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The CEOs still at school: The kid-preneurs making extra pocket money

With the school summer holidays looming, many parents are desperate for ideas to keep children entertained without breaking the bank. 

So why not encourage them to put their talents to work so they can make a little money of their own? 

Many mums and dads have cut back on pocket money during the pandemic. But some children have used lockdown to set up profitable businesses.  Here, AMELIA MURRAY talks to the 'kid-preneurs' cashing in... 

Animation adding up for Ryan at 13 

Ryan Mottershead, 13, was paid £200 to create an animation for fashion brand Tokiyano's website, which included a rocket launch and aliens, and took nine hours to make

Ryan Mottershead, 13, turned an animation hobby into a money-making venture. He regularly posts his projects on Instagram to attract potential clients.

In May he was paid £200 to create an animation for fashion brand Tokiyano's website, which included a rocket launch and aliens.

He has designed logos for tutoring firm AceTute, merchandise website The International Spider-Man and education counselling service Theseus Aspire. 

And he has secured two sponsorship deals with software firms that offer him free products, discounts and commission in exchange for animations.

Fans of the teenager's work can pay £6 a month to view his projects via his Patreon account. 

Ryan, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, who loves Star Wars and Marvel, says: 'I really hope the business grows so I can do this full-time when I am an adult.'

Dad Jon, 48, adds: 'We don't want him to get too stressed with this, and the projects he accepts he enjoys doing anyway. He is really good at what he does.'

Hattie, 14, had a grand design to make £250

Rock solid profit: Hattie Edkins has made £350 selling painted stones on online marketplace Etsy

Hattie Edkins, 14, borrowed £100 from her parents to set up a business selling painted stones on online marketplace Etsy last September.

Within just a few months she had not only paid them back but has pocketed a £250 profit.

Hattie was inspired after finding lots of pebbles on the family farm where she lives near Halifax, West Yorkshire. 

She thought people might like to buy them if she decorated them with pictures of the animals, fruit and vegetables around the farm.

Her mum, Gemma, 45, a business coach, suggested she try to learn how to run an enterprise on her own. 

She showed her how to register her business as a limited company with Companies House. As Hattie is under 18, Gemma is director.

Hattie has sold more than 50 painted stones. Each is priced between £4.95 and £11.95, plus £3 for postage. She juggles the business around school, drama lessons and feeding the animals.

She says: 'I enjoy every part of the business for different reasons — even keeping the records because I like being organised.

'The money I earn will hopefully go towards driving lessons.'

Car-wash king Fraser, 9, cleans up with £240

In demand: Nine-year-old Fraser Robertson has earned £240 profit cleaning cars and even has his own website for bookings

For his first car-washing job last summer, nine-year-old Fraser Robertson pocketed two bags of Percy Pigs sweets.

But when a neighbour spotted what a good job he had done, he offered Fraser £20 to clean his car, too. Word soon spread and Fraser racked up a £240 profit over lockdown. Each car takes around half an hour to clean and includes a power wash, sponge clean, polish and inside vacuum.

And while he may only be nine, he knows his own mind. When one customer brought two cars to the Robertsons' home in West Yorkshire and asked if Fraser would do both for £30, he says: 'I told him it's two cars for £40 and one car for £20!'

He has set up a website where customers can book in.

Dad Adrian, 44, looks after the money he makes, and transfers cash to Fraser's pre-paid card account with pocket money app gohenry.

Adrian says: 'Fraser is quite entrepreneurial and is now looking around the house for things he can sell online. He wants a new £700 Samsung phone, which he will have to save up for.'

Louise Hill, co-founder of gohenry, says: 'Children have been making the most of lockdown to earn extra pocket money.'

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