Canden Boof is known as the king of TikTok side businesses.
The 17-year-old teenager is a self-starter and has gathered almost one million followers and 15.4 million views on TikTok.
On his TikTok account, he posts videos of himself testing out gigs he has seen others advertise on the platform.
According to Boof, he started testing the TikTok side business series a few years ago when he was 13 -14 years old. He said he loved watching people online show the different ways they make money.
Boof said he was inspired to start his own business and hopes his videos can encourage other children to do the same.
He has tested using physical labour, like lawn-mowing in his neighbourhood and recovering and selling golf balls.
Others side businesses that brought him passive income was when he bought a gumball machine and placed it in a local store.
The 17-year-old posted 26 entries to the side hustle series of August 29, 2022, and stated that some have been profitable.
From earning cash, Boof said he made between $100 to $40,000 in one day.
Others, however, were a waste of his time, worked for hours, and never made any profit.
Dropshipping as a source of income
After going through the list of the side businesses he has tried, Boof said dropshipping was his best and most profitable side venture.
According to him, all teens can try the gig for themselves as they have a phone.
Dropshipping comes with some risks and involves spending your own money to start.
It involves the practice of operating an online storefront without owning or handling physical goods.
It is akin to print on demand, allowing sellers to advertise and profit from products they don’t need to produce or deliver.
He advertised a pair of sunglasses he found via dropship, a website that lets possible merchants browse products they intend to sell.
After he bought a pair of sunglasses, he made a TikTok video to promote them and set up a TikTok ad account, paid to have videos advertise the glasses he promoted.