Kids in Business: The First Day

Sara at the Computer

This morning I was feeling the need for business colleagues. Oh, I have plenty, really. But none that I see face to face.

As I was writing about this in my business journal, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe I *do* have colleagues, right here in my own home. I just need to think about them that way. Thus, our new Friday afternoon routine: Kids in Business.

The girls (12 and 14) and I will meet for one hour on Fridays and sometimes host guests. We are really looking forward to speaking with Claire Burge next Friday, for instance. And today, spur of the moment, Lyla Lindquist has graciously agreed to Skype with us.

I don't know where we'll go with all this, except that today we'll start to think about our direction together. I'm coming to the meeting with a a list of ideas. I'll share these with the girls and ask them to come up with more ideas.

So far, this is what I've got. It's just messy thoughts:

—read business articles or a chapter from a business book and discuss; maybe watch a TED Talk or other interesting video

—host fun entrepreneurs who can chat briefly with us

—teach skills like bookkeeping, how to run a meeting, how to use accounting software

—share our business dreams

—have the girls share some research they might do about other kids in business—or anyone in business, for that matter

—cover a host of important topics like financing, branding, marketing, selling, Internet meeting and connecting tools

—share about our respective business goals and accomplishments (the girls have a few non-income-producing "businesses," so we could start with these)

Both girls are happy with the idea (so far :) and they are even dressing up for the meeting. Sonia felt that it was important to look "creative," since we are dealing with entrepreneurship. Thus, her nail polish. In different colors. Sara is set to go too. (Look, she's already doing phone work in her fancy meeting clothes. Gotta love that desk, too. First benefit of working for yourself. You get to choose your own office equipment. ;-)

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Anonymous Simply Darlene said...

Hey, is it really afternoon there already? Half of us are still in our pj's here.

This is a grande idea... home education research and subject study projects are the best.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Lyla Lindquist said...

Is that a telephone? Get that girl a headset for mercy's sake.

Whoops. I'd better go get changed for our meeting. I'm a step above Darlene's PJs.

12:52 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Just making a note here that came through on Facebook... the idea of learning how to pitch to Angel investors.

this is so fun, with or without a headset :)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Daune said...

Thanks so much for the info...so helpful.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Dolly@Soulstops said...

I love your creativity and all the wonderful ideas you are exposing your daughters to regularly.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous path of treasure said...

I love that your girls dressed up for this; nail polish and all. :)

But what a great idea; you're inspiring me to try this with my kids at home, too-- with Ted Talks, Skype, etc. Love it!

And-- at some point, I'd love to read a post on how your first year doing online school has gone with your high schooler! :)

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a kid, but I could surely benefit from your busniness/ministry insights as God continues to lead me along the path of creativity in my writing and speaking. I also have a 19 y/o daughter who shares some of my passions. We'll be eager to learn what you share. Blessings on all you do, and BTW, I am reading Rumors of Water, and it's breathtaking!
Lynn Morrissey
author of Love Letters to God

1:49 PM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

I am learning from my daughter that how you look (including decisions about nail polish) is part of projecting an image.

Did I mention that she's in theater? She uses it to her advantage.

11:21 AM  

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