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Attention, high school students!

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 1:49 PM

Mark Cuban, the outspoken tech entrepreneur turned sports team owner, always has something interesting to say at his blog, http://blogmaverick.com , and today he posted advice for teenagers looking to make a little money quick: two business ideas within reach of the average teenager. One is the idea of buying shoelaces in team colors and then selling them at a profit in the parking lot outside local sports events. The other is advertising one's self as a guru for setting up all-in-one remote controls.

Here's a link to the blog post, with more details:


I can see some potential complications with the shoelace idea if the school in question has a problem with solicitation in the parking lot. (Will Cuban allow this in the parking lot outside Dallas Mavericks games?) But otherwise, they're both great ideas, and within reach of an enterprising teenager. And they might start the juices flowing about other, related ideas.

There's a lot of discussion about ways to keep teens in school, and local employers are being encouraged to work with teenagers and help them schedule work around classes, so that they don't have to choose between the two. It would certainly achieve the same goal for a teenager to become a part-time entrepreneur after school hours.

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Here's an idea that would be well within most high school student's grasp...be a "internet guide" for older adults. There are many older adults who desire to get more out of their computer but don't understand how things like Facebook, Twitter, or e-mailing photos work. An ad in the paper or some postings on local boards should get some results.

-- Posted by BadgerCat on Thu, Mar 1, 2012, at 11:02 AM

Interesting idea and probably appreciated by those of us who are computer challenged. I called our then 19 year old daughter to help me with some html programming and she did it over the phone with no formal education. Darn kids these days.

Just be sure to confirm who your young person is going to help. Better yet, have them meet in a public place.

Sad sign of the times. :-(

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 1, 2012, at 5:29 PM

Then you have the News Media that warns their viewers and readers not to buy from anybody unless they are licensed and bonded.

Now you are encouraging young students to go out and break the law by starting an entrepreneur enterprise without first obtaining a state and local license to do business in a "Right to Work" state.

The Anti-Christ can not place a fee nor a charge on a right. That means it can not tax the Right to Work (which is a license to do business).

However if you are a 14th Amendment Citizen they can tax you. The government has the right to assume everyone is a 14th Amendment Citizen and charge them. It is up to the people to know their rights (if they want any).

A phone call from anyone will bring the officials down on the student trying to earn money and shut down.

Doesn't anyone remember the girl who tried to sell lemonade in her front yard in Florida last year? What about the yard salers who are shut down because they don't have a license or are not collecting a sales tax?

By the time a student buys a license to do business without a business address and get a sales tax number, buys the product he/she is planning on selling, They go broke before starting or they have to work illegally without the burden of the extra expenses.

But how can they do that when the local news media warns everyone from buying from a stranger or unlicensed person who isn't registered as a member with the Chamber of Commerce.

A few years ago people turned to Mail Order to make money. It was one of the easiest businesses to get into and offered hundreds of ways to earn money.

Today, Mail Order is still around but is moving into the cyber space. Internet jobs are a dime a dozen. You can find ways to earn money on the internet everywhere. Their are even Internet sites that will scan your circulars and flyers and post them on websites for a full year for as low as $1. Now that's cheap advertising!

And I would imagine someone could make a lot of money before the Internet Patrol comes after them.

There are internet mini sites that anyone can purchase for less than $10. It remains their website forever and is set up to sell a product or service for the new owner. It sells the product, service or membership, collects the money by Paypal or other account, delivers the product digitally then sends the money to the new Entrepreneur who is willing to take a chance on earning money online for a minimum out of pocket expense. This new entrepreneur only has to advertise the website to make money. No orders to fill, no products to stock, no middle man to pay. It's just an All Profit Opportunity that keeps on working until they stop advertising the website.

Now that is an UnLimited Income Potential if I every seen one. The sky is the limit!

Unless you earn a lot of money, Paypal will just keep on sending your payments unquestionably. No taxes to collect unless you sell to TN residents.

If and when that time comes, paypal will more than likely step in and ask for the licensing information.

The thing is a person has a chance to earn some money or at least break even before they have to lay out financial cuts to the government.

But then, this is just my opinion.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sat, Mar 3, 2012, at 4:41 PM

I seriously think you could turn a one word blog post into a long winded rant. You have entirely too much time on your hands.

-- Posted by GoTitans on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 10:17 AM

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