BEVERLY — Hannah School third-grader Harrison Clark is not your typical 8-year-old. While he does have an obsession with LEGO and enjoys playing baseball, Harrison is also an aspiring entrepreneur.
A couple months ago, Harrison came up with the idea to make and sell lip balm.
“My mom uses a lot of lip balm,” he said. “That’s how I got the idea.”
Harrison said he asked his mom and dad if he could start making the balm, and they gave him the go-ahead.
After taking out an interest-free loan from his parents to purchase the necessary supplies, Harrison got to work, setting up his makeshift workshop in the family’s kitchen.
The balms, under the brand Harrison’s Luscious Lips, are 100% organic, made with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and essential oils. Harrison estimated it takes about three minutes to make each tube.
“It was a lot of trial and error at first,” Harrison admitted, explaining it took a few tries to get the essential oils just right.
Harrison’s mother, Kirsty Clark, said she helps him with the hot wax mixture, but, for the most part, he does it all on his own.
“He made about 50 to start,” she said. “And then, almost overnight, it went crazy.”
Kirsty said Harrison had orders lining up via Facebook, and family members in England ordered several tubes. He has also been selling the balms at the Beverly Inner Cycle studio and at the Hannah Elementary School store, as well as directly to customers.
In total, Harrison made 160 tubes of balm, and he has raised just over $400.
With profits coming in, Harrison knew he wanted to share the wealth, so he decided he would donate half of the proceeds from his first batch to the World Wildlife Fund to help the animals devastated by the Australian bush fires.
“I love koalas,” Harrison said, adding they’re among his favorite animals.
Harrison is still deciding which charity will be the beneficiary of his sales for the next batch he makes.
Right now, Harrison is out of lip balm stock, but he plans to get back in the kitchen and make more soon. He also wants to try his hand at making body butter and maybe even shampoo and conditioner.
“I want to keep selling products,” he said.
Through this effort, Harrison said he has learned a great deal about business, from interest free loans to supply and demand.
“If you want to make something, it doesn’t just pop up out of thin air,” he said “You have to work hard for it.”
Kirsty said she is incredibly proud of her son’s entrepreneurial spirit.
“The compliments he’s been getting are so wonderful,” she said. “All of his teachers are buying it. I think it’s good for him to have something to work toward. … I’m very proud of him and of his generosity.”
Though he has quite the business acumen, Harrison said if he doesn’t end up following that path, he has his sights set on being an astronaut.
“If there’s such a thing as Apollo 50,” he said. “I want to be on it.”
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