Words and photo by Tristan Ovington.
Entrepreneurs seem to be getting younger and younger. Some entrepreneurs start as early as 12-years-old, such as by Phoebe Finnerty who already runs her own hairdressing business, FeebObraids from her family garden.
Phoebe’s family were a big part of honing her skills and being motivated to succeed. She practised on her sisters, aged 9 and 11, to hone her skills.
Her mother’s support also ensured she had no challenges on her journey: “When people put me down, mum was always by my side encouraging me.”
On 15th of February this year, Phoebe’s mother, 33-year-old Samantha Stokes took Phoebe to a hair extension course at Belle Academy in Finchley, London to gain the skills she needed.
“The course is usually two days,” explains Samantha, “but because of her age, Phoebe needed 1:1 tuition so they did it all in one day.”
And was the long day too much for Phoebe? “No, even though we got up at 5:30am and got back at 9pm, it was brilliant,” replies Phoebe. “It was the first time I was old enough to remember going to London and I loved every minute. I was so proud when they said I learnt more quickly than lots of adults who do the course, as I already knew so much.”
Samantha has helped Phoebe convert a horse box in the garden to allow her to welcome customers and dress their hair, but Phoebe already has plans to open her own salon when she is old enough.
If you are a young entrepreneur or know someone who might be one day, Phoebe has some advice for you: If you have a dream, never give up!