By Yolanda Spivey
When an energetic 14 year old kid couldn’t find a summer job in his Pittsfield, MA neighborhood, he did the next best thing—he created one.
Ajayi Jackson is the proud owner of Pop’s Pizza, a homemade pizza palace where he hand-makes the pizza himself and then delivers it right to your door.
It all started when he tried looking for summer work in his neighborhood. He told Financial Juneteenth, “All of the summer jobs were already taken by college kids. And besides, places hardly ever hire 14 year olds.”
So he volunteered for a while waiting for his phone to ring to the few jobs he had applied to but no one called him back.
Ajayi told Financial Juneteenth, “One night, I was supposed to make dinner and wanted pizza. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money ordering pizza so I made it from scratch. And it came out really good.”
That idea led the young man to having his first business meeting with his parents about starting his very own homemade pizza business.