Recently, I was reminiscing how I used to make extra pocket money in school. My mom used to make a list of the chores I could do at home to earn more allowance. For example, cleaning up toys would earn me 20¢, while making up beds would earn me 50¢. But no, that wasn’t enough to me.
My earliest memory of making money was to sell toys that I got from Tora and Ding Dang to my school mates. It went so much better than I expected!
Some time later, I started doing business on a bigger scale by buying sweets and gummy candies wholesale at Makro and selling them off at school at market price. And since I was computer literate at an early age, I designed and created my own magazine in the final year of primary school, made copies using my dad’s photocopier (he billed me and I made sure I managed to break even) and sold it to friends.
Oh yeah, I also sold Pokemon figurines in my early years of high school!
I realize that although Asna talks a lot about money, she doesn’t have the entrepreneurial drive yet. When I told the story of what I did back when I was her age, she was hardly impressed. But I suggested to her anyway, in hopes of instilling entrepreneurship in her:
“Asna, why don’t you not give your toys away for free next time. You can clean them up and sell them and you can make money out of old toys!”
Her eyes were still glued to the laptop. Still wasn’t impressed.
“Aiyoh, that’s so mean!”, she said, rejecting the idea.
“You donate toys. Not sell.”