It All Started with Clocks

It All Started with Clocks

This is a true story about a girl named Sydney.

Second semester in freshman year of high school, Sydney took a one-month entrepreneurship seminar.  Students were to think of a product, make it, and sell it in a marketplace at the end of the month.

She decided on clocks, designing and then carving three beautiful faces using the school’s laser cutter.  She bought paint and lacquer to decorate them, and mechanical kits to assemble into clock hands.  

She sold her three clocks at the marketplace for $45 each and caught the entrepreneurship bug!  She loved wearing pullovers and wanted to make something for men and women.

But how?  She didn't have the money to buy pullovers to re-sell.  She didn't know how to set up a Shopify site.  She had brand ideas, but couldn’t do the design herself or pay for someone else to do it.   

Then homework, volleyball practice, college applications… life got in the way.  She almost forgot about her entrepreneur dreams, but second semester senior year, she heard about a new website to launch brands. 

Sydney signed up, met with the team on Google Meets, product samples showed up at her house, and her brand was born.  She used to be a Girl Scout and knew how to hit up her friends’ parents, parents’ friends, and relatives, and emails, texts, and social posts were way easier than door-to-door cookie sales! 

As she started Covid freshman year of college, dozens of people were receiving her branded premium pullovers!  For her first business class, she had to create a LinkedIn profile, and her first job entry was “Founder” of Southern Sky brands.