Teenage LAD earns £50,000-a-year from Tuck Shop Empire
A young LAD is making £50,000 ($64,000) a year from a tuck shop business empire that started in the toilets of his school.
Nathan John-Baptiste, 15, who attends a school in north London, sells £230 ($296) of fizzy drinks and snacks every day and has built up his business to the point that he has 11 employees across three schools.
After starting with just £5 ($6.40), the teenager's weekly turnover has increased to £1,150 ($1,480) a week.
He credits a talk from a millionaire as part of a development programme for inspiring his work ethic and aptitude for business - as well as keeping him away from trouble.
Nathan told the Daily Mail: "From year seven I was going down the wrong path. But this guy called Carl came in. I thought, 'I want to be like him'. That's when I bought a load of sweets."
The year 10 pupil told The Sun that many pupils make orders of Lucozade, Chewits, KitKats and Fruit Pastilles via Snapchat before picking up the treats at break time.
He said: "I would like to become a stock broker - that's one place where I want to put my money - and in property, 100 per cent.
"The plan is to become a millionaire. It's just about the hard work."
He's raking in so much cash that he's developed a taste for fine eating, with The Shard one of his favourite spots. But he insists that his mates don't see him in a new perspective for his new-found wealth.
He added: "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. The amount of support I get from my contacts is crazy."
But after recently having been told to stop selling on school grounds, Nathan, who lives with mum Sharon, 43, and dad Peter, 46, is considering branching out into the property market.
He said: "I've saved £5,000 ($6,400). I'll invest in sub-letting property."
Nathan's mother Sharon, who works in the transport industry, said: "He was disappointed when he could not get a job. They kept telling him, 'come back when you're older'.
"That's when he decided to sell bath products, handmade soaps and bath bombs."
She added: "He did go off the 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'm very proud. He's a very strong-willed child."