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York entrepreneur, 10, dreams of helping parents retire

York entrepreneur, 10, dreams of helping parents retire

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Kasper Alexander started a business turning retro controllers into framed artwork

A primary school student has launched his first business aged just 10.

With Kasper Alexander eager to get his hands on a VR headset, his father gave him the choice to wait for his birthday or earn the money himself.

Kasper said “impatience” got the better of him, so came up with the idea to sell art made from dismantled game controllers.

As well as the headset, the entrepreneurial youngster also wants to help his parents retire early.

“Two of my friends from school have VR headsets but I’m not spoilt, so my dad wouldn’t just buy one for me,” Kasper said.

“My birthday is in June and I was too impatient to wait, so my dad said I would have to earn the money to pay for it.”

The York boy and James, his father, had already dismantled an old phone, so they then turned their attention to electronic console controllers.

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The artwork retails for £79.99 online

Mr Alexander placed orders on eBay for the supplies but made it clear that Kasper would need to deduct the cost of materials from his sales.

“I think it is a great idea and I’m proud of him,” he said.

“He will learn lessons about costs, materials and product research- I want to encourage him to do it properly.”

The framed artwork will retail for just under £80 – a price arrived at by Kasper after researching similar products.

“I don’t want to be arrogant so I just hope I make a couple of sales,” the youngster said.

“One day, I want to be a successful businessman and make enough to retire my parents.”

Although he had found the process challenging, Kasper said he was excited for his venture, Kasper Global Business Enterprises, to launch this weekend on a well-known online craft product store.

“It is just me in my class who is interested in business but my friends are still quite impressed,” he added.

The article was first published here

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