A 14-year-old boy from Georgia became an entrepreneur and opened his own food cart. Now he’s become one of the best at what he does: making the most delicious hot dogs.
Surrounded By Love And Support
Mason Wright is not your ordinary 14-year-old. Instead of slacking off or playing video games, he has big plans to become a business owner one day! “I want to have restaurants all over the place like McDonald’s,” he said with confidence. Now, Wright’s chasing those dreams! The eighth-grader, along with some family help, opened his first restaurant in October, a hot dog cart. However, it’s no ordinary hot dog cart! Mason’s Super Dogs specializes in creative hot dogs and vegan hot dogs. His vegan offerings even caught PETA’s attention, who recommended the boy’s hot dogs for anyone in Georgia.
The idea for the hot dog cart came about a few years ago, when Wright could not find a job due to his young age. “Every time we went to the grocery store I asked for a job. And they all said, ‘No, I was too young.’ That’s when I started telling myself, I can be my own boss instead of working for someone else and giving them money,” Wright said. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop him. The young entrepreneur took up different part-time flings like walking dogs, washing cars, and mowing lawns until he was able to buy a used food cart. After some hard work and elbow grease, he transformed the old cart into something beautiful!
Going Through The Pandemic
Now, Mason Wright even has a hot dog shop on the Morehouse College campus in Atlanta! However, when the coronavirus struck, he took a hit, just like so many other small businesses in America. Thankfully, the entire Wright family was right there to support the young entrepreneur every step of the way. 22-year-old Mary-Pat Hector provided her younger brother with financial and advocacy help. “Our family has really put their entire lives on hold to support and make sure that his dreams come to fruition,” Hector stated. “Having a brother like Mason is amazing because he’s a visionary and literally everything that he puts his mind to, he does, and it ends up being successful.”
After a few months, the red tape was lifted, and Wright is now back to serving hot dogs. 500 a day, in fact! Right now, the young business owner can’t work at his restaurant full-time. While he’s busy with classes and homework, the staff is making and selling hot dogs for him. But he runs to the Mason’s Super Dogs and puts on his apron as soon as it’s possible. The job has also allowed him to meet megastar celebrities, like Will Smith.
Of course, Wright has also become an inspiration to other young entrepreneurs across the globe. “Do what you’re good at,” he advised them. “Because you can turn your hobby into a business that makes you money.”