Feeling low? Get yourself around young people starting businesses. Their enthusiasm is contagious.
The 12 kidpreneurs selling their wares on Sunday 13 November at East Fremantle Yacht Club have given me enough good vibes to handle whatever life cares to throw my way for the rest of 2016.
Here’s the wrap up from the Showcase – who was there, how they went, and contact details in case you’d like to order some of their products or feature them in a media article.
Thank you to Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne of 7 to 1 Photography for the gorgeous photos of the day – we love them!
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Stella from Little Bursts of Happiness
Stella, 10, has printed packs of 31 affirmations for kids and a poster of the affirmations her mum wrote out for her. The showcase was her official launch, and we think she’s done very well: Stella’s takings from the day were $177! That’s impressive for her debut and after getting the idea from concept to launch in just two weeks. Naturally she’s thrilled and is planning to donate part of her takings to charity and spend the rest on holidays.
If you’d like to stay in touch, follow Stella’s Little Bursts of Happiness Facebook business page. You can message her via that page to place orders and her products will be appearing at a Fremantle outlet soon.
Jake from Green Leaf Company
Jake, 8, has a serious green thumb so he’s selling plants. He has cacti, palms, herbs and vegetables galore. The Showcase was his first event, and to quote Jake: ‘My day was great. It was the best. It was amazing.’
Jake made $51, which he has divided into four lots: donating, spending, reinvesting (in his business) and saving. It’s the start of a beautiful business.
You can follow Jake’s Green Leaf Company Facebook business page to see what he’s up to and when he’ll be selling more plants. He’s already taken an order for 100 succulents, so if you’d like to place an order please contact Jake through his page.
Ben & Holly from iLOOMinate
Ben, 9, and Holly, 7, are the brother and sister dynamo team taking the fashion world by storm with their colourful loom band bracelets. The Showcase marked their launch and after selling half the bracelets they’ve made so far, it looks like this is just the beginning. These two have an impressive customer service focus – they were adjusting bands to fit their clients without having to be asked!
Selling half of what they’ve made leaves them with around $40 each, a great showing for their debut. Ben is saving his money for a computer on which he will design games. Holly hasn’t announced what she’s doing with her money yet.
Follow Ben and Holly’s iLOOMinate Facebook business page to see where they’ll be selling next, and maybe even place an order for a band in the colours and style you like best (I’m a fan of the fancy rainbow ones).
Ash from Beauty from Ash’s Products and Jewel from Jewellerya
Ash, (nearly) 11, is a kidpreneur Perthonality. She launched her lip balm line the week prior to the Showcase and has been heard and seen widely in the media ever since. Ash’s lip balm is all natural and absolutely divine. Her little sister Jewel is 6, and they decided to share a table at the Showcase so Jewel could sell some beautiful rings as well.
Ash’s takings were $200, of which $40 will go to Big Brother Mouse, her chosen charity. Ash aspires to save and invest her money so she can live off a passive income in her 30’s like me, and she’s well on her way. Ash kindly shared her wisdom about the challenges she’s faced with her business so far at our event.
You can order Ash’s lip balm via her Etsy store and follow her kidpreneur adventures via her Beauty from Ash’s Products Facebook business page.
Emma’s Lemonade Stand
A regular at the Mandurah ‘Tiny Shops on Wheels’ events, six-year-old Emma is a seasoned professional already. With dad’s help, she makes lemon syrup and serves it as traditional lemonade mixed with ice and soda water. On a hot day, it’s hard to imagine a nicer treat.
She was still selling cups after I asked, but at last count Emma has served 32 lemonades at $3 a piece, so she came close to $100 in takings (and may have surpassed that). Emma likes having her own business and she’s enjoying having money so she can buy the things she wants.
If you’d like to contact Emma to find out where she’s selling lemonade next or to book her for an event, please email us at Money School and I’ll put you in touch with her parents.
The ‘Imagine Hope & Pepper Stories’ Book Club
Five young entrepreneurs combined on one table packed full of Christmas goodies. The group included:
- Gifts from Philip and Robin – two brothers selling key rings, fruit lollies, salad servers and other assorted goodies
- Eric’s Dried Fruits – Eric, 6, selling dried apple and strawberries
- Zane, 11, selling Christmas wood art
- Acacia, 4, selling Christmas gift tags
The ideas for their businesses have been percolating over the last two months since Ash (also a member of the Book Club) started working on her lip balms. The Showcase was an opportunity for the kids to test the market with their products and consider what worked and what didn’t.
If you’d like to contact any of the members of this table, please email us at Money School and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate parent.
What about Money School and the Bunny Money book?
I sometimes feel like a kidpreneur at heart – maybe the experience of my first business (a hair wrap stall when I was 10) has stuck with me. Maybe it’s that I still work with my darling mother, who is now my business partner.
We took the opportunity to combine the two events so I could share a story with the kidpreneurs. You see, I wrote and published Bunny Money in 2010 – so long ago, it’s in my maiden name. But I never launched it officially. In fact, I didn’t tell anyone outside my close friends and family. I had a crisis of confidence, and so I kept my book quiet and just gave it away as gifts. I was worried someone wouldn’t like it.
Then all these wonderful kidpreneurs started popping up. They read the book as part of my course, or their parents attended a talk I’d given publicly, or their friends had told them about the Showcase and they wanted to join in. It reminded me of something my 7th grade teacher, Rae O’Donoghue, told me:
‘There is no room in this world for false modesty.’
Watching all these kids launching their ideas reminded me how utterly ridiculous it is that I haven’t shouted ‘I published a book!’ from the rooftops. So I decided to launch, and to tell the kidpreneurs about it as a cautionary tale, with the moral being not to let fear of rejection or criticism stop you. Feel the fear, then do it anyway.
So, now you can buy the book online in our shop and I’m thrilled to say we sold dozens at the launch.
What’s next for Money School and Kidpreneurs?
We have focused on adults for the majority of Money School’s life, but after the time we’ve spent with the kidpreneurs we think it’s time to branch out. This is selfish – if it could be bottled, the positive energy flowing from these mini business moguls would corner the addictive drug market. You cannot help but feel inspired and uplifted when you’re around them. It’s something sorely needed in the world – especially this week, this month, this year. So, we’d like to expand our repertoire so we can spend more time with kidpreneurs.
How that will look is still to be determined – we’ve chatted with some other kidpreneur organisations and will soon survey our kidpreneurs to find out what support they think they’d like. If you’d like to stay in the loop and hear about further updates, please join our newsletter (on the right hand side of the page on desktop, bottom of the page on mobile) or drop us a line.