Throughout my life, I've been doing what I love, selling things.
Started Pharmacy Volunteering
I'm working towards getting my Doctor of Pharmacy degree. I'm excited to start this road towards pharmacy by volunteering at this community pharmacy whether I'm just sweeping or organizing pill bottles. I'm learning a lot about what the job is like and a lot of other things about pharmacy.
I sold brownies and cookies.
We made the most money we ever made during our first few bake sales due to Amit Banerjee. We sold brownie cones and cookies, and all the proceeds went to Kiva.
I created my own clothing line.
I started designing and sewing pocket tees. I designed the first batch of clothes and set up an IndieGoGo campaign. My goal was $500, and the amount funded after a month was $0. I cried. But, I didn't give up. I designed a second batch of shirts and launched on my own website. The shirts were insanely popular, and I got orders within the first day. I had a lot of orders. It was more than I could keep up with, and I was soon a little overwhelmed. My parents noticed that I at the sewing machine 24/7. They told me my business would distract from my studies and forced me to shut it down or else they wouldn't pay my tuition. So there goes that one.
I sold my old clothes.
I sold a bunch of clothes that I didn't wear anymore through Vinted. I did this for awhile. But then I got bored and decided that selling clothes I designed myself would be a lot more fun.
I made Project Smile
I started creating Project Smile blog posts in the summer of 2013.
I sold Dr. Pepper in 9th grade.
I started with Coke, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper. After awhile, I noticed Dr. Pepper sold the most, so then I started exclusively selling Dr. Pepper. I had a feeling my parents still wouldn't approve of what I was doing, so I had to smuggle 24 packs of soda cans into my house. My cousin, Erika, helped me out this time. We'd drive to Walmart and back before my parents got home. My backpack was always stuffed with soda cans, and it was so heavy to carry around. But, it didn't matter to me. The thrill of the sale made it all worth it. During this year, Typhoon Washi hit the Philippines, so I dedicated a day's worth of can sales to donating to the Red Cross/Typhoon Washi Relief.
I started doing graphic design.
In the summer of 2011, I responded to a Yahoo! answers post asking for a header design. I made this woman a design for free. After I saw how happy it made her, I knew I wanted to design more things. On January 1, 2012, I opened my first Etsy store and started helping Etsians with their shop designs. I was actually really scared to interact with clients before I had started. "How do I even e-mail? What do I say?" "What if they don't think I'm good?" "What if they find out I'm only 14?!" These were all the questions I was worried about before and when I opened. I didn't know what I was doing, but I thought I was such a good designer. Looking back, I know now that my initial designs were actually so ugly. But my optimism and naivety back then really helped me persevere and run a pretty decent side job with graphic design. I learned how Etsy worked, how to sell online, how to communicate with clients, and how to build connections through an online community.
I sold Snickers in 8th grade.
Not just Snickers, but also Twix, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way, etc. But Snickers always sold the fastest. A box of 10 candy bars would cost me $0.50 for each candy bar. I would then resell at $1 per candy bar. My parents wouldn't let me run my "business" because it would "distract from my studies." So, I would get my grandparents to smuggle in boxes for me on the weekends. One time, my dad found one of the boxes in my room and said ",So this is why you aren't eating! You're just eating candy in your room!" I didn't say anything because it was better for him to yell at me for eating candy than for him to find out I was running a business. I would sell an entire box or 2 boxes a day. I would make $20-$40 a day. I felt like I was ballin' because that's a lot of money for an 8th grader. Anyways, the demand for my candy was so high that I "hired" one of my 7th grade friends to sell more boxes for me. After her 2nd day of working for me, some bullies took her boxes of candy. A few days
I sold gum in 7th grade.
This was the first time I ever sold anything. I asked my mom to buy me a pack of 10 gum sticks. They were worth 15cents each, and I resold them for 35cents. I only got a bunch of change, but from then on, I was hooked on selling.