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Will I be taken seriously? [Teen wanting to do 7878's method]

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by nickirv, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. nickirv

    nickirv Junior Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I have been reading through 7878's review funnelling thread which is in fact a great method! And I'm dead serious about going out and doing it all by myself. But I'm worried, will I be taken seriously by these future clients? I'm only 14, which is considered as a young age. I'm worried future clients would look down to me as an infant into doing this service.

    What do you think? Do you think I should still do it?

    Thanks,
    Nicholas
     
  2. Veyron

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    Well it depends, if you have a portfolio of past projects that you've worked on and you can show that you've delivered results in the past then I don't think you'd have too much of a problem. Just be sure to dress and compose yourself professionally and speak as if you really know about what it is that you're offering. Some business owners may look at you being young as a good thing as they like the entrepreneurial spirit and for that reason alone they may sign up for you.

    Good luck and I wish you success! :)

    Veyron
     
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    People will probably come here and give you false hope, but I would take a very good guess that you would not be taken seriously. I am not saying it would be impossible to do, but your age would affect a lot of peoples opinions.
     
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    That's a tough one son. 14 is not just considered a young age...it IS a young age.
    If I had a 14 year old ring me up on my phone, it would take one hell of a conversation to even get me to think about meeting up with you. You'd have to go above and beyond to prove to me that you are the real deal. Just imagine how stupid I would feel if I trusted a 14 year old to handle my business's reputation, only fir it to fail and just lose my hard earned cash. (Not saying you will do a bad job, just saying how I would think about it in my head if I was the "client")

    Just my 2 cents, but of course by all means do NOT let my post discourage you in any way. Constructive criticism :)

    Good luck!
     
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  5. nickirv

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    Thank you for your words Veyron! Good luck on reaching your goals too!
     
  6. nickirv

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    Yeah that's what I'm thinking of right now. I'm not sure if I should do it or not. But thank you for your reply.
     
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    I was 15 when I developed menus for local restaurants and placed Ads for local/corporate business inside them. Many of the Ads were commission based as well.

    This applies to everyone no matter your age. DON'T do things how everyone else is doing them. You need businesses to go "holy fuck, this kid knows his shit."
    How will you get them to say that? Don't go about this as an adult because you're not one. Use your age as an advantage and do a BETTER job than an adult.
    Go get 'em kid.
     
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  8. nickirv

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    Thank you for your reply professional20! That is exactly what I have been thinking of! But I have been interested in business since I was young, and I can't stop dreaming of starting one either!
     
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    You should try it. What have you got to lose? You'll gain nothing but experience and confidence by going out there and selling yourself.
     
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    By selling yourself she means selling your brand/service.

    Veyron
     
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    Like Kinlee said, you've got nothing to lose and so much to gain. At your age, I was working at a Supermarket and had no idea about IM. In fact, I think this was well before Myspace..jesus christ im getting old.

    Go do your thing kid! Take advantage of your age.
     
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  12. nickirv

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    I went like 'WHOA" after reading your reply. Thank you fuckybunker for your motivation! Since I'm on a holiday already, I could work my ass off now. By the way, did your clients feel weird after seeing you as a 15 year old?
     
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    As much as I like to encourage people, I would rather encourage you to find something else to focus on for the time being. As mentioned above, 14 is young. Super young. As a business owner I would never take a 14 year old seriously. They could tell me they have the cure for cancer, and I still would not be interested. Another thing is the legality. Is it even legal to engage in a business contract with a 14 year old? No idea. No serious business owner would take a meeting with a 14 year old. Period.

    You obviously have drive and determination, which is more than most adults have. There just comes a time when we need to set realistic expectations. Telling you to dress the part and sound like you know what you are doing is ridiculous advice. You are 14. Here is my advice:

    1. Find something fun - video marketing, social media marketing (not sure where you are located but you will probably need to have your parents set you up with a CPA account)

    2. Go play outside - seriously, you can rot in front of the computer like us when you are older. Play sports, stay active, and be a kid.

    3. Go play outside some more.

    In all seriousness, I think it is great you are eager, and with that kind of attitude you will be successful. Just don't rush it bud. Trust me, I would switch places with you in a heartbeat. I can buy whatever I want with money - EXCEPT my youth back.
     
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  14. nickirv

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    Thank you for your reply kinlee! Yeah its pretty true though, i have nothing to lose at all. Good luck on your dream!
     
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    Thank you netmoney1! Its just that, I would often go with my dad to business meetings and I enjoy it very much. And I would want to experience it myself, with my own business, that's my dream. About legal issues, I'm living in Indonesia and the law is pretty much screwed up over here.
     
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    Aaa ok. Hahaha.
     
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    Keep going to meetings with your dad. That's how I learned to love business. My dad took me everywhere when I was a kid. I always told him "I can't wait to work" - and he always said "you have your whole life to work" - he made sure to teach me a lot - and engraved it in me that working for yourself is the best - but he also made sure I enjoyed being a kid too.

    Good luck! But don't rush growing up. Trust me, I was in your shoes and know the excitement you feel. You will get there someday!
     
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    Netmoney has a point, but there's always two sides to every coin. It's your call in the end.
    If there's anything life taught me, it's that nothing is promised. Not even tomorrow. Go out there and be fearless and love every second, if you want to grab business's respect, find a way and make it happen. I've seen better behaved children, intelligent children compared to half the adults I've met. You have a chance so grab it and ride the wave, or sit back and watch someone else ride it.

    As for feeling weird, not really since you don't have to approach it like somebody died (ie; being too serious because businessmen should be serious all the time)
    I just have fun, strike up a conversation with them about things and mention what I do and how it will help them, surrounding businesses and one less thing they have to do themselves. Show them examples, even if they're just for show (aka not previous clients) to give them an idea. Be honest that they're not real though.
    Be creative, damn near NOBODY on this forum with a Journey followed the same blueprint they planned on. Life doesn't stand still so go with what feels best.

    EDIT: Oops, the last part about showing examples pertained to the menus. That won't work with Reviews haha. Got sidetracked for a moment there.
     
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    Thank you netmoney1 for all your words! I will be thinking further about my decision. Good luck on all your dreams and your future!
     
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    Once again thank you for your kind words! I would surely be thinking about any further decisions. And good luck to your business!