Fourteen-year-old Anna Williams is in her fifth year of business as a pen-maker and she’s proving that a pen is mightier than allowance.
According to CBS report, she has sold more than 200 handmade pens in the last year. At around US$50 to US$750 each – that amounts to nearly US$10,000.
How did she build a successful company?
Anna got the idea at eight years old, when her father Michael showed her a web video of a young girl making pens for inspiration.
“It was really one of these things for me as a father to say, ‘Hey, Anna, here’s something – look what kids can do at any age,‘” says Mr. Williams.
“When she got done watching the video and then said, ‘I want to make pens,’ I was like, ‘Yeah… that’s not what I was thinking.’” Eventually, Mr. Williams invested a few hundred dollars for her first pen lathe.
It takes an hour to make each pen, and Anna says that her business in the first year was slow, but took off after she joined the local chamber of commerce.
“People really started to come up to me and you know, yelling across the room, ‘Hey, is that the pen girl? I need to talk to you!'” says Anna.
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Anna is an inspiration not only to youngsters but to all of us who want to make it big in our chosen business path despite our busy schedules. There are many tips on how to effectively sell your handmade products online and even some successful sellers, share their stories like how they got 500 Etsy sales In 3 months; and that really helps.
Your classes, exams, and other work are scheduled for you, but making time for your handmade business requires discipline and determination. Emotional support is equally essential. Like anyone else, entrepreneurs occasionally need to vent when they’re dealing with something crazy or irritating at school or in your business, and friends and family are a safer audience. Identify your support networks who don’t tell you that it’s wrong to do what you love, for a fresh perspective on a problem or a decision.
No matter what type of handmade product you choose to sell, keep in mind that some business ventures don’t succeed, and it’s okay. Many fail miserably, but that hardly makes you a failure. Starting a handmade business is one of the best opportunities to give things a try. With every attempt, you’ll gain valuable experience and insight into what works and what doesn’t.
So how do you find success in your handmade business even if you’re busy with something else like school, just like Anna? Please let us know in the comment box below.