Hannah Nguyen may only be in the fourth grade but she is already finding her way in the business world.
She is now selling rings she learned how to make in school.
During technology classes at school, Hannah has learned how to effectively and efficiently use the computer and Internet to conduct research. She said she used that knowledge to learn the vector-based illustration program Lineform. Nguyen then used the software to create several different ring designs that were inspired by various influences in her life.
YHP Spoke to Hannah and her mum briefly.
When did H-Artshop start?
It started December 2009 my dining room table Irving Texas me, my mom and dad, and my friend Jonathan Matlock. They have all been very helpful. I couldn't have done it on my own.
What has been the response so far?
Pretty good. People seem to like it so far. They like my rings plus they seem surprised that I'm only nine years old and have my own business.
How many have you sold and how much are they?
I'm not sure exactly how many I've sold my mom handles the financial side of things, but my rings are currently $4.99, I also sell magnets that are $2.00.
How are you looking to expand the business?
I have lots of ideas, but next in line will hopefully be to print my designs on T-shirts.
How do your friends react to you running your business?
Alot of them want to buy my stuff. Mostly my friends still treat me just the same, and I like that. I don't want people to treat me differently just because I have my own business. I'm still just the same.
What do you want to be in the next 10 years?
I would like to be able to continue on with my business and succeed. Making a million dollars would be nice. That would be nice because I could help other people with my money and pay for college.
How do you feel about your daughter starting a business at this age?
I'm am very proud, but I'd be proud of her regardless. I am extremely impressed and most days I can't believe she's really a business owner.
How does she balance her studies with her business?
Hannah is extremely responsible and still maintains excellent grades in school. School is first business is second. She is very driven.
How do you support her?
I try to encourage, but not push. I've told her before that if she was to wake up one day and want nothing to do with H-Artshop that I would be just as proud. I want her to want to keep up her business, but I don't ever want her to feel as if she is her business. I help her in any way I can and will do so for as long as she wants me to.
What advise can you give other mothers in this situation and what should mothers do to encourage their children to follow their dreams?
My only advise would be to believe in their children's abilities. Kids have huge hearts, huge minds, and great courage. I would also suggest that you encourage their natural abilities. Children are all born with their own unique gifts and abilities. We should encourage those instead of trying to push our own agenda.
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By: Joseph Ajilore