When I was nine years old, I never dreamed that the small, quarter vending machine I owned would turn me into a small business owner and a college graduate.

Wanting to inspire a sense of entrepreneurship and business in his daughter, my dad brought home a vending machine he had purchased from a friend. Setting it down in front of me in our living room, he asked—in all seriousness—“Do you want to start a business?”

I owned 15 quarter vending machines by the time I left high school, with all of the profits going toward my college fund. In addition to being a great bonding experience for my family, I cannot tell you how many skills I learned from starting and growing my very own venture that helped me gain responsibility (and looked darn good on every application I’ve ever submitted).

Dunlap, T. (2016). I Started My First Business at Age 9: Here’s What Kids Can Learn from Being Entrepreneurs – Bplans Blog. Bplans Blog. Retrieved 31 May 2017, from http://articles.bplans.com/i-started-my-first-business-at-age-9-heres-what-kids-can-learn-from-being-entrepreneurs/