W.O.W | BUSINESS OWNERS AT 17.

This is the first ever segment on W.O.W it stands for WATCH OUT WEDNESDAY! This is a segment where you hear all about the amazing young people in your community & country who are doing some seriously awesome things. 

I hope you love this as much as I do & can take something away from it! 

This week we hear from the Girls at The Glass Garden on their adventure of starting their first business while in school, the wins, the loses and their goals for the future. The Glass Garden is a business group from Palmerston North Girls High School who came together through the Young Enterprise Scheme Program. Glass Gardens are a recycled glass jar containing a small succulent or cactus atop layers of sand, stones and recycled crushed glass. They make lively, inventive gifts for friends, family, colleagues and clients.

 The Glass Garden Girls in action! Jordan, Eva, Emily & Shania

The Glass Garden Girls in action! Jordan, Eva, Emily & Shania

What inspired you to create a business?

The Young Enterprise Scheme has been a massive aspect of inspiring us to create our business. With the help of mentors and events throughout the year with YES, it has definitely encouraged and motivated us to continue growing our business and taking it beyond a school project.

As young people what has been the biggest challenge in starting a business?

One of the biggest challenges is definitely getting adults to take you seriously. As we are a school business, adults usually just see it as a “school project,” when in reality we want to take our business much further. Initially A lot of the people we talked to laughed when we requested the quantity of product we needed for our business.

What motivated you to carry on this path and keep at it/ not give up?

The amazing support from Young Enterprise. Our mentors Dave Craig and Johnelle Hosking have been so supportive to our business over the past few years. They have kept encouraging and believing in us to achieve our goals as well as getting to the Young Enterprise National Competition. 

What do you do on those days when you’d rather watch Netflix than do your to do list? / What re-motivates you to get the job done.

Firstly having a positive attitude. If you just think, “I can’t do this” or “I’m too tired” etc, you’re not going to be motivated to complete your tasks. Also, treating your relaxation time as a reward after you have completed all of your tasks helps. So making everyday goals and then rewarding yourself with some time to watch Netflix after you have completed them!

What piece of advice can you give to someone wanting to start their first business while in school?

My one piece of advice would be to set realistic goals and stick to them. Taking small tiny steps will lead to great results.

Real Talk Round:

The best piece of advice I have been given is: Make it simple! Don’t make it over complicated! Just make it simple, clear and easy to understand.

My favourite quote is: “Don’t you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine” - Taylor Swift

My favourite social media platform is: Facebook!

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There you have it! Our first feature of Watch Out Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. A massive thank you to The Glass Garden Girls! I look forward to following you on your journey - Good luck!

What one thing will you take away from this post? Comment below of find my on Facebook and let me know. If you have a friend who you think may enjoy this post please share it with them & give them some inspiration! 

Are you doing awesome things in your community?! Would you like to be featured in W.O.W don't be afraid to get in touch! I would LOVE to hear from you. 

Enjoy your Wednesday. 

Johnelle