For nearly three years now, Sophia has been obsessed with the idea of selling things and making money. It started with her sweetie shop, for which we tested several recipes of things she could make to sell and moved onto wanting to sell paper masks, various assorted crafted items made out of pipe cleaners and pom poms before finally, this week entering the world of selling handmade jewellery. Which is why, on Monday, she was found sat at our gate in the freezing cold with some brightly coloured bracelets and necklaces on a little table for sale as part of her ‘Fabulous Jewellery*’ shop (*10% of all proceeds go to charity). Impressively (largely thanks to kindly neighbours), she actually made £2.50 for herself, £1.20 for charity and 50p went to Isaac for fetching her a blanket, drink and other assorted things that she deemed necessary.
I have to admire her tenacity. She has no fear of rejection and complete confidence that people will want to buy the items that she has made. I on the other hand, am slightly more nervous about the whole business. But I’ve decided the best thing I can do is to support her in her endeavours and just offer realistic advice about it. If she had her way she’d be out there on a daily basis but we’ve suggested maybe once every few weeks instead. I’ve never felt particularly ambitious when it comes to making money. I do a little part time work to supplement our income and have a tendency to undercharge.
But Sophia is a whole different kettle of fish, she’s driven, motivated and obsessed with the idea of having a business. I think the reasons are twofold. Firstly is the obvious advantage of having money to spend on trinkets and magazines and other things that I tend to say no to. But I also think she likes the feeling of independence and maturity it gives her. Recently she’s started referring to the boys as ‘the kids’ and is acting in a very grown up manner. She is reflective about her mistakes, helpful and considered in her actions. My little girl is growing up! So I will help her to foster her entrepreneurial spirit and let her run with it for as long as she wants to. Who knows what the future holds for her? If she’s this ambitious at 6, I look forward to seeing what she gets up to at 16. I forsee success in her future, the next (female) Alan Sugar perhaps?!