From building site to making a mint selling coins
Fed up with working as labourers on a building site, 18-year-olds James Grear and Henry Bishop decided to setup their own eBay business, TheCoinSupplier, and escape their £9 an hour jobs.
However, they needed that killer idea! Who knew that some old change would literally change their lives.
While buying his lunch one day, James noticed a different looking 50p in his pocket. He wanted to see if it was worth anything – so searched, of course, on eBay.
The coin, a rare 2011 WWF 50p, sold for eight times its value – and their idea was born.
The friends launched their eBay store and started buying and selling rare coins – before the craze hit the streets. And were winners of the eBay for Business 2017 Grand Prize Award More here on the prize
Fast forward two years, and James and Henry have turned pocket change into a business that has an annual turnover of £70,000. And, more importantly, ditched their jobs.
Read about this entrepreneurial story from James, one half of TheCoinSupplier.