One Socorro 9-year-old has turned her love for making slime into entrepreneurial opportunity.
For Janeah Angel, the online learning required during the pandemic gave her a chance to spend more time at home on her own hobbies and to try her hand at entrepreneurship. Just Sum Slime by Janeah offers small containers of slime in bright colors, often with a seasonal twist.
One of her friends taught Angel how to make slime at home. After she mastered the art of slime making, she began selling it in October, first with flash sales and a handwritten sign and then via Facebook.
Slime may seem like a simple product, but Angel uses her creativity to slip past the competition. She adds small charms to the slime or jazzes it up with glitter. For Easter she sold slime in Easter eggs, and placed the eggs in bags complete with Easter basket grass. For Halloween, she added green bats or bright orange spiders to make the slime festive. For summer she’s making cotton candy colored slime—glittery pink and blue slime together in one container. For autumn she’s considering adding dried leaves and she is already brainstorming for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Making slime takes some experimentation and tinkering to reach the right consistency. Customers don’t want slime that is too sticky. Sometimes experiments go wrong, like when she added metal charms to Christmas themed slime. The metal turned the slime black, and made it unsellable.
Angel sells the slime with the help of her mom Jill Madrid-Angel. Madrid-Angel takes orders over Facebook, and then they deliver it to customers around Socorro.
“We really appreciate the people of Socorro being so kind and supportive,” said Madrid-Angel.
While slime making is lots of fun, Angel has some serious goals for her profits.
“I’m saving up to either go to college or buy a car,” she said.
Madrid-Angel said her daughter has learned some business lessons from the slime sales, like making sure orders are prepared by a certain date and ensuring that her products are high quality and consistent.
Janeah Angel has some straightforward advice for other kids who want to put their entrepreneurial skills to use.
“Just believe in yourself and don’t give up.”