A teenager who was forced to shut down his sweet shop while at school now runs a firm turning over six figures.
Morgan Boult, 19, started out taking bags of treats into school to flog to his pals. Before long "it progressed into a convenience store" he was operating out of his parent's garage, complete with shelves, a cash register and a card machine.
"I just thought I could make a bit more doing that than housework chores," he told the Daily Star.
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Morgan from Horsham, West Sussex, said by the time he was 12 the shop could generate £50 on a good day. He was also making deliveries to neighbours with everyone, not just his school friends, using his service.
"People would come around the house. But when it became friends of friends, and their friends of friends, rightly so my parents were very concerned about people just coming through the house. So I operated in the garage for a couple of years," he said.
Sadly, the council eventually shut the business down when he was 13 as it wasn't operating in licenced premises. Morgan suspects someone tipped them off.
Morgan said: "When they came around to serve the letter it was very hard to say 'we're not running a business here' because there was 'we accept American Express' on the windows."
Determined not to give up his business dreams, and disillusioned with school, Morgan went on to purchase two 118 numbers after watching a Rip-Off Britain episode about directory enquiries.
And when the answering service he was using was sold off, becoming a "faceless sweaty call centre" with "no personal service", he saw a gap in the market and launched his own telephone answering firm Hero PA. He was still just 13-years-old.
Morgan said: "We now operate 24 hours and that’s not offshored. We operate from Horsham, West Sussex, and since then I’ve purchased a commercial property so I own the building that we’re in.
"We hit six figures turnover just over three years ago, it’s a good company and it is thriving. It could be more profitable, which is what I’m working on at the moment, but at the end of the day we’ve got stability."
He was so young when it launched that he needed his grandmother, who "still doesn't really know" what he does, to be a director so they could acquire a commercial bank account.
Morgan later took full control of the company when he was old enough to do so, and didn't have much help along the way. He said: "Ultimately I built it all myself, any things I’ve had to look into I’ve researched myself."
He faced challenges from school where he would use break times to log on to the computers and reply to business-related emails.
"It wasn’t the head teacher or deputy, I actually really got on with them, but the other teachers would go out of their way to deliberately rile me up. They would come over and switch the computer off, saying I was misusing it," Morgan said.
"I felt very much like a square peg. Just because I wasn’t following their process I was some sort of problem for them.
"I was told I failed Business Studies, and that was the last lesson I ever went to at that school."
Hero PA currently services around 50 accounts, ranging from "one man band" operations to an internet service provider.
Morgan is also set to release a book titled The Teenage Guide to Exploding a Business aimed at "providing great insight to young people who maybe feel like that square peg". A TV series based on his life is also in the works.
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