“You have to get a college degree first.”
“You’re too young!”
“You don’t have what it takes.”
If you’re young and you wanted to do something really big, how many times have you heard any of these words? Newsflash, boys and girls. The old adage stands true: age is just a number.
If you have creativity and ingenuity behind you, you will go far. Just look at these people. Even before they hit legal age, they are already earning more than the average degree holder.
Women People Who Started A Business Before 18
1. Ashley Qualls, 14 At the age of 14, Ashley Qualls was already the webmaster of a site raking in millions of visitors. In 2004, she put up Whateverlife.com—a website providing free MySpace layouts for teenagers. In 2007, her website received seven million visitors per month. At the age of 17, Ashley already accomplished two things: a) buying her own house; and b) turning down a $1.5-M offer to acquire her website.
2. Adora Svitak, 7 When we say “before 18,” we meant WAY before 18. As far as child prodigies go, Adora Svitak takes the cake. She began writing at the age of four, and became a published author at the age of 7. She had speaking engagements to more than 400 schools and has been interviewed by CNN and Good Morning America–all this while still attending school.
3. Robert Nay, 14 Little do people know that the brains behind the successful mobile app “Bubble Ball” belong to a teenager. Launched in December 2010, 14-year-old Robert Nay created an app that would eventually rank first in the most downloaded free apps. In 2011, he established his own company called Nay Games LLC. Since its launch, Bubble Ball has been downloaded more than 12 million times.
4. Philip Hartman, 15 At 15, Philip Harman was already a high school senior. But that’s not his most important achievement. In 2008, he won the Young Inventor of the Year award for coming up with a cheaper, more efficient, and more dependable system for fusing optical fibers. His latest work? It’s called Steam Viper—a device that defrosts windshields in less than 15 seconds.
5. Mallory Kievman, 13 Hiccups are very annoying. While these reflex spasms are a basic problem, Mallory Kievman came up with an effective cure. She developed Hiccupops, a concoction aimed to remedy those pesky hiccups. Made of lollipop, sugar, and apple cider vinegar, Hiccupops is pending for patent and set to be released this year. As CEO of her company, Mallory was able to enlist the financial help of a number of investors.
At the onset, funding may be a hurdle but you can apply for small business grants and loans available in your country. Don’t let negative words get you down. If you believe in your potentials, by all means, go for it.
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