Teenage Entrepreneur Proves Dad Wrong By Leaving School After Making £100,000
A young entrepreneur from Milton Keynes who started a business making razors for men to shave their intimate parts has proved his dad wrong, after being told he could only quit school if he had £100,000 in the bank.
Tyler Ball - more on why that's funny later - turned over about £500,000 in just under a month by flogging razors.
Male grooming brand 'BALLS', which he co-founded with Matt Edge, a 40-year-old mate of his dad's, is now sold in 150 countries worldwide, and it's going rather well for the pair.
Twenty-year-old Tyler had his lightbulb moment when he spotted his kid brother about to set about his private parts with a pair of scissors.
Now, the company he set up to stop his brother chopping off his testicles by accident is set to turn over £9m this year.
Sixty-two percent of men in the UK say that they 'manscape', and the market is worth about £95bn worldwide.
Tyler, who was 17 at the time, got into that lucrative scene after making his first £100,000 - enough to get his dad off his back - selling electronic goods online.
He explained: "My dad said, 'You're not leaving school unless you have £100,000 in the bank.'
"Dad's throwaway comment was the catalyst."
"My parents clearly had my best interests at heart, but sixth form felt like a box ticking exercise.
"I knew early on that I didn't want to go to university.
"So, if this is what it was going to take to persuade my parents, then I was game."
Tyler started out selling iPhone headphones and chargers through Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. From that, he branched out into selling vintage shades, which were modelled by musicians like Post Malone and Ty Dollar Sign.
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Tyler continued: "I learned a massive amount from this.
"I had so much fun but became so focused on who was wearing the gear, I lost sight of the actual business. If activity doesn't translate into cash flow, there's no point."
That's when a chance encounter with his brother on the way to the bathroom gave him his big idea.
He explained: "Let's just say my younger brother was armed with a frighteningly large pair of kitchen scissors and it wasn't to cut a label off some new clothes.
"I was like, 'No buddy, please. Not there with those. You'll end up in A&E.'"
"In a bid to find something a bit more user friendly online, it was apparent that there wasn't anything in the UK market designed specifically to trim 'down there' safely and easily.
"There were beard trimmers and body trimmers, but these aren't designed for such a delicate area and, understandably, people don't necessarily want to use the same product that they use on their face."
"All of a sudden I thought, 'Here's a huge addressable market that isn't being catered for.'"
His proud dad, David, said: "It wasn't long before I suspected Tyler must be making some serious money as the quantities of stock he was buying was rising sharply.
"However when he told me the actual amount I was really shocked."
"I remember thinking, 'Wow, he's got more money than me!' He is an amazing young man and I am very proud of what he has achieved so far."
As for the product itself, Tyler's business partner Matt added: "There's an old adage that says 'You're only as good as the tools you use.'
"And when it comes to grooming your groin, dropping the metaphorical ball should never be underestimated."
That's a tune we can all dance to.
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