Successful 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Advice to Newbies: ‘Know What Your Ideas Are’

In a recent blog post, 12-year-old business owner
Maya Penn penned advice to budding entrepreneurs
on how to run a start-up. Penn is the owner of
Maya’s Ideas, a virtual store that sells 100% eco-
friendly, environmentally sustainable, fashionable
accessories and clothing. She started the business
at the tender age eight.
Her business has gained the attention of Forbes
Magazine, Black Enterprise, Ebony, and several
more mainstream publications and websites. Today,
at the young age of 12, she already knows her
purpose in life: “I see myself doing exactly what I’m
doing now — being an entrepreneur, philanthropist
and animated filmmaker and doing everything I can
to help the planet. I may be one person, but the
smallest actions can lead to the biggest changes,
That’s why everyone should get involved with
saving our environment and giving back to our
communities through doing what you love.”
Here’s the advice the young entrepreneur offered to
start-ups: “The advice I have for other start-up
entrepreneurs is, it’s important to know what your
ideas are. Start an idea book, a journal where you
can write down all of your ideas for your business.
Whether it be a small thought that crosses your
mind, or the next big idea, it’s important to have it
written down. Even if it doesn’t seem important, it
may be very useful in the future. You also have to
research what you want to do and what field of
business you want to be in. Most importantly, you
have to believe in yourself and what you’re doing.
When people know that you have a passion, and
you truly want to achieve something, you’ll be
amazed at how much support you will get. Don’t get
discouraged if things are going more slowly than
you expected. If things seem to be going wrong,
don’t give up too quickly. It’s good for things to go
wrong in a business because it’s a learning
experience, and it helps you and your business
grow.”

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10 thoughts on “Successful 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Advice to Newbies: ‘Know What Your Ideas Are’

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