Meet Jelani Jones, a business savvy preteen with a hobby that pays.
The nine-year-old from Virginia balances her role as class president with attending church, hanging with friends and running fully operational business called Lani Boo Bath.
Jones developed an interest in bath products while meeting her mentor, Christi Carter, at a local farmer’s market two years ago. The two become friends at Carter’s soap stall where she later invited Jones to join her class, teaching her to handcraft bath bombs.
“Christi was always so kind and gracious. After the class, she invited Lani back on a regular basis to teach her and mentor her,” Jelani’s mom, Crystal Jones told Yahoo Canada.
“Her business, Emerald Bee Bath, continues to encourage Jelani. It paid for her first round of supplies, and opened the door for opportunity.”
Today, Jones has mastered the skill of crafting bath products and mixes them together in her family kitchen. She’ll add a few drops of rose scent to form her best seller — or add a berry brew, to make her personal favorite.
The budding business woman will then add a dash of liquid color for a finishing touch.
Lani Boo Bath opened for business in October last year, just a week after Jones took Carter’s class. Since then, the fourth grader has learned how to write a business plan, price her products and even help out with business’s taxes.
“She’s always been very ambitious and good with money. She’s a go-getter,” said her mother, while Jones was away at camp. Not only has Jones developed valuable skills and beefed-up her bank account, but she’s discovered talents she didn’t know she had.