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Young business owner chalks up a year of success

MOST teenagers are looking forward to six-weeks of kicking back these school holidays.

But not 14-year-old James Bartlett who will spend hours in the family shed fashioning blackboards.

The young entrepreneur is the face behind the small business, The Blackboard Boy.

He hand makes speech-bubble shaped blackboards for sale online and at local markets.

Recently he branched out to different shaped blackboards and Christmas baubles.

The novel idea has found favour with professional and amateur photographers who use his blackboards as props.

In just one year, he has sold around 250 blackboards and earned himself a tidy profit of $5000.

And some of his products have been shipped around the world.

"It is awesome to think that something I made in my little shed is now in California," he said.

James was inspired to set up his own business after suffering a funding shortfall last Christmas.

"I spent all of my money on video games," he said.

"I thought maybe I would be a good idea to make some money. I don't know how the idea came about, but I thought the blackboards would be a really cool idea, and it just went from there."

James' most recent achievement was to gain more fans on Facebook than his renowned artist mum, Anna Bartlett of Shiny Happy Art.

Topics:  business entrepreneur small business


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