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Seven-Year-Old Brayden is already a successful entrepreneur

June 30, 2016   ·   0 Comments

By Michelle Janzen

 

It all started when Brayden Macbeth, a seven-year-old student at Glenbrook Public School, wanted more Lego.

His parents said if he wanted the Lego, he was going to have to earn enough money himself to purchase it.

It was wintertime and Brayden came up with the idea of selling hot chocolate and cookies to kids playing outside to keep them warm and energized.

With that, he set forth with his new business: B’s Treats.

Over the course of the winter selling to those outside in the bone-chilling cold, Brayden was able to make enough money to buy the new Lego set he really wanted.

As winter turned into spring, the hot chocolate business started to slow down. With Brayden now eyeing a Canada’s Wonderland pass, as well as a new bicycle, his parents told him he had a choice. He could pick what he wanted them to buy and the other he would once again have to earn the money himself to purchase.

Brayden chose to work to purchase a bike. With that, he sat down and re-strategized, deciding to continue on with his already successful B’s Treats. However, he changed out the items for sale to accommodate the changing weather.

For the summer months, Brayden has decided what kids want most is a drink and a snack when they are out playing; nothing big, something quick and cheap. That being said, the summer items are currently cookies, freezies, popcorn, sugar sticks, cupcakes and lemonade.

“I may expand and start selling water too,” he says.

With too much to carry, Brayden and his parents set out to help their son in his business venture. Brayden’s father helped him build onto a wagon they had to include closed storage to carry more treats for the summer months, while his mom helped him make the signs for his business.

Brayden had sold enough treats to local children doing this, saving up almost $60 after paying for the items he sold, when he had his wallet that contained all the money stolen.

With such a devastating blow, his father says he learned a valuable life lesson through the misfortune.

Don’t worry – this story has a happy ending.

A kind neighbour heard of Brayden’s loss, and knew how hard he had worked to save the money for a new bike, that she went out and purchased a new bicycle for Brayden without his knowledge.

Was he ever excited and appreciative when he came home that day and saw this awesome gift!

Now, because of this, Brayden has decided to continue paying it forward and gives out lollipops free to anyone wanting one.

Brayden is proving that through innovation and creativity anyone can become a success in business, no matter how young he or she is.

That being said, nothing should be used as an excuse for not pursuing your dreams of being an entrepreneur.

It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are, nor how big or how small your idea is. Entrepreneurship can be achieved by many different demographics. All we have to do to get our business ideas to blossom is find some support and put the work in.

         

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