A TEENAGER has taken his first steps into the business world – without even leaving his bedroom.
Inspired by his family’s yearly challenge to find him the perfect present, 13-year-old Jamie Houston designed and built his very first website aimed at making that problem a thing of the past.
The Lytham St Annes High School pupil launched presents4teenagers.com last week, and he already has big plans for his online future.
It is a one-stop-shop of ideas for parents and grandparents who struggle with that age old problem of what to buy a teenager.
From Harry Potter DVDs and books to the latest games releases it provides helpful links to help out the struggling online shopper.
Jamie said: “I quite like designing and creating things so I thought I would give it a go.
“I’m a teenager and my parents and grandparents are always asking me what I want because they have no idea, so that’s where my idea came from.
“In the future I would like to build on it and try to make it bigger, and hopefully make it pay as well with adverts, I just need to publicise it.
“Being a web designer in the future is a possibility.”
The Ansdell youngster does study ICT at school, but most of the skills used in putting his website together are self-taught after he got a web design programme for Christmas.
The website features different sections advising on the different types of presents which would be welcomed by teenage boys.
And when Jamie had to ask their permission for it to go live, his parents Helen and David were stunned by their son’s work.
Mr Houston said: “I’m really impressed that he has learnt it all himself – and he has been watching hours of Dragon’s Den without my knowledge.
“He wants to start making a profit from it and obviously has aspirations to get into business and industry.
“The thing I’ve been most impressed with is he has done it all off his own bat without any guidance from me or his mother at all.”
Log on to www.presents4teenagers.com to access Jamie’s website.