How teen entrepreneur earned thousands in his school holidays
Teenager Harry Hall is part of a new breed of young entrepreneurs spending their free time getting a leg-up in the business world.
When he was 15, he decided he wanted to save up for a new computer - but he told A Current Affair he wanted to do something other than take the standard McDonalds or KFC job.
He decided to start washing cars and dropped 500 leaflets around the neighbourhood.
"I got two responses from those 500 drops, and so I washed those two cars that weekend and made my first $40," he said.
Needing more customers, he placed an ad on a local Facebook group.
"Overnight I got, I think it was 100 responses from people saying they wanted their car washed," he said.
"I was quite surprised, I thought I might get a few here or there."
His dad Mick helped out by driving him around to car-washing jobs - two weeks of three to four cars per day.
"We're really proud of him for having a go," he said.
Customers like Helen Francis also praised Harry's initiative, and his reliability.
"I admire this young boy because he's got off his bum and got himself a job because he needed something he wanted in life," she said.
"And his parents gave him a great example - get out and get a job, and look what he's done."
With business booming, Harry, now 16, has started his own website with the help of software platform Go Daddy.
Now, his customers book their appointments online.
Harry's original goal was to buy a $600 computer, but he ended up being able to pay for one worth more than $2000.
So far, he's raked in about $6000 and has a plan to earn $60 to $100 per weekend.
He's expanding his business to make his own all-natural cleaning products after becoming concerned at how many chemicals were washing into waterways.
Through a great deal of research and testing in his parents' garage, he hopes to soon have his own labels called Organicar.
"I've tested them on lots of different types of cars," he said.
Even younger kids can also get a taste of the business life.
Jarrad Dober from Kid Boss Academy, which provides business start-up kits for children to fundraise, said it was an opportunity to benefit a child's joy, wonder and creativity.
"Technology has given business creation a huge step up for kids," he said.
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