Pandemic jumpstarts careers of budding entrepreneurs

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8:16 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - There are two ways you can spend your extra time--sitting or doing. Students in the Birmingham area made the most of their time at home during the pandemic by jumpstarting their businesses careers.

“I’m the type of person where I have to move and do something,” said Jaiden Smith, owner of Quarantine Essentials Shop. “I felt unproductive.”

Ramsay High School senior Jaiden Smith is a mover and shaker. Set on not slowing down because of the pandemic.

“I asked my mom is there anything, right now, that you wish you had,” said Smith. “She said it was impossible to find Lysol and cleaning products.”

So, instead of balling out with his birthday money, he opened his business.

“Get that money back and have more to spend,” said Smith.

He started the Quarantine Essentials Shop online where people can purchase cleaning supplies that are shipped right to their doorstep. It started with selling to family and family friends, and then to the larger community.

To visit his shop, click here.

The pandemic opened the door for other young budding entrepreneurs.

“Friends and family would ask me ‘can you do this’,” said Oniya Walker. “That’s when I started taking it seriously, took it to the internet, and that’s when I started getting money.”

Fairfield Preparatory High School Freshman Oniya Walker uses her creativity to design clothing for her clients--shipping out about 7 orders a week. She says don’t let her age fool you, she’s a real businesswoman. Her advice to others following her footsteps, “the hustle is hard, but worth it.”

“If you really want to do it, shoot for it,” said Walker, Denim Customz.

She shares her work through her Instagram page, @denim.customz.

Both say this is just the start of their businesses career.

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