Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sonshine Ponders Entrepreneurship

Sonshine earns money by doing chores. His particular specialty, and real money-maker, is bathroom cleaning. We've priced the chores so that the "dirtier" chores pay more, and he discovered this, so he cleans bathrooms and takes out trash and does other "dirty" chores like that. He makes more money than Princess, pays his tithing, saves up the rest, and spends it all on Bionicles. He scours eBay and Amazon looking for good deals on Bionicles. (Did I mention he's eight years old?)

Last week he had me bid on some Bionicles on eBay for him. He bought two Bionicles for $8.50 (including shipping). One of his friends just offered him $20 for the pair, so he's seriously considering "flipping" them and using the money he made to buy a much larger and more expensive Bionicle.

I don't know what to think about all this Bionicle selling. This is not the first Bionicle that he and his friends have sold to each other, and some of their little financial arrangements in the past have resulted in some ruffled feathers that I've had to go smooth over. If Sonshine starts making ungodly amounts of money dealing in rare Bionicles, there's bound to be some jealousy. On the other hand, I really want to encourage Sonshine to learn about reselling and how to make money besides working for a wage. And I personally wouldn't mind him discovering how to make ungodly amounts of money; it's a skill he can certainly make good use of in the future.