Holy Cr*P! My daughter, the entrepreneur. (She's 11.)

by ShayB
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My daughter asked for one of those mini laptop computers for her birthday.

She has a blog that she has played around with, but she has really impressed me with her skills!

She wrote a short fiction piece that she will be offering for sale through her site (via e-junkie) and she is working on the videos to promote her literary creation.

I am so proud of her.

I am posting this in the main forum for one reason - to show that if an 11 year old can come up with a product and marketing materials - SO CAN YOU!!!!

Go for it!

ETA - She has done all of this since getting her computer 6 days ago!
#crp #daughter #entrepreneur #holy
  • Profile picture of the author ShayB
    Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

    Sounds like a potential JV partner!


    That is awesome!

    You make me want to go out and get one! A kid or a new computer?
    LOL, well, the kid is the one doing the work.

    I am so tickled with her! She has been hiding in her room for the whole Spring Break (okay, an exaggeration, but still) and then she comes out with this creation!!!

    I was speechless! I love it!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Trader54
    Great to hear, wish her all the best. Her market is so big she could make a fortune before she is sixteen.
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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        Originally Posted by TMG Enterprises View Post

        Sounds like Mom has really rubbed off on her...good job, Shay!

        Tina G
        Thanks!!! <<<<(Me, blushing)
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Here is the thing that makes me excited: She "gets" it.
      1. She created a product
      2. She has a way to sell it (via her blog)
      3. She knows she needs to market it - and has figured out how to make videos doing just that.
      How many adults struggle for years without even getting this far?:confused:

      I don't care if she makes money from this or not (although I know she will - even if just to family and friends) - she has learned the basic process.
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      • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        Here is the thing that makes me excited: She "gets" it.
        1. She created a product
        2. She has a way to sell it (via her blog)
        3. She knows she needs to market it - and has figured out how to make videos doing just that.

        Way to go!
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      • Profile picture of the author stevenh512
        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        How many adults struggle for years without even getting this far?:confused:
        Well I've found that in a lot of areas of life (not just business), it helps to look at things with the "simplicity" of a child's mind. As adults we usually have our heads filled with so many ideas about how difficult things are that it's no wonder some people have a hard time getting started and taking action.

        Congrats to you and your daughter.
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        • Profile picture of the author ShayB
          I went out for a bit and came home to see all of these wonderful words of encouragement.

          It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to everyone.

          Now for my confession:

          I have been focusing more on my 13 year old son and was going to help him set up a business first. (They both have blogs with Adsense and such, but I mean a "real" business with their own products.) I thought my daughter might be too young to "get it."

          I have been proven so very wrong, and I am so glad she simply took her own initiative and did it herself, without my help.

          Am I proud? Oh, heck yes, I am!

          Will I be working with both of them now? Oh, heck yes, I will!
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            • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
              There's always one person to spoil it.

              Also I've been online marketing since 2002, and though it has the occasional dark side, I'd never sum it up as a cesspool. (Makes me wonder what you are involved in).

              I'm not going to reiterate what Kay has said, because she summed it up perfectly, but I will say this. My grandson is 5 years old and is already a whiz at Youtube. He loves looking at clips of helicopters and planes (His dad flies em), so I let him sit there flicking through. Or I did until he hit on one which showed an arm being severed. (I was traumatised, he thought the gore was great)!

              The point I'm trying to make is it's our duty as adults to ensure we monitor what our kids are doing online, it sounds to me as though Shay is doing an excellent job of doing this by guiding her children through the pitfalls.

              Kim


              Originally Posted by ZDK View Post

              Why as a parent would you ever want to expose your children to this cesspool?
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              • Profile picture of the author ShayB
                Originally Posted by Kim Standerline View Post

                The point I'm trying to make is it's our duty as adults to ensure we monitor what our kids are doing online, it sounds to me as though Shay is doing an excellent job of doing this by guiding her children through the pitfalls.

                Kim
                Of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hililuud
    Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

    My daughter asked for one of those mini laptop computers for her birthday.

    She has a blog that she has played around with, but she has really impressed me with her skills!

    She wrote a short fiction piece that she will be offering for sale through her site (via e-junkie) and she is working on the videos to promote her literary creation.

    I am so proud of her.

    I am posting this in the main forum for one reason - to show that if an 11 year old can come up with a product and marketing materials - SO CAN YOU!!!!

    Go for it!

    ETA - She has done all of this since getting her computer 6 days ago!
    How are her grades in school?
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Hililuud View Post

      How are her grades in school?
      Does it really matter? :confused:

      (They are fine, BTW.)
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      • Profile picture of the author Hililuud
        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        Does it really matter? :confused:

        (They are fine, BTW.)
        it matters alot
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        • Profile picture of the author ShayB
          Originally Posted by Hililuud View Post

          it matters alot
          Okay, I'll bite - why?

          This thread is about something she accomplished, not her grades. :confused:
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          • Profile picture of the author Hililuud
            Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

            Okay, I'll bite - why?

            This thread is about something she accomplished, not her grades. :confused:
            Its important for her to know her grades come first, and you probably already know that, but since she is only 11, I just had to bring it up.

            If they are good then, RIGHT ON!!!
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            • Profile picture of the author SMD Marketing
              That is so great. Congrats to you and her!

              I also have an 11 year old that runs circles around most adults with computers. In fact she helps her 5th grade teacher research items on the net and showed her teacher with a masters how to put a wallpaper on her computer!

              My 11 year old has written articles for me and then ran over to CJ to match up affiliates to them.

              How she got started was told her to write her own articles. She goes into Word and types away. I sat down to read it and about fell off the chair. Awesome!

              We told her we would try them on Squidoo first to see how they do and if they did well we would add them to one of the websites, well...

              She created her own Squidoo Lens just for one of her articles and she had 3 sales the first day! And yes she did her own HTML coding for the links and images.

              So congrats to the OP on allowing your child the freedom to learn, its a great thing that we allow them freedom to do things and show us just like yours and mine have done.

              Wait until your daughter asked you why do you ping your websites and lenses and I do not????

              She pings her lenses everyday after school now after adding content or a module.

              * My daughters first lens is now in the top 100 in the category and moving up quickly. She added some come more content, amazon and cafe press items and away it goes.
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    • Profile picture of the author NewbiesDiary
      Originally Posted by Hililuud View Post

      How are her grades in school?
      haha - who cares!!!! If she can get this idea down pat - she'll be set for life - who needs school to hold you back LOL!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Juris
    You must bet really proud of your daughter
    Heh young business lady
    Best wishes to both of you, in business and life
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    That's awesome news... I have 4 kids great things on the horizon.

    Just the other day my oldest son (12) was helping me with my video for my launch next month and after several takes and all that jazz he was very interested in video.

    He let me know he wanted to do a video of him playing video games LOL (Maybe I should get him a laptop and show him how to setup an affiliate site... mmm

    Mike Hill
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Mike Hill View Post

      That's awesome news... I have 4 kids great things on the horizon.

      Just the other day my oldest son (12) was helping me with my video for my launch next month and after several takes and all that jazz he was very interested in video.

      He let me know he wanted to do a video of him playing video games LOL (Maybe I should get him a laptop and show him how to setup an affiliate site... mmm

      Mike Hill
      Maybe you should!
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  • Profile picture of the author theinfomaven
    Children have a clear mind.

    How can you learn from this ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
      Originally Posted by theinfomaven View Post

      Children have a clear mind.

      How can you learn from this ?
      They can tell great stories that's for sure... Maybe some work writing for some of my affiliate websites.

      Mike Hill
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by theinfomaven View Post

      How can you learn from this ?
      That I need to get all of my cr*p in one sock and get on the ball - or she is going to be running circles around me!!
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    • Profile picture of the author traces2757
      Originally Posted by theinfomaven View Post

      Children have a clear mind.

      How can you learn from this ?
      Easy; we should think like children. When they are young (and have awesome, supportive parents like Shay) they haven't heard enough negatives to doubt themselves. Nobody told them they *can't* do it, so they just do it!

      Us older folks have heard all the skeptics, but we need to push their voices out of our minds and pretend like nobody ever told us we couldn't do it. Amazing things can happen after that.

      That's fantastic, Shay; you must be beaming with pride!
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    • Profile picture of the author USHwy129
      Originally Posted by theinfomaven View Post

      Children have a clear mind.

      How can you learn from this ?
      Children haven't had time to think up excuses why they can't do something either...
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Moore
    She made a product, put it on her blog, and made marketing videos in only six days at the age of 11?

    Wow!

    That sounds like an idea for her next product. Detail the 6 day journey.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Paul Moore View Post

      She made a product, put it on her blog, and made marketing videos in only six days at the age of 11?

      Wow!

      That sounds like an idea for her next product. Detail the 6 day journey.
      Well, I am going to have to load everything onto the blog, but she will be watching me. She created the product and videos (the hard part!).

      Yes, 6 days - and I only showed her how to turn the thing on.
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      Originally Posted by Paul Moore View Post

      She made a product, put it on her blog, and made marketing videos in only six days at the age of 11?

      Wow!

      That sounds like an idea for her next product. Detail the 6 day journey.
      I was thinking the same as Paul.

      If you research "ways for kids to make money online," you will see it has decent volume.

      Who better to teach it than a kid!

      I love your story Shay!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kerry Finch
      Originally Posted by Paul Moore View Post

      She made a product, put it on her blog, and made marketing videos in only six days at the age of 11?

      Wow!

      That sounds like an idea for her next product. Detail the 6 day journey.
      I agree. A great little product to sell to her peers.
      Well done her.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
    Think ahead a bit. One of my greatest achievements was graduating from
    college. Even more satisfying was that I did every bit of it myself. There
    wasn't any internet back then. Just low paying endless crappy jobs but the
    feeling of accomplishment never leaves.

    One of my best friends kids has helped finance his education by building blogs
    around online games. He has a site built around "World Of Warcraft" bringing
    in around $1500 a month and he only works on it weekends.

    Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author ShayB
    Originally Posted by stateless View Post

    Inspirational . If she's doing this now, just think of how successful she will be in the future!
    I know! I am beyond thrilled!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    I was watching a movie the other night (Amazing Grace), which was the true story of one guy's involvement in prohibiting the slave trade in Britain. His friend is set to be one of the youngest prime ministers.

    So you have these two young guys (I think in their 20s?) who have these massive goals. And one of them said something to the effect of:

    "We're too young to realize certain things are impossible."

    I think is why kids are so darn good at making money online -- and that's especially true if they have parents like Shay who are showing them every day that it's possible! Shay's daughter's reality is that you can go online and make money. And so she will.

    Now take a look around these forum. You'll see jaded folks here who say it's "impossible" to make an honest living online.

    Is it?

    Of course not. But if you believe it's impossible, then that becomes your reality. On the flip side -- If you see mom doing it, then it never even occurs to you that it might be hard (and so it isn't).

    Well done, Shay, on showing your daughter by example that she can make money online.

    Cheers,
    Becky
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    • Profile picture of the author Hililuud
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      So you have these two young guys (I think in their 20s?) who have these massive goals. And one of them said something to the effect of:

      "We're too young to realize certain things are impossible."
      hey that is the quote of the year, I have to watch that movie. I need to live by that since i'm only 20.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by R Hagel View Post

      I was watching a movie the other night (Amazing Grace), which was the true story of one guy's involvement in prohibiting the slave trade in Britain. His friend is set to be one of the youngest prime ministers.

      So you have these two young guys (I think in their 20s?) who have these massive goals. And one of them said something to the effect of:

      "We're too young to realize certain things are impossible."

      I think is why kids are so darn good at making money online -- and that's especially true if they have parents like Shay who are showing them every day that it's possible! Shay's daughter's reality is that you can go online and make money. And so she will.

      Now take a look around these forum. You'll see jaded folks here who say it's "impossible" to make an honest living online.

      Is it?

      Of course not. But if you believe it's impossible, then that becomes your reality. On the flip side -- If you see mom doing it, then it never even occurs to you that it might be hard (and so it isn't).

      Well done, Shay, on showing your daughter by example that she can make money online.

      Cheers,
      Becky
      Thank you!

      My daughter is the type that does not realize that anything is impossible.

      This has been a huge lesson for me - I need to just get out of her way!
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  • Profile picture of the author mtucker
    Tom, thanks for sharing about your friends kids building blogs around online games to help with college, that's a great idea!! Shay, my daughter is 11 too so sounds like I need to give her some plugged in to your daughters blog for inspiration!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
    My 16 year old is also starting something very similar to this...but, she has another monetization model

    In order for people to Join her community and view/post content -- they have to fill out a CPA offer

    Since her target market is teenagers, she will have no problem getting email addresses/ zip codes that will pay her approx $2 a piece. She is going to buy a car with the money

    Shay, kids are starting younger and younger. Imagine how "well off" your daughter will be if she sticks with it, pays attention, and gets creative with her marketing as the pieces fall into place.

    Jeremy
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    • Profile picture of the author Trader54
      Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

      My 16 year old is also starting something very similar to this...but, she has another monetization model

      In order for people to Join her community and view/post content -- they have to fill out a CPA offer

      Since her target market is teenagers, she will have no problem getting email addresses/ zip codes that will pay her approx $2 a piece. She is going to buy a car with the money

      Shay, kids are starting younger and younger. Imagine how "well off" your daughter will be if she sticks with it, pays attention, and gets creative with her marketing as the pieces fall into place.

      Jeremy
      Nice to see entrepreneurial kids. Gives them a sense of value and what things are worth. So many today look for handouts and having no sense of what things really cost have no respect for what they or other peoples property.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

      My 16 year old is also starting something very similar to this...but, she has another monetization model

      In order for people to Join her community and view/post content -- they have to fill out a CPA offer

      Since her target market is teenagers, she will have no problem getting email addresses/ zip codes that will pay her approx $2 a piece. She is going to buy a car with the money

      Shay, kids are starting younger and younger. Imagine how "well off" your daughter will be if she sticks with it, pays attention, and gets creative with her marketing as the pieces fall into place.

      Jeremy
      The very thought of it makes me grin!

      The model your daughter uses is brilliant! I love that!
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Jeremy Kelsall View Post

      My 16 year old is also starting something very similar to this...but, she has another monetization model

      In order for people to Join her community and view/post content -- they have to fill out a CPA offer

      Since her target market is teenagers, she will have no problem getting email addresses/ zip codes that will pay her approx $2 a piece. She is going to buy a car with the money

      Shay, kids are starting younger and younger. Imagine how "well off" your daughter will be if she sticks with it, pays attention, and gets creative with her marketing as the pieces fall into place.

      Jeremy
      How do you find these CPA offers?

      ETA: Never mind! I found my answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author ElaineBaker
    Well done Shay on your good work.

    In this day and age parents are so pressurised to keep up with the things that kiddies want - i.e. brand name gear, going to the cinema with their friends etc

    What a wonderful way for children to not only learn how to build blogs/websites and make money online but it will also give them the value of money.

    In my home town, with the recession, 6 shops have closed in the last month and I truly believe the way to getting a regular income is certainly online. This is no doubt where our children are going to aim at and Shay's daughter is a prime example.

    Elaine
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  • Profile picture of the author Craig Fenton
    Hi Shay:

    Great work as a parent and fantastic job by your daughter. Please make sure she continues to be encouraged to blog, write, and consider putting out the book.

    I can tell you as an author and public speaker that it is imperative you make her understand that while 1,000,000,000,000 would be superlative, she is a winner and rich for making the effort. Please do not let her feel that if she had a goal of selling 10, 50, 100, or 1000 E-Books and doesn't make it she did anything wrong or doesn't have talent.

    Only 2 percent of authors have one job. Focus on the positive and please root her along every step of the way.

    Wish her luck and let me know if I can help (free advice obviously).

    Enjoy the evening.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    If I buy a ticket now, what kind of discount can she extend for her 1st live seminar? Gimme half off! I'LL DO IT!

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

      If I buy a ticket now, what kind of discount can she extend for her 1st live seminar? Gimme half off! I'LL DO IT!

      John
      LOL

      I'm sure she can give you a generous discount!
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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        Another thing about my daughter:

        She asks a ton of questions. (Just like I did when I first came to the WF.)

        "Why are you doing that?"

        "What are you writing those articles for?"

        "How do people buy your stuff?"

        "What is that 'Buy Now' thingie on your blog?"

        "How do you get paid?"

        Now I realize that she was absorbing and assimilating all of those zillions of answers - and simply put them together on her own.

        Again - how many adults buy a dozen e-books and still don't "get it"?

        I am just amazed.....
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  • Profile picture of the author superstylefactor
    kudos to your tiny warrior! makes me even more determined to learn the ropes!
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  • Profile picture of the author tjxu97
    That's awesome! I love hearing about family's getting involved online.
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  • Profile picture of the author jhess56
    Thats fantastic.Its nice to see a child with a financially positive parent.Most parents are so focused on lack and poverty these days.Kudos
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by jhess56 View Post

      Thats fantastic.Its nice to see a child with a financially positive parent.Most parents are so focused on lack and poverty these days.Kudos
      I have to say - since coming to the WF, we have never been better off financially.

      The kids have noticed, too! And they know that Mommy typing away at the computer is why. LOL

      I am so excited to see what the future holds for them!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Cheesman
    Way to go Shays Daughter

    I know she will go far, especially starting this young..

    By the time she is out of the house she will probably be well established

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  • Profile picture of the author djones
    This is really inspiring. It's the type of thing that makes me want to get off my butt and really get to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alminc
      I'm sure she will soon have bigger email list
      than most of us
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  • Profile picture of the author sarasayshi
    That is so awesome! Good for her. I can only hope my son will find interest in what I am doing right now and see that this will benefit him in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    Congrats to her! She will put all of us to shame in the near future, I'm sure. Way to go, Mom, for getting her off to a great start!
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Congrats! I know the feeling. My daughter got paid $30 for an article
    she wrote which was published in a magazine with worldwide distribution.

    She was 10 at the time--last year.

    Her story was the feature article and so I set up a blog for her where
    she posts here drawings and stories. Of all my 4 kids she shows
    the most interest in what I do online.

    It's great when your kids want to follow in your footsteps.

    -Ray Edwards

    P.S. (I'm breaking one of my golden conversation rules in this reply:
    Always be happy for people's joys without injecting your own
    stories as though you want to give a better story than theirs.
    )
    And parents are the most likely to break this 'rule'.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hililuud
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      Congrats! I know the feeling. My daughter got paid $30 for an article
      she wrote which was published in a magazine with worldwide distribution.

      She was 10 at the time--last year.

      Her story was the feature article and so I set up a blog for her where
      she posts here drawings and stories. Of all my 4 kids she shows
      the most interest in what I do online.

      It's great when your kids want to follow in your footsteps.

      -Ray Edwards

      P.S. (I'm breaking one of my golden conversation rules in this reply:
      Always be happy for people's joys without injecting your own
      stories as though you want to give a better story than theirs.)
      And parents are the most likely to break this 'rule'.
      LOL I know a 9 year old that makes more money than all of yall online, and she doesn't have a RIGHT ARM!!! Blind one eye, and her computer has SPYWARE! That girl is going somewhere!
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  • Profile picture of the author ShafirAhmad
    Shay,

    what kind of training did you give your daughter. Maybe I should start instilling some ideas into the head of my 10 year old
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by ShafirAhmad View Post

      Shay,

      what kind of training did you give your daughter. Maybe I should start instilling some ideas into the head of my 10 year old
      I can honestly say I have not given her any "training."

      She saw I had a blog - so she wanted a blog.

      I was writing and getting paid - so she wanted to write and get paid.

      I never sat down and laid out any steps - she just watched me and asked questions.

      I guess you just need to let your 10 year old watch what you are doing!
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        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        I can honestly say I have not given her any "training."

        She saw I had a blog - so she wanted a blog.

        I was writing and getting paid - so she wanted to write and get paid.

        I never sat down and laid out any steps - she just watched me and asked questions.

        I guess you just need to let your 10 year old watch what you are doing!

        Ummm, Get me on that double-opt-in list for her first coaching session!

        Awesome. Good for you! It'll be interesting to know what her older brother comes up with now that she blew the doors off of everyone.
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        • Profile picture of the author ShayB
          Originally Posted by LordXenu View Post

          good for her, with you pointing her int he right directions she could be making good online cash as her highschool job without ever having to become a part time waitress, or clerk at the mcdonalds. i say bravo!
          That is what I am hoping.

          Originally Posted by bigmomma1967 View Post

          Wow! That is great, good for you. You must be a one proud momma!
          I am so incredibly proud! My feet haven't touched the ground!!!

          Originally Posted by JamesCallowag View Post

          Wow! No way!
          An 11 year old with a product, what do you feed that girl?
          Chicken nuggets, pizza and green beans, mostly. (Not all at the same time. )

          Originally Posted by NewbiesDiary View Post

          haha - who cares!!!! If she can get this idea down pat - she'll be set for life - who needs school to hold you back LOL!!
          Amen to that!

          She and her brother are on track to graduate from high school at 16, so I would love for her and her brother to have hugely profitable businesses by then!

          Originally Posted by IMChick View Post

          Ummm, Get me on that double-opt-in list for her first coaching session!

          Awesome. Good for you! It'll be interesting to know what her older brother comes up with now that she blew the doors off of everyone.
          I can pretty much sum up her coaching methods:

          "Just quit watching tv and just do it!" (I kid you not - I asked her for her priceless pearls of wisdom to share with her new fans and that's what I got. )

          Now for a general comment:

          She may make money with this and she may not - the important part to me is that she learns about the process with this. She already has the hard part down!

          Thanks to everyone for the kind words.
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    good for her, with you pointing her int he right directions she could be making good online cash as her highschool job without ever having to become a part time waitress, or clerk at the mcdonalds. i say bravo!
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    So funny, my daughter is 11 to and I set up a blog for her and she has been writing like crazy on it...hippycreek dot com
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Now she has decided she wants a "new and improved blog." ROTFL

      She really is going to be great with this.

      I am so proud of her.
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    very inspiring
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesCallowag
    Wow! No way!
    An 11 year old with a product, what do you feed that girl?
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  • Profile picture of the author Bukola
    Wow Shay,
    Have you shared with your daughter how she has inspired so many on the forum. It is just great how they just get it. Get her to an Internet Marketing Seminar ASAP, LOL. Tell her good luck and keep up the great work.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Bukola View Post

      Wow Shay,
      Have you shared with your daughter how she has inspired so many on the forum.
      Do you really want to know? I told her about how she has inspired so many people and her response is, "But I just wrote a story and made some videos. Anybody can do that." :confused:



      It is just great how they just get it. Get her to an Internet Marketing Seminar ASAP, LOL. Tell her good luck and keep up the great work.
      I have already bought some e-books for my son, but I can tell that my daughter is going to need some, too. I might enroll them both in some sort of IM bootcamp or course.
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      • Profile picture of the author ShayB
        An update:

        She is almost finished with her second story.

        We also sat down and brainstormed about other things she can do.

        I asked, "What do you know that other people might like to know?"

        She rattled off a few things (fashion, hobbies, etc.).

        So now she has a list of 4 more products to work on.

        This girl is going do a fantastic job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited!!!! SHE GETS IT!!!

        PLUS - Big Brother (my 13 year old) has been watching. I do believe a little healthy competition is brewing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevecyr
    Its nice hearing such converssations. Wish ur daughter a very best of luck.
    She will surely go very far, coz of her less age.!
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    • Profile picture of the author Natraj Jayaraman
      Kids make us better marketers and clearer human beings

      A child's perspective can often make us see complex things as what they really are -- a number of simple things bundled together.

      They help us disentangle and clarify.

      They help us find (simpler) solutions.
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  • Profile picture of the author shane_k
    Isn't it a great feeling?

    That is so awsome.

    I myself have a niece and nephew who are just starting to take an interest in my online business.

    Even though they haven't set anything up, my niece keeps throwing out ideas and keeps informing me about what the popular things are for her age group (11 - 14 year olds) and what is coming up that kids are excited about.

    I took advantage of the Twilight movie thing because of my niece and I am currently making a little extra cash right now with some ring tones that her age group are really, really into.

    Kids definately should not be overlooked.

    I love the question you asked, "What do you know that other people might like to know?"

    I am going to write that one down and ask my niece and nephew.

    In fact I am going to ask my parents, my brother, and my sisters. You never know what they will come up with.

    Thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author fred67
    Our youngsters seem to be 'wired' automatically to handle computers and social media.
    The old saying that the children are our future could never be more true than NOW!

    It's also good that many kids these days have a social conscience up to the age of 14.

    If they experience success by that age they will continue along that path, and who knows 'what' they can acheive?

    Good luck to your daughter :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author CPA
    I'm 14 and started out at her age.

    I'm close to hitting 6 figures a month.

    She'll do good I'm happy kids make it online. She'll be able to afford all the stuff like cell phones and all kinds of stuff if she does work.

    Anyway my grades suck damn it
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Natraj Jayaraman View Post

      Kids make us better marketers and clearer human beings

      A child's perspective can often make us see complex things as what they really are -- a number of simple things bundled together.

      They help us disentangle and clarify.

      They help us find (simpler) solutions.
      Kids have such a black-and-white outlook on things. They don't have jaded ideas about what works and what won't - because they know everything! Kids still think they can be an astronaut/brainsurgeon/ballet dancer/veterinarian when they grow up!

      Originally Posted by shane_k View Post

      Isn't it a great feeling?

      That is so awsome.

      I myself have a niece and nephew who are just starting to take an interest in my online business.

      Even though they haven't set anything up, my niece keeps throwing out ideas and keeps informing me about what the popular things are for her age group (11 - 14 year olds) and what is coming up that kids are excited about.

      I took advantage of the Twilight movie thing because of my niece and I am currently making a little extra cash right now with some ring tones that her age group are really, really into.

      Kids definately should not be overlooked.

      I love the question you asked, "What do you know that other people might like to know?"

      I am going to write that one down and ask my niece and nephew.

      In fact I am going to ask my parents, my brother, and my sisters. You never know what they will come up with.

      Thanks

      Shane_K
      My daughter had a fantastic idea for a product really popular with her age group right now. She is going to work on it when she gets done with her other story.

      The "What do you know" question works for everyone - it is how I made my first product!

      Originally Posted by fred67 View Post

      Our youngsters seem to be 'wired' automatically to handle computers and social media.
      The old saying that the children are our future could never be more true than NOW!

      It's also good that many kids these days have a social conscience up to the age of 14.

      If they experience success by that age they will continue along that path, and who knows 'what' they can acheive?

      Good luck to your daughter :-)

      Pete.
      Thank you!

      Originally Posted by CPA View Post

      I'm 14 and started out at her age.

      I'm close to hitting 6 figures a month.

      She'll do good I'm happy kids make it online. She'll be able to afford all the stuff like cell phones and all kinds of stuff if she does work.

      Anyway my grades suck damn it
      You have no idea how encouraging your post is for me!!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    An 11 year old? That must be the youngest entrepreneur I've ever heard of! You should really be proud of her
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  • Profile picture of the author DennisM
    Hi Shay,

    Congrats on your daughter! I have a 10yo daughter myself.

    Here's a quick way to get traffic to her blog. Go to http://www.vistaprint.com and get FREE business cards printed with the blog URL (Vista Print puts their advert on the back though, no big deal). Your daughter can then pass these cards around at school and get quick, fast traffic to her site.

    Be sure to get us an update on how much your daughter makes 30 days from now!

    Good luck!

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  • Profile picture of the author Teresa Coppes
    Kudos to your daughter Shay and kudos to you as well! You inspired her to be active and not just turning on the tv - these days that's a huge accomplishment Please do keep us updated - I'd love to see what your 13yr old may have brewing.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Teresa_C View Post

      Kudos to your daughter Shay and kudos to you as well! You inspired her to be active and not just turning on the tv - these days that's a huge accomplishment Please do keep us updated - I'd love to see what your 13yr old may have brewing.
      My 13 year old is coming up with a video game product/blog. His sister's accomplishments have gotten him started on his projects, too!
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      • Profile picture of the author Hililuud
        Originally Posted by ShayRockhold View Post

        My 13 year old is coming up with a video game product/blog. His sister's accomplishments have gotten him started on his projects, too!
        looks like you have a new baby sitter (the computer) lol j/k
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          Why as a parent would you ever want to expose your children to this cesspool?
          You have to be kidding!

          Kids are online from a very young age. What Shay's daughter is doing is learning something that could be very productive for her for a lifetime. I think any parent would be wrong to encourage children to "make money on the internet" as a goal.

          It's different when the child has an interest in learning more and gets started on her own. One wonderful side effect is that this girl is doing something constructive online - not pretending to be 16 on a social site.

          If you want to see a cesspool, look at what 11 yr old and up kids are doing on myspace and similar sites. They are online - and doing nothing productive. That same "invincible" attitude that Shay's daughter has toward working online is the attitude that those girls have when they give their addresses and personal to people and predators they meet online.

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          • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
            Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

            You have to be kidding!

            Kids are online from a very young age. What Shay's daughter is doing is learning something that could be very productive for her for a lifetime. I think any parent would be wrong to encourage children to "make money on the internet" as a goal.

            It's different when the child has an interest in learning more and gets started on her own. One wonderful side effect is that this girl is doing something constructive online - not pretending to be 16 on a social site.

            If you want to see a cesspool, look at what 11 yr old and up kids are doing on myspace and similar sites. They are online - and doing nothing productive. That same "invincible" attitude that Shay's daughter has toward working online is the attitude that those girls have when they give their addresses and personal to people and predators they meet online.

            kay

            Yep.
            (Definitely one of my shorter posts, but you said it all KK.)

            I just wish my 2 kids can learn to love the "web" the way i love it...
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  • Profile picture of the author dwrglobal
    Wow that's so lucky of you to have a daughter so smart... Wish all her the best on that venture..
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  • Profile picture of the author James Seward
    Yeah kids start younger and younger these days, those *******s Anyway congrats to your daughter I love to hear these stories...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Standerline
    Good for you Shay

    You're the inspiration for them, you should be very proud of yourself as well as them.

    Looking forward to seeing these blogs etc

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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis-White
    Thats great have her start building a list!
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    • Profile picture of the author affiliatemom
      So glad you shared this with us Shay; it's great inspiration and spreads the *pride.*

      I added this to my thread list so I can stay tuned for the updates.

      This is just great...
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  • Profile picture of the author Allanon24
    Wow!!! I've just read through the whole thread! You have a very special daughter! Let us know about her progress please, or maybe start a reality show! :-)

    You made my day!

    Best Wishes,
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  • Profile picture of the author tofumonkey
    you know, i was thinking...
    young kids may have a higher chance of suceeding online, simply because they're not corrupted by the mindset & social norms.

    They see it, they like it, they do it.
    If it's not working, they fix it.

    We're tons of things to learn from your 11 year old, Shay...
    Nice work!

    I'm impressed and deeply motivated!
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  • Profile picture of the author BeauFla
    I think that is fantastic! I can only hope that me daughter will show the same interest.
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    wow,she's great.I am old (I am not going to mention my age tho ),and yet I am still struggling
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  • Profile picture of the author SFranklin
    You should be so proud! What an inspiration and thanks for sharing. I think her age and lack of fear of failing helped her, that is usually what holds us adults back.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Sorry I did not check in earlier, everyone - we had severe weather last night, so no computer for me last night.

      As far as the "cesspool" comment - where the heck are you hanging out on the Internet? :confused:

      I am so thrilled with what my daughter has done (and what my son is now looking to do). She has done what so many others have not - created a product and marketing materials! Does it look like an 11 year old created them? Yes. But I am not concerned with having her make her first million with her first product. :rolleyes: She would be happy with earning $10! (Key word - "earning.")

      I sat down with my son last night and discussed what he wants to do. You know what he came up with? A video gaming review site that reviews the different gaming systems (he has several), reviews of video games and comparing and contrasting the different versions of the games. For monetizing, he wants to sell physical and info products related to gaming. Maybe a gaming site, down the road.

      He was drawing up plans for the site and what to offer. (A really basic business plan.) AT 13!!!!

      At 11 and 13, my kids are seeing how they can earn their spending money. They would rather earn their own money than get an allowance.

      How many other 11 and 13 year olds do you know of with that kind of mindset?? :confused:

      I am thrilled. Thrilled beyond measure!!!

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    Wow, what a potential joint venture partner she is !!!
    I started my IM at the age of 18, much older than your daughter

    Anyway, congratulation!
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  • Profile picture of the author anth.elias
    Ahh.. man I give up... now an 11 year old is making more money online then me...Geeze...

    Just kidding...I'm putting my kids to work now...
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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by aelias View Post

      Ahh.. man I give up... now an 11 year old is making more money online then me...Geeze...

      Just kidding...I'm putting my kids to work now...
      LOL

      We are going to re-vamp her blog and get everything loaded on it this weekend. She is so excited.

      Her goal is to make $100 (to buy a guitar).

      I told her to not be so concerned about the money aspect of it - if she makes one sale, she will have accomplished more than many adults have!
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      Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

      Hilarious!

      We have no more excuses! Hey I guess our kids don't either!


      They know how to rock Guitar Hero or an Xbox...time to rock this computer for some ca!


      .
      That's right!!!
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    Great post, You must be very proud, Well done anyway
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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    Oh Shay, this thread gives me goosebumps! I'm so happy for your daughter and son. Please keep up posted on how they're doing. Will you tell us the website names?

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    • Profile picture of the author ShayB
      Originally Posted by Peggy Baron View Post

      Oh Shay, this thread gives me goosebumps! I'm so happy for your daughter and son. Please keep up posted on how they're doing. Will you tell us the website names?

      Peggy
      I am glad you like the thread!

      I don't think I can give the website because of the self-promo rule. (It's not done yet, anyway. )

      But I might post it on my WF blog when it's updated.
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  • Profile picture of the author CPA
    Tell her to join the business niche

    Let her create 100 finance blogs, outsource articles to writers, she'll become a respectable business by the time she is 18 probably.

    Oh, there are a bunch of other kids that I've met making a killing but they just wanna stick under the radar (haha!) for some reason.

    Check this out tho.

    This kiddo lives in my city.

    HE's 8 i think.

    Marko Casalan, 8, is officially world's youngest IT whizz - Times Online

    My name is Marko too
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