Since we’re on the subject of entrepreneurship, I wanted to answer a common question:
“How do I practically encourage my children to be entrepreneur-minded?”
- They are more likely to be interested in home business if their parents are. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you must run a full-operating home business for your children to want to. You can, at any time, pursue various ways to help with the family income. America provides opportunities like no other place to make money from home. I told the story in Finding Financial Freedom of how one sparse fall my children and I made a gazillion pies and took them door-to-door for sale. We made a little money, but the spark it created in them was probably more profitable.
- Teach them a biblical view of money and time. I believe it is not the Christian’s goal to build wealth, though that could and does happen. But wealth is not our pursuit. (Jesus said, “It is hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven”.…the truth is, we’re already rich, compared to the world’s population.) We are commanded to be good stewards of all our resources, including our money and time. Entrepreneurship gives us more control over these things and thus allows us to better serve the Kingdom if our priority remains to “Seek it first”.
- Equip them with different skills. Every home business is born out of a skill and a love for something. People have found ways to make money just about every way under the sun. I spoke with a man last week whose friend makes a hefty living because he created an official status for the game of Dodgeball, complete with the official ball and rulebook. Who would have thought? In as much as is possible, I think we need to be looking for ways to expand the skills and interests of our children, feeling them out until they land upon something, or several somethings, that could grow into either a business, a ministry, or hopefully both.
Which brings me to the exciting give away!!! Kathy Brodock oozes with talent. She is always surprising me with yet another of her many skills.
I am giving away 1 each of her DVD sets: Basic Crochet and Basic Cake Decorating. She JUST finished How to Make a Patchwork Quilt, by the way, so be sure to take a look at that. These DVDs would make fabulous Christmas gifts for anyone! And just think about the savings to learn a skill like this compared to what you would pay for a class!
So, are you ready to enter? Here are the rules–brace yourself. Leave a comment. That’s it. Oh, and if you send a friend to leave a comment (make sure they tell me that you sent them), I’ll enter your name again up to 3 times.
The contest begins now, and will end Friday at 8:00 p.m. I will try to announce the winners by Saturday morning some time.