These Teens Are CEOs Of Their Own Businesses. Their Parents' Support Is Their SecretFrom cupcakes to Kpop merch to portraits, their products and services will amaze you.by Judy Santiago Aladin .
It's 2022, and teens are making the most of their youth by starting side hustles and earning money for themselves!
Smart Parenting reached out to four teens and a tween who have their own businesses at such a fine age. We asked their parents' permission to share their stories.
From their responses, they speak like real CEOs in their own right! They shared their advice to teens who want to start their own businesses too, and called on parents to support their children.
What's inspiring is that all of them were inspired and supported by their parents in this endeavor.
With them as the next generation of Filipino business owners, the future is looking bright for the country.
Youngest CEOs and their businesses
1. 'Mei-Craftie Arts and Crafts' by Meiji Mondejar Cotto, 17 years old, Laguna
Meiji Mondejar Cotto shares, she started her small business during the pandemic, to make the most out of her spare time at home.
“Nung nagka-pandemic po kasi, and sa bahay na lang po ang schooling, I felt bored. Then I started to try calligraphy, paintings and journaling. Then nung feeling ko kayang-kaya ko nang gumawa, tapos si mommy and tita ay nag-se-sell online ng paninda. Sabi ko sa mommy ko,"Mi, pwede po ba ako magtinda ng mga gawa ko?" Sabi niya, ako daw po bahala."
Her mom's yes prompted the beginning of her small online business, Mei-Craftie. From there, she learned how to put up a Shopee account and started selling handcrafted and hand-lettered products like KPop merch, calligraphy and journal kits. She also offers customizable cake toppers and keychains.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Now a Grade 11 student in the ICT strand, Meiji shares that the first step to starting a business is to trust yourself. “Magtiwala ka muna sa kakayahan mo, sa mga ginagawa mo, kasi kapag ikaw mismo ang hindi nagtiwala sa talent at skills mo, hindi rin sila magtitiwala sa mga gawa mo.”
She adds, “Confidence and trust is a must sa business, palakasan ng loob, hindi ka puwedeng panghinaan ng loob kasi hindi aangat ang business mo kapag ganoon.”CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
“Whether your surroundings is not supportive, always remember that your family and relatives is your number one supporter, kasi sila ang mas nakakaalam ng kakayahan mo kaya ka nag-start ng business mo eh, kaya go for it!”
She calls on parents to give their business-oriented kids their trust. “Tell them lang po na nandyan lang po kayo for them, and make a deal nalang po siguro like, if they fail on their studies bumaba grades medyo mag lie low nalang muna sa pagse-sell. Then if ok na ulit, saka napo ulit ituloy. I-prioritize ang studies and walang magiging problema.”
You can buy Meiji’s handcrafted works on Shopee, here.
2. 'Mauibakes Iloilo' by Mauregn Sobretodo, 18, Iloilo City
Mauregn Sobretodo from Iloilo shares, one of her goals is to become independent at 18. So she thought of selling her old clothes and old school notes to her friends and used the money to start her baking business.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
“I own a baking business called Mauibakes Iloilo. I passionately bake delicious pastries like cupcakes, brownies, and cookies of many kinds and variations,” says Maui.
“To be honest, I started my business with zero experience in baking and managing a business. However, in almost two years of business, I was able to develop skills and strategies that would help me overcome certain problems and have established work efficiency in my business as time went by.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Maui says, she has big dreams for her business, like having a physical store in the future. “My goal for my business is for it to expand in the long run. Moreover, may it be a ground for providing opportunities and to inspire people to become successful too.”
She agrees with Meiji, when it comes to starting a business. “Taking risks is a hard step yet you don't know what's ahead of you. You just have to believe and trust in yourself and remember your purpose.”
She adds, “As you venture in the business industry, having second thoughts might be an opportunity-in-disguise that we might just give away. Thus, believe in yourself and follow what you are truly passionate about.”
Maui, who is now a Grade 12 student of Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic School taking up Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) strand, says she is grateful for the support of her parents.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
“To all parents, never hinder your children's dream, let them grow and support them for what they are passionate about because if they already had thought about it, then they can assure you that they can do it.
From my experience, having the support of my parents made my work and journey a swift one, albeit the struggles along the way; nonetheless, they never failed to guide and motivate me of the things I need to do. Be a mentor to your children's dream.”
You can order Maui’s yummy cupcakes on her Facebook page, Mauibakes Iloilo.
3. 'Artistelim Art Commissions' by Anne Christine Lim, 20, Quezon City
For Anne Christine Lim, her business started as a hobby that eventually became her passion. "I realized that it was something I genuinely really wanted to do ever since I was little, then I decided na ito na rin yung kind of path and profession that I wanted to take for real.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
This 2nd year Fine Arts and Design student from UST says, she sees herself pursuing a career in the art industry. She also wants to save money while she is young.
Anne accepts and does different kinds of art commissions. “I mostly work on traditional portraits drawn with colored pencils or acrylic paint, since it was the first style I learned (self-taught) and siya rin ‘yung most requested by clients. I also do paintings on canvas (mostly portraits and flowers), digital art (illustrations, logos), and fanarts too (mostly K-pop hehe but I’m willing to do other categories too).”
Some of her amazing works have been noticed by celebrities, like Heart Evangelista.
She says that her goal for her art commissions this year is to make more art and to slowly broaden the choices for her clients. "I’m actually planning to finally open my own online shop soon too, and I’ll also possibly start selling stickers and art prints there!”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Her message to teens who might be having doubts in starting a business, “There is no harm in trying! I also had my fair share of doubts when I was about to accept my first batch of commissions, thinking if I could really do it or if I could meet my client’s expectations. But like what people say, you will never see an outcome unless you try.”
“Like me who mostly works on the projects alone and attends university/art school at the same time, self-trust is really important because at the end of the day, the only companion you can rely on is yourself din. It all really starts with YOU.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
She also wants to tell parents of teens to give that extra push to their children, so they can reach their full potential. “As someone who was supported all the way by parents in pursuing a passion, it feels very validating and fulfilling for your craft to be appreciated by the people who are very dear to you. So to all the parents out there, show them all the support and trust you can give for this will help a lot with their growth as individuals.
For art commissions, you can contact Anne on her Instagram account @artistelim
4. 'Bottega Bene' by Nitz Javier, 12, Pasig, and 'C'est Bon PH' by Lourdes Javier, 10, Pasig
For sisters Nitz and Lourdes Javier, what inspired them to start a business at an early age is to learn how experience hard work on their own and have their own money to spend.
“I have started selling online and here in our garage pre-loved clothes. It is named “Bottega Bene" (Italian) which means – Good workshop,” says Nitz.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Lourdes, who is 2 years younger than her sister Nitz says, “I sell shampoo and conditioner bars under the label of C’est Bon PH. We also have artisanal soaps in C’est Bon PH. C’est Bon is French which means It is Good. We make good products. We are looking for solutions or alternatives for children like me who want to use child-friendly skin and hair products.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Nitz says she wants to be able to sell bags and shoes because she loves fashion, and she feels that it will be great to earn from what she loves doing. Lourdes, on the other hand, wants to grow the business and have more sales.
As young as they are, the Javier sisters have a message to their fellow teens who want to start their own businesses. “Having doubts to start a business should not stop you from pursuing it. It is hard work but it is rewarding not only for the money you earn but being able to learn hard work as well.”
Lourdes adds, “Starting a business may look complicated but it can be done. Seek the help of your family. They can truly help you. If not them, ask help from adults who know how to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
They are also calling on parents to support their kids.
"Keep on supporting your children in their dreams and plans. It may seem to be a waste of time and effort but with your support, it will succeed,” says Nitz.
“Starting a business is also about learning, I learned the value of hard work and talking to other people. It is good to start young so we can learn early. You can make a business out of the things you need in life like what we did in C’est Bon PH,” says Lourdes.
You can check out the products of Nitz and Lourdes here:
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