Kid­preneur King Lin­coln cap­tures suc­cess

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Lin­coln Gill is not only a prospec­tive sci­en­tist, he might just be the youngest en­tre­pre­neur in the State.

The eight-year-old from Port Hed­land started his busi­ness King Lin­coln Caps last year and has since im­pressed friends, fam­ily, school teach­ers, lo­cals, and strangers with his funky hat de­signs.

Lin­coln’s mother Si­mone Gill helped get the busi­ness up and run­ning in June af­ter he ap­proached her with an in­ter­est in how re­tail­ers op­er­ated and gen­er­ated sales.

Mrs Gill pro­vided Lin­coln with a $150 loan, and said it had been a fan­tas­tic learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence so far.

“I re­ally en­joy do­ing the busi­ness with Lin­coln, it’s a re­ally good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

“When we went to the mar­kets, he was dis­ap­pointed that more peo­ple weren’t buy­ing his prod­uct. We ex­plained to him that it wasn’t be­cause they didn’t like what he was sell­ing, they just might not have needed it.

“It teaches pa­tience and helps to set him up with life skills.”

As that day pro­gressed at the JD Hardie Youth Cen­tre mar­kets, Lin­coln sold 11 caps.

Lin­coln em­ployed his el­der brother as sec­ond-in-charge, but in­stead of tak­ing a salary, he helps out of love.

He has been sell­ing the hats for $20 and put the in­come to­wards a fam­ily trip to Ja­pan in Novem­ber last year.

It was there Lin­coln found in­spi­ra­tion for his favourite hat, which fea­tures the Poke­mon logo on the brim. Lin­coln said the re­sponse on his Face­book page had been over­whelm­ing.

Not only did Lin­coln’s school friends at Baler Pri­mary School in Hed­land jump on the band­wagon, teach­ers bought the caps to wear around the school.

The young­ster is now work­ing hard to save for an­other fam­ily hol­i­day to Ire­land at the end of next year. When he is older, the prospec­tive science grad­u­ate would like to to take his de­gree to Antarctica to save pen­guins.

West Aus­tralian Small Busi­ness Com­mis­sioner David Ea­ton said show­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills at an early age was a good in­di­ca­tion a child may pur­sue busi­ness own­er­ship when older.

Mr Ea­ton said any young per­son with the get-up-and-go to de­velop an idea should be sup­ported in their en­deav­ours.

Pic­ture: Si­mone Gill

Con­nor Gill, JadeRoll, and Lin­coln Gill.

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