Young Entrepreneur – Abril Hernández

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Young entrepreneur, Abril Hernández, age 14, is in  business of selling her uniquely decorated bakery items. We asked her a few things about her business.

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What’s your age, grade and what school do you attend?
I am 14 years old, in 9th grade and go to Boerne High School.

How did you get into your business?
I was 12 years old when I started my business June 27, 2020 with no idea of what I was getting myself into. I wanted to do something with my long days stuck at home. I developed a passion for baking I never knew was so big. I really thought my hobby would last a few months, but I was everything but right. Now I have had my business for a little over two years and couldn’t be more thankful for everything I have built.

How have your parents helped you?
My parents and my siblings have been by my side through my journey of becoming a business owner. By being my biggest fans and staying up with me all night to finish big orders. I’ve never been more thankful for my family until these past two years. They support me and are so proud of me, I couldn’t have asked for a better support system.

What’s the biggest lesson you have learned in running your business?
The biggest lesson I have learned while running my business is that, success takes time. Everything good in this world takes time. At first I was frustrated that I wouldn’t get enough orders, or that things wouldn’t go according to plan. But I just had to trust the process and trust that God had a plan for me. Being patient is so important, I’m not perfect and my cakes aren’t perfect either. But I know one thing, and that is that I am doing my best and that is all that matters to me.

What are your future plans for your business?
My future plans are to hopefully expand my business into more than a home-based business. Possibly moving into a commercial space after college, or creating courses online. But i’m really just trusting the process and enjoying every minute of being able to help my community!

After high school, what are your plans?
After high school I plan on attending college and becoming a Special Education teacher. My dream is to attend The University Of Texas Austin, or studying abroad with The University of Notre Dame.

What would you like to do for your career?
I’d love to become a Special education teacher, but ultimately having my own bakery storefront is my long term dream.

How has the community supported you?
The community has supported me in so many ways that I will forever be grateful for. They have booked me for their business grand openings, promoted me with their friends and family, but most importantly they have supported me since I started my business and have made me feel so welcomed since I started my business. I will forever be grateful for this community.

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