Follow up on listeners’ comments and Casual Sports Camp
First, let me thank all of you that left comments on the blog. I appreciate the time you took to do that, if you haven’t done that yet, please do so, your feedback is very important.
One comment requested that we do more motivational podcasts to get people more excited about these opportunities. We will do our best on this one but let me address why we may not hit this as hard as you may like. An entrepreneur needs to be self motivated. If he/she is in constant need of other peoples help to stay motivated they future being self employed looks grim. Now, if you aren’t excited all the time about the ideas you have, don’t worry. Motivation is more than enthusiasm, it is an understand of the rewards and a willingness to do what it takes to get there; sometimes that road is rough and enthusiasm is the last thing on you mind. So we will seek to motivate but we also want to be very real and not get you excited about something you are not ready for.
There was also a request for case studies. I will start to include more but I will focus on those done by people I know. The problem with case studies is they are the exception, not the rule, and sometimes they are a fluke and it gets people excited over something that is really nothing. Also, they never report standard, everyday studies, only the ones that are really amazing which often gives people false expectations. However, I will get in touch with my contacts and come up with some real, true, useful case studies to feature..
Keep the comments coming they are extremely helpful. And to the listener who posted that we need to get the word out about our podcast thank you for speaking up and saying something. We are going to double our efforts to spread the word about TeenBiz and we would ask that you would too. If you have any friends that have the entrepreneurial spirit or have thought about making money on their own, please send them an email and invite them to stop by and subscribe to the podcast on itunes or whatever they prefer. Oh yes, and about the website, it is coming, but it will probably be sometime this week. I decided to change things around a little bit from my original plan.
Anyways, on to today’s idea which is called “Casual Sports Camp.”
For this idea you will either need to know people to are really good at sports or music or be very good yourself.. When I was in my early teens I used to play golf almost every day. After school it was a given that you could find me and my older brother at the golf course. By the time I was in high school I was playing well enough to be the captain of the school golf team. I had developed a smooth, fluid swing that I often got compliments on and after multiple requests for help I learned to patiently coach people on their swings.
When I was 18 I taught a golf class with my father. The class consisted of about 20 students, most of which had only touched a golf club a few times. We bought 400 plastic golf balls wholesale and then gave each student 20 during each lesson to hit. The class was held with permission on the field of a local elementary school. Each student paid $40 for an 8 week course.
During each lesson my father and I would walk up and down the row of students and watch a few swings and then give pointers and praise. Since this gave them a chance to hit on their own but also be watched and coached. We kept it fun and laid back and all the students had a great time and really did develop nice golf swings.
Many times the class was taught by just one of us and we managed just fine. So for 8 hours work we made $800. Since then I have looked back on my little league baseball and basketball years and realized how nice it would have been to play once a week with a coaches who would teach us for 30 minutes and then let us play and be coached for 30 minutes.
If you don’t have a lot of sports talent, think of other things you are good at. Do you play a musical instrument you could teach individually or in groups? Do you have a skill that people are often asking you to teach them? Or do you know someone, just hire them to do it, give them $25 an hour and you walk away sitting pretty.
The steps for this idea really are simple. Advertise through flyers, posters at the local golf course (or equivalent for your talent), and maybe even an ad in the local paper. Sign up as many classes as you can get people for. Buy some plastic golf balls (or whatever supplies you need), schedule a local school gym or field and you are set. The best part is that for students you can do this all in the evenings when you don’t have school!
That’s all for this week, make sure you keep the comments coming and we will see you next week!