If you have decided to step outside the norm, whether that is through YouTube, Blogging, etc. then there is a chance your parents may not be on board.
At least at first, until you can prove that what your doing will pay off in terms of money.
I have seen this happen so many times, as parents want the best for you.
So when you take the gamble on doing something like setting up your own business.
They are not sure about it and whether you are doing the right thing.
That is something I have gone through myself.
When I left college, my parents saw two options,
Either I went to Univerisity to continue my studies, or I get a proper job.
There wasn’t another option in the equation.
I knew they would have hated for me just to waste time.
So this is why I already had this in mind before I started college.
While I was taking my sports diploma course, I was underway with my online business and building it.
This so that if I reached the end of the course and didn’t want to go Uni, which was the advised next step to take after, I would at least have options.
I know in this day and age that times are different.
Teens now have different aspirations on what they want to be when they are older.
If you are someone who wants to step out the norm but wants to know how to get there parents of there back in the process.
Then this post is for you, as I am going to give you some decent advice.
Try To Get Them On Board
This one is certainly easier said then done, as if you are trying to go down a route that is unfamiliar to them, it will be hard to get them on board at the start.
I have two parents who are born in two different generations, so as you can imagine explaining what I was trying to achieve at the start was much easier at the beginning then it was to the other one.
The likelihood is that unless your parents are young, they probably didn’t grow up in a time where the internet was a big thing.
So when I came to them saying I was going to create an online business straight away, they thought I was making the right decision.
In their eyes, the best decision was to go to university as not only is everyone else doing it, but that’s what they think is the best path.
Following the education system, doing 3 or 4 years at UNI and hopefully then getting a high-end job at the end of it.
So you may be on different wavelengths and find it tough.
But if you can try and sit down with them and tell them about what you’re trying to achieve, then you may be able to get them on board.
Get A Job In The Mean Time
That may not be what you want to hear.
But unless you are in education, you will want to get a job in the meantime.
It doesn’t matter if it’s offline or online.
Not only will your parents see this and be satisfied because you are earning money.
But this will help you with your business or whatever you are pursuing.
You may find a job that you like, but from doing the grind, it should make you more determined to make what you’re working on work for yourself.
I remember when I started my business, I did some freelancing on the side.
I didn’t especially enjoy it.
But once I had done my work for my clients, it gave me this extra hunger to put effort into my businesses
This is because I wanted to work for myself, not for others.
The other good aspect of getting a job is that if you’re doing blogging or doing YouTube.
You can outsource from the start using some of the money from your work.
If your blogging like I do, you could hire a writer.
This will help to FastTrack your process and take the pressure off you.
It also means you can focus on other things while your business is building.
For YouTube, you could invest in equipment, resources, or even courses from established YouTubers to help your growth from an earlier stage.
But to conclude you probably want to get a job at the start.
Once that passive income flows in, you might be in a position where you can quit the job and work on your business full-time.
Create A Plan
To help to save you time and so you don’t spend years wasting your time and frustrating your parents.
I suggest that you create a plan for yourself, as that is something I do a lot there helps me to achieve my goals.
And by a plan, I don’t mean how much you want to be making by the end of the month.
I’m talking more about actionable goals instead.
Its actually said that those who set goals for themselves are more likely to then achieve them.
For example, if you want to be a YouTuber, a good plan could be to:
- Set an amount of time to research about YouTube, whether that is taking a course.
- Have a goal for the number of videos you would like to publish.
- Set up a plan for your channel and the direction you want to take it in.
- Research your niche to see what’s being done and what works.
You could wing it; some people do make it work from doing that.
However, if you want to make it work, you want the right mindset from the get-go and you want to approach it all correctly.
If you have a plan you are going to be much more likely to achieve your goals and in a shorter time span.
The key to it is to have goals in place but to be consistent in the process, this is something that is often undervalued.
Help Them As Much As You Can
Another way that has helped me get my parents off my back is to contribute as much as positive.
Since most teens do live at home with there parents it means you can help them around the house with any jobs.
If you are contributing at home they are more likely to support you with your side hustle.
Since you are being helpful and pulling your weight.
This doesn’t mean you have to do lots of chores.
It’s more about just helping them out wherever possible.
So you could be doing errands, jobs, taking the pet for a walk or even keeping your room tidy.
Anything that will take the pressure of them and make them happy.
Parents notice when the kids are putting in the effort.
So if you are going out your way to help them then they’re more likely to cut you some slack.
Try To Get Out As Much As Possible
An issue that that tends to cause issues is being in a house where everybody is in close proximity.
Being a teenager it can feel like your parents are always on you, so getting some space is key from time to time.
So if you can try and get out of the house as much as possible.
Whether that is going on long walks, seeing your friends, going for a run. Whatever it may be.
Even find some hobbies that keep you busy.
That way it doesn’t look like you are just lounging around all the time.
By doing this though not only are you giving yourself time to think but also your parents a break from you.
I know this first hand because a lot of the arguments I have had with my parents towards my late teens were due to us both being too close for a long period of time.
So sometimes a break is what you need and if you can get that you will feel much better after.
Getting the parents of your back isn’t an easy feat.
I would know that especially, as I was until recently a teen myself.
With my parents not on board with what I was doing online in the early stages it also made that harder.
These 5 steps are all ones I have incorporated and used to help get the parents off my back when I have needed it the most.
So if you are going through a time where your mum or dad is driving you crazy these might be able to help you out.