No business comes around in an instant and for the people who think it’s a natural born talent, think again. As they say, practice makes perfect and well...I’m still practising!
When I was 4, I launched my first business, ‘Henry’s Rotted Myor’. I know what you're thinking. I’m sorry, but what 4 year old do you know that can correctly spell the word ‘manure’?! To translate that into a more processable brand name, ‘Henry’s Rotten Manure’ came around when I really wanted a new toy. I’d spent my weekly allowance and NEEDED this toy with a great matter of urgency. We have horses and I went into the field and basically spent my evening shovelling poo into a bag. Whatever floats your boat I guess. I made a sign and put the bags outside of our front gates. By the morning they’d been sold and £1.50 was left in the postbox. I was thrilled!
My next venture was when I was 7. There were these incredibly popular toys at school and I noticed some of my friends had varieties that others didn’t. I did what any 7 year old would do when spotting a gap in the market...set up trade meetings with my friends! I had some serious clients in the playground. As I’ll tell you in a moment, things didn’t exactly (as they don’t always) go to plan.
Not Before Tea was my first serious business and led to so many amazing things. Now I’m in the middle of a world tour speaking, have released my new book and business ‘Young and Mighty’ (youngmighty.com) helping young people spend their future doing what they love. There also might be something coming later on in the year! Shhhhhhh