Liv Conlon was simply 13 when she began her first enterprise – promoting nail foils imported from China.
Seven years on and he or she is the proprietor of an interiors firm with a turnover of £1m.
Surprisingly, she partly places her success all the way down to the children who bullied her all through her time at school.
“I am very grateful to these folks because it did actually inspire me to go on and do one thing with my life,” she tells BBC Radio Scotland’s Stephen Jardine programme.
“I really feel actual gratitude in the direction of these folks as a result of with out them, perhaps I would not have the identical drive as I do at present.”
Regardless of the bullying, Liv, who was final yr named Younger Scottish Businesswoman of the Yr, achieved 5 A grades in her larger exams and was anticipated to go to college.
However she selected to go away college at 16 to arrange her second enterprise.
“I might have accomplished no matter I wished at college however that simply wasn’t the trail that was for me,” she says.
“Lecturers known as me into the careers workplace, sat me down and requested if I used to be going loopy. They thought it was fairly wild what I used to be doing.
“However I’ve at all times had full perception it was going to work and thankfully it has.”
‘My very own boss’
Her firm, The Property Stagers, has grown quickly, from turning over £30,000 one yr to £1m the subsequent.
Liv, who employs her mum Ali and brother Jack, places the corporate’s success all the way down to being actually energetic on social media and getting its title on the market.
“I might at all times recognized that I wished to have my very own enterprise,” she says. “I wasn’t positive what that was however I developed a love for inside design.
“My mum has at all times been self employed or ran her personal enterprise so I suppose I simply adopted her. I at all times knew I wished to be my very own boss.
“It is nice enjoyable working with my mum. We just about spend each hour of the day collectively and thankfully we get on rather well.”
Liv’s first enterprise took place when the 13-year-old noticed a niche available in the market.
“I purchased nail foils at that age and wasn’t very pleased paying what I used to be paying for them,” she says.
“So I assumed absolutely I can get these cheaper, reduce out the excessive avenue manufacturers and promote them on-line.”
Utilizing a Far Jap equal of eBay, Liv purchased the foils for 37p and bought them on eBay for £8, making herself a tidy sum of about £5,000.
“I in all probability simply spent it on shopping for sweets and having enjoyable with my mates,” she says.
Liv, who’s from Bothwell in South Lanarkshire, was bullied from a younger age.
“It was very difficult,” she says. “It was just about my entire main college and secondary college so it was exhausting and I did transfer faculties in my last yr.
“You simply should do not forget that college is not perpetually and in case you have that internal perception in your self you should not actually care what anybody else thinks.
“It’s actually difficult on the time however when you’re by way of it you’ll really feel grateful to those folks in your life since you’ve had a terrific life lesson.
“When somebody says you’ll be able to’t do one thing it makes you need to do it much more.”
Liv follows private improvement/life coaches on social media and says a few of them have been a “large inspiration”.
“I feel there are such a lot of wonderful function fashions on the market,” she says. “It is actually vital to encompass your self with those that encourage you.
“I feel Scotland has wonderful entrepreneurs and there are such a lot of those that have created these companies from nothing and went on to construct empires.”
Liv hopes to double her turnover this yr and is taking a look at probably franchising a sector of the enterprise.
“I’m additionally into Bitcoin investing – in order that’s one other thought I’ve within the pipeline,” she says.
Liv seems like she is the right candidate for The Apprentice the place candidates compete to enter enterprise with multi-millionaire Lord Sugar
“I’ve really utilized up to now and received by way of to the interview stage however one thing got here up with the enterprise so I could not go,” she says.
“I watched it as a toddler so I suppose its at all times been a dream of mine to be on the programme and I feel I’d do rather well on the duties as a result of I’ve that sensible expertise.”
Requested if she would apply once more, she says: “Doubtlessly, you by no means know.”
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