Jason Thurston, an 11-year-old from Northport, Maine, loves golf, but thought the apparel wasn’t as fun as it should be. With the help of his parents, he started thegolfboy.com and began selling merchandise with his designs. The young entrepreneur sees a lot of similarities between golf and business. “You have your ups and downs, but you just have to power through it and keep trying,” he says.
There are many 11-year-olds who play golf, but very few start their own clothing line and online store, WABI reported. Jason Thurston of Northport, Maine has been playing golf since he was five, but he thought golf apparel wasn’t as fun as it should be, so he did something about it.
“There wasn’t much out there, so I just decided why not make my own clothing,” he said.
Thurston’s website—thegolfboy.com—came about after an idea to start a YouTube Channel about his passion for golf, where he could pitch his merchandise like the pros, WABI reported.
“Since that wasn’t going just yet, we looked into some other ideas for him, and brought that up, and he said he wanted to do that, and he’s very artistic,” said his mother, Hana. “Golf and sports and drawing, those are just his things.”
And it’s not just about making some money, WABI reported.
“Obviously that plays a little bit of a part, but not all of it,” said Jason said. “It’s just fun designing shirts, especially having people order shirts that you designed. Especially as a kid.”
Jason does all of his designs by hand, and even sells more than just clothing, WABI reported. His parents Hana and Jason Sr. have helped him get his designs to print, but they say he’s really the one doing the hard work. And when it comes to golf, that’s all Jason.
“He straightened out my swing in about 10 minutes,” Jason Sr. told WABI.
“We’re so proud of him,” added Hana. “He’s just so … he’s just such a good kid.”
A good kid that’s already learned a lot about life through the similarities he’s seen between golf and running a business, WABI reported.
“You have your ups and downs,” said the 11-year-old entrepreneur. “But you just have to power through it and keep trying.”