When we talk about Business Personnel, the picture of a middle aged man in a suit immediately comes to mind. Although, it really doesn’t have to be that way at all. A business is a business, and for as long as it is earning money, it will continue to gain interest and popularity.
The minimum age to register as the Director of a company with Companies House in the UK, is 16. Which is actually extremely low in it’s own right. Although, to start trading on the internet on a small scale, you don’t necessarily need to register with Companies House.
Take my story for example, a few years back, I set up a Video Games review website. Back then, I was relatively quite young. Although, I was still able to get my self out there, contact some pretty big companies and grab myself some large advertising deals. Nowadays, I have grown up, obviously I am much more respected in business, but it really wouldn’t be that way with out my self grown kickstart as a young adult.
Advertising is generally an age irrelevant online market. If you hold the ability to set up a small media website, this can focus on anything, think a Technology discussion Forum or even a Fashion Blog. You can then easily start fishing around for a great Advertising deal. You can go through this process in a manual manner, i.e simply just selling your advertising space direct to the advertiser. Or you can opt for the relatively more stress free option of heading for an Advertising agency, and one of the easiest of these to gain access to would be Google’s own AdSense.
For those under the age of 16, why not just ask for your parents to manage the finance side of your online business? This often just involves, them setting up the Google AdSense account or even the Paypal account for your profits to be paid into.
Obviously, at the age of 12 – 16 years old, it’s not going to be easy running a business that sells physical goods. That’s always an option, but it’s one that I would advise you stay quite clear of. Why not just make your money in the form of advertising space or services like Web Design and Graphic Design.
It’s never going to be easy setting up a business from scratch, but if that’s something you aspire to do, then the best time to do so is right now. Age really isn’t relevant in business, if you have the professional drive and the correct communication skills, you’ll soon find that it is much easier for your 14 year old self to kickstart the business than it will be 10 or 20 years time.