December 7, 2014
Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. Have you thought about what you would like to help make your business or future business a success? Here are a few ideas to give your family, friends, and all the other people who support you as a young entrepreneur.
For aspiring or emerging young female entrepreneurs
Carol Topp CPA founder of Micro Business for Teens and host of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast has some creative gift ideas:
- White board and dry erase markers for brainstorming your ideas
- Books written by Carol on the blog Micro Businesses for Teens:http://microbusinessforteens.com/products/
- Starting a Micro Business
- Running a Micro Business
- Money and Taxes in a Micro Business
- Micro Business for Teens Workbook
- Carol’s book Teens and Taxes: http://teensandtaxes.com
- Consultation with an accountant. To get started set up a session with Carol. You can contact Carol through her business website Carol Topp CPA http://caroltoppcpa.com/contact-us/
For young female entrepreneurs already in business
Check out more of Carol’s gift ideas on the Micro Business for Teens website (http://microbusinessforteens.com/blog-2/).
We would like to suggest:
- Subscriptions to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines
- A subscription to Evernote https://evernote.com
- A motivational poster or framed desktop print from Successories http://www.successories.com
- Hire a professional headshot photographer. One or two headshots are good to have ready when journalists and editors want to write a story on young entrepreneurs.
- Two well-written bios prepared by a writer who knows how to highlight young entrepreneurs
Marketing gifts for emerging entrepreneurs and those already in business
Carol suggestions include:
- Logo design
- Business cards, banners, brochures, posters, postcards, etc. VistaPrint.com is Carol’s favorite.
- Website hosting and domain name
To expand on Carol’s list we would like to include:
- Business card holders
- Office supplies of all types from post it notes to printer paper and ink
- A hardcover classic notebook to record ideas, contacts, and resources. Maybe a second notebook to use as a personal journal to record successes, steps used to overcome challenges,and fears that need to be faced.
Gifts ideas for young female entrepreneurs at any stage of business
- A one-on-one conversation by video chat or in person with a favorite female entrepreneur. The video conversations we have on our Girl’s CEO Connection YouTube channel are through Skype because most of the teens and entrepreneurs had Skype.For one-on-one conversations that are not being recorded any of the other video chat systems would work. Just be sure the entrepreneur who agrees with the conversation is comfortable using the suggested system.
- Sam Horn’s book, POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline for Anything. This is an excellent gift full of practical ideas to get you, your business, ideas, or just about anything to get the positive recognition deserved.
- Nancy Duarte’s book, Resonate, Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences. There will be a time when a young entrepreneur needs to make a visual presentation to sell and excite an audience about her business. Resonate is more than a Power Point or Keynote slide show. It is a guide for a story-based message found to be the best way to get people excited about a business, especially for young entrepreneurs. Teenage girls already have the skills to tell stories. Resonate is a way for them to make their stories visible and relate them to their potential or current businesses.
- Donna Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls. An entrepreneur at any stage of business needs friends to celebrate successes and give support when adversity comes along. Entrepreneurs want to cause a positive change through their businesses for their customers or causes.
- Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, Learn It and Use It for Life. Creativity is not just for artists, musicians, dancers, or performers. Creativity is for entrepreneurs who want to solve a problem or come up with a new way to make a difference. The Creative Habit is a guide on how daily routines and everything someone experiences feeds into their creativity to make it a habit.I read the book and learned so many tricks to open my mind to creative ways of thinking I had never considered. I also marked important ideas in it I can review even today.
If you have additional ideas on gifts for young female entrepreneurs please send them to us and we’ll add them into a new blog post. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!
Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection