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.

Maker Kids - Kidpreneurs that grew up to be business whizzes

What do Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, Estee Lauder, Mark Cuban, Cameron Herold and Melanie Perkins have in common?They all had businesses when they were kids. Yesterday's #Kidpreneurs became today's #SuccessStories. Today's #Kidpreneurs will become tomorrow''s #SuccessStories.

Posted by Maker Kids Club on Monday, April 17, 2017
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 Maker Kids Club works

We offer our course in two ways:

For individual kidpreneurs and their families:

For Year 5 and 6 classes:

  • Teachers can run Maker Kids Club in the classroom (30 – 60 minutes per week for 14 weeks).
  • Enrolment includes:
    • individual access to the online training platform for every student and the teacher for the duration of the course,
    • teaching guides, and
    • online support.
  • A typical lesson includes:
    • watching a training video (5-15 minutes),
    • discussing the content following the teacher’s guide, and
    • student group work to complete the activity sheet accompanying the lesson.
  • Week 10 is nominally launch week (though it’s up to each school when they want to run their market)
    • This typically lines up with the end of school term.
    • We’ve found it’s great to run the launch market on the same day as end-of-term assembly so parents can attend too.
  • Contact us to enquire about running Maker Kids Club in your classroom.

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

Parent Compilation

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.

School Case Study

In Term 2, 2017, we launched our pilot program with three Year 6 classes at Riverton Primary School in Perth. 86 of the 87 students that participated said they would recommend this program to other kids their age. Here are some videos from the launch market and interviews with the students.

Market Day Promotion video

One of the tasks students complete during the program is developing and implementing a marketing plan. This video is part of the plan the students came up with, and features several of the students promoting their businesses. This video was originally posted on 20 June on the school’s P&C Facebook page.

Market Day Event

If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like when 86 students launch their businesses on the same day, here’s your answer!

Student Interview – Sienna

Sienna had an outstanding experience on market day. She took orders for her slime, then made the products to order over the school holidays. This kept her upfront costs down, and it meant she had no need to deal with excess inventory.

Student Interview – Gabe

Gabe used the kidpreneur program to launch his business as a musician. His single almost sold out, and he earned money from busking.

Student Interview – Angelique

Angelique made environmentally friendly bees wax wrap to replace cling film in your kitchen. It smells delicious.

Student Interview – Compilation

Mackenzie, Milly, Riley and Liyasha talk about launching their businesses and share their advice for other kidpreneurs