Putting Their Profits Where Their Hearts Are, TREP$ Care

September 01, 2016

Have you caught all the newspaper articles featuring young entrepreneurs who have chosen to give a portion or all of their profits to a cause in which they believe?  These wonderful acts of kindness can be seen at just about every TREP$ Marketplace, but that doesn’t lessen the generosity required to give away money that you worked so hard to earn.

Starting a business is a big undertaking for a kid.  It means hours and hours of hard work.  It means trial and error and trial and error and trial and error, complete with frustrating moments and financial risk.  It all makes sense when the carrot of personal profit is in sight.  Most kids have an exciting plan for what they will do with their money, and that makes all the hard work worth it.  But these kids, who find causes they believe in, have a different carrot all together.

When I speak to young entrepreneurs who are donating their profits to charity, I always ask why.  It’s important to me that it was their decision.  That’s the backbone of TREP$- They are their own bosses.  What I learn is very exciting to me.  These kids are making the decision for themselves.  It’s because they love animals, want to cure cancer because their mom has fought it, want give back to an organization that came through for their family when they needed it.  They inspire me.  They are 11, 12, 13 years old and they already get.  They are willing to forgo buying something for a moment’s pleasure, to make a difference in the world.  That feeling of empowerment that comes with making their own money is not diminished when they give it away.  They feel empowered that they are part of the solution.

In an effort to recognize these awesome kids, we created “TREP$ Care.”  Each month, we will include submissions about young entrepreneurs who are using their profits to improve our world. You can look forward to reading about them in upcoming issues of the TREP$ on TRACK newsletter.

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