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Man Who Was Homeless At 17 Now Runs £5.8million Company

Man Who Was Homeless At 17 Now Runs £5.8million Company

Harry Sanders started the venture as a 'hobby' but it's now worth a fortune

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A man who used to sleep rough as a teenager now runs a business worth more than £5 million.

Harry Sanders, from Melbourne, Australia, spent years sleeping on sofas and even under a bridge after leaving home when his parents divorced when he was 17.

At the time, all that he had was StudioHawk, a search engine optimisation (SEO) company that he had set up while at school.

So desperate for money was he, that he even tried once to cancel the registration so that he could get a refund.

But luckily for him, he was unsuccessful and Harry's company is now projected to be worth around £5.83million in 2022.


Last year alone, StudioHawk doubled its revenue to $3 million (£1.6 million).

Speaking about his 'crazy journey', the 23-year-old told "To go from nothing to this has been a crazy ride and it's so surreal getting on planes and doing all these things when not that long ago I was literally trying to scrape $10 together to get food.

"Making all this money now is great but it doesn't really feel real. I have a company worth millions of dollars but sometimes I still catch myself fretting about a $3 bagel and asking myself, 'do you really need this?'

"When I first started using UberEats I felt almost dirty thinking it was a disgusting waste of money - now I've got money in the bank and good things are happening, but I still don't have crazy spending habits and I still have moments where I think it's too good to be true."

But despite all of the success he is enjoying now, Harry doesn't believe that he is unique in his talents.

Adding: "Other young people out there can do the same thing - I'm not special, I'm not a crazy boy genius.

"I'm just a guy who has given it a go and more people should do that."

He previously offered some solid advice to other young people who are trying to make a success of themselves.

Speaking at the time, Harry said: "I think the most important thing you can do is dress to be yourself. I never wear suits.


"If I am heading into a meeting or have a long day at the office, I wear whatever I like and what makes me feel comfortable.

"I think that being 21 and wearing an expensive, custom tailored suit is a red flag for many and can give off the wrong impression.

"Many people also think that they need to be awake and working all night to be successful.

"But you can't deprive yourself of sleep for the sake of your business. I always sleep eight or more hours each night so I can be at the top of my game.

He added: "You can't run a business if your head is in a fog. Stop checking your email until 3am and rest so you can be your best."

Featured Image Credit: @harrysandersseo

Topics: Business, Melbourne, Australia, Homeless