Lad who was homeless at 17 now runs £5.8million company he started in shelter

A young entrepreneur who spent years unemployed and without a home has explained how he became a millionaire by the age of 23.

Harry Sanders, from Australia, spent years sofa-surfing as a teenager after moving out of his home at 17 when his parents divorced.

He was in and out of government housing and even ended up on the streets for a year with nobody to go to for help.

He told : “Nobody every expects to see themselves become homeless but I didn’t come from a wealthy background, and sometimes when it’s pay cheque to pay cheque, a few small things can happen and that’s it.”

All Harry had to his name was his search engine optimisation (SEO) company, StudioHawk, which he had registered when he was in school.

He tried to cancel this for a refund when he was desperate for cash, but luckily was not able to as it’s now about to be worth £5.83million.

Harry was on the streets for a year

Harry had been dabbling in SEO while working part-time at an agency and then he worked for free to build up contacts.

He did this when he wasn’t in school and discovered he had talent.

While homeless, Harry would go to local shelters to use their Wi-Fi and electricity with his old school laptop and “cheap knock-off phone”.

It took a year of grafting before the young lad was able to move into a shared house and he made £15,847 in the first year – only £3,160 of that was profit.

Over time this improved, and in 2019, StudioHawk doubled its revenue and its revenue went up to £1.6million.

Harry's company now makes millions every year
Harry’s company now makes millions every year

Harry said: “To go from nothing to this has been a crazy ride and it’s so surreal getting on planes and doing all these things when not that long ago I was literally trying to scrape $10 together to get food.”

But, the young millionaire never takes anything from granted.

He added: “Making all this money now is great but it doesn’t really feel real. I have a company worth millions of dollars but sometimes I still catch myself fretting about a $3 bagel and asking myself, ‘do you really need this?’

“When I first started using UberEats I felt almost dirty thinking it was a disgusting waste of money – now I’ve got money in the bank and good things are happening, but I still don’t have crazy spending habits and I still have moments where I think it’s too good to be true.

“I’m just a guy who has given it a go and more people should do that,” he said.

“Other young people out there can do the same thing – I’m not special, I’m not a crazy boy genius.”

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