Meet the young entrepreneur making a buck at 5
THERE'S no denying Thomas Byatt is going to go places.
At age five, he's already been a firm employer, hiring his older sister Sophie to work for him at his weekend lemonade stall for fair pay.
The lemonade stall was set up on the corner of Mary and Pitt Sts last Saturday and the pair sold more than 100 cups for 50 cents a pop.
However, this is all in a day's work for the young entrepreneur, according to mum Tamika Byatt.
Since he was two, Thomas has been infatuated with the idea of working.
"What blows me away is that he's five and he's thinking about this already," she said.
"He should be chasing dragonflies and making shapes from clouds, not thinking about making his next dollar."
Before his successful lemonade stall, Thomas kept busy making wooden toy buggies and badges which he also sold.
He's a keen customer at Simon Home Timber and Hardware and plans to buy more wood with his hard-earned cash.
Mrs Byatt said Thomas was inspired by his father Mick and grandfather Ricky Kearney.
"His granddad makes a lot of home-made things like fire pits so that's where he's got his energy from," she said.
Thomas was so stoked with support for the stall, he asked if he could host one weekly. His mum suggested to do it monthly.
"The point of the stall was to give him the opportunity to grow as a person and interact and communicate with the community while gaining some life skills and to encourage his hard work ethic he's adopted all by himself," Mrs Byatt said.