Teen and Mom Entrepreneurs: Building Your Business

We have many entrepreneurial readers on this blog. I love getting emails from teens about their new business ideas and some of the amazing moms who send in their pitches for products, websites and business ideas. Occasionally, I try to post articles to help the entrepreneurial spirits as many people ask me what books and advice we have for not only making money with your business, but also building your brand. I am reading David Siteman Garland’s new book: Smarter, Faster Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business. And wanted to share with you a few of his amazing tidbits that I think are especially important for mom and teens who own or want to start their own business!

1) The perfect storm for marketing smarter, faster and cheaper is: Passion, Personality, Knowledge.

2) Be your own media source.

(I constantly talk about this one for teens because I think it is really important. One of the reasons we get a lot of media appearances and news shows is because we provide a lot of interesting news and media ourselves.)

3) Create lots of awesome content…and don’t forget video content.

4) Don’t be afraid if you do not have an exact road map…this is good because it gives you flexibility to grow in lots of different directions!

5) Expand your digital connections with digital schmoozing!

6) When networking with others, always offer to give first and THEN make it easy for them to help you with your work.

David’s tips are awesome and especially relevant to those of you who are building more and more of your business online. Check out his new book, I highly recommend it: Smarter, Faster Cheaper: Non-Boring, Fluff-free Strategies for Marketing and Promoting Your Business.



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6 Responses to “Teen and Mom Entrepreneurs: Building Your Business”

  1. Shonika Proctor
    December 7, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Bravo Vanessa!

    I really resonated with….

    2. Be your own media source – To all the teenagers out there, do not be afraid to call your local news when you have launched a new business, hit a milestone or won an award. Reporters are often more receptive to hearing from you than your parents.

    3. Awesome content – carry around a small journal and take notes of things that touch your heart – whether it inspires you or you feel that it should be done differently. Those things can become articles or videos….like Vanessa stated in a later number – give the solution first and then make it easy for the person to connect with you to solve the problem.

    5. Expand your digital connections – you should not ‘know’ everybody in your Facebook or Twitter community as in they should not be all of your relatives and friends from school. Take a day every week to do a search on people who work in the same business as you. Or if you read inspirational stories about people online see if you can find their profile on linkedin and get an introduction to them. Alot of these people can provide you with invaluable resources, exposure and their expertise to support you with evolving to the next level.

    And above all else, don’t be afraid to get out there and show the world what you have to offer


  2. Minesha
    December 8, 2010 at 2:05 am #

    Cool !

  3. David Siteman Garland
    December 20, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    Thanks so much Vanessa!

  4. Jayne Kopp
    May 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi Vanessa, Wow, what a terrific article. I loved so many of the points.

    I particularly liked the fact that you don’t mind Schmoozing… as that’s what I’m doing today. I am wanting to make connections amongst the MOM Blogging community.

    I have been online for a few years, and actually have a personal development blog that is going well, but being that I am a mom and have connected with many new mommy friends, it has been suggested to me, and frankly thought about by me… to launch a blog specifically to help moms start up online.

    As you know … relationships is the name of the game. I am so glad I found this.

    I loved the fact that you state that you don’t have to have a clear road map. How true. I mean, who does?? especially when you start. I find that incredibly empowering.

    Lovely read. You’re in my bookmarks as of 5 seconds from now!




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