When kids mean business
Our program teaches young people how to launch their own businesses.
It aligns with Years 6 and 7 of the Australian Curriculum in the areas of HaSS (Business & Economics), Mathematics (Financial Maths) and General Capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking). This allows schools to choose whether to run the course in the classroom, or as an academic extension or extra-curricular activity.
We help your young people become ‘kidpreneurs‘. In the process, they:
- Learn essential life skills like money management, time management, team work and sales,
- Build confidence in their capabilities, and
- Astound their teachers and parents with their creativity and enthusiasm!
Research shows that enterprise skills are the most effective accelerator for getting young people into full-time work (from Foundation for Young Australians), and that a hands-on experience is the best way to learn these skills (from OECD).
We’ve designed our course accordingly.
Being a ‘kidpreneur’ is a common theme among some of the world’s most famous business people such as Warren Buffett, Richard Branson and Melanie Perkins. We like to think our kidpreneurs, such as Ash of Beauty from Ash’s Products, are the Buffetts, Bransons and Perkins of the future.
Maker Kids Club helps young people feel empowered to say:
‘We’re not worried about the jobs of the future. We’re ready to meet any challenge, and we mean business.’
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How does it work?
In schools, in Year 6 and 7 classrooms:
What’s it like for the kids?
We’ve worked with dozens of young business owners privately and in school settings. Meet some of our kidpreneurs in the videos below as they explain their businesses and share their advice for fellow kidpreneurs.
Gabe, 11 years old
Gabe wrote and launched a song on iTunes. He made extra money at the Riverton Primary School launch market by busking.
Kidpreneur Interview - Sienna, slime maker
INTERVIEW | Sienna sold $87 worth of slime on orders with one sample!In 50 minutes at the launch market on 30 June, Sienna took orders and payment from dozens of fellow students. Over the school holidays, she made all the slime to order and delivered her products. This is an awesome example of using a market as a test for your product. If Sienna had taken no orders, she'd have kept her upfront costs and effort to a minimum and so wouldn't have lost much. As it happens, her slime was very popular and now she knows she's onto a winner. Great work Sienna!Posted by Maker Kids Club on Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sienna, 11 years old
Sienna created a slime business, taking $87 of orders from one single sample – an excellent example of how to manage cash flow for a fledgling business.
Emma's Story - Emma's Soda Stand
EMMA'S STORY | Why did you start your business? "Well, I drink lots of lemonade, so I wanted to do lemonade" - no messing around with this #kidpreneur, simple and straight to the point from the 7 year old.Join the Kidpreneur revolution HERE: https://makerkids.club/Posted by Maker Kids Club on Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Emma, 7 years old
Emma’s Soda Stand sells homemade lemonade made in her parents’ commercial kitchen. She started the business when she was six using a converted sewing table and an abundance of lemons in her backyard.
Stella's Story - Little Bursts of Happiness
STELLA'S STORY | Hear from Stella (10) who's little affirmation cards are making such a BIG difference to her and others #Makerkids #Kidpreneurs Get on board by joining the #kidpreneur revolution HERE: https://makerkids.club/Posted by Maker Kids Club on Friday, May 12, 2017
Stella, 10 years old
Stella recently went through a rough patch. She found that reading affirmations helped improve her mood and outlook. Stella wanted to help other kids in a similar situation, so she created Little Bursts of Happiness. Stella now sells online, at markets, and in a store in Fremantle.
Stories from schools
“It was wonderful to be approached by the various learners requesting inclusion of their advertisements in the school newsletter and the P&C Facebook page, and to hear them speaking about what they were planning, making and selling with such enthusiasm.
The Market Day was a fabulous experience, it filtered down through the school, and ended up being a great learning opportunity for the younger kids in the school too, about budgeting where to spend their money and what to buy. Many of the younger kids were inspired too. The feedback from the parents was that it was an amazing opportunity for the learners to gain real life practical experience about business.
We would look to do this each year for our learners.
Financial literacy is a must, and the method Lacey uses is engaging and practical and the content is delivered with such passion and conviction. Highly recommended!”
“The students thoroughly enjoyed the program and were working in groups to work towards a common goal. It was a great program which gave the students a taste of what it is like to run a business. The concepts were directly linked to the Australian Curriculum and the program was an excellent link between study and practice.
The launch market was absolutely brilliant, the students were super excited about selling their goods product. I highly recommend this program and I think that it should be compulsory for all Year 6 students.”
The Year 6’s thoroughly enjoyed creating their own businesses and becoming kidpreneurs with Lacey and the Maker Kid’s Club in 2018.
The videos and workshops that Lacey provided each week were thorough and helped us teach the tricky components of Economics and Business.
Our business launch night was a huge success and the students were so proud of what they had achieved in just one term.
Thank you Lacey and the Maker Kid’s Club!”
What’s it like for the parents?
Just like any extra-curricular activity, parents are involved in their child’s entrepreneurial journey. Fortunately, they seem to love it! We often hear that the process brings families closer together. It’s wonderful to see the pride in our Maker Kids Club parents’ eyes.
Parents of Kidpreneurs - Kat, mum of Ash
How do parents feel about their kids running businesses? We are deeply curious about this at Maker Kids, so we ask the parents we meet regularly. As many of you know, Ash of Beauty From Ash's Products is one of our most successful kidpreneurs. In this video, we asked her mum, the marvellous Ezer Eve, what it's like. Hope you enjoy it 🙂Posted by Maker Kids Club on Monday, June 26, 2017
Kat, Ash’s Mum
Ash is the eldest of Kat’s four children. In this video, Kat talks about what it’s like to have a kidpreneur in the family.
(PS. She now has three kidpreneurs!)
Parents of Kidpreneurs - What's it like?
ONE FOR THE PARENTS | If you've wondered what it's like to have a kidpreneur in your home, here are thoughts from four of our kidpreneur parents on the good AND the bad parts of the experience. Thank you parents for your candid thoughts, and thank you kidpreneurs for being so kind as to lend us your folks!With Little bursts of Happiness, ILOOMinate Perth, Emma's Soda Stand and Mosey On Magic.Posted by Maker Kids Club on Monday, July 17, 2017
In this video, you’ll meet four of our kidpreneur parents:
Mel, Stella’s mum.
Nicky, Ben and Holly’s mum.
Tennille, Emma’s mum.
Scott, Riley and Georgia’s dad.
Stories from our kidpreneur parents
Please note we omit surnames for our kidpreneurs and parents to protect the privacy of the kids.
“Maker Kids Club has inspired my children to use their imagination and be creative as well as understand the process of starting their own small business.
With many co-curricular activities, the online videos allow the children to watch and learn in their own time. By funding the markets, the children can experience the whole process of designing, producing and selling their product, without having to worry about the cost of the market.
Such a great opportunity for Kidpreneurs.”
“My daughter Emma has always wanted to have her own business, with the tools that Lacey and Fran provided with the Maker Kids Club she has been able to turn her idea into a reality and learn really essential life and business skills.
Her confidence in speaking to people, calculating change and sharing story shows how positive the effect of being members and having that support really is, all at the age of 7!”
Interested in private enrolment?
Download our free eBooks today!
We’ve written two awesome free eBooks that you can share with a young person in your life today:
- Inspiration for Maker Kids: stories of kidpreneurs and 33 business ideas to jump-start their launch.
- 10 Steps to Market Success: we share all the lessons we’ve learned that make your physical market experiences as productive and happy as possible.