Ethan Tylski, reporter
Some call him a king; others call him a scammer. Senior Camden Roncka just calls himself an entrepreneur.
Camden has never had the experience of working a traditional high school job. He loathes the idea of taking orders at fast food restaurants or cashiering at grocery stores. He believes that there are much easier ways to make money.
Camden remembers crafting money schemes as young as six years old.
“In elementary school, I would sell candy to other kids. My classmates would pay top dollar for chocolates I brought to school.”
It excited Camden that he could make such easy money for so little work. However, it wasn’t quite enough for him.
“I would constantly be thinking of new techniques that would bring in more income. Like in middle school, I started buying stocks. That was okay, but I needed more money, faster.”
Once Camden got to high school, he was ready and experienced enough to start making the big investments and payoffs. One day, Camden decided to spontaneously go on Craigslist and see what there was to buy.
That is when he discovered the vast, untapped go-kart market in Omaha.
“I had never been on Craigslist in my entire life. I just went on, searched go-kart, and bought one. It wasn’t an impulse buy, because I didn’t want to ride it. I thought, I might as well put it up for a
lot of money and see if someone wants to buy it.”
Camden got swarmed with messages asking to buy the go-kart he just put up for sale. He quickly realized how easily he could buy a go-kart, raise the price slightly, and resell it without doing much additional work. So, Camden’s “job” has become buying and selling used go-karts.
When most people go to websites like Craigslist, they have no idea how much items are really worth. This is where Camden steps in. Camden knows how much go-karts are really worth and knows how to spot a person who doesn’t know how valuable their possessions are. Once he buys a cheap go-kart, he immediately flips it and sells it to someone else who is willing to pay full price.
“I control the market. I will buy every go-kart in the region. No one knows how much go-karts are worth; I tell them how much go-karts are worth.”
Camden’s work has raised eyebrows. Some people don’t like the way that he plays the market. Camden gets asked often about the ethics behind his business. In the end, he believes that it is up to other people to do their research. If people do business with him, it is their prerogative. He doesn’t force anyone to do anything.
“It’s their choice. Life is about choices. There’s winners and there’s losers and I’m going to be a winner.”
The go-kart business has become more than just a job to Camden.
“I always say I’m done, but then I buy something the next day. I can’t stop; it’s an addiction. The endorphins in my brain go off whenever I make money for something I did almost nothing for. So, I make more deals.”
Camden can make the equivalent of an entire month minimum wage salary in just on a weekend.
“I check prices for like 15 minutes every once in awhile. I work maybe like an hour a week.”
Camden is extremely well off for a seventeen year old, but it isn’t enough for him. Camden has a vision for how he wants to live his life. He wants to make it big quickly so that he can start enjoying life. Camden believes current enterprise is only a stepping stone to bigger things.
“I want to live my life to the fullest. If I never had to work a day in my life, I wouldn’t. I’d be in the Caribbean, traveling around Europe, throwing parties, and buying sweet cars. I want to have a good time, but to have a good time you have to be rich. So I’m going to get rich while I’m young. I need enough to do what I want, when I want, whenever.”
Camden wants to live an extraordinary life and never be tied down by money concerns. He is attempting to live his American Dream. That is why he is experimenting with ways to make money while he is young. If he can figure out how to make it big now, he can stop worrying about money and start worrying about living his life to the fullest.
Camden’s closest friends have high expectations for what he will become when he grows up.
“It’s going to be all or nothing for Camden,” Senior Markus Case said, “ I can see him becoming extremely successful one day, but if he doesn’t I know he will have tried his best.”
Camden doesn’t know how things will work out in the end or whether or not his dreams will come true, but he knows that he at least needs to try to make them a reality.
“I might not be very wealthy someday,” Camden explains, “which is fine, but I’ll know at least I tried.”