We sat down to get to know Werner Bronkhorst a bit better…
THE TEEN BEHIND THE BUSINESS:
My business runs along the fields of both products and services. Services in the sense that I do art on commission/commission work which includes custom prints on clothing or drawings/paintings of and for customers at fixed prices. The products I sell are those works I do for the pure enjoyment thereof, works I would consider as “doing for myself”, yet selling them nonetheless. These include paintings and drawings, printing or embroidering of clothes in private time. The most common of these would be my miniature artworks.
10 QUESTIONS TO WERNER
How did you come up with your business idea?
I came up with my business idea after being challenged by another artist who created an artwork every single day for 4 years. Though I intended to merely challenge myself into experimenting with different styles, mediums and surfaces for learning purposes only to show followers on Instagram, it quickly turned out to become a commercial affair after all the commissions from people who saw and admired what I did.
How many hours a day do you spend on your business?
I spend two to three hours daily on this, my hobby and passion. That would amount to between 14 and 21 hours per week.
Who inspired you to do this?
My father has quite an entrepreneurial mind. He started with selling newspapers before school while training, making money out of his skill of running. Later he traded will all sorts of goods from around the world. All this by using his talents and skills – skills I now have!
What advice would you give other teens looking to start a business?
The advice I would give other teenagers would be to look at what makes your different from the rest and how you could use this to your advantage. God blessed me with an exceptional skill for creating as well as communicating and dealing with people. Therefore look at a target market and the target market’s needs or wants (in my case art) and supply them with that which you have and they don’t.
How do you define success?
My outlook on business success in terms of my art business is that of influence, creative expression, inspiration and of course using these to make a profit. If I didn’t feel I’m making a change for good, whether big or small, then I wouldn’t be doing what I do.
What’s the last gift you gave someone?
The last gift I gave someone was a miniature artwork of an object the person I did it for (my mother) loves most dearly.
What the last thing you watched on tv?
The last thing I watched on TV was a gardening show. Gardening is my other passion and something I do in my spare time (or I make time for it).
Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
I would be in a fight with Superman and Batman in the first place since I see myself as a pretty moral and good citizen. If however, we did cross paths in a negative way, I challenge them to a drawing competition to see just how marvelous they actually are.
What would you do with a winning lottery ticket?
I guess we win a lottery each day with the 86400 seconds we are granted and always have the choice to either invest this into others’ lives or even enrich our own. Thus winning 10 million Rand would definitely mean that I would invest most of it, spend some of it but most importantly use it to the advantage of others who need it way more than I do since I am blessed more than enough.