For young people who are enterprising enough to start businesses as children, they usually limit themselves to small affairs, such as candy or lemonade sold to neighbors and relatives. Soon they often get bored and move on to something else. However, one driven young resident of Canberra had her sights fixed much higher.
Jade Esler, who recently celebrated her 16th birthday, has sold more than 20,000 cupcakes at $3.50 each since she was 13 years old. What is truly amazing, however, is that she used the money she earned over the years to pay for years of flying lessons—which usually cost around $300 an hour.
“It was pretty awesome,” Jade said of her experience.
She combined her love of flying with her passion for baking to fulfill her dreams.
Flight test complete and now it's on to my birthday celebrations! I'm now a licensed pilot – the best 16th birthday present ever. ✈️
Consequently, not only has she earned her license, but she also became the youngest pilot in Australia. Her license is currently very restricted, so no international flights for her just yet, but Jade has such plans for the future.
“I’ll be able to fly by myself before I can drive by myself,” Jade said according to the Queanbeyan Age.
Key to her determination was a great love of flying given to her by her parents. When she was still a baby, she took her first steps in an aircraft carrier. Her father, Ben, also earned his private flying license and would often take her up with him.
“I just remember going up, sitting in the back in my car seat, falling asleep and being totally happy,” Jade said, according to Mamamia.
Dad and I before flying from Merimbula to Camden
Rewarding as it may be, however, juggling school, a business and learning to fly as a teenager can be draining at times.
“Sometimes there’s more late nights if I’ve got assignments due. Sometimes I can have a night off so I can watch TV,” Jade said according to the Queanbeyan Age.
Making a business from scratch at 13 is not easy, but Jade is in this for the long haul. Her business, now called “The Sugar Bite” is set to continue funding her quest; she plans to earn her private pilot’s license next year, and she would like to get her commercial license when she turns 18.
Pursuing a career as a commercial pilot is one of Jade’s dreams, and we know that she’s got the drive to attain it.
Possibly my favourite catering order yet. These are ready for delivery to the Australian National University (my first choice of uni!) for their graduation ceremony tomorrow.
“I just completely believe that if you have a dream, and you have something to achieve, you need to go out and do it. It’s not just going to come to you. And there’s always a way to do it, you’ve just got to find it,” Jade said, according to Mammamia.