May 24, 2022

Question of the Day: What percent of high school students want to start their own business?

Many may have already started businesses and it seems that influencers are....having an influence on this trend. 

Answer: 60% 


  • Do you want to start your own business? Why or why not?
  • Do you have any friends who have already started a business? Explain.
  • Do you think entrepreneurship ("starting a business") is something that you are born with or can be taught?
  • Who are the celebrities or social media influencers that you admire who are starting businesses?

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Behind the numbers (CNBC using JA survey)

About 60% of teenagers are more interested in someday starting their own business instead of working a traditional job, according to a March 1 survey from Junior Achievement USA. The survey of 1,000 teens aged 13 to 17 was conducted online Dec. 16 to 22 by Wakefield Research.

Nearly 2 in 5 teens surveyed said their inspiration for entrepreneurship mostly comes from social media influencers and celebrities. The survey also found that 45% of teens want to learn the ropes from current business owners and 37% would be interested in programs at or after school teaching entrepreneurship.


Give your students a taste of the entrepreneurial struggle with this NGPF Activity, Create A Business Idea


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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