While many teens turn to traditional after school jobs, like babysitting, flipping burgers, and bagging groceries, a growing trend is emerging among Zion students: entrepreneurship. They are finding success in everything ranging from woodworking to photography, and you will be shocked at their skill level. Here are just a few of their stories.
TJ Benderman started his business, TB Welding, at the end of 2017 after teaching himself andbuying his own equipment. TJ, an 11th grader, has fabricated trailers, exhaust pipes, and other various pieces. "It's what I want to do for the rest of my life," Benderman says. If you need work done, you can find TJ on Facebook at TB Welding.
Although 11th grader Grant Phelps is no stranger to the world of music, forming his own band was an idea that developed when he was hanging with a friend.. His band, The Parts, officially began in 2011 and writes their own songs. The Parts can often be found performing at Variety Records on the square in Columbia; they have a show coming up on April 21st. To find out more about upcoming shows, visit The Parts Band on Instagram.
Mule Town Detailing will help you, "Get a showroom shine every time." Andrew Taylor, an 11th grader, began his business when he was in the 9th grade. He has always enjoyed working on cars, but learned many of the more technical aspects of detailing from watching YouTube videos. You can find more details on Instagram or Facebook at Mule Town Detailing.
If you are looking for a unique portrait for a gift, look no further than Fractured Paint. Senior Cheyenne Torres does commissioned portraits in a fractured style of art. She began creating the portraits back in 2016 for anyone who asked. Cheyenne only began charging after the number of requests became overwhelming. You can find her work on Instagram @Menial_deity_art.
Another special gift is the gift of photography, which is exactly what you can find at Hope Inspires Photography by 10th grader Sarah Joiner. Sarah does photo shoots for individuals and special events. While her business is relatively new, Sarah has been taking pictures for many years. The number of people seeking Sarah's skills has grown, so starting a business just made sense. You can find her on Facebook at Hope Inspires Photography.
BrandSouth Designs combines art and technical skills to create beautiful hand-crafted furniture. Justin South, an 11th grader, has always enjoyed building things. He decided to start the business just over a year ago after feeling that he could craft better products that what was on the market. People often send him a picture of what they are looking for, and he custom designs the piece for their space. You can find BrandSouth Designs on Facebook and Instagram.
This is the third season that Wesley Thomas, 11th grader and owner of WT Lawncare, has taken care of one of summer's most time consuming tasks. He used the money from the last two years to buy his own equipment and start working for himself. If you need reliable lawn service, you can see Wesley's number on his business card.