The Lucrative Business of Black Market Products
Posted on January 26, 2015
I first tasted the entrepreneurial career when I was 8 years old. I was in primary school, selling football cards to my classmates. I would say to them: ‘why buy a pack and only end up with one that you need, when you can buy the three that you need from me, for the same amount?” I had mastered my first lesson: sales. To be an entrepreneur is to be a salesmen. The rest is detail.
I am self taught. I, the fifteen year old millionaire from Manchester, am the only entrepreneur in my family. The understanding of this reality is what I have used to drive my entrepreneurial prospects. Had I not pursued entrepreneurship, I could be still sourcing alteria options to save for my university fund.
I started selling sweets at school within my first week at high school. I was 11 years old. This was a lucrative black market business as it went against the healthy eating policy at school. Given my lack of maturity and in-depth understanding of what it is that I was doing, I got caught. I did however, quickly grasp my second lesson: provide the product or service that the market really wants. I didn’t revisit the idea of the business till I was 13 years old, two years later, after a conversation I had with my parents that put perspective on the potentials of my university career. I laid out my business plan for selling sweets in school again with the intention to save for both my university and child trust. With a plan, goal and opportunity I set up a system of operation, employing two of my friends. Taking orders from social media platforms (where the customers were actively engaging) it became evident that I had hit jackpot with my illegal sweet business.
When the story broke out in media I was threatened with suspension from the school: an act that they couldn’t follow up on. To the United Kingdom, I was a young boy using my entrepreneurial spirit to prepare me for my future. The school on the other hand was the institution that didn’t support this. It felt very strange at times walking around the corridors of the school. There was a sense of discomfort, even from some of the scholars. Some thought that I had given the school a bad name in the media; others were convinced that I had proved that dreams cost nothing to own, and that if you believe in your dreams and have a passion for what you do, you have every chance to go far in life. I do understand the predicament that I had placed everyone involved in. I do understand that perhaps the issue wasn’t about me, but the principle behind it. Consequently I dropped the business to pursue another opportunity. I now own a t-shirt company called: “black market products,” this I believe gave me the leverage to master my third lesson in the art of entrepreneurship: ride off previous successes to launch a new product.
Currently, I am Britain’s youngest self made millionaire. I am involved in charity work. I am cemented in the pursuit of an established entrepreneurial career, even though I intend to go back to my first dream: graduating from university. I would be the first person in my family to do so. My motto in life? #BMP Believe. Motivation. Passion. Without either, what is the point?
I am Tommie Rose, a 15 year old entrepreneur from Manchester.
I am Youngpreneur.