07-04-2009, 08:47 PM
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I use to go around my neighborhood and mow.
If you have any stuff that you have out grown, and you parents will allow you to sell it, put it on craigslist (get with your parents on this one). Don't give out your email or phone # until someone contacts you and have your parents help make sure you stay safe -maybe collect the buyer's # and have your parents call. I usually meet at a nearby supermarket. I also have a gmail address that I use only for making replies.
You could also see if anyone else has something they would like to sell. Charge like a 10% commission. Take photos of the items, do some research on what it is worth, look it over and list all flaws along with it's good points. Maybe some of your neighbors would even donate.
So, it is up to you (and how much your parents will allow at this time) to build this up. Make fliers, talk to all your friends and neighbors, tell them why you are doing this, give your "clients" fliers to give to their friends. Put a really cute pic of you and your horse.....maybe even list what you are wanting to put the money towards, or some long term goals.
There are so many ways you can go about this.
Periodically, if your parents OK it, have a yard sale.
If you have extra tack, see if the barn wants to have a yard sale. Or see if anyone would like you to list their items. I would start out "free" unless sold, then once you get going, then maybe think about charging a small non-refundable listing fee.
Do some research.....google business forums and such. "getting business started" should bring some good google search results.
Try to write down what you are wanting to achieve.
If you make a sale, write down what you made.
If you pay out anything, write it down.
If you take an item on consignment, take pictures, write the client's name and phone #, and how much they would like to get.
If it sells, write what you got for the item, how much you paid the client, and how much you retained.
I know I threw a lot at you, but don't panic, you have to start somewhere and this is a great way to learn. Hopefully, your parents will get on board with you and they can help you learn some business skills.
If not, do some research and put together a plan and some goals until you are "old enough" to start this kind of venture. Talk to your school about getting into shadowing - again age will be a factor, BUT teachers and councilors will take notice if you put some effort and if you WANT to learn. Councilors are looking for the ones that REALLY want it and a lot of them will help you in any way they can.
Let your local feed store know you are wanting to work and get your toe in the door for when they are able to "hire" you or let you do some work on the side. Making friends with the boss always helps.
OK, I'll stop now! :)
Hope you are able to find some inspiration.