At 8 years, most kids dream about buying their parents houses, cars, and things. Unlike most people his age, though, Jalen Bailey is well on his way to building a house for his mom.
Jalen Bailey and his mom Sharhonda Mahan live in Fresno, California. He has been home-schooled for most of his life. His mom taught him basic entrepreneurship skills and how to go about running a business. She also taught him how to create a business plan, discover his target market, and also deciding what products to sell.
In July, they got the necessary licenses and things to get Jalen’s business running. As soon as things were set, he began selling. As his popularity grew among customers, the local media sought him out.
On July 29, an ABC 30 profile on Jalen Bailey made his popularity soar. Jalen’s mom, Mahan, stated that before the publicity that came with the media they received two to three orders a week.
She said to Atlanta Black Star:
“Before the news story, he would get about two to three orders a week.
“Since then, he has gotten quite a few requests. We weren’t able to process [all of them] because we weren’t able to ship [them] all. So that is what we are working on now … [Now,] I would say [we get] from three to 15 orders depending on the week.”
Jalen and his mom are the only ones working on the orders, but this has hardly hindered their progress. So far 100 customers have subscribed to their mailing list to receive pastries from Jalen and his mom.
Mahan also launched a crowdfunding scheme on GoFundMe to help raise funds for shipping, commercial kitchen supplies, licenses for shipping and for Jalen’s book club.
So far, supporters of Jalen’s bakery have donated almost $6,000 of the $10,000 goal.
Mahan herself is a jack of various trades. She runs a photography business, as well as donation-based tutoring to help kids struggling in specific subjects, and more. She also helped start a book club, which Jalen is a part of.
“I try to [give him the option of entrepreneurship] myself and level the playing field. I’m not rich, but I want my son to get the best education that he can.”
Jalen bailey will be enrolling in a public school for the first time this year. Mahan’s advice to all parents out there is pretty simple: if your child wants to start any venture, support them.