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Be Your Own Boss

Do you think it would be great to run your own business? Not everyone's cut out for it. How do you know if you've got what it takes? Take the Entrepreneur Challenge, a set of questions that will get you thinking about what's involved.

If you get a good score on the Challenge, then the next question is what do you want to do? Start a lawn-mowing and snow-shoveling service?  Take care of other people's kids on weekends or during summer vacations?  Open a dog-walking or a dog-sitting service? Seal driveways? Paint houses during the summer? Try your hand at housecleaning? Set up new computers and new software for people? Help people organize their digital photos or music files?

There are loads of business you could start. Will you need supplies or equipment? How will you advertise? You'll need to ask questions like this to get started.

There are teens who became young millionaires from their business. But start small, grow, and see if you like it. Be creative, but don’t let school suffer.

Did you know?

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.