Think back to how you earned a crust at the age of 16. Babysitting? Maybe a weekend job at Maccas or the local cinema?
Well, by the same age Sydney teen Ali Kitinas has already launched two businesses, employed her own mother and is believed to be Australia’s youngest CEO. All while attending school.
After starting a social media marketing agency at the age of 11, the young entrepreneur is now focused on her new venture, Freedom Scrub.
The innovative two-year-old company produces an ethical body scrub made from recycled coffee grounds, with a portion of proceeds going toward impoverished children in Kolkata.
“I’m very passionate about social enterprises, and having a social impact through business,” the 16-year-old told Mamamia.
Having started her first business, a social media marketing agency at age 11, Ali credits her entrepreneurial interests to the influence of many strong women in her life.
"I'm a very passionate performer, but I always knew that it would be really hard to gain financial security in that field," she said. "That's why I went into business, so that I could have the financial security to pursue my other passions."
"I also saw how my mum had a really bad corporate experience, and I knew I wanted to be my own boss."