The Maker Kids Club teaching kids importance of business

UP and coming entrepreneur Sienna Tamati is getting an early start in the world of business launching her vintage and retro collectables business while still in primary school.

The Parkerville tween launched her business Lulu Belle’s Vintage and Retro Collectables at the tender age of 11.

With a keen eye for fashion & detail, Perth-based Tween Sienna launched Lulu Belle’s Vintage & Retro Collectable’s, showcasing at Market’s in Perth WA.

“Being 11 when I started the business, I knew that I wasn’t able to work in a normal job after school because of my age and I wanted money to buy things like a new iPhone,” she said.

“With the help of my Mum and a friend who is also well known in this industry, that is where I got the idea from. Mum helps me source quality wares and sets up the market stalls with me as well.

Sienna said she had learnt a lot about money.

“Don’t spend it all at once but know that you need to reinvest and buy items to on-sell

“It has changed my attitude towards money but I still like to spend money.

“My future aspirations are to do more markets and be known for selling vintage wares and collectibles.

Sienna currently sells her wares at the Guildford Markets.

The Maker Kids Club founder Lacey Filipich said the Money School’s program facilitated entrepreneurialism in children of all ages, teaching them important business frameworks and giving them a space to exercise their newfound skills.

“More and more, we’re seeing the success stories of teen self-starters, twenty-something moguls and the youngest CEO’s, board members and millionaires to date,” she said.

“Preparing kids for the jobs in the future poses a considerable challenge for parents and teachers alike, particularly when it is unclear exactly what these jobs will even look like in ten to twenty years.

“I believe the earlier we teach children how to manage their money, the better”, Lacey explains, “supporting kids with an entrepreneurial spirit is especially important.”

The three-month, Maker Kid Club programme opens again for a limited time on the 6th of June, following an eight-day free trial beginning on the 29th of May.

Once a week, for fourteen weeks, kids and their parents will receive worksheets, videos and more, to take them through the ins and outs of financial management and business ownership.

Facilitating financial education and the creation of a sustainable, small business for kids and their parents, The Maker Kids Club is set to produce a whole new batch of kid

While inspiring, this trend also presents a rather daunting prospect for parents raising their children in this time of increased competition and standards for success.

How to prepare kids today for the jobs of the future may seem a formidable task for parents and teachers, and for most, the tools to do so remain unclear.

Money School’s Maker Kids Club programme was designed in response to this very ‘gap’ between traditional and financial education, which has only widened as entrepreneurialism becomes increasingly important for today’s youths.

The local business and its ‘kidpreneur’ focus was conceived by Lacey Filipich, a property owner at the age of nineteen. Lacey culminated a wealth of experience in investment and money management, which she now hopes to pass on through the programmes offered at Money School.

“I believe the earlier we teach children how to manage their money, the better”, Lacey explains, “supporting kids with an entrepreneurial spirit is especially important.”

Now in its second year, the Maker Kids programme has already proven wildly successful. Last year, one of the first Kidpreneurs, eleven-year-old Ashleya Eggleston, made multiple media appearances to discuss her business ‘Beauty from Ash’s Products’, which she still runs from home today.

The programme has continued to grow in popularity and success, and the 2017 Kidpreneur Showcase, a space where kids had the opportunity to tangibly sell their wares, saw dozens of budding business owners show off their newfound skills.

Soon after, 86 year-six Riverton Primary School students enrolled in the Maker Kids Programme, which runs in-class, once a week and will culminate to 40+ kidpreneur businesses launching on the 30th of June, at the Riverton School Showcase.

“These kids needed some recognition to encourage them to keep going and evolve,” says Lacey, “they’re also

fabulous role models for other kids who have not the courage or opportunity to try out their ideas yet.”

The three-month, Maker Kid Club programme opens again for a limited time on the 6th of June, following an eight day free trial beginning on the 29th of May.

Once a week, for fourteen weeks, kids and their parents will receive worksheets, videos and more, to take them through the ins and outs of financial management and business ownership.

Facilitating financial education and the creation of a sustainable, small business for kids and their parents, The Maker Kids Club is set to produce a whole new batch of kid of kidpreneurs, well on the way to taking on the uncharted jobs of the future.

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