Teen Entrepreneurs At Parkview Highschool

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This image displays Strawberry Shortcake Tres Leches cupcakes, one of the delicious baked goods Kennedy West offers.

Parkview students have their own unique journeys in creating the balance between being an entrepreneur and a student. Jana Kingsford says it best: “Balance isn’t something you find, it’s something you create. Someone with creativity and an open mind can achieve things others could only dream of. Students in the Parkview community have the skills that make excellent entrepreneurs, which I was grateful to observe after interviewing students attending the school. Kennedy West (10th) and Violeta Arredondo (11th) are two students that help me to understand what it takes to run a business, and most importantly– how to maintain the balance between being an entrepreneur and a student. 

While interviewing Arredondo, an 11th-grade student at Parkview Highschool. I was able to learn that she owns three separate businesses, one selling jewelry and keychains, another selling decal/iron-on stickers, and lastly, Arredondo is a nail tech. After asking Arredono why she became an entrepreneur, I was fascinated to find out Arredondo started her three businesses to challenge herself and not only as a source of income. 

I was also able to gain insight into the act of creating balance while speaking to Arredondo. In Arredono’s own words she states, “On the weekends I dedicate my time to getting my orders done, and during the school week I focus on staying organized and keeping things separate.” 

I was able to ask Arredondo for some advice for becoming an entrepreneur and in return, I was given the response “To not give up because at first, it is difficult, it’s hard to get customers/clients. Also ignore those who are unsupportive, because there will be people who will try to bring you down, but you have to keep going and know it’ll be worth it in the end.” 

While speaking with Arredondo I was also able to learn what she wished she knew before starting her business, “I wish I knew the pricing involved and the investment needed to begin to make a profit.” Arredondo’s products and services can be found on Instagram @customsatl, @Nails.by.violeta_.

I was also given the opportunity to interview 10th-grade student Kennedy West–a student who understands the struggle of owning a business in high school. In Kennedy’s own words she states, “It’s difficult owning a business; you have to have good time management skills to be a teen entrepreneur.” West explains during the interview that she sells pastries to make a profit as her business. West also finds time to do extracurricular activities such as drama club and HOSA. During the interview, West makes it abundantly clear that having support from an adult is a major part of how she created the balance she needed to be a teen entrepreneur. 

After concluding the interview with West, I was left with a great piece of advice. “Make sure you know what you’re getting into before starting your business so you’re not overwhelmed.” To expand on this, West states “Make sure you have all the right supplies, have enough time, and are in a mental space where you have enough energy to create what you do best.” 

Each teen entrepreneur attending the school had a unique journey that came with its battles to overcome and its successes. Each student I spoke to had different experiences and advice that allowed for them to become a business owner at such a young age. The teenagers I spoke with had consistency, patience, and commitment to their craft while also having different experiences that allowed them to become teen entrepreneurs. 

Here are some of the decal/iron-on stickers Violeta Arredondo offers on her Instagram @customsatl.