Asya Gonzalez may be the quintessential Generation Z entrepreneur—a 17-year-old fashion designer and e-tailer who is socially conscious.
At 13, the Denver youngster started an online fashion business, Stinky Feet Gurlz, which sells vintage-style hats that she crochets herself and T-shirts imprinted with her whimsical designs.
Sales in her home-based business now average $1,000 to $2,000 a month. Gonzalez said she deposits some of her profits into her college fund but uses most of it to support She's Worth It!, a charity she started to combat child sex trafficking and slavery.
"I've always wanted to be a fashion designer, I've always wanted to have my own clothes, my own label," said Gonzalez, who started by focusing on products that didn't require her to sew, a skill she's been learning.