Take advantage of this Summer!

June 07, 2017

Summer offers great opportunities for young people who are smart enough to take advantage of them! Here’s a great list of summer time activities to fuel the entrepreneurial mindset this summer.


1 Hit the flea markets and craft fairs to see what is selling that you could imitate or improve upon at your next TREP$ Marketplace. While you’re there, notice the table displays. What catches your eye? What props did they use display their products to get height? What about price-tags and signs?

2 Consider renting your own space at a craft fair or flea market if you feel your business is ready to take that step. To minimize risk for this first experience, ask the organizer for a reduced rate given that you are a student. If the space is larger than you need, ask one or more other people to share the space and divide the cost.

3 Visit garage/tag sales with an open and creative mind. Often people sell items that, with a little work, can be turned into saleable products for TREP$. After a wedding, the bride might sell the candle holders that were on each of the tables….

4 Clean out your basement or garage and you many find some inspiration in these free, raw materials! -and maybe the act of cleaning and organizing might make you a few $$ too! You might find: abandoned craft projects, left over wood from years ago, jars of buttons, etc.

5 Use this FREE-TIME to actually make some products if you know what you plan to do. If you want to start selling, use social media to get the word out about your products. Start with some different variations, only making a few of each kind. Once you have a few sales, you’ll know which design is more successful. Making products to order is another option.

6 Learn a new SKILL that you could use to make a great product when it comes time for TREP$! Who can teach you? Ask your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors and family friends what they like to do. Set up a plan so that you can learn to sew, work with wood, carve, build, paint, draw, knit, crochet, make jewelry, cook, bake, or craft!

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