Meet six-year-old Abigail. The young entrepreneur from Norfolk has started her own little business, making decorative pots for pencils and plants. And the impetus? To buy a goldfish, complete with fish tank! Here’s her story (as told to her mum Grace)
I’m Abigail and I’m six. I’m a regular girl who likes singing, making crafts and flowers. I’m a bit unlike other girls my age because I have my own business, Party Blooms. My idea to have a business came because I know lots of people who have businesses for things they like doing. I know a photographer and a bow maker – and my mum runs a fudge business and a piano business. I just needed to find the thing I was good at doing.
It all started during the last lockdown. For home learning I was asked to make something out of recycled materials. Mummy and I made a pencil pot from a tin and paper napkins. I loved it so much that with mummy’s help I made an instructional video.
She posted it to Facebook and all her friends loved the tins. I made a few to organise my pens and pencils in my craft area and Mummy started using them as plant pots too.
A few people I know got in touch with my mum and ordered some for birthday presents. That is when I decided to go into business and Party Blooms was born.
Because we were in lockdown, I had more time at home. Every time we would have baked beans or spaghetti hoops, I would recycle the tin into a beautiful pot.
I waited patiently for a chance to open my business. I wanted to have a stall outside my house – and I knew that non-essential shops were not allowed to open at that time.
I didn’t like ‘click and collect’ as much because I like to stand at my table with all my items and have a conversation with my customers.
I had a launch day last Friday. I had a table of my pots, and plants that I had grown from clippings and seeds leftover from cooking.
My satsuma and lemon plants were very popular. By Sunday, I had sold all my pots. My goal was to earn enough money to buy a fish and a fish tank to keep it in.
On Bank Holiday Monday, we went to the local garden centre and brought Tibbles the goldfish home with us. My mum and dad have talked to me about things like saving a bit of earnings for the future and investing money in materials to get more supplies for my business.
I even had a lesson on interest when Daddy borrowed £10 for a haircut and gave me back £11. I think I’ve learned a lot about business.
Right now, I’m taking time to make more pots and grow more rooted clippings for my next sale day. In the meantime, I’m sharing what I know with my older sister, Elsie, who wants to have her own business walking dogs around the neighbourhood. I’m also letting her feed my fish.
Find Abigail’s instructional video on Facebook