This lesson plan provides a structured way to help students explore entrepreneurship as a career. I like this lesson specifically because it starts with an activity to learn what students already know about starting their own business, which frequently isn't very much. Then, it helps them develop some of their own guiding questions to motivate the rest of their research process.
Many students are unaware that there are many ways to start a business in addition to just selling a product. This resource provides a long list of the possibilities to get them inspired by the positives. From farmer to writer to account, this list helps add context when we talk about someone who runs their own business.
Gary Vaynerchuck, featured in this video, is a dynamic and engaging real world entrepreneur. In this very short video he points out the difference between wanting to be an entrepreneur and being an entrepreneur is actually starting a business, and then he gives examples of what he did as a kid. This video is an excellent inclusion in a lesson about a career in entrepreneurship because it humanizes the experience.
This video goes into depth with Gary Vaynerchuck, the entrepreneur features in the short video above. He talks about how he found the idea for his first major business and what his life is like as an entrepreneur. I use this video in conjunction with the other short video above to introduce students to a real life entrepreneur and then dig deeper into what it really means to have a career running your own business.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides projections on different careers, including entrepreneurship. While we frequently talk about working in someone else's business, it's important to show students data specific to someone who wants to run their own business.
There are several distinct personality traits that set entrepreneurs apart from other types of workers, and this short quiz helps you see if you have those traits. I love that it approaches some of the less desirable traits that are typically looked down appoint and explains how they can make you good at running your own business.