The trend, entrepreneurship: Three teenage girls start small businesses


Madison Tomes shows off her handmade jewelry.

Breanna Helms and Victoria Flanagin

 As a teenager, how does one make money? Teens can choose from part time jobs, allowances, and small services like walking dogs for your neighbors. But what some NHS students did was take their creativity and utilize it to make money.

Madison Tomes, a freshman at Ball State university, has been making jewelry since her junior year of High school at NHS in 2019. 

“I took ceramics class at NHS and I realized that I had more of a talent in making jewelry. I ended up liking the hobby of making jewelry because it was something where I could show off my creation easily,” Tomes said. 

While she loves making jewelry and selling and expressing her creativity, Tomes states that it’s a bit harder to do now that she is beginning her life in college.

“I don’t have access to a kiln at the moment but hopefully I’ll be able to get my own equipment and continue [selling jewelry] whether it is my main source of income or a side job.”  Tomes said.

As for senior Rayan Duffy, she started selling her jewelry, key chains, and car charms at the end of June 2020. Duffy first became inspired by Pinterest threads that show how to make biodegradable bracelets. As someone who is passionate about the Earth, Duffy accepted the challenge of creating jewelry. 

“It looked easy to do and once I got the hang of it I realized it wasn’t so hard and it actually was super fun.” Duffy said, “I would love to continue selling my charms as a side job because it is fun to do” Although Duffy’s items are already biodegradable and don’t harm the earth, Duffy also donates 20% of her profit to coral reef restoration organizations. “I also take inspiration from the business called ‘business for ocean.”

“By selling these jackets and raising money from them, I am able to donate a portion of my total earnings to the Demand Project and help them with their mission” Hayward said.

Although teenagers are now broadening their opportunities of making money, this is what experts have to say about it. According to Matt Fine and Tyler Milbee, two business teachers at NHS, they are all for the experience behind starting a business at a young age.   

“There is no substitute for experience. You can learn all you want to in a classroom setting but until you apply it in the real world it may not sink in,” Fine said. “Get all the experience you can in many different areas.” 

And their last piece of advice towards these young entrepreneurs? 

“Keep the customer at the forefront of your decisions. Lastly, go for it. There are Lots of opportunities out there.” Fine said.