by Lauren Kelley
Eve Hobsbawm's story is one that will make you feel inspired or incredibly lazy. The 8-year-old child from London has started her own business, charging customers to solve all their problems.
Hobsbawm describes her business, Problem Solved, as a "problem-solving consultancy" that will solve "Problems about love, life and work-life balance, but not "Schoolwork-related problems (especially not maths)." Hobsbawm accepts problems via email, and pricing ranges from 10 pence for "everyday problems" up to £1.00 for tougher problems.
Two weeks ago, I got in touch: I had lost my keys, and was panicking about what to cook my friends. But I also couldn't work out how Eve manages to run a business while attending school – since she is just eight years old.
"What inspired me was my daddy," says Eve of Andy, who runs a tech start-up. "As soon as I saw his business and understood the kinds of things businesses do, I thought that's what I'm going to do." At first she wasn't sure what kind of company she wanted. "Then it just popped into my head: problem solving."
It all started in December, when Eve was seven. "The first person I exchanged business cards with said her husband was really annoying. So I said: 'It all cancels out. You might do stuff to him that's also really annoying.' She was really impressed."
Hobsbawm did help Kingsley find his keys, by the way.
Image via the Problem Solved website