“A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.”
It was a sunny spring day in my 4th grade class when Mrs. Warner taught me the word entrepreneur. From the first time I heard it I was fascinated by what it meant. When I got off the school bus that afternoon I ran home, excited to share what I had learned. My mother listened to me repeat it over and over how I wanted to be a business man and learn how to sell things. So she helped me form my first business.
The Candy Stand
My mother worked at a small value supermarket. The kind with cardboard boxes on the shelves, and you have to bag your own groceries. She was able to purchase whole boxes of candy just like the ones the big box stores had but in extremely small units one box at a time. With my mom as my supplier and a small investment from Gram I purchased boxes of Slimjims, Chocolate, Jolly Ranchers, Bubble Gum and more. Mom helped me do the math and figure out how much to charge for each item and we wrote a small list.
The next day I setup a table and chair outside my house, colored a sign, and arranged all the boxes of candy. I was so excited to have the official advertisements from the boxes facing out to my potential customers. I borrowed one of my mothers Tupperware containers to use as a cash register and I was in business.
The kids in the neighborhood quickly took notice of my candy stand and started coming over to see what I was selling. Before long they were coming back with parents or money in hand to buy a treat from my store. I would make sure I collected the correct amount of money, placed it in my Tupperware bowl, and then gave my customer the candy. Simple but effective. I don’t remember exactly how much money I made but I do remember having a Tupperware container full of cash and coins to count later.
I learned a lot about business selling candy that spring but the venture only lasted about two weeks until I moved on and wanted to be a DJ. Even at such a young age I was naturally drawn to business. From trading Pokemon cards, to selling Candy, at just 9 years old I was developing the skills that would one day change my families life and lead me on an incredible journey.