Here’s all the proof you need that with a little hard work and creative thinking, you can turn your boredom into profit.
Thomas Brennan is only 16, but he’s managed to put away £2,500 thanks to a one-man delivery business he set up as a way to spend his time in lockdown.
That money-making idea is simple: potatoes.
Thomas’s business is Tom’s Spuds, a Deliveroo-style setup that delivers potatoes to rural areas every Wednesday.
The schoolboy can’t actually drive, though, so he’s had to rope in his dad, Michael, 46, and sister Charlotte, 19, to help him out.
The part-time hustle is bringing in £200 a week and Thomas is now considering taking the business into a full-time venture if demand for his Maris Piper potatoes keeps growing.
Thomas said: ‘It’s like a paper round with potatoes.
‘I’ve been delivering them for about ten weeks now and I deliver about 80 bags every Wednesday to around 70 customers.
‘I thought of delivering potatoes in particular because they can be quite heavy when you’re carrying them from the shops to the car.
‘Lots of the people I deliver to can’t get to the shops because they’re vulnerable or can’t get out much.
‘Many of them are elderly and aren’t going to the shops because they’re shielding from coronavirus.
‘Before I started the business I wanted to become an architect, but if this works out for me I might not need to study for so long.’
The teenager is putting away the money he makes from the deliveries to go towards a van, so he can transport even more potatoes around Cheshire… once he gets his driving license.
In the mean time, Thomas’s dad and sister are taking it in turns to give him a lift to customers’ homes each week.
The business has been such a hit that Thomas has expanded into pick-and-mix vegetable boxes for his regulars.
‘I currently spend two whole days working on potatoes,’ he said.
‘On the days I do the deliveries I start at seven in the morning.
‘The night before I bag all the potatoes and I’ve started going to the market on Fridays to sort the veg boxes.
‘When my friends first heard about the business, they laughed at me. They didn’t think that potatoes could make you so much money.
‘The dream would be to get employers helping me with the bagging and deliveries.’
Tom begins at Sixth Form in September and plans to swap the delivery day from the current midweek slot to the weekends to fit his side hustle around his studies.
And while he is a fan of The Apprentice and first showed a youthful flair for business in junior school when he sold key rings to family and friends, mum Charlotte, 44, a computer programmer, was surprised how quickly Thomas’s spuds business has taken off.
She said: ‘He has done really well. I didn’t think it would take off as it did.
‘He got lots of orders from the very first week.
‘All the family are really pleased with him – and most of them are customers now too.’
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