GREAT FALLS - Tait Hanson is just like any other teenager. He dreams of owning a 1971 Chevy Cheyenne 10 Super truck and perhaps a Harley.
But unlike other seniors at Great Falls High School, Hanson is working toward that goal with his own e-commerce business.
"I'm like a normal high schooler except I'm willing to do what others won't do," he said. "I have a dream that is so strong, it powers me every day."
The 18-year-old started his own e-commerce Web site, Simplicity in Shopping, two months ago. The site sells products as diverse as auto parts, clothing and kitchen utensils.
The goal is to sell products as well as encourage others to join the franchise.
"My job is going around getting to know people and figuring out what they want," he said. "Yes, I sell things, but I'm not a salesman."
Tait works with his father, Gregg, and family friend and fellow e-commerce businessman Brad Duncan out of Spokane.
"With the economy right now it's one of the safest places he can be," said Gregg Hanson, who works at Sears and also does some e-commerce. "Seriously, he's got into this for $300. Heck, if he had taken up snowboarding, there would be more into than that."
Tait is enrolled in government, English, choir, auto mechanics and weight-lifting classes this year. He said his schedule is pretty easy, but business keeps him busy.
He said he hadn't taken any business classes prior to trying his luck at e-commerce and said those classes tend to lean toward a more "traditional" marketing plan. However he believes that with the economy the way it is, more people are turning to online shopping.
It cost $150 to buy into the franchise and $50 a month after that for upkeep and maintaining communication with other franchise owners.
"We expect him to have some failure," Gregg said. "It doesn't give you certainty, but it gives you a sense of control you wouldn't otherwise have."
Though the work seems easy he's poured a lot of time into his business already and is beginning to see the fruits of his labor.
"My first check was seven bucks for a month worth of work," he said.
In his second month, though, he's expecting to make $400.
"It's great to find something you absolutely love to do. There's nothing wrong with that," he said. "I do this because it works. It makes absolute sense. It allows me to do the things that I love."
What he loves is singing in the Delphian choir at school, working on automobiles and helping out on a family friend's ranch.
And his dreams he hopes will become reality, sooner rather than later.
"That truck," he said "I'll buy it in cash."