A 7-Year-Old's Inspiring Dream to Be an Entrepreneur
For a lot of kids with entrepreneurial aspirations, the lemonade stand is the go-to business idea. Not so for 7-year-old Ryland Goldman. This kid has bigger plans.
When his family recently moved to Los Gatos, Calif., Ryland spotted a golden business opportunity: lots of foot traffic. His family lives a block away from Ryland's elementary school. Every morning a steady flow of parents and their children stream by their house.
Opportunity? Check. But Ryland also has big dreams. His parents say Ryland has wanted to open his own restaurant since he was just 3 years old. So, when dreams meet opportunity, sometimes businesses are born.
Not every day, but as frequently as his parents allow him, Ryland gets up early and bakes foods like biscotti, muffins and brownies. He gets coffee and juices, prints up a menu and sets everything out on a folding table near the sidewalk in front of his home. Ryland's Restaurant is open for business. Some mornings he pulls in more than $100.
"I think he is a future entrepreneur," Ryland's principal, Kit Bragg, told a local NBC news program. Future? I think he's an entrepreneur right now.
Jason Fell is director of native content for Entrepreneur, managing the Entrepreneur Partner Studio, which creates dynamic and compelling content for our partners. He previously served as Entrepreneur.com's managing editor and as the technology editor prior to that.