“Do you have kids?”
That’s the first question John Louzonis asks commuters walking through Bryant Park.
Amazingly, harried New Yorkers actually stop for him.
Unlike other street peddlers hawking religious pamphlets or panflute CDs, John is a cute, bespectacled 13-year-old. But while most of his peers are learning algebra or reading “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the home-schooled, pint-sized “entrepreneur” is hand-selling copies of his $10 book, “Kid Trillionaire: How a Little Kid Can Make a Big Fortune.”
“I sell 30 books on average each day there,” the budding entrepreneur told The Post, though he admits he’s not a trillionaire — yet.
“That’s the question I get asked the most,” said John, who has about $5,000 in the bank. But he thinks it won’t take him long to achieve his goal.
“Maybe a couple years,” he guessed.
John made his first buck at age 10. At the time his family was living in London — his financier mother travels for work — and the kid noticed that their favorite cafe didn’t have a Web site.
“I built them one for $60,” said the tech whiz, who learned to code through an online course when he was 8. “It wasn’t much, but it was a start.”
‘Short of begging my parents for money every time I want a piece of candy, I thought I better earn some myself’
Since then, John — who now lives with his parents and his younger sister in Battery Park City — has been obsessed with finding new ways to rake in the dough.
“I don’t get an allowance,” he said, adding that the $50 he gets from his grandma for his birthday isn’t enough to sustain him for a year. “So, short of begging my parents for money every time I want a piece of candy, I thought I better earn some myself.”
At first, John tried emulating other kids, setting up a lemonade stand outside the house in Manhasset, LI, where his family lived until a year ago.
“I think two people stopped by,” the mini-capitalist recalled. “It probably didn’t help that my uncle was in the background mowing the lawn in his underwear.”
When he did his own thing, he was more successful. John fell in love with computers and podcasts, and his father, Daniel, who is in charge of the boy’s education, incorporated graphic design, website development and sound editing into his curriculum. In the past couple years, John’s been making most of his money from building websites, doing graphic design, video editing and producing podcasts for private clients.
Last year, John also had the idea to write a how-to-get-rich book for kids. The aspiring moneybags spent six months researching — or Googling — how millionaires earned and kept their wealth, often from a young age. He suggests easy first forays into making bank (selling scrap metal, tutoring, pet-sitting — “you can do homework while you make money!”), provides a list of cheap coding and app-development courses and dispenses other general advice, like how to save and invest cash and how to “milk how cute you are for as long as possible.”
He self-published 200 books in April through Amazon’s CreateSpace, and has since ordered two more printings. He’s sold 300 tomes so far, online (where he charges $15 instead of $10), on the street and at business conferences.
“I really hope that it lets kids see there’s another way — that they don’t have to depend on other kids to make money,” he said.
As for what he plans to do with his future trillions, John has one idea: “I would take a helicopter to my grandma’s house in the Hamptons,” he said. “It’s $800 a person. That’s a bucket list item for sure.