Alberta grade school entrepreneur sticks her business plan
At only seven, Sophia Fairweather’s company is already moving thousands of units
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At only seven-years-old, Sophia Fairweather is currently working on her fourth business.
And business is booming.
She portfolio started small, with selling cookies at her dad’s office and moving up to coffee deliveries.
Things have really taken off, however, with Decals by Sophia. She’s making Velcro stickers that attach to car dashboards for easy, hands-free cellphone access.
Her first priority was making them beautiful.
“I saw that my dad had not pretty, and really prickly, Velcro and I asked my dad why it’s not pretty,” recalled Fairweather. “My dad said, well, we can make it that way.”
Fairweather has made decals in the shapes of hearts, flowers, butterflies and more.
They’re quickly growing in popularity, too – other businesses are taking notice, like construction workers who need a way to Velcro their gloves to their belt or hat.
Fairweather is committed to all aspects of the business – she’s constantly promoting the products on social media, and taking care of business projections.
At first, she was hoping to sell 10,000 units this year.
“But can I tell you something cool?” she said. “I have an order of 10,000, so I might have to change my projections for this year a little.”
Fairweather’s dad, Trevor, said he’s been trying to support his daughter’s ambitions.
“She definitely challenges my skill set,” he said. “I try to be a champion as much as I can. I don’t pat them on the head, say good idea and move on. I try to encourage them, say thank you for pointing out the problem, but what’s the solution.”
Fairweather is already looking ahead to her next project: an app that matches kids from war-torn countries to businesses and individuals in a position to help them become more entrepreneurial.
Inspiring other kids is a big part of her mandate.
If grown-ups are doing it, kids have to, and if kids aren’t, everyone’s poor,” she said.
For more on Sophia’s decals, visit www.decalsbysophia.com.