9-year old starts candy machine business

(WEAU) - One local 9-year old has started her own business and has her eyes on the prize.

For the last year, Zoey Larson has not only been taking care of her hamster and goldfish, but she's also taking care of a candy claw machine at the Ramada Convention Center and a candy machine at Mega Lube and Oil.

9 year-old Zoey Larson and her dad come to the Ramada Convention Center, once a month to take care of "The Challenger."

"I play it to make sure it works correctly,” said 9 year old, Zoey Larson.

For Zoey's 8th birthday her father bought her the machine, so she could learn more about business.

"Growing up I always had paper routes. It was actually right when I turned 8 I got my first paper route, so when she got to that age, I thought it was time for her to try something,” said Mat Larson, Zoey’s Dad.

The business has taken off ever since. She now has a candy machine at Mega Lube and Oil. But why does Zoey do it?

"To make more money,” said Zoey.

It’s an investment that kids can play for only 25 cents and each location receives 10% of her profits.

"This is really cool because its hands on. I throw some terms at her, she doesn't always remember. We talk about revenue, expenses, and capital investments,” said Mat.

"I like cleaning it, putting the candy in and testing it every time I come," said Zoey

When she comes, she wipes down the machine.

"I'll pick her up after school and she'll see I got the bucket, so she knows it’s time to go take care of it and sometimes I forget and she remind me too,” said Mat.

Then, she gets see how much she made. She organizes the quarters in piles, each pile reflecting a dollar.

On average she makes about 30 dollars a month from the machines.

"Yup 23 dollars and 50 cents,” said Zoey.

One of her favorite parts is putting the candy inside.

"We'll mix the candy around, and get more candy, and the light bulb burned out once so we got a new one,” said Larson.

But this business is just getting started; Zoey has one reason why she wants the money.

"So I can buy new ones, and make a big business instead just this little one now. I love it," said Zoey.


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