Teen Entrepreneur Has Own Business Polishing Luxury Cars For £4,000
While the rest of us have wasted away our teenage years with a half-arsed weekend job, one 19-year-old has decided to take a bit more control over his finances and his future, having started up his own car detailing business and he now charges up to £4,000 ($5,279).
Alex Chapman began his venture when he was just 13 years old, when he started washing vehicles on his parents' driveway using a bucket bought from Asda, some shampoo and a sponge.
Back then, he was asking for just £6 a wash, but now Alex's services are worth A LOT more.
The young entrepreneur now owns his own car detailing company where he's able to charge up to £4,000 to polish and treat Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces and Porsches.
Alex, who comes from Southend in Essex, said: "I'm proud of my achievements over the years.
"I hope that I can be an example and inspire other young people who want to start their own business.
"It's important to have role models. Mine was one of the industry-leading car care companies and now we're competing with them for contracts."
His business, which is called AWC Car Detailing, offers machine polishing and ceramic treatments for luxury cars.
He's even the youngest car detailer in the world authorised by car detailing specialist Carpro, and last year he was a finalist for the Essex Young Entrepreneur of the Year accolade.
Alex said: "I've got one employee at the moment and I'm looking to hire another this year. The cars are coming in from all over the UK."
Mind you, the car detailing wasn't the youngster's first venture, as he's had an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age.
"I used to buy headphones from China and sell them at school when I was in Year 8," he explained.
"I sold sweets too. I used to keep a notebook on everything I had spent and sold."
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Living with his parents - Mark, who works for an IT company, and Christine, a part-time nursey teacher - Alex said his family have always been supportive of his ambitions.
However, it's not always been plain-sailing.
Alex continued: "It's extremely difficult to start up a business from a young age because people don't take you seriously.
"I remember going to my first ever job at a customer's house when I was 15 years old.
"I got to the bloke's house and he said to my dad, 'I thought you would have had a van'.
"My dad said, 'It's not me doing the job, it's my son', and the man said I was too young, so we left."
As the business began to grow, Alex decided to rent a unit and start offering a polishing service. He was still at school, meaning work had to take place at weekends.
He said: "I made videos of the car washing trying to promote it.
"There were teachers who would play the videos at school and some people laughed."
His older brother and sister went to a grammar school, but Alex - who admitted he's 'not a massive academic person' attended his local comprehensive.
"I don't believe in just doing that when you could focus on other things," he said. "You're the only person who can make the best decisions about your life.
"I tried to drop my A-level Economics and my teacher lost it. I hated the subject. I went into the exam and I spent most of the time writing a business plan on the back of the paper.
"I know people who smashed it out of the park at A-level and now they're just sitting at home doing nothing."
The teenager is now hoping to mentor other young entrepreneurs, and offer his support to help them - seriously, what a LAD.
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