Homeschool Business Education

Is your homeschooler planning to major in business in college? Students interested in business don’t need to wait until college to begin their studies. Business is one of the most competitive majors for college admissions, so teens are well-advised to seek out business experiences during high school. While homeschooling high school, an interest in business can be incorporated into extracurricular, summer, and academic experiences. Here are a few ways to get started:

Start a Business
What better way to learn about business than to jump into life as an entrepreneur while in high school? With a flexible daytime schedule, homeschoolers may have more opportunities to run their own businesses. Some small business options homeschoolers may wish to consider include petsitting, dog walking, computer repair, tutoring, website development, car detailing, and lawn care. Some teens enjoy making or upsetlling products to sell at local farmer’s markets or online at websites like Etsy.  Reselling items from garage sales or thrifting is also popular. Often, students begin their business by working for a few friends or neighbors. These ventures are a great way to gain hands-on experience with business concepts such as planning, marketing, budgeting, and working with customers.

High School Business Clubs
Various organizations offer clubs and programs for teens who wish to learn more about business. One of the most popular options is Junior Achievement.  JA makes curriculum resources available to volunteers who run clubs for teens. There are homeschool groups around the country participating in JA.

Read Business Publications
Your homeschooler can gain a better understanding of business by reading business news publications and popular nonfiction about economics and business. Reading a variety of high-quality nonfiction is also a great way to prepare for the Freakanomics, Forbes Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal online.

Academic Options

Students interested in business should seek develop strong math skills during high school. Applicants at more selective universities typically have taken calculus during high school.  Homeschooler should consider AP or dual enrollment options for calculus if possible.

Business courses are also an option during high school. The Council for Economics Education has a helpful website with a wide variety of resources and materials available for grades K-12. For students who are prepared for more advanced work, Advanced Placement or College Level Examination Program are available options. These tests offer a way to document a student’s learning and may possibly lead to college credit. There is no specific AP business test, but micro and macroeconomics would be a good field of study for students interested in business.  CLEP offers several exams that may interest business students, such as financial accounting, information systems and computer applications, introductory business law, principles in management, principles of marketing, and both micro and macroeconomics.

Business Summer Programs
Summer programs are another way for teens to explore an interest in business. There is a range of camp offerings to appeal to students with different interests, from entrepreneurial training to accounting.  Shark Tank style business start-up programs are popular and are offered through summer programs at several universities. While some of these business camps can be quite expensive, others are offered entirely free of charge.

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