Children are in general associated with innocence and untouched beauty. They are appreciated for the simple joy they bring into people’s life. Child prodigies and born geniuses do not only display a great sense of talent but also inspire others. Business is not an exception when it comes to exceptional display of talent and tact by children. Here are some stories about child entrepreneurs who made it to the top of the business world and earned a lot of money through sheer talent, determination and hard work. The author wishes to inform the reader that entrepreneurship has no age barriers and one can become an entrepreneur at 60 as much as he or she can at 6 or 16. The list given below is only to serve as an encouragement for others and a glimpse into how a different way of thinking can open new business avenues. Hence do not worry if you have missed a lot of years, there are always many years to come.
Known for Beanie Babies, Cameron Johnson entered the business world at a tender age of seven. He went knocking at his neighbors’ doors selling vegetables. In the next two years he became famous in his school for the record of selling hundreds of raffle tickets in few weeks. When his parents gifted him a printer and computer for Christmas that year, he started to make money out of printing greeting cards and invitations. At the age of 12 he bought 30 beanie babies for $100 from his sister and sold them on eBay. His greeting card company started to make $15,000 per day when he was 15 years old and he was requested to join the Advisory Board Committee for FutureKids, a company based in Tokyo and Sega America. Currently, at the age of 24, he spends his time giving speeches all over the world and writing books. He is also actively involved in charity.
At the age of 8, Leanna started her own hair care company Hair Inc. She was listed in Inc.com’s youngest Entrepreneurs under 30. Leanne developed a hair repair product using a family formula and started selling it to her classmates and friends. When this product started to work wonders for them, the orders started to pour in from all over the nation. Motivated by this, Leanna developed new products and her company began to grow. She has already been offered a scholarship from Harvard. 13 year old Leanne now spends her time offering motivational talks to parents for improving communication skills and youngsters to transform their dreams into reality by starting their own business.
Jason O’ Neil of Pencil Bugs;
At the age of 9, Jason O’ Neill started his business of selling pencils topped with handmade bugs. After this became a huge success, he begun to make t-shirts and laminated bookmarks. In future he plans on starting a Pencil Bugs bard game and a video game. During holidays, Neill us busy raising money for underprivileged children and donating teddy bears for Rady’s Children Hospital of San Diego. It’s notable that Forbes has listed Neill as one of the Hot Role Models in its under 18 category.
Alexandra Mc Daniel of Kids Roar;
At just 9 years, Alexandra Mc Daniel founded the Kid’s Roar which is a company that is run only by kids. The story behind how she started this company is quite interesting. When she asked her dad for a horse he told her that she had to raise her own money. And this led to the Kids Roar that has 5 different clubs namely Best Friends Club, Dinosaur Club, Horse Club, Safari Club and Marine Club.
Ashley Qualls and Whateverlife.Com;
At 14 years, Ashley Qualls was inspired by the way her pals had personalized their pages on MySpace. With this inspiration she created MySpace layouts and HTML lessons for her friends. This instantly became a million dollar idea. She lived in a single bedroom apartment with her sister and mother. With the $8 her mother gave her to purchase a domain name she started her very first website whateverlife.com. The website became instantly famous and had traffic of about 1 million visits per day. $2,790 was paid to her as her first Ad sense check and in a matter of 3 years she made about $1 million. Its notable that the website receives thrice as much as traffic in comparison to the circulation of magazines like Teen Vogue, Seventeen and CosmoGirl combined together. She employs her mother as well as her friends from school in her company. At the age of 18, she registered for legal emancipation giving her the status of an adult.
David Wilkinson and Video Games;
David Wilkinson was deeply in love with video games and computers. This inspired him to start his own technology blog when he was just 12 years old. He did not make much money through Ad sense. However, a few months later he decided to branch out and started affiliate marketing that provides him with a steady income. He founded the Zi Media Network through which he is planning to launch more blogs. He spends most of his time in the launch of: Affiliate Defined: The Affiliate Marketing Revolution.
Mystery Child Entrepreneur;
This was way back in 1972 when Senator McGovern (who was contesting against Richard Nixon for president) was forced to drop his choice of Vice President Senator Eagleton because of some controversy in the press. A 16 something kid saw an opportunity in this to make money. He bought about 5000 obsolete McGovem-Eagleton buttons and bumper stickers at just about five cents each. Then he marketed them as historical and rare political memorabilia and got as much as 25$ for each. Bought at 5 cents and sold at 25$! The kid would later go on to become the world’s richest man, Bill Gates!
It is quite probable that everyone, one way or the other had tried to be an entrepreneur at one part of their life. It could have been as small as putting up a lemonade stand next to your house or at the school fair. Scale does not matter, it is the perseverance that matters, combined with an open minded approach to business, especially when against a mighty competitor. If you closely follow the stories listed above, it is possible that you are remembering similar opportunities that you might have had in life earlier. However it does not mean that all the opportunities are lost; they are everywhere, around you, in the park you go for the morning walk, in your college or office or in the local market. What is required to succeed is looking at things from a different point of view, so that you can grab the opportunities which others might “see” but might not “notice and observe”.