How My 5 Year Old Started Her Own Business 

For all of the young entrepreneurs and aspiring child entrepreneurs out there, I would like to encourage you to continue to follow your passion and don’t think that being a business owner is “just for grown-ups.” When I was a kid, I would continuously find creative ways to build my money stash and my daughter seems to be following right in my footsteps.

My 5 year old entrepreneur, ‘Ailani, started her own business several weeks ago. She had mentioned to me over a year ago that she wanted to make her own candy bouquets and sell them so she’d have extra money to do her own holiday shopping. The idea came when she saw a candy bouquet at our local grocery store and instantly fell in love with the idea, but knew she could make the same thing “but better.” (Definitely my daughter. Haha.)

I didn’t act on her idea immediately because. . .well I have a long list of excuses here but the point is, we finally got around to it earlier this month. She made a sample for her little sister’s Fall-themed birthday celebration, made a few changes, and was ready to go. Of course, this wasn’t as quick and easy as I just made it seem.

First, I sat down with her and made out a business plan. If you’ve ever written a detailed business plan you know how much fun this can be. (Sarcasm) We worked together to come up with a business name, a logo, etc. Then we had tons of research to do, materials to buy, just lots of little behind-the-scenes details to take care of. She got to see firsthand how much work really goes into starting and running your own business. It was a really great learning experience and also a great mother-daughter bonding opportunity.

We finally have most of the details ironed out and she has sold 2 baskets so far since actually getting started about 2 weeks ago  (it was for my Dad but it counts right?) We’re still in test drive mode and unfortunately I can’t reveal her business name and logo yet till we get everything finalized and handle all of the business to really make it our own. I will be sure to update this post once we get all of that worked out. 🙂

‘Ailani is now in the process of creating and preparing to market her Thanksgiving and Christmas/Holiday baskets. I will let you guys know how that goes. Stay tuned!

Want to leave ‘Ai some words of encouragement or business advice? Comment below!

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24 thoughts on “How My 5 Year Old Started Her Own Business 

  1. Aw, how cute! That kid is going far, someday she’s going to make you a millionaire! 😉 Thanks for sharing, you should be one proud momma!

    1. Aw, I sure hope so! Lol. Thanks for reading. 😁

  2. Does she ship!? I’d love to support her when she gets up and going- please keep us posted!

    1. Aw thanks! She will be shipping eventually. We’re still trying to get that part straightened out. ❤️

  3. Ashley

    They look really good, ‘Ailani! Good luck!! I think you’re gonna be a big hit.

  4. Love seeing creativity in children, please keep updates on how she does!

    1. I certainly will! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, too cute, and such a great idea- perfect timing for Halloween!

    1. I agree. Lol. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. That is so inspiring! It just shows that you are never too young.

  7. That is SO awesome! Tiny Boss get it Girl! My 9 year was selling bracelets she had made last year.

    1. That’s an excellent idea! Is she still selling them?

  8. Lol this is wonderful! I have a five year old daughter too and she is full of ideas lol. Good for you ladies! Good luck!

    1. They’re so creative at this age. I love it. 😁

  9. This is soooo awesome!! What a rockin’ little girl you have, and I’m so glad you’re right behind her, supporting her along the way. She just smashed any excuse I have for not starting my own business…ha! Keep being awesome, Ailani! <3

    1. Lol. Thank you soooo much. ❤️

  10. Ailani sounds amazing and incredibly bright! Love the cute idea!
    Advice: Every business has it’s “slow season” so don’t get discouraged if sales and inquiries go down. Use that time to get your creative juices flowing on new designs and marketing. Things will pick up before you know it and be more than ever because you maintained a presence:)

    1. That’s EXCELLENT advice. Thank you! ❤️

  11. This is adorable and awesome and amazing! You should be proud of her (of course you are) and proud of yourself for encouraging such a vibrant young lady who wants to start her own business!

    1. I am SUPER proud of her. And thank you! 🙂

  12. This is so cool! Ailanna you’re so cool! Well done for ALL your hard work and I’m sure the future is written in the stars, you will do so well I just know it! My 6 year is also a kidpreneur and we know how much hard work it is, but like you she’s passionate, motivated and dedicated. So proud of our next generation ! Macy has been inspired by her big sis Clea who is also a kidpreneur! So proud. Enjoy everything you do 😊 Macy and Mama , @sevensupersoaps

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