A Cyncoed schoolboy has swapped his textbooks for Macbooks – to start up his own business.
Rhys Morgan, 16, decided to set up a technical support business after spending his free time helping friends and family members with their IT problems.
He said: “I was looking around town to see if I could get a summer job and there wasn’t anything out there, so I thought ‘I know a bit about technology’.
“I always seem to be helping people to set up their computers or fix problems with them, so I thought, ‘Why don’t I make a business out of it?’”
The enterprising teenager has registered his company and is in the process of setting up a website through which customers can contact him for help.
He is even hoping to set up a blog to instruct his customers on how to use Skype so he can offer remote help.
Sessions would cover everything from how to make the best use of a home computer to how to get started on an iPad, and would cost around £10 an hour.
He said: “Most people are probably only getting about 50% out of what their computers are capable of.
“A lot of people just use them for web browsing and word processing and that is fine, but there is so much more that you can do – even if it is just speeding everything up.
“More and more people are buying iPhones and tablets but they need help setting them up, getting music on them and working out how to get the best out of them.
“There are also many older people who maybe have computers linked up to the internet, but without people telling them how to use Facebook or Skype to contact relatives around the world, they aren’t aware of how simple it can be.
“I looked around and a lot of companies offer this kind of thing, but it can be really expensive.
“I just thought I can offer it cheaply because it doesn’t cost me anything – it’s all just knowledge in my head.”
The Kings Monkton School pupil made headlines last year when his warnings about so-called “miracle” drug Miracle Mineral Solution led to it being removed from sale in the UK.
Rhys is planning to run his company while he studies for his AS-levels next year and eventually he plans to study pharmacology and medicine at Imperial College London or Cardiff University.