A Devon schoolboy has built an online business empire out of his family’s milking parlour - and now turns over £15,000 a year.
Tommy Howard founded his online toy shop two years ago, after his little brother asked for a nerf gun for his birthday - and he realised just how cheap he could buy second-hand models for.
The 14-year-old sold eggs from the family farm to buy his first batch of the toy weapons, and then reinvested the money - with his pocket money - to buy new stock.
Fast forward two years and Tommy now stocks more than 1,000 products and ships to customers all over the world.
He said: “When I was in Year 8, I started off because I saw a YouTube video about people who had a business and I just thought, ‘wow, I’d just love to have a business like that!’
“My little brother had a nerf gun as a birthday list and I thought I could do a business like that.
“So, I did some second-hand and brought in a couple, started cleaning them up."
Over the years, I started expanding it - kind of wiped out GumTree a bit to be honest of all their nerf guns that I could get.
The young entrepreneur, who dreams of one day expanding into warehouses across the UK, also revealed how the business had helped with his mental health.
“I struggled a lot with separation anxiety, had a lot of mental health issues and I found this was really helping me on my confidence and stuff.
“So now, after two years with a bit of counselling and doing this as well, I feel it’s helped me a lot.”