stores such as Good Will. Who knows, you might find great brands hiding in those racks.

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Watch Prom Make Up/Hair Tutorials

Getting your makeup done can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You can learn how to do your own prom makeup by watching YouTube tutorials. It takes practice to create the perfect look, so start practicing early. YouTube Beauty Vloggers such as Michelle Phan and Kandee Johnson have many easy makeup tutorials that will help you achieve the look you’re going for.

Another thing you can do is head over to make up stores such as Benefit, MakeUp Forever, Mac, Sephora etc.. and ask for offers that they’re doing. Most of the time you can make a purchase for a certain amount and get your makeup done for free. This way you will get your makeup done by a professional for free by stocking up on products that you were going to buy anyway.

For hair, you can also look up YouTube tutorials of hairstyles you can recreate. Hairstyle vloggers such as Lilith Moon have easy to follow tutorials whether you have short, medium or long hair. There’s also step by step tutorials on Pinterest. If you really want to go to a salon to get your hair done, try looking on sites such as Groupon to find salon deals. Also, going to a local cosmetology school could save money as well since it will be a lot cheaper than going to an actual salon. Manicures and pedicures are also great finds on Groupon!

One line of products you might want to check out to look and smell your best is GLOW for a cause. The company creates a variety of beauty products using natural, high quality ingredients rather than the synthetic glop found in most cosmetics. The products are reasonably priced, smell great, and support charities. Glow for a cause donates to one of the following causes with every purchase you make:

  • Cowgirls vs. Cancer
  • Boston Firefighter’s Burn Foundation
  • The Red Sox Foundation
  • MaxFund Animal Adoption Center
  • The Gathering Place
  • Berni’s Journey

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Share Costs (limo, Uber, dinner, prom pics)

Sharing costs with your prom date and friends is a great way to save money.

First, consider reducing ride costs. Have your parents drop you off or take an Uber (TRY CODE: UBERFREEFORYOU for a free ride if its your first time). For those who really want to make an entrance and drive in style riding in a limo, share the cost between a group of friends.

For prom photos, split the expense with your date. Or, skip the formal shots which can be pricey. You live in an age where you have the technology and high resolution on your electronic devices, so you can even take your own photos and selfies to record your memories.

Post-prom, most students like to head to places to eat dinner and hang out after hours. You and your friends can share desserts and have pancakes at inexpensive 24 hour diners such as Denny’s, Norm’s, Bob’s Big Boy etc.power bank

And, since you are going to be taking a lot of selfies and videos, you need some backup power. Nothing worse than running out of juice when the night is still young (and with no way of letting your parents know you are safe).

To solve this, carry along a Cheero Power Plus portable battery, DANBOARD version. Available in seven flower inspired colors and with an adorable face, Cheero is ready to charge Apple and Android phones and tablets. The 10050mAh battery is equipped with an AUTO-IC function, allowing the external battery to automatically recognize if a device is connected. The external battery optimizes the supplied power best suited for each device. Complete with two port outputs, there’s even room to charge more than one device at a time.

Its rated to charge an iPhone up to 3.5 times. We tested it with a Samsung Galaxy S6 and got two full charges plus a little extra. So this is plenty of juice to bring with you to prom — should last the whole night! And, its pretty small!

Available at select Nordstrom and at Amazon Prime for $39.99 at Amazon.com.

Enjoy Prom night knowing that you didn’t break your wallet!

p.s. Stay safe…check out this article about the X-Plan and talk to your parents or guardians about it.


Kristen_MarquezThis post was a collaboration between Kristen Marquez and Willie Pena (Editor in Chief)

Kristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

7 Steps for How to Save a Lot of Money and Not Spend it on Useless Things

Wondering how to save a lot of money? Are you’re a big spender, with too many things that you bought for almost no good reason?

You’re not alone!

It’s normal for an average teen to spend a lot compared with what they make. It’s not bad to want things, but it is bad to buy things “just to have it” and with no purpose.

The good news is that you CAN control your spending habits. Follow these steps below for how to save a lot of money not spend it on useless things!

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Step 1. Put money aside FIRST

Putting money aside sounds pretty easy and it can be if you know how to let go and pretend it’s not there. When I say “put money aside,” I don’t mean to use for later. Keep it in a safe place and let it grow! Put away a dollar a day or 10-20% or more of your earnings somewhere safe in your home or in a savings account. It’s never too late to start saving! The earlier the better, and you won’t regret it.

One trick for how to save a lot of money is to “pay yourself first,” which means that before you spend money on anything else, make sure you put money aside or in your savings first.

Step 2. Set goals

Set reasonable goals for yourself on how much money you want to save. If you need a laptop for school, save money and set a goal to reach the amount you need to have. With that said, I’m sure you’ll still want to spend — but think carefully about what you want to spend your money on.

The worst thing is walking into a store and automatically thinking you need everything you lay your eyes on. Make sure you purchase something that’s worth having! If it’s just a phone case you want but yours is still in perfect condition, you’re fine without another one – resist and use discipline. You can do it!

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Step 3. Be realistic!

Be realistic about your goals and what you want to buy. You see a beautiful pair of shoes and you want them so badly! Do you need those shoes so much that you’ll die for them? If your answer is yes, then you’re going to need to change your mindset, because nothing in any store is worth having that much.

Remind yourself of all the times you bought the little things you just had to have – a new shirt, electronics, an expensive meal, a collector’s toy and the list goes on….those little things all add up!. Be realistic as to whether they were worth it in the long run. Probably NOT.

Step 4. Track your expenses

The next step for how to save a lot of money is to track your expenses. When you’re young, you don’t care about saving. I get it. You want the best and only the best, regardless if you can really afford it. One way to curb your temptations is to track your expenses.

Keep track of what you buy either on paper, a spreadsheet, or on a budgeting app. You might think you’re not spending a lot but wait until you see the big picture. If your parents give you an allowance, show them you know how to save and maybe they’ll give you a credit card. Maybe, maybe not.

Step 5. Ask yourself these 3 basic questions

  • Why do I want this? If it’s something reasonable like you need a sweater for the cold weather, then sure, get it.
  • How often will I use it? A sweater can be used all year round, so still a reasonable purchase.
  • Can I live without it? If you have a lot of sweaters already then maybe you can live without it. But if you need a good sweater and it’s affordable then yes, get it.

Be smart about it. Have more reasonable answers than just “it’s cute” and “it’s in.”

Step 6. Learn to appreciate what you already have

Nowadays, it’s easy to become materialistic with everyone wanting the latest trends or hottest gadgets. We always want the best of things in life and that’s fine. But as soon as you grasp the concept that you ALREADY have great things, especially when compared with teens elsewhere in the world, you will learn to appreciate your current possessions more rather than be obsessed with every new thing.

If you can discipline yourself to live without upgrading your iPhone, buying the similar shirt you already own just in a different color, or eating at the Cheesecake Factory every Friday night, then you’ll live happily with what you currently already have.

Now, I’m not saying avoid buying things you absolutely need like a new toothbrush, or shampoo and body wash! This step in how to save a lot of money requires that you distinguish your needs and wants.

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Step 7. Last but not least, train your brain to wait

Train your brain to wait when buying. When we shop around, we make impulse purchases. Stores are designed to make us buy junk. It’s not fair; they really know what they are doing!

If you walk by something you want, remember to ask yourself the 3 basic questions from Step 5 above and also see how long you can go without it. Try to force yourself to walk out of the store, even if you know you are going to buy it no matter what. After a while you might realize that you don’t want what you thought you needed so badly.

Keep it up, and soon you’ll be sitting on some fat stacks or a nice balance on your bank statement thanks to your improved spending habits!


Kristen_MarquezKristen Marquez graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

How Teens Can Save Money on Sales, Deals and Clearance Items

So you want to find the best deals and get more from your hard-earned cash? Who doesn’t, right? Well, you’ve come to the right place for some quick and easy tips on how to save money the next time you go shopping.

First, we’ll start with the most important thing to understand: if you figure out when sales are happening and wait for the right time to buy, you can stretch your purchasing dollars by a huge factor. You can even make it a game to try to get the same item your friends rushed to buy the first day it came out for a whole lot less.

Read this step-by-step guide on how to shop for sale items in only 5 Steps!

Step 1. Do your RESEARCH!

Shopping for sale items requires some work unless you just happen to walk into a store with luck and find all these remarkable deals. Depending what kind of stuff you’re looking for, the best bet is to check store websites and use store apps to find the best sales. Many stores will post their weekly ads and flyers right online, so you don’t have to depend on newspaper inserts to find your deals.

I am a lover of the Flipp app.  You can do searches on what you’re looking for and circle them directly on your mobile device. You can compare prices and it will compile a list of everything you circled in any ad. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to find deals on groceries!

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Step 2. Find out their mark down schedule

Every retailer has a markdown policy, even if it’s not revealed to the public. For example, Target fans have identified an unofficial mark down schedule which seems to hold true for a lot of stores, including specific days where certain types of items go on sale. Things will be on clearance for about a week or two and most of the time the price will go down again, and the clearance sticker seems to hold clues as to whether the price will drop again or not.

Macy’s works in a similar way. It’ll start off with 25% off and then 50% off. The best thing to do for the best deals at Macy’s is to wait until their One Day Sale, which happens every month. If you absolutely can’t wait to purchase something at your local Macy’s, find out if they do price adjustments or accept competitor’s coupons.

Be careful when researching markdown policies, as some vary from store to store within the same brand, and there is inaccurate data on the Internet about some of them.

Step 3.  USE COUPONS!

I don’t know why some people are ashamed to use coupons – ­they are your best friends when looking for the best deals! Of course, read the exclusions and use them wisely.

I’ve found coupon apps to be very useful, including RetailMeNot, SnipSnap, Groupon, Cartwheel (which is a Target Coupon app) and others.

Here is another trick regarding coupons: many stores will MATCH competitor coupons and special deals. They have got to be the same type of store — think Walmart and Target and Sears for instance, rather than some obscure website — but some will even price match Amazon prices…insane!

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Step 4. Subscribe to Retailers’ Newsletters

Subscribing to retailer newsletters or “special offer” emails can save you lots of money with exclusive deals as well. Often, you will receive a coupon or code that won’t appear anywhere else this way.

These emails can get kind of out of hand, so I would recommend creating a separate email account for these kinds of things so they don’t clutter your inbox with tons of spam.

If you don’t feel like going through all the steps to create a new email address, you can always use Mailinator.com.

Step 5. Be REALISTIC and PATIENT.

This is the most important step of them all. Be realistic about what you buy and whether you need it or not. Teens buy a lot of stuff we really don’t need, so to save your money is a better choice most the time.

However, if you are going to buy, be patient and do so when items go on clearance or by using the tools above. It is understandable to feel like you have to buy something for fear of it being gone if you wait any longer (FOMO), but learn to play the sales game wisely. You’ll end up saving more and being happier at the end!

If you follow all the tips above and REALLY do your research, you’ll find what you’re looking for — with the best possible price tag on it.

Now that’s a sweet deal!

A few other things to try:

  • Install the Ebates browser extensions, which helps you get cash back on online purchases.
  • Use Honey browser extension to find the lowest price on Amazon and automatically apply coupon codes at checkout at many online retailer.

Kristen_MarquezKristen Marquez  graduated with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts from California State, University Northridge with an emphasis in Television Production. She is a social media coordinator by day and a content creator by night. With her great imagination, she knows she will create the next big thing whether it’s a script, a product or a simple idea that will fill people’s hearts with joy and entertainment. She blogs for a hobby and loves spending time with her golden retriever Lily.

Instagram: @lexikris
Twitter: @krisiza10

Teen Business Ideas? Entrepreneurship Tips for Teens With Board Blazers Inventor

Have some great teen business ideas?

Wondering what’s it take to create a business and have it start making money right away?

Board Blazers teen business ideasThis is the dream of many an entrepreneur, and while there is not one single right answer — since people’s tastes and needs change all the time — you can learn a lot by asking those who have done it in the past.

For teens interested in starting their owns businesses and think they have great teen business ideas, Greg Rudolph, creator of Board Blazers, is one of those people you might want to pay attention to — because his product is not only cool, but sales have taken off like wildfire very quickly. Fortunately for you, we had the chance to talk with Greg via phone recently, and we present his interview below with some teen business ideas.

Before we get to it, let’s talk about the product itself. The concept is simple: Board Blazers are brightly-colored LED lights which attach to the bottom of skateboards, longboards, your cat (just kidding) etc. with a super-strong adhesive to illuminate the ground while you skate around. They not only look cool, but they increase visibility and safety at night.

They sell for around 20-25 bucks for a set of four on the BoardBlazers.com site or Amazon.

Greg Rudolph Board Blazers teen business ideasThis is Greg Rudolph.

First of all, congratulations of your success. I saw you through Entrepreneur Magazine and thought you had a great product, kind of reminds me of those neon lights you see under some sports cars and I thought it was really cool that someone had thought of that for skateboards…and they are affordable. Tell me what inspired you to create it? 

Sure. Well, I started the company when I was a sophomore at Arizona State University…and I will tell you, I have NO IDEA how to ride a skateboard. In fact, the day I got it in sixth grade I fell off my new skateboard and broke my wrist. So that was an early sign that my pro skater career was probably not going to pan out.

With that in mind, I was walking — because I can’t skateboard — around the ASU campus one night in 2011 when I saw a student whose board was lit up. It looked really cool so I went over and asked him about it, and he was one of these real “bro” skater-dudes. And he was so excited to show it to me, he holds up the board and he goes “Oh BRO! I duct-taped Christmas lights to the bottom of my board!” At the time I thought it was just the coolest thing, but perhaps teh design could be improved.

So, long story short, the following summer in 2012 I needed a summer job. I always new that I wanted to be an entrepreneur and start my own business while I was growing up, but I certainly didn’t think it would happen quite that early. Turns out, I did some research and found out that this just was something that hadn’t been invented yet, so with that I started the company in March of 2012.

So its been a little over three years now. Tell us about some of the growth from when you first launched.

It’s been terrific. We’ve sold lights now in all 50 states and 16 countries around the world including some fascinating places you wouldn’t expect like South Korea, Germany, South Africa…and we’ve even shipped directly to several US Navy ships. I don’t know where the sailors are using them there!

They are probably cheaper than their official safety lights so they just stick them everywhere!

(laughing) I don’t know, but I won’t complain! So yeah, sales have been terrific…from 2013 to 2014 sales increased 114 percent year-over-year. For the first five months of this year, sales are up already, I think its 232 percent.

Nice.

It’s far more than I ever expected.

I assume this is all a small operation, that you don’t have a manufacturing plant and its all outsourced–so you’re running kinda lean and mean?
Yeah, we do have five people on our team now so we’ve steadily grown, but the lights are made in China, and the adhesive is specially designed for us in Georgia — the state, not the country — and the assembly is outsourced and all of the fulfullment is outsourced.

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So what was the biggest challenge you had to overcome in making this successful?

That is, surprisingly, the inventory. Keeping up with demand has been the biggest challenge. Its a great problem to have because sales have, constantly, far exceeded even our most optimistic projections, but it is still something we struggle with. Or I wouldn’t say we struggle with — its still a problem that requires a lot of our attention — but now we recognize it’s a problem and we don’t “struggle” with it any more.

A lot of people have great ideas like yours, but never see their products go to market. What would you say is the major difference between what you did and what others, who fail, do?
That’s a great question. In our case, we started generating revenue very quickly. I started the company in March 2012 and we sold our first set in July. So there wasn’t a lot of time in the ideation/design phase. We moved through that as quickly as we could. We continued to improve the product over time, but once we got the product really good, we started selling right away, so we reduced that amount of time where we didn’t have any income coming in to only a few months.

I think that separates us from a lot of companies that are constantly in the ideation phase but not actually moving into revenue.

That’s a great point. I think a lot of people do get stuck, where its “here’s this idea” but there is no sense of “how are we actually going to start driving revenue right away?”

Yeah, and I think [the secret] is reducing the time from ideation to sales….compressing that time frame as much as possible.

What advice would you give teenagers  with great teen business ideas out there who want to start their own business?

No doubt: JUST START. You don’t have to know every step to take the first one. Don’t let not knowing how to do every aspect of the business hold you back from getting started because all of the information that you need is out there. Anything that you don’t know how to do can be found or sourced with enough Google and a few phone calls.

So if you have an idea, just get started and even if you don’t know every step of the plan, just by taking the first one, each following step will become more clear.

What do you recommend they study or learn first in order to make it? I mean real-world stuff, not school stuff.

Be observant. Think about what makes YOU want to buy a product, because chances are that those same things appeal to other people as well. So as you are going through your life be observant and look at the things that appeal to you, and trust that what appeals to you is probably what appeals to most people.

That being said, I certainly wouldn’t discount the value of an education. I started the company when I was a sophomore in college and it eventually became far more successful than I imagined, but I always made my first priority getting my college degree, and I am SO GLAD that I did.

I know there is a lot of debate right now as to whether higher education is important for entrepreneurs. I am really glad I got my college degrees, I got two of them, because college gives you the ability to recognize good opportunities versus bad opportunities. We are all presented with so many opportunities and new business ideas, but education gives you the framework to be able to decide whether its an idea worth pursuing or not.

Furthermore, once you have a good idea, I think that education also gives you tools to act upon it. So you may have a good idea but you don’t know what to do with it and how to take that next step unless you have that educational background to know where to go with it.

And lastly, as we all know, success is the result of connections and what college does is it allows you to surround yourself with successful people.

So for those three reasons I think education is, surprisingly, very important and beneficial for entrepreneurs. I also say that, just in your every day life, being observant is the best thing that you can do to prepare to be an entrepreneur.

What are your degrees in?

B.S. in Marketing and I also got a B.S. in Supply-Chain Management.

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What’s been the best advice you personally have gotten in business?

Oh, no doubt: “Keep your overhead low.” The easiest way to increase your bottom line is by saving a dollar, not making a dollar.

Alright. And if you could do one thing over in regards to this business, what would it be?

I would outsource our fulfilloment earlier. I was so hesitant to outsource the fulfillment of our product because I really wanted to maintain that kind of high-touch level of customer service. But as I found, by outsourcing the fulfillment — we’ve chosen to go with Amazon as our fulfillment provider — they are able to provide bettter customer service and fulfill the items so much faster than we were able to do on our own even though we were focusing on it.

So while I was really hesitant to outsource fulfillment, I wish I had done that earlier because they can do a better job because they are experts and can do a much better job at it. Its one of their strengths, so taking our time to do the fulfillment takes away from our strengths of doing the customer service, managing and making a great product.

How long did it take for you to outsource?

We started outsourcing last summer, so it took, what, two years?

What’s next for Board Blazers and your company?

Well, we’d really like to expand to more retail stores. We’re alreadfy in a lot of locally owned skate shops nationwide but we’d like to expand it to more chain and big-box retailers. But, I’ve also started another business called the Beyond Business Institute which really grew out of people asking me to share what I have learned from my entrepreneurship and my leadership experiences.

So I do motivational speaking for large groups as well as consulting with other product companies and coaching of full-time professional entrepreneurs. So as our company has grown and I’ve been able to get a little more removed from the day to day operations of Board Blazers, I have been able to shift to helping other people follow their entrepreneurial ambitions.
I’ve always had the entrepreneurial mindset so I have a few bright ideas, you might say, up my sleeve.

Looking forward to what you do with those since this one’s doing pretty well!

That will be a follow-up article on Teens Wanna Know!

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