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21st Century Kids: Budding Entrepreneurs

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Group of young, budding entrepreneurs
Hobbies and personal interests can spur ideas for a myriad of earning opportunities

Financial literacy in the 21st Century is critical for all to learn. There is no better way to learn these essential skills, than first-hand experiences with earning and managing money. It’s empowering for kids not only to see their personal allowance accumulate but also money earned. Becoming a “Kid Entrepreneur” offers these opportunities and more. Kids interested in entering the financial world will find this list of resources helpful in starting their entrepreneurial journey.

“The true entrepreneur is a doer not a dreamer”—Nolan Bushnell

Starting Your Own Business: Become an Entrepreneur!
Toren, Adam

Kid Start Up: How You Can Be an Entrepreneur
Cuban, Mark

Kid Millionaire
Eliot, Matthew

Enterprising Start-Ups

Each family is unique in their financial circumstances, as some families can afford to purchase non-essentials for their kids, and others cannot. If you fall within the latter category, do not despair. With a little creativity and planning, enterprising kids can apply many ideas towards earning money. Keep in mind, each individual possesses unique talents and skills that have income earning potential. For example, hobbies and personal interests can spur ideas for a myriad of earning opportunities. Here is a list of resources, which inspire kids to explore an entrepreneurial path.

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your Mountain is waiting so...get on your way”—Dr. Seuss

Cool Kid Businesses
Hamilton Waxman, Laura

Get a Job Making Stuff to Sell
Jacobson, Ryan

Get A Job Helping Others
Jacobson, Ryan

Kids Making Money
Reynolds, Mattie

Better Than a Lemonade Stand!: Small Business Ideas for Kids
Bernstein, Daryl

Bee Fearless: Dream Like a Kid
Ulmer, Mikaila

Industrious Kids in Fiction

Examples of industrious kids are found in Fiction books. Here is a small sampling of fictional characters with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Grace Stirs it Up
Casanova, Mary

Rules of the Ruff
Lang, Heidi