Autistic Teen Runs Bin-Cleaning BusinessC. Dixon
Clay Lewis is a 16-year-old business owner with three employees and 70 regular clients. In the single year that he’s been in business, he’s earned over $6,000.
How many teenagers can say that?
Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Clay began searching for an after-school job as a teen at the urging of his mother, Laura Lewis.
Laura thought it was important that Clay learn valuable “life lessons” and cultivate his work ethic through a part-time job. However, it proved to be a challenging goal.
After struggling to find a part-time job, Clay created his own! On January 1st, 2018, Clay offered his surrounding neighbors a free garbage bin cleaning. He did so well with it that Laura ended up creating a Facebook page for him and began booking cleanings for him.
In the year since he’s been open, he’s gotten rave reviews from his clients, and business is booming. Called Clay Needs No Moulding, his business operates around his home in Redland, southeast Brisbane, Australia.
At the beginning, he struggled to not gag as he cleaned — especially when spying maggots — but he’s come a long way since then.
He charges $10 per bin, and $5 for each bin after that. He even cleans kitchen bins!
Way to go, Clay!