A 15-year-old nicknamed Wolf of Walthamstow made a sweet deal with a £50,000 a year business empire which started in boys’ toilets of his school.Nathan John-Baptiste, who attends a school in north London, sold £230 of fizzy drinks and snacks every day with help of his 11 employees across 3 schools.After starting with just £5, Nathan’s weekly turnover of £1,150 allowed him to lead a lavish lifestyle of meals out and trips up Shard.He explained that during a talk from a millionaire he attended as part of a development programme to keep him on right path, he learnt about how to make money and how to work hard.
That day, Nathan starting buying and selling sweets to his fellow students from boys’ toilets and his business, Walking Talking Shop, began.He employed one friend to help sell snakes in first year of break time trading, and expanded as demand sky rocketed.As a year ten pupil, Nathan employed 11 people to help with sales.He said that many pupils made orders of Lucozade, Chewits, KitKats and Fruit Pastilles via Snapchat before picking up treats at break time.
NATHAN’S IDEAL EMPLOYEE
Wolf was inundated with requests from fellow pupils to help him as his business kicked off.
He told: ‘I see something in certain people that want to make money.
‘About 30 people have written us and I have seen potential in about 12.
‘I always want them to make a passionate answer when I ask them “Why is it that you want to sell”?’
Nathan paid his employees 50 % of what they made in sales, which was generally around £5-10 per day.
He told: ‘They asked me to stop selling bits at school.’I did my punishment in isolation room for some days.’So I will start investing in different things – I can’t sell sweets for the rest of my life.’I would like to be a stock broker – that’s one place where I want to put my money – and in property, 100 %.’ Plan is to become a millionaire. It is just about hard work.’Nathan admitted that he lives a lavish lifestyle and has spent a lot of his earnings, but he has managed to save £5,000 so far.He told: ‘I like eating in the Shard.’
Nathan added that his friends have shown him support rather than trying to take advantage of wads of £20 notes he carries around.
He told: ‘No one sees me in a different way. My friends are my friends, and they do not judge me on how well I do. No one takes advantage of me. Amount of support I get from my contacts is crazy.’
He told he has even been invited back to primary school he was excluded from to do a speech about entrepreneurship for the pupils.
Nathan’s school has broken up for summer holidays now, but he’s using the spare time to further his career prospects.Today is his first day of a 2-week work experience placement with a door to door property sales company.
He told ‘I’m doing property today in Stoke Newington, going door to door to try to sell estate agent services – I’will hopefully get some commission too.’I have been doing it on Saturdays for a while now but now I have two weeks of work experience.’
SWEET DEAL: WOLF’S TUCK SHOP PRICES BEAT SUPERMARKETS
THE WOLF’S TUCK SHOP PRICE
Fruit Pastilles 4X52g – 50p
Fruit Pastilles 4X52g – £1.50
Starbursts 45g – 50p
Starbursts 45g – 65p
KitKat Chunky 40g – 50p
KitKat Chunky 40g – 50p
Homemade cookiesx1 – 50p
Sainsbury’s Cookies x5 – 80p
Caribbean Crush Lucozade 1L – 50p
Caribbean Crush Lucozade 1L – £1.50
Supermarket prices taken from Tesco and Sainsbury’s grocery sites
She told: ‘He did go off rails at the end of primary school and he’s had quite a few people helping him to get to where he is.
‘The school have been very supportive.
‘Of his entrepreneurial skills, I am very proud. He is a very strong-willed child.’
She added that she was pleased to see her boy working hard and earning money in a legitimate way, because she worries that other entrepreneurial children of Nathan’s age could be tempted into drug dealing.
Speaking of his parents, Nathan told: ‘They have always instilled in me that you have to work hard for your money and that’s something I have done since I was in year four when I set up a very small cup cake business – I only made about £25.’