Just across the Tamar street bridge in Invermay, teen entrepreneur Sunny Beatson is setting up the next step in his ever-expanding doughnut empire.
Formed in Mr Beatson's home in Burnie during a stint of COVID-19 lockdown boredom, Beadoughs Donuts has rapidly expanded from a small operation baking donuts in the family kitchen.
Just 18 months after opening his wares to the public, the 17-year-old business owner now operates a shopfront in Burnie and employs 11 staff including several members of his family.
Launceston residents looking to get their hands on Mr Beatson's signature doughnuts, Beadoughs Donuts now has a brightly decorated trailer posted up outside Marshall Batteries on the corner of Invermay road and Lindsay street.
According to Mr Beatson, the idea for the Launceston trailer first came to him when the Burnie store began to do well.
"We wanted something with a low start-up that we could get out to customers quickly," he said.
Freshly vinyl-wrapped, the trailer will be posted up next to the Boost Juice trailer five days a week. Mr Beatson is also considering opening a brick-and-mortar shop in Launceston down the track. Having now left school to dedicate his time to the business, Mr Beatson intends to continue expanding his knowledge as his entrepreneurial ventures grow.
"Just because I've stopped going to school doesn't mean I've stopped learning. I've got a lot of drive and hunger to be better. It hasn't stopped me - it's just catapulted me by letting me put energy into something I really love," he said.
When asked what advice he would give other teenagers wanting to start up a business, Mr Beatson's advice was pragmatic.
"I started with a $30 fryer in my mum's kitchen. Just starting is the important part and staying out of your comfort zone. Every time I have grown, either when I started the business or since I've been expanding it, it's because I've been out of my comfort zone," he said.
The Beadoughs Donuts trailer is now serving customers from Tuesday to Saturday between 10:00am and 5:00pm, or until the doughnuts are sold out.
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