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16 years old, eligible for $3,000 to start a business!

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by BrianDaMan, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. BrianDaMan

    BrianDaMan Newbie

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    Hey BHW. I've been browsing this forum for almost a year and there is a wealth of information on here. I've been mostly focused on the internet marketing and operate a few Amazon sites, but they don't make much. I've gotten to the point where I want to create something more long term.

    So my mother has been trying to get me a job to get me out of the house (you know how they are :rolleyes:) and I did some searching and sure enough, my province has a program that provides $1,500 startup capital and another $1,500 when you return to school after the summer. I have about a month left to apply, but need a practical plan to apply.

    I've browsed the Offline Marketing section, but I still need guidance. What will I need the startup capital for? What service should I provide? (SEO, Web design) Probably whatever my strengths are, but I'm also open to other ideas not just related to SEO and web design. Not landscaping or anything physical like that though. Also an idea that is scalable and long term that I can maintain part time during high school. Also any tips on how to get adults to trust whatever service I'm providing. All ideas are welcome!:D
     
  2. KELLOGGS

    KELLOGGS Supreme Member

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    What are you good at? If you're not going to have much time because you'll be returning to school you could become an outsourcer although that does sometimes cause with support because you're a middle ANYWAY I'd say if you don't have any skills jumping out at you, Buy Low, Sell High!
     
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  3. BrianDaMan

    BrianDaMan Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply! I'm good with Wordpress and troubleshooting/customizing templates (not the actual coding) and I have some experience with SEO, but I don't feel confident in ranking sites with heavy competition. I mean, perhaps I could outsource the SEO, but I don't know what I would do if the person I outsourced it to failed to deliver. Anyway other than that I don't really have any particular skills, other than I'm a fast learner and good with computers and some programming, but not to a level where I could produce anything useful.
     
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    Untouchable Supreme Member

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    You are talking about Summer Company. Dont apply. They wont give it to you because you cant show that you will work 35 hours a week.
     
  5. KELLOGGS

    KELLOGGS Supreme Member

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    Good response. What I'd say to do now would be continue with your Amazon sites. Did you rank them yourself? Touch up on your SEO skills and start approaching local businesses with low competition to rank their sites or build them Wordpress sites. If you didn't rank them yourself, outsource to the person that ranked your sites and learn from them. Also, if you ever got yourself into trouble I'd help you out and I'm sure many other members would too. You have the right attitude, keep at it and you'll succeed.
     
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  6. BrianDaMan

    BrianDaMan Newbie

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    Yes I am. Why not? I see other SEO and web design companies. Can't post but bit.ly/11ToBH5

    Great idea. Thanks!
     
  7. Lemonhead811

    Lemonhead811 Registered Member

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    Hey Brian, first off, great job taking the initiative to try and work for yourself instead of applying at a summer job. Honest to god, you described my very situation as well. Another thing you could try doing locally is reputation management. If you're good at copyrighting, try writing press releases for local companies, anything you can to get your name out there. If you want I'd love to chat with you or something - send me a PM if you're interested and we can chat on skype or something :)
     
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  8. BrianDaMan

    BrianDaMan Newbie

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    Great suggestion! Can't PM. Add me. It's under my user name.
     
  9. christianbed

    christianbed Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Why not use it on taking courses via code academy...you could do a lot with coding
     
  10. DJVPRI

    DJVPRI Registered Member

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    i have no idea in mind, keep fighting okay.. ^ ^
     
  11. tristangemus

    tristangemus Regular Member

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    I'm in Ontario and did the same thing. I started a mobile car detailing business with the grant. If you're good at web design and SEO then try that. You can use some of the money for an Adwords campaign.
     
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  12. derik2

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    I read through all your posts, what a great suggestion! Thanks.