Most of us had jobs as teenagers to make a bit of extra pocket money. Paper rounds and stacking shelves were the usual, but one 13-year-old has been making headlines for the past year, as he netted over $7,000 working as a drone photographer.
Despite his young age, Hudson Horne is turning his passion for drones into a business. His mother, Peta, recalled to the Sunshine Coast Daily the time his fascination with drones began developing when he was just seven. Initially dismissing it as a phase, she said: "and then, one day, he sold all of his toys and anything in his room, because he so desperately wanted to buy his first drone."
When I bought my first drone, I was so nervous about using it, because I didn't want to crash it. But it makes me really happy, and I'd like to travel with my business when I get older.
Things continued to snowball, and it wasn’t long before he started his business, Next Level Lens. He works for real estate agencies, covers weddings and events, and even takes jobs such as checking the whirlybirds on roofs.
And his $7,000 earnings ($15,000 in his native Sunshine Coast, Australia) could just be the tip of the iceberg, as he was recently named 2017’s Sunshine Coast's Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
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