A BUSINESS GUIDE FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Everyone needs to have financial skills to be able to manage their money and pay their expenses. Whether you plan to own your own business someday or you expect to work for someone else, finance skills will give you the understanding and tools you need to succeed. Creating a budget for yourself or your business enables you to plan your income and expenses. A budget is also a great finance tool for people who want to save their money. Once you master the basics, such as learning about how money works and how expenses and profits are added up, you can move on to picking up more advanced skills like planning out your saving and spending and making wise investments.

  • Be Your Own Boss: Play this game to practice starting your own business and making business decisions.
  • Hot Shot Business: Be a hotshot business owner by playing this online game. You’ll get practice starting and running a business.
  • Just What Is a Profit? A profit is the money that a business owner gets after taking care of all expenses.
  • All-Terrain Brain (PDF): If you’d like a road map that will start you on the path to being an entrepreneur, this guide will help you.
  • Lemonade Stand: Run a lemonade stand online to practice the skills necessary for serving drinks to your neighborhood.
  • Financial Football: If you like football, play this version of the game to see how well you manage money and understand finances.
  • Reality Check: Being an adult involves a lot of financial responsibilities. This reality check helps you see how prepared you are for adulthood.
  • The World of Cents: Play the World of Cents game to learn how to earn, save, and spend money responsibly.
  • Money Memory: With the Money Memory game, you see pictures and terms, which you need to match to earn points.
  • How Coins Are Made (video): If you’ve ever wondered how the U.S. government makes coins, watch this video to see the process.
  • Fraud Scene Investigator: Pretend that you are a fraud scene investigator while you play a game that involves investigating a crime and the mysterious “Mr. X.”
  • Donut Empire: In the Donut Empire game, choose the number of days that you want to operate a doughnut shop and then work to manage your store.
  • Farm Blitz: Learn about what farmers need to do to manage their businesses with the Farm Blitz game.
  • Ad Decoder: Retailers make and show advertisements to try to get people to buy their products. The Ad Decoder game helps you understand how ads convey their messages.
  • Escape From Barter Island: Playing Escape From Barter Island helps you learn about economies and how people can use a system of barter and trade.
  • Jesse’s Ice Cream Stand: Run an ice cream stand with this game to learn how to make business decisions that will profit your company.
  • Chair the Fed: The Central Bank of the United States is responsible for setting monetary policy. See how you would perform as chairperson of the Fed.
  • How Banks Work: Read through this easy overview of how banks work so you understand what happens to your money after you deposit it into a bank account.
  • Hands on Banking: This interactive activity lets you choose subjects to learn about, such as credit, budgeting, and checking and savings accounts.
  • Clickity Clack Let’s Keep Track: You have to move your train on the track by making good decisions about how you manage your savings account.
  • Sense and Dollars: Test your money knowledge by clicking on the subjects, including earning, saving, and spending.
  • Break the Bank: The Break the Bank game is a fun way to learn about savings and debt. Your goal is to increase your savings account balance while managing your expenses and debt.
  • Field Trip to the Money Factory (video): This video will take you on a virtual field trip of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC.
  • Making Spending Decisions (PDF): Go through this easy lesson that helps you learn about and practice making spending decisions.
  • Income and Spending Worksheet (PDF): Setting up a personal budget means figuring out how much money you earn and then planning your expenses to make sure you have enough money to cover everything.
  • Budget Basics (PDF): Making a budget is a great way to plan for a purchase you want to make. You can plan the amount of money you need for your expenses and the amount of money you want to set aside.