Today, we got a chance to interview Garrett – a 9-year-old creative entrepreneur who decided to start a business based on one of his favorite hobbies – building Legos! Garrett has developed “The Lego Exchange” where he has taken some of his old, unused Lego bricks to turn them into new inspired creations!
Garrett recently attended our 1st Children’s Entrepreneur Market in Washington, PA.
Tell us about your business, Garrett. How did you first get the idea?
G: Because I like building Legos so I just made a ton of small creations and I thought “hey, I can make some money off of this too!”
What supplies and resources did you need to get going? How did you get a hold of them?
G: So, I originally had a ton of Lego sets because we got into the hobby as little kids. We had a lot of extra pieces in the Lego sets that we hadn’t used so I decided to use those and make new creations! Other than Legos, I needed to buy small bags and some business cards to label my sets.
What are some challenges you’ve faced in business, and how did you overcome them?
G: I create my own designs but sometimes I used inspiration from an app. Sometimes it would tell you to use miscellaneous pieces that I didn’t have if I tried to follow their instructions. So, I would look through the loads of Lego bins I had downstairs to overcome that and grab another brick that would work instead.
I love that! So, you had to learn to be flexible and adapt!
Do you have any advice for other aspiring kid entrepreneurs?
G: I would tell them to pretty much just have like a ton of products, way much more than they need to. Even if they’re planning on doing it at just one fair, they should have so much because I almost sold out!
How can potential customers get in touch with you?
G: I don’t have social media or anything like that yet, but I do have email, so they could contact me that way at email@example.com.
Thanks for participating, Garrett! Best of luck with your Lego business!