11-year-olds are turning £10 into £500 - and so can you

 

Kids can be pretty inspiring at the best of times. But when they're kids who can turn £10 into £500, you know you've got something really special on your hands.  Those are exactly the kind of kids that yesterday's Make Your Mark with a Tenner awards was celebrating. It's an annual enterprise competition that gives young people aged six to 19 £10 each, and challenges them to turn a profit. The nice bit is that even those who only end up with £15 benefit from a sense of achievement and a realisation of just how enjoyable and financially productive entrepreneurship can be.
This year's competition introduced us to a groups of students who set up how-to-use-the-internet workshops for over-60s in their area; the incredible 11-year-old who made more than £500 by selling poem cards for Mother's Day (and he bagged Sainsbury's as a distributor along the way!); the socially-minded group of kids who planned an anti-drinking campaign to combat the epidemic of underage alcoholics in their town andRichard-Branson-in-the-making Kieran Owen, who made more than £500 trading on eBay and already has his own pretty darn impressive online shop up and running (http://www.junktrunkclothing.co.uk/contact.php).
It's amazing to see the entrepreneurs of tomorrow - and of today! - doing such amazing amounts with such a small initial investment. Plus these young people are socially-minded too - they all donated profits to various charities. It goes to show that everyone can be business owner. It doesn't take money, it doesn't take too much time (they still managed to get all their homework done!) and it doesn't take years of experience.
It just takes a bit of enthusiasm and that first step towards actually making it happen. If they can do it, so can you.

This year's competition introduced us to a groups of students who set up how-to-use-the-internet workshops for over-60s in their area; the incredible 11-year-old who made more than £500 by selling poem cards for Mother's Day (and he bagged Sainsbury's as a distributor along the way!); the socially-minded group of kids who planned an anti-drinking campaign to combat the epidemic of underage alcoholics in their town andRichard-Branson-in-the-making Kieran Owen, who made more than £500 trading on eBay and already has his own pretty darn impressive online shop up and running.

It's amazing to see the entrepreneurs of tomorrow - and of today! - doing such amazing amounts with such a small initial investment. Plus these young people are socially-minded too - they all donated profits to various charities. It goes to show that everyone can be business owner. It doesn't take money, it doesn't take too much time (they still managed to get all their homework done!) and it doesn't take years of experience.

It just takes a bit of enthusiasm and that first step towards actually making it happen. If they can do it, so can you.

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