Entering a world of business
They haven’t even hit their teens, yet Huntly brothers Martial and Samuel Pankhurst are already budding entrepreneurs.
Martial, 10, and Samuel, 9, started up their business Recyclean to earn themselves a little extra pocket money.
At $2 a pop, the brothers scrub local’s recycling bins until they look almost new.
‘‘We thought maybe we should clean our dad’s bin for money and then we decided to do other people’s,’’ Samuel said.
In their first week on the job the boys have cleaned seven and have a long list of to-dos coming into their second week.
It’s a tough job though, with some bins taking about half an hour each to clean, depending on how dirty they are.
‘‘I’m pretty sure the dirtiest bin had lollipop sticks stuck to the bottom,’’ Martial said.
While it was initially about earning some extra spending money, the pair have unexpectedly found themselves learning all about running a business.
The Kimihia Primary School students decided to take away 25 per cent of the money each and put 50 per cent towards the business.
This will help pay for running costs including water and cleaning products, and investment into new equipment.
Their service includes pick-up with their dad Phil Pankhurst escorting the boys around town.
And while they want to earn every dollar, the brothers have also been offered donations and tips from each job.
With school starting back next week, they plan to continue with their business but will need to work out a schedule to fit it in with their homework and school.
But Martial and Samuel are determined to keep it going. And they even have grand plans to expand. ‘‘If we get really good, people might want us to clean other things.’’
Pankhurst said he and partner Leah Dooley couldn’t be prouder of the two.
‘‘When we dropped one (bin) off, the person said they didn’t want to put rubbish in it because it was so clean,’’ Pankhurst said.
While their parents help manage the Facebook account, all of the content is generated by the boys. Even the flyer was created from a book of design sketches and wording ideas.
‘‘They’re using all these different verbs and adjectives... they’ve got full input on it.’’
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Samuel, left, and Martial Pankhurst are super busy with their new Recyclean business.