Many people are thinking of starting their own business. But they often don’t do it because they wait to have the right idea. This leads to a major risk… the right idea might never come, or it might… but too late…
In our previous post [6 reasons why teens should start a business now] we argued that teenagers should in fact not wait to start a business. We said they should do it as early as possible.
Because we believe a simple idea is more than enough to start.
And it has the fantastic advantage that it is easier to implement than any complicated idea!
This is exactly what Holly Cardew started doing when she was only 14.
This article explains how she started selling some luxury handbags made in France on eBay in Australia. How more simpler than that could any other idea be?
From this experience, Holly moved to other products that she felt were worth selling. And she realised that other businesses needed help selling their products online. So she started a new business to help them sell their products from the Australian outbacks to the city centers.
And that’s when the big idea hit. She came to realise that she, and most of her clients, were really struggling to edit the photos of the products they were selling online. She thought it would be convenient to have an editing software that can make any photo attractive to customers, with the item nicely displayed on a clean white background. PixC was born.
PixC is now a successful startup in the Silicon Valley, with customers in 30 countries and processing more than 1 million pictures a month. Holly manages 20 employees and was named in the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” list for retail and eCommerce in Asia.
Not bad for someone who started selling handbags on eBay…
At Biz4Teens, one of the simple ideas we recommend teenagers to experiment with relates exactly to Holly’s story. It is about selling second-hand items from your neighbours on one of the multiple online platforms that have flourished over the past few years.
Most people can not be bothered to do it. And when they do it, they often blotch the job by putting unattractive pictures, or so few explanations that buyers are not interested to read through.
If you want to start this idea with us and benefit from our support to help you go through the various steps, join our programme. We are offering a free trial version so you can see for yourself. Come and join us, we are building enterprising teenagers!
Here is the link to the article about Holly Cardew’s story: