High school can seem like a full-time job to some teenagers, but Jordan Hepton, 17, and Clancy Johnston, 16, wanted to take on more. Last month, the Idaho teens went into business together and opened the doors to their own clothing resale store, Fashion City Exchange, according to KTVB.com.
"This is all our money. All on us," Johnston told KTVB. "This summer really isn't about making money, it's more about making connections and learning stuff."
Using money they've raised over the years, they buy gently used, name-brand clothing, including popular styles from American Eagle, Hollister, and Nike. The boys then sell their wares to local shoppers at reduced prices.
Like Hepton and Clancy, young entrepreneur Sam Allen has already jumpstarted his career. Last year, then-19-year-old Allen was featured on CBS News for turning his passion for interior design into a business.
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16-year-old Nick D'Aloisio stumbled across a problem that's far from unique: While studying for a history exam, he was frustrated by how much time he was wasting while studying webpages on his phone. Rather than dismissing the problem, D'Aloisio got creative. He created <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/summly/id488689465?mt=8" target="_hplink">Summly</a>, an iPhone app that summarizes entire webpages into bite-sized sentences, bullet points and keywords. "So, you can see if you want the page first," <a href="http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2012/04/start/overloads-overlord" target="_hplink">he told Wired UK</a>. "That's useful for smartphones - you can wait ages for a page to load and not want it." As of this February, Summly received one download request every five seconds and has earned $250,000 from investors.
Adam Horwitz isn't the type to give up. After unsuccessfully attempting thirty online start-ups in high school, he finally struck gold at age 18 with <a href="http://www.mobilemonopoly.com/" target="_hplink">Mobile Monopoly</a>. The online course that teaches people how to monetize mobile marketing helped him break the million-dollar mark while he was still a teenager. He's currently working on <a href="http://live.yeptext.com/" target="_hplink">YepText</a>, a text messaging service for small businesses. "I just love being able to build a business and watch it grow into something huge. The journey is the most exciting part," <a href="http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/smallbusiness/1105/gallery.kid_entrepreneurs/8.html" target="_hplink">Horwitz told CNN</a>.
How many people can list "child prodigy" as their occupation on their Wikpedia page? Not many - but <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adora_Svitak" target="_hplink">Adora Svitak</a> can. She's written two books, spoken at the TED Conference, lectured large audiences across the U.S. and the U.K., and created her own literary magazine, <a href="http://writewithadora.com" target="_hplink">Write With Adora</a>. Did we mention this <a href="http://www.adorasvitak.com/" target="_hplink">pint-sized prodigy</a> is just twelve years old? We're impressed.
20-year-old whiz kid Daniel Gross created a search engine that has <a href="http://www.inc.com/articles/2011/03/how-19-year-old-daniel-gross-is-taking-on-google-with-greplin.html" target="_hplink">drawn comparisons to Google</a>, raised nearly $5 million in its first six months of investment, and that's all without a college degree. We're calling it now - he's going to be the star of <em>The Social Network 2</em>. Along with co-founder Robby Walker, Gross created <a href="https://www.greplin.com/" target="_hplink">Greplin</a>, a website and smartphone app that accesses and searches your personal information. Can't remember if the party address is in your email account or iCal? Don't know if that email address you need is in your Facebook inbox or your Twitter direct messages? Greplin will find it - and you'll be hooked.
At 15, future Zuckerberg Jason Li won the <a href="http://www.verticalresponse.com/teentycoon" target="_hplink">Next Teen Tycoon online video competition</a> for starting <a href="https://www.iretron.com/" target="_hplink">iReTron</a>, which buys, refurbishes, and resells used electronics. "I was always outgoing, buy iReTron boosted my self esteem. I can talk to anyone about my company - say hi an spark a conversation like that," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/young-entrepreneurs-mark-zuckerberg_n_1381234.html?ref=teen&ir=Teen" target="_hplink">Li told Huffington Post</a>.
When 10-year-old <a href="http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2011/miss-o-and-friends-tween-online-community.html" target="_hplink">Juliette Brindak</a> began sketching characters to entertain her 8-year-old sister, she didn't realize it would grow into a $15 million dollar business - but seven years later, that's exactly what happened. <a href="http://missoandfriends.com/" target="_hplink">Miss O and Friends</a> is now the largest online site for girls ages 8 - 14, a social community that includes message boards, games, quizzes, and more. Brindak received significant investments from Procter & Gamble and has expanded her brand to include books, clothing, accessories, and more.