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14 Year Old Cooks Up A Storm With $250 A Month Condiment Business

After being given a ‘write a business plan’ assignment for school, this 14-year-old created an actual business instead.
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What It's About

How an eighth grade student took an assignment to the next level.

Business Model
Product
Skills Required
Strong Palate & Business Savvy
Complexity
Low
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

If you want to follow in Emily’s footsteps, she has a word of advice for you. Before charging for your product give it out for free in gift baskets to friends and get their feedback, then change your product from there on out. Not only does this get people talking about what you’re doing, but it allows you to have a much better product once you start charging for it.

Fun Fact

When Emily went to San Sebastian in the north of Spain, she met three times Michelin starred chef, Arzak Espina, who tried Rudspice and supported her business.

Notes from Chris

Episode 191
When most eighth graders are handed a school project, they hope to come out with a good grade, a little praise and enough time left over to hang out with their friends. But Emily Rudnick in Denver, Colorado isn’t most eighth graders. Because when she was handed her school project, she came out with a full-blown spice business and $250 a month in her back pocket.

After $250 in startup costs for her spices and materials, and 45 days after receiving the assignment, Emily returned to her school with her business plan in her hand and 250 bottles of Rudspice that she’d hand-made for people to buy. Her teachers were impressed, but they weren’t surprised—they knew this fiery 14-year-old was always capable of something magical.

The overall goal Emily has for RudSpice is that it replace salt and pepper on your kitchen table; but between now and then she’s focusing on getting the product in local restaurants, reaching out to farmers markets and creating more bottles to put on the retail shelves. Now that’s a business model with a real kick!

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"I want to take Rudspice to a larger level and see it in restaurants and grocery stores, and my ultimate goal to have it replace salt and pepper at the dinner table."
—Emily Rudnick #SideHustleSchool

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