14 year old wants to start Internet business

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Can someone recommend a GOOD internet marketing/affiliate training program for a 14 year old kid that has ZERO knowledge of doing business on the internet. My son wants to start an internet business, but I don't want to put him on the wrong track with the wrong training. I'd also rather see him do this than stay on those video games ALL SUMMER long.

Thanks

Gary
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  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Root
    14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      How about buying and selling on Ebay? I don't know the age limit for Ebay, so you may have to be the account holder and take responsibility. He could go to jumble sales, charity sales, closing down sales and buy stuff to sell.

      Blogging is a good way of learning about pay per click, managing a site, affiliate marketing etc. But it takes time for a blog to be found.

      I've a feeling someone here started a forum or site for young warriors. Can't remember who though.
    • Profile picture of the author CPA
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      Oh really? You can't be serious.

      I'm 14 and I've already made and still make thousands each month. And I know atleast 10 other 14-year olds that make money online already.
    • Profile picture of the author Steve Iser
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      14 years old wants to start a business... sorry to break it to you but it's not going to happen. 14 years old can't run a business. What you can do is the get him to blog about those games he plays and monetize that. You run the business and let him do the content and he earns percentage. Teach him how to do social media promotion etc. That works great with kids.
      You made me login just to write this - jeez.

      It's your kind of posts that make me shrug and lead people astray when I lurk WF every now and then.

      Don't discriminate youth. I've seen some amazing young people run businesses at young ages.

      In reference to a training,

      Get him acquainted in the CPA Marketing game. There are lots of good offers that will cater more to his interest than selling ebooks.

      - Steve
  • Profile picture of the author msmonline
    Thanks Stephen,....excellent point!
  • Profile picture of the author msmonline
    Thanks for the feedback Rosetrees
  • Profile picture of the author JoelMatthews
    Make him a blog, and use adsense and affiliate programs, then he cant really lose anything, and for the future it won't make him have a bleak outlook on the IM business as well as teaching him some things about it for later.
  • Profile picture of the author billythekid
    wish i was that ambitious at 14. Yeah i second that get him started on blogger or wordpress and plug some adsense and/or affiliates in there.

    best of luck to him!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
    Originally Posted by msmonline View Post

    Can someone recommend a GOOD internet marketing/affiliate training program for a 14 year old kid that has ZERO knowledge of doing business on the internet. My son wants to start an internet business, but I don't want to put him on the wrong track with the wrong training. I'd also rather see him do this than stay on those video games ALL SUMMER long.

    Thanks

    Gary
    Good for you.

    My three teenage sons - very high achievers at school - have all rejected the usual "human control system" route - "work" - to start their own IM businesses.

    Age is not a barrier, in fact the younger the better for the following reasons:

    1. They have no financial commitments to worry about.

    2. They have the right, positive Mindset, the lack of which causes 97% of all would be IM'ers to fail.

    3. They have no concept of failure, doubt and above all fear. They have dreams, aspirations and enthusiasm, with a success Mindset.

    In short teenagers do not have any of the Mental baggage of older people.

    How to get them started is another matter of course.

    My sons are all phenomenal at technology, and entrepreneurial, but there needs to be a route in to IM that is achievable.

    In general terms though, if any of you have kids that want to shun the human control system, and start IM - back them all the way, ignore the protests of family, friends and others and show them the way.

    Give your kids the absolute Freedom they deserve, most never get, and for which they will be eternally grateful to you.
  • Profile picture of the author Dally137
    This indicates that he has will to do something of his own. Good for him and you too. Don't get him to business right away. Ask him to do some research and get hold of the whole IM idea. Then he will know what to do.
  • Profile picture of the author msmonline
    Wow,

    You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the good feedback. Hopefully everyone with kids get something out of it!
  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    Definitely correct! Teen entrepreneurs are Growing at a faster rate than most want to believe. There's some Great Teen Success stories all over the internet. Uninformed warriors should probably Google and study a good number of the Many interesting business models out there...

    With family support Tons more will continually evolve as the internet becomes an adult itself. A little food for thought from my swipe files which just happens to include a few warriors...
    Top 20 Young Internet Entrepreneurs Under 21
    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...le-98-off.html
    Conversations With a Teen Entrepreneur - Entrepreneur.com
    Teenage entrepreneurs
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/jobs/28teens.html
    http://blogs.openforum.com/2009/06/1...it-like-it-is/
    Teen Podcasters CEO Interview

    Dave
  • Profile picture of the author zoobie
    There are many kids that can successfully run a business. For example carlob cab... Stanley Tang, and all lot others... What he might need to have is a business mind set rather than technical area on how Internet marketing works. Things like your products USP, what makes people buy, copywriting kind of thing are much more important factores than the methods of generating income/traffic in the Internet..
  • Profile picture of the author SullyUI
    There's no reason why a 14 year old can't start a business, there have been several examples of younger kids doing very well in business, I think it's just a matter of preparation and helping them with things they can't do until they're 18.
  • Profile picture of the author Treece
    Note, the original question was for a reference guide on affiliate/internet marketing basic enough for a kid to understand.

    Suggestions, folks?
  • Profile picture of the author traxmaker
    I've been doing a LOT of research trying to figure out just exactly what I want to do with myself online and had an idea, but didn't know how to get kids involved, your son would be the perfect person for this job. Get him all set with a blog, grab a few NICE HIGH converting affiliates, I believe Maxbounty and CPAStorm would do him justice. These companies pay a few bucks per each survey answered, email submitted etc. And you know those teens all want to know, "What their Ninja Name is", "What Drink They Are" etc. If he can get his friends to his blog doing those surveys, then they will tell their friends and their friends will tell THEIR friends... you know the pattern
  • Profile picture of the author Igor Kheifets
    Your kid can definitely start of by reselling stuff
    on google like my wife's sister does(she's 14)

    You can also get him a copy of Perry Marshal's
    Adwords course. Which for a -14 year old would
    be pretty good.

    Igor
    • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
      Not sure if I'd start off in PPC. It's a very quick market and you can easily loose thousands quickly.
      Maybe something more like article marketing, blogging, etc. Something to build the cash reserve up so she/he can play around with PPC.

      Zach
      Originally Posted by igorhelpsyousucceed View Post

      Your kid can definitely start of by reselling stuff
      on google like my wife's sister does(she's 14)

      You can also get him a copy of Perry Marshal's
      Adwords course. Which for a -14 year old would
      be pretty good.

      Igor
  • Profile picture of the author mediasamurai
    Your kid is really ambitious. That is so nice. You can make him learn about article marketing or maybe all about blogging. I'm sure he will learn a lot and at the same time he will save money for the summer! Good Luck to your kid.
  • Profile picture of the author Stephen Root
    Guys, 14 years old can't run a business and I didn't meant that as a bad thing. First, you have to have adult for the legal mumbojumbo and second, cashing few thousand dollar CPA or Adsense check isn't really a business. When you reach over a certain point in internet marketing it's a whole different ball game where you have to have your ducks in order to survive. With more money comes bigger investments.

    It's kinda funny when you read my post and after you read the responses. People are responding to things I never actually wrote.

    Did I say he doesn't have right to try? No. I said he can't run a business. Did I suggest how he could try? Yes I did. I even suggested a niche the boy would like, blogging about games he play while his dad takes care of the business side of thing. Business side equals financial handling & planning where I think many 14 years old lacks experience.

    What I said was that 14 years old can easily start with blogging about things he like while somebody does the stuff inside a business that 14 years old just can't do.

    Just as a friendly advice that you should really read the post if you are planning to write negative reply. You can save yourself from that "oops" feeling.
    • Profile picture of the author Zach Booker
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      Guys, 14 years old can't run a business and I didn't meant that as a bad thing. First, you have to have adult for the legal mumbojumbo and second, cashing few thousand dollar CPA or Adsense check isn't really a business.
      I doubt when the OP said 'Internet Business' they meant a full blown business, he simply meant a way for his child to earn extra money. And there are ways around the Legal 'mumbojumbo' with the assistance of your parent or legal guardian co-signing an account. Same with stocks and even your personal bank accounts.

      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      .Did I say he doesn't have right to try? No. I said he can't run a business. Did I suggest how he could try? Yes I did. I even suggested a niche the boy would like, blogging about games he play while his dad takes care of the business side of thing. Business side equals financial handling & planning where I think many 14 years old lacks experience.
      We all start at the same basic stage, as a 'newbie'. What does an 18 or 21 year old have that a 14 year old doens't? Maybe slightly more "real world" experience, but what other way to gain experience than by entering into the IM field. Personally the route you said he should take, I think, will take a lot of time and he'll just make pennies.

      And he'll get frustrated and give up due to the amount of time being put in and the amount of money that he's making.

      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post

      What I said was that 14 years old can easily start with blogging about things he like while somebody does the stuff inside a business that 14 years old just can't do.
      I still don't understand why the child can't handle the 'business side' with the help of his father. That seems better than simply letting the Dad do everything and leaving the kid wondering what all this 'finance stuff' is, right?

      Point being, I see where your coming from. But this kid isn't gonna immediately have a 5 figure business.

      If when I started you told me i'd be forking over 35% of my earning for taxes, having to pay hundreds in tracking and hosting costs every month, and being slapped by Google and instantly loosing hundreds(Just happened the other day) I would've said, "okay maybe this internet marketing stuff isn't right for me."

      You learn as you go, and as you grow so does your knowledge of finance and business management.

      Just because you don't know exactly how to run your internet marketing business doesn't mean that you shouldn't try and than learn as you fail and succeed.

      Zach
    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Cooper
      Originally Posted by Stephen Root View Post


      What I said was that 14 years old can easily start with blogging about things he like while somebody does the stuff inside a business that 14 years old just can't do.
      You just don't get it do you Stephen?

      So all a 14 year old is good for is blogging now is it?

      I would put up a 14 year old IM starter against "adult" IM starter and back them to win every time.

      A teenager Mind is not full of the garbage and negative Mindset that prevents 97% "adults" from succeeding.
  • Profile picture of the author Treece
    Blogging Starter Pack: Blogging For Small Businesses

    Bum Marketing

    Are two possible places to start.
  • Profile picture of the author twinmom
    My 12 yr old son is very driven to have his own business! He's actually got several projects going and works on all of them every day. He's had some setbacks, but he is thriving on it the learning experience. Here are some of the things he's working on to help you with some ideas for your son:
    --He's got 2 blogs he's working on (get Steve Crooks' guide about blogs and adsense - pm me if you aren't familiar with it and I'll find the link)
    --He's teaching himself game programming
    --He's writing an ebook about one of the games he plays online (complete walkthroughs with screenshots)
    --He's great to outsource work to (and cheap - LOL), except don't mention 'backlinks' to him - he takes off running

    He hasn't made much money yet (just a few dollars on Adsense) but I have no doubt that he's learning some very valuable skills. He can set up a wordpress or joomla site easily, he's developing his critical thinking skills, his writing skills, and learning about money in the meantime.

    I homeschool him (and his twin brother), and we already have plans to continue his entrepreneurship into the school year, as part of his "curriculum". :-)
  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Does your son need to learn from an ebook or program or could you mentor him yourself? I think a good place to start is to start him off with a blog. Get something he is really interested in and yeah it could just be the stuff he likes - pokemon, skateboarding, anything really. Show him how to monetize it with Adsense, Clickbank or other affiliate programs.

    My oldest son is 11 and has his own blog, he doesn't update it much, he isn't too eager anymore about it, but it's there when he gets the urge to blog he does. He has made a few clickbank sales and thinks it is great when he does.

    He also helps me create websites sometimes, of course I go in and make sure they are all ok, he just helps with creating the templates. If he helps me on a website then I give him a percentage of the profit for that site.

    I guess it all depends too on just how dedicated he is or is it a phase that he might grow out of quickly? Have you shown him some of the different areas of Internet Marketing and is there anything he has shown an interest in?

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