I remember when I started out with my first business, seventeen years old (some misty years ago now).....I could drive so it was skies the limit, I could go self employed, take on the world, become rich and have plenty of time on my hands. Ok....I could drive and go self employed.
My point is, back then there was no real help available for new business, well not genuine anyway unless you got lucky. Most of the time help meant someone had spotted I was young, vulnerable and easily persuaded to part with money on some shite deal or something I didn't really need.etc etc. But that's how it was at the time so you learned by your mistakes (and there was many) and over a period of time the mistakes grew less, They are still there....but less.
These days it's great to see the help and guidance available to young budding entrepreneurs is not only genuine, but of good quality too. I did a talk at the recently held Teentrepreneurs here at the Main Place to a few youngsters, and took the time to check out the schedule for the week. It was excellent, these kids have every chance of fast tracking their businesses through the power of experienced mentoring. Of course they will still make mistakes, but less of them.......now where is my time machine?