You know how there’s always a new lifestyle/inspirational article published online every five seconds? You know the ones, come on. They tell you how to do this and that. What to do when your business fails. What not to do when you fail…etcetera, etcetera.
Well, this is not that kind of article. No. Especially if you are clearly an adult and you are still struggling to make ends meet/see your business come to life/reach success. I could tick two out of the latter three, so I’m with you….
No, you see, this article is about a 15-year-old who has become the teen version of the Wolf of Wall Street. The young boy has already proved he is a business pro despite being so young. More than that, he is doing it while giving his clients what they want — candy.
Remember the good old days when kids sold lemonade on the street corner. God, I don’t even like kids who do that. They make me feel like a lazy bum getting all business-y before me. I know I’m lazy, I just don’t need a smart-ass kid to point it out to me.
As with every business story, it started small and unassuming. Nathan was selling a couple of chocolate bars a week at school. Where did he conduct his business, you might ask? In the only place to do business — the boys’ bathrooms.
I wasn’t kidding about the kid becoming the teen version of the Wolf of Wall Street. The kid from North London is now being referred to as the ‘Wolf of Walthamstow.’ OK, OK, it doesn’t sound as badass but this boy is still a wolf.
Through Snapchat, Nathan would post his "daily menu." That is, he would show his followers an assortment of candy available to buy. The followers would order the candy and the exchange would occur during lunch time every day.
Nathan was giving his clients a reason to choose his candy over that found in stores. He was selling it at 50 pence (about 80 cents) less than the competition. As a result, the orders wouldn’t stop coming in.
The boy started making up to $295 a day. Not bad for a schoolboy! With his burgeoning business came a lavish lifestyle too. It seems that “Deluxe suits, lavish dinners out, and trips to the top of the Shard (the tallest building in the UK)” all became part of Nathan’s every day. Does this boy get A's too? Because that would make me feel even worse.
Basically, the teachers found out. Oh, how very middle school. But then, the boy is still 15. When the school staff found out about Nathan’s business and his 11 "employees,' they put an end to the whole thing.
Nathan was saddened by the setback but he is hopeful for the future. “I would like to become a stock broker… And in property, 100 per cent,” he confessed to the Daily Mail. Now, excuse me, while I go make something of myself before this kid grows up.