Eight-year-old girl starts her own business; sales take off
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (KTUL) -- For one Oklahoma entrepreneur, a trip to the jewelry store sparked the idea to start a business, and it took off.
Here's the kicker, she is just eight years old.
Last year, Londyn Bond started making bracelets.
"We went to a store and the bracelets were really expensive and my dad said we could get the beads and start making our own," Bond said. "We started wearing them out in public and people started wanting them."
At first, Bond gave them away, but then everyone wanted them, so she started Londyn's Moments.
"I am really proud of it," Bond said. "I didn't think that I could have this business at eight years old."
She makes each bracelet within a few minutes and then sells them to people all over and at different trade shows.
"Sometimes they ask are you just helping or is this your business, and I am like it is my business and they are like wow," Bond said.
Her parents help her with transportation, the ordering, and her finances.
"We wanted her to learn to manage money," Bond's mom Ashlee Chapman said. "As a kid, she doesn't understand the value of something and we wanted her to learn to take care of her stuff and to have a meaning to it."
The bracelets range from 10 to 15 dollars a piece. Half of the profits goes toward supplies for new products and the other half goes into savings.
Bond fills about 20 to 30 orders a month, but to Bond, the whole thing isn't about money or having a successful business at the ripe old age of eight.
"That I get to spend time with my mom, dad, and sister," Bond said. "My sister thinks she is helping, but she is really not."
She is undecided if she will let her little sister join the business.
"She's pretty wild at times, so maybe," Bond said.
She has time to think about it.
You can check out Londyn's Moments here in Tulsa on April 8th. She and her bracelets will have a booth at the Indie Trunk Show at Expo Square.