Ask a group of 18 to 25 years olds about the idea of becoming an entrepreneur and almost three quarters will say that it is a good career choice.
So you probably should not be too surprised that youngsters are setting up businesses at an earlier and earlier age. Sarah Green, Oliver Bridge and Jake Lunn all run their own companies - selling furniture, shoes and personalised napkins, and all of them are making real money. Just one thing - Sarah is aged 20, Oliver is 17 and Jake is 10.
So how did they begin?
Two years ago, when he was just eight, Jake Lunn was on holiday with his parents on a friend's yacht, leafing through some sailing magazines when a particularly flashy boat caught his eye. Jake promptly declared that he was going to buy it. But his dad Nick told him that if he was to afford the ship of his dreams then he would have to earn some serious cash. It was there that Jake's business idea for making personalised printed napkins for yachts was born and Nautical-napkins.co.uk was launched. With some financial help from his dad, Jake started up the business with a second-hand printing press bought for £750.
Seventeen-year-old Oliver Bridge turned a personal problem - his large feet - into a business opportunity when he set up a company selling big shoes. “I had a look on the internet. Not that much competition from the big stores and I thought OK, I'll go in for it," he says. He got in touch with shoe manufacturers and arranged to sell their biggest sizes through his own online store Biggerfeet.co.uk.
Entrepreneur number three, Sarah Green, is something of a veteran with more than five years experience in the world of business. At the age of 18 she started an online furniture company, 1st-for-furniture.co.uk, which, in only its second year of trading, is expected to hit a turnover of almost £400,000.
These young entrepreneurs are showing no signs of slowing down in their quest to build their empires.