Interviewer: Hello, I am Olivia Lauren. I am a 9-year-old, actor, model, and entrepreneur. I am an author and the co-owner of Lauren Simone Publishing House, which publishes children’s books written and illustrated by youth. Besides publishing children books, we provide a platform for talented youth to showcase their talent.
Today we are interviewing Michael Wren. Michael Wren is a 10 year old, entrepreneur and author of "Mikey learns about business," which is steadily climbing to be a best seller on Amazon. Thanks for taking the interview.
So, tell me, who is Michael Wren? What do you like to do for fun?
Mikey: I am Mikey, the kid who knows the Biz. I like to hang out with friends, play video games, and run my business.
Olivia: How old were you when you started your business?
Mikey: 7 years old.
Olivia: Oh wow! That is amazing. Let's take a look at one of your baby pictures. Aww so cute.
Olivia: So, what is Mikey’s Munchies and where is it located?
Mikey: It is a local vending machine business in St. Louis, MO.
Olivia: How did you become an entrepreneur?
Mikey: When I was younger I always wanted something out of a vending machine. Sometimes I still do, but my mom said, "All the money you put in those machines goes to the owner. But if you had your own, all the money would go to you." So I decided that I wanted to have my own vending machines.
Olivia: Entrepreneurs often have entrepreneur friends. Do you have friends who are entrepreneurs? What businesses do they have?
Mikey: Yes, Sidney Keys III, the founder of Books N Bros; Joseph Steward, the owner of J-Kool wallets; and Shelly, a designer of Shelly the Jewelry Girl; among others.
From left to right: Shelly (Jewelry Girl), Sidney (Books and Bros), Joseph (J-Cool Wallets)
Olivia: Wow, lots of amazing talent! So, how did you come up with the idea to write a book and what age is it recommended for?
Mieky: We were looking for a book about entrepreneurship to help me to learn about running a business. But we couldn’t find any books written for young children who want to start a business. I am a problem solver. I saw a lack of young business books as a problem ,and now my book is a solution to that problem! The recommended age is 5 - 12.
Olivia: What was the most fun thing about writing the book?
Mikey: Being able to see my story in my own words in a book in stores and on Amazon. I had a lot of fun using my imagination to create Biz the briefcase.
Olivia: What was the most challenging thing about writing the book?
Mikey: Being able to do the book in the time frame I had while going to school and completing homework.
Olivia: Who or what inspires you? Do you have a role model?
Mikey: Seeing my mom and other entrepreneurs enjoying working for themselves. Also saving for my future makes me happy. Yes, my parents inspire me. They watch what they say to me. They are careful about what I watch on TV. They also encourage me to always do my best. My mom always says, "Even when we lose, we still win because we learn."
Mikey: My NBA role model is Russell Westbrook.
Olivia: What advice do you have for other children who want to become entrepreneurs or authors?
Mikey: Dream Big! Little people can do big things too. Never stop believing in yourself.
Olivia: It was such a pleasure to meet you, Mikey. I wish you continued success.
Please check out Mikey's book on Amazon. According to Mikey, the book is about "a 9 year old who wants to start a business, but he doesn’t know how. Mikey meets a magical briefcase name “Biz” that guides him through what it takes to start a business. Mikey learns how to write a business plan, marketing strategies, networking and much more."