CUSTOM COOPS: Teen’s Booming Business
Last spring, we introduced you to a Story City teenager who’d built his own wind turbine.
Since then, fifteen months have passed and Tanner Johnson’s focus has shifted, but he is as ambitious as ever.
A 15-year-old with too much ambition and not enough hours in the day, “If I`m not going to school, I`m working on chicken coops…if I`m not working on chicken coops, I`m working…” he says.
Whether it`s up front or out back, much of Tanner`s work involves chickens…especially since last spring when his Spanish teacher asked him to build her a coop…then someone else wanted one, and pretty soon…he`s in business.
“Order-wise, I have about 15-16 orders.”
He ships nationwide and is turning a healthy profit…but wait:
“Hopefully by the time this summer`s over, if I have enough orders, I`ll be moving out to the I-35 business park and actually building my own building out there…”
Tanner was using power tools as a toddler, so his parents don`t doubt his skills…but they are cautioning him about the details of running a business.
“Quarterly sales tax filings and all of that kind of stuff; I don`t know, I guess we`ll see where it goes,” his dad laughs.
How many fathers are worried their teenager is too ambitious?
“I guess it`s giving him some experience and hopefully he`ll learn something about business and how to run a business…”
Last week, a potential investor called Tanner…”He wants to start marketing my chicken coops up in Michigan, so if I get that I`m gonna have to expand.”
You can learn more about tanner’s business on his website.