No, it’s not banana, it’s potato!
Does earning $10,000 a month for writing unsigned messages on potatoes sound insane to you?
Because an entrepreneur from Texas is making that money by doing exactly that, writing anonymous notes and mailing them to unsuspecting receivers across the country.
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Alex Craig, 24, a graduate from the University of North Texas, founded a start-up called Potato Parcel that sells potatoes online for people to send anonymous messages on.
Some messages on the potatoes read “Congrats on Stanford. Hope the surgery helps your golf game.” Others may say, “Congrats on the wedding. Here’s a potato.”
“I would say the two things that hold everybody back in life is fear and it’s doubt,” Craig told WFAA-TV. “The fear of failure and the fear of wasting your time, and the doubt that you can actually achieve something big on a huge scale.”
The silly idea was conceived while on a dinner date with his girlfriend, who thought it would be a flop.
“She said, ‘You will not sell a single potato. This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard,’” Craig said.
He launched his business in May on Reddit, and on second day, the sales increased.
“We got $2,000 in orders,” he said. “I just knew this was it.”
Since he started his business venture, Craig has sold more than 2,000 potatoes.
According to the coveralls-clad business owner, it only takes 30 seconds to write a note and shove it in an envelope to send to his customers.
A medium-sized potato with a 100-character message is just $8 while 140 characters written on a large potato is sold for $10.
“We’ve sent thousands of potatoes to people across the United States,” Craig said. “So in some sort of weird way, we’ve had an impact on somebody’s life even for just a split second.”
Potato Parcel is now going international. They ship to Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.