Is 13 too young to be an entrepreneur?

on Friday, 27 May 2011. Posted in N21 Business Blog

 

The goverment is very keen on promoting entrepreneurship amongst children and young people. You hear these appoprycal stories about how many entrepreneurs were poor students but started wheeling & dealing when they are barely able to add up, the kids who are able to make a turn from trading at a young age, pften do end up being successful in business.

 

Here is a great tale of a precocious kid from Ohio, called Hart Main (is that a real name?). He has launched his own range of  “manly” smelling candles. Designed for those who, like himself, harbor a strong dislike for the “girly” scents given off by other candles — such as those once sold by his sister (so candles are in the family).

 

Meet Hart

                                          

 

Whilst candles (outside of the Church) may seem off limits to most men, a bit like cushions, these candles are made from old soup cans, the majority of which Hart buys himself, to add to the 3,000 plus he has already received from donations. From his family kitchen in Ohio, Hart (apparently) cleans these cans, removes the labels, and fills them with a proprietary wax blend made of all natural food grade wax. The resultant Man Cans are available in scents such as bacon, campfire, grandpa’s pipe, and new mitt.

 

                        

 

The candles are available from select stores in Ohio and across the US, as well as online — although Hart asks that online customers be patient for, “these are still made in my kitchen, and I still have to go to school during the day.”  I am sure many a kitchen table business start will sympathise!

 

But this is not just a means for a teenager to add to his pocket money; all of the soup from the bought cans is donated to soup kitchens, hospitals, churches, or other non-profit organisations. Hart apparently, also has plans to work with organisations towards the aim of using recycled cans to hold the wax. Then, he explains, he will donate a percentage of each candle sale towards a local soup kitchen. It is certainly impressive work for such a young entrepreneur, who has not only created an innovative product but is using it to do good in his community.

 

www.man-cans.com

The government is very keen on promoting entrepreneurship amongst children and young people. You hear these stories about how many entrepreneurs were poor students but started wheeling & dealing when they are barely able to add up, the kids who are able to make a turn from trading at a young age, often do end up being successful in business.

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