Give young people the opportunity to succeed

Real life skills and entrepreneurialism should be a taught as a right to non academic children who are not bound for university, argues Ollie Forsyth.
Ollie Forsyth

My name is Ollie Forsyth. I am 19 years old and I’m the founder of The Budding Entrepreneur. I left school aged 16 without qualifications; I was bullied terribly and, frankly, I couldn’t wait to leave. I am also dyslexic, so exams were never my forte. 

I’ve always had the entrepreneurial bug. I started making pocket money when I was six – I used to make my parents tea and coffee in the morning and charged them 20p a cup, and if they wanted it reheated that would be another 20p! Later I managed the school tuck shop. On the coca cola can it would say ‘do not sell separately’, so I sold two together… that way I was not selling them separately. 

And I started my first proper business aged 13 – Ollie’s Shop, an online gift shop for teenagers. The company grew up to 150% every single year. I was making up to £10k a year right at the beginning and it has grown ever since. 

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