Consider what is missing from the traditional public school curricula...business training. Self-employment is not only possible, it is enjoyable and a great alternative for many post-high school students! Though long ignored by guidance counselors as an alternative to any form of higher education, entrepreneurship ought to be looked at more closely by students wondering what their next step in life should be. There are some very good training materials and options out there, and even those considering trades ought to have some basic understanding of business building skills, so that they may one day strike out on their own rather than be employed by others. Both Stratford Career Institute and Penn Foster offer year long courses in entrepreneurship to teach beginning business basics, and we are listing other resources below:
Business Startup Checklist
This is a business startup checklist that is simple and should be used after a course in business/entrepreneurism.
Bluestocking Press - Business/Economics/Entrepreneur
This course of study, utilizing several books, is titled for "Middle School", but could just as easily be used as an introductory course for high schoolers wanting to explore a little about owning their own business someday. It offers thoughtful information about the business world, and assists someone in beginning to think about their future without getting too specific.
Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
This is a "link rich" web site with links to just about every possible business training program available. Describing itself, their web site pretty much explains what you can find here: "Your FIRST Link to Entrepreneurship Education, small business design, entrepreneurial mindset, micro-enterprise, small business management, enterprising behavior, home-based business, self- employment, or just plan business start up!" If you are considering teaching business start up to your learners, this really ought to be your "first link" to visit!
Short term courses and certificate programs from a top university available to all in marketing.
Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future
If you are serious about teaching Entrepreneurship/Business StartUp to your learner, then this is he textbook you want. A Prentice Hall/Pearson year long curriculum, this explains everything a young person needs to know...and in an engaging way. Samples of the textbook are located at this web site linked above, which is the site for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. There are also a few other resources available there that are intriguing and geared toward the high school level. Look through the available sample pages and Table of Contents, and see what you think. This is chock full of all kinds of important information. This is a Tried and True resource which our family has used and our kids thoroughly enjoyed.
Micro Business for Teens
Learn by doing. This web site and the accompanying books are perfect for teaching the basics of business ownership, and are a great way to get your feet wet in the Entrepreneurial pool.
If you have a learner who is headed toward a career in business, and wants to put their feet to the fire instead of spending years in a classroom learning business theory, then you absolutely must check out Praxis. Offering a 6 month free PAID apprenticeship "boot camp" experience with solid start up companies, your learner will get real life experience. According to their web site, "At the end of twelve months, participants are in the top 1% of young professionals and debt free. 98% of graduates receive a full-time offer from their business partner. Some accept the offer, others find another opportunity in the Praxis network, or even start their own company. All graduates leave the program fully equipped for a fulfilling life and career. The average salary is $50,000 per year." Founded in 2013 by a homeschooler, Isaac Moorehouse, Praxis was designed to fill the gap between a college education with no experience, and experience with no "signal" to employers of real business skills. This one is definitely worth checking out!
School for StartUps
Online video courses that teach entrepreneurship and business start up. At a cost of $30 per month for access to all the modules, if one were to be judicious and serious with their time, a lot of learning could be gained in a short period of time. This web site is currently under reconstruction as of 8/3/17, but it appears it will be back online soon. There are links to their Facebook page.
Small Business Start Up Kit
This is a well defined list of tasks without too much explanations of business start up tasks.