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Sophia Rizzo launches business selling GLITTER – and she’s now making $350,000 in sales a year

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Finding rogue bits of glitter in the house is some parents’ idea of ​​a nightmare — but for Sophia Rizzo’s mom Megan, it’s a reminder of her little girl’s $350,000-a-year business.

The 13-year-old is the creative mind behind the eco glitter brand Glitter Girl – a business she started since she was nine years old after deciding that girls her age should always have mini jars of glitter on hand.

The youngster first charged her classmates $2 a jar before pushing her mother, Megan, 47, and father Adam, 50, to take her business plan seriously.

“We thought it was a little crazy at first, but then she came to us with her unicorn notebook full of ideas, so we thought it was time to take it seriously,” Megan told Daily Mail Australia.

Three years later and the dreams in the notebook have come true – Sophia even has her own Glitter HQ, a warehouse in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast where her stuff is sorted, packed and even sold.

Sophia Rizzo, 13, (pictured) is the creative mind behind the eco-glitter brand Glitter Girl – a company she started at age nine after deciding girls her age always needed mini jars of glitter

The youngster first charged her classmates $2 a jar before pushing her mother, Megan, 47, and father Adam, 50, to take her business plan seriously

The youngster first charged her classmates $2 a jar before pushing her mother, Megan, 47, and father Adam, 50, to take her business plan seriously

Three years later, the dreams in the notebook have come true - Sophia even has her own Glitter HQ, a warehouse in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast where her stuff is sorted, packed and even sold

Three years later, the dreams in the notebook have come true – Sophia even has her own Glitter HQ, a warehouse in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast where her stuff is sorted, packed and even sold

“Sometimes I forget how cool it is and then my friends remind me and I realize it’s really awesome,” Sophia told FEMAIL.

And her mother agreed.

“I love it when kids come to the warehouse and you see their reaction to all the glitter as they run around trying on everything, it helps us realize how great it is here,” she said.

Sophia is the boss at work – she comes up with the product ideas, color schemes and names for each new launch.

“I once tried to develop a new color palette and Sophia told me it wouldn’t work because it wasn’t bright or glittery enough,” Megan laughed.

‘I put it on the website, and she was right, nobody bought it. That’s when I really realized that the creative aspect of the company was hers.’

Sophia is the boss at work - coming up with the product ideas, color schemes and names for each new launch

Sophia is the boss at work – coming up with the product ideas, color schemes and names for each new launch

“Sometimes I forget how cool it is and then my friends remind me and realize it’s really awesome,” Sophia told FEMAIL

Sophia has even developed her own clothing line to complement the range and to fill a crucial gap in the market

Sophia has even developed her own clothing line to complement the range and to fill a crucial gap in the market

Sophia has even developed her own clothing line to complement the range and fill a crucial gap in the market.

“I love things with sequins and there are no such things for kids my age, so I made them myself,” she said.

“I love the bubblegum jumpsuit, it’s my favorite outfit so far,” she revealed.

The 13-year-old still goes to school, has time for cheerleading and a social life while working in the company.

“Sometimes I forget how cool it is and then my friends remind me and realize it’s really awesome,” Sophia told FEMAIL

13-year-old still goes to school, has time to liven up practice and social life while working in the company

13-year-old still goes to school, has time to liven up practice and social life while working in the company

Her mother, a photographer, and father, who previously worked in real estate, have quit their jobs and now help her run the business full-time.

“She comes up with the ideas and we bring them to life behind the scenes,” Megan says.

‘She can’t talk to suppliers or order, but when the staff comes in, they quickly see who’s in charge. But it’s a fine line – I’m still in charge at home.”

Her 17-year-old brother is more concerned with the business side than the glittery side of the business, until it suits him.

“He always has the best gifts for girls’ birthdays,” his mother said.

Her mother, a photographer, and father, who previously worked in real estate, have quit their jobs and are now helping her run the business full-time

Her mother, a photographer, and father, who previously worked in real estate, have quit their jobs and are now helping her run the business full-time

There are no official launch dates for new stock - instead, new products are added as Sophia thinks about it

The family does not go to the warehouse on weekends, but monitors their online presence and has brand discussions at home

There are no official launch dates for new stock – instead, new products are added as Sophia thinks about it

There are no official launch dates for new stock – instead, new products are added as Sophia thinks about it.

“If we find something we like or have an idea for something, we just make it and put it on the website,” Sophia said.

The family doesn’t go to the warehouse on weekends, but they do monitor their online presence and have brand discussions at home.

“Lifestyle is still very important to us, we live on the Gold Coast, so we take the time to just relax,” Megan said.

The products are in stock in 90 stores across Australia and can also be purchased online.

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