When kids mean business
Our signature program for kids and teens is Maker Kids Club, a 14-week program that teaches kids to launch their own businesses. It aligns with Years 5 and 6 of the Australian Curriculum in the areas of Business, Economics and Mathematics.
We teach our students to 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!
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.
Meet a Kidpreneur: Ash of Beauty from Ash's Products
WANT TO MEET A KIDPRENEUR? | Ash is 11 years old and has been running her own business Beauty From Ash's Products for seven months. This interview with Ash (and her mum, the delightful Ezer Eve, sitting beside her) was recorded at a market in May where Ash was selling her divine lip balm. Ash has sold around 800 lip balms so far. That's $8,000 gross revenue, and it's enabled her to donate $1,300 to Big Brother Mouse charity to convert a book into the Laotian language so Laos kids can learn to read. All from an initial $1,000 investment that came from Ash winning a competition at the cricket. We're all inspired by Ash and her mum, we hope you are too :)If you'd like to learn more about being a #kidpreneur, head to https://makerkids.club/test-idea/ to check out our free video series.Posted by Maker Kids Club on Sunday, June 4, 2017
How does it work?
In schools, for Year 6 classes:
- Teachers can run Maker Kids Club in the classroom (one hour per week for 14 weeks).
- Our program is ‘plug and play’: all materials including lesson plans are provided and there is no training or professional development required before running the program.
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.
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.
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!”
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.”
Got an aspiring kidpreneur?
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 market experiences as productive and happy as possible.