A TEENANGER says he makes thousands of pounds each month through a lucrative side hustle – which he started from his bedroom.
Rory McLaughlan, 19, was a sixth form student during lockdown when he suddenly had plenty of time to spare.
The Northern Ireland teen started buying Celtic football shirts on Ebay for £20 and selling them for £40.
What started off as a hobby soon turned into making an £80 profit on each vintage shirt.
Rory said in the first week he made around £3,000.
He told BelfastLive: "I then bought a load of Man United shirts, I think it was 11 or 13, at £40 and I sold them for probably about £120.
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"And from there I just kept doing it and repeating it, and then in March 2021, I think I sold £3,000 of football shirts in the first weekend of my online store, which was Rory's Football Shirts."
But Rory said selling vintage shirts was a "hard business" and "time-consuming".
So he shifted the business and created Shirt In A Box.
Self-explanatory, customers buy a shirt in a box without knowing which club it's for.
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Although it remains a mystery, filters can be set when purchasing – meaning you can choose which league you'd like the shirt from.
Rory says Shirt In A Box has sold over 35,000 footie kits and the "response was incredible".
Since setting up three offices and hiring 15 members of staff, the small business is gearing up for the World Cup in two weeks.
Rory manages his business alongside studying finance at Queen's University Belfast and playing semi-professional football.
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With the aim of adapting the business as the market changes, Rory said the sky is the limit and hopes to expand into manufacturing one day.
"Kit manufacturing is an option maybe one day and then also getting involved in running football clubs is something that would always be on my horizon I think," the teen added.
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