CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- A local 14-year-old has created a successful business in less than one year and is giving back to her community.
Lily Young spends about an hour a day either talking with customers or creating new designs for her leather earring company, Joyfully Made Goods.
“I really like doing it and it gives me something creative to do,” said Young, “I wouldn’t call myself creative but it gives me something crafty to do.”
At 13-years-old Lily started playing with the idea of starting her own business, something that she wants do pursue after high school. A family friend creates her own jewelry and encouraged Young to give it a shot.
“I started talking to her about it and she encouraged me and told me that I can and should do it,” said Young, “It kind of went from there.”
For her 14th birthday her grandma helped her buy all the equipment she would need to get started and then Young began teaching herself to make earrings through trial and error.
“For the longest time I was practicing how to make them,” said Young
Now, less than a year later she sells her earrings on Instagram, in a couple of local salons and at two local boutiques.
“I want to keep doing this all throughout high school so that I can save for my first car,” said Young, “I want to keep learning about business so that as an adult I have the skills and am successful and I already have some experience.”
Young also donates $1.00 of every sale to Hearts with A Mission. She says she would like to expand and try new products but for now, she’ll stick with earrings.