Market report back and future plans

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Sooo, I must apologise, I am about 3 reports behind. I’d love to do them with the amount of detail as I used to, but Murphy’s Law, whenever I plan a market some paid work turns up and that has to take priority! So rather than get even further behind, here is a short report of the 5th September Pocket Money Market at Bay Primary and another call for Young Reporters, Young Photographers and Young Film Makers to take up the challenge! I have had coverage on radio and TV so it’s a great platform just sitting there…waiting for you.

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Many thanks to all, especially those who travelled so far. We had people who came from far and wide which was amazing. Great kids, clever products and a fun day. It was the first time I have joined another event so a learning curve but on the whole all good I think. As it was a food fair fundraiser, the Pocket Money Market could not sell food…quite a limiting factor. Lots of green fingered folks out there however and there were plants galore!

We had a tight schedule for prize giving so the costings sheets were somewhat rushed and I am having some difficulty working them out, but love the calculations and little notes some kids have left me.Too cute, really! I would like to start a bit more detail on this and hope the parents will take this part further at home too. I am also going to get a LOT stricter on how much help parents are allowed to give at market day…at this stage it reflects in the awards so parents who do too much…take note please;) You may be “Young at heart” Entrepreneurs, but its all about the kids. Thanks so much to Bay Primary School for having us and to everyone who supported, but most of all to every young entrepreneur – you are all amazing! Please scroll down and see the rest of the report with the pics in the captions below:

Kidz Biz: Kian, Ruhan & Grace - Wow, real pros. 6 pages of stock sheets, I think about R300 net profit at the end...some delightful calculations;)
Kidz Biz: Kian, Ruhan & Grace – Wow, real pros. 6 pages of stock sheets, I think about R300 net profit at the end…some delightful calculations;)
Red Hill Cool Kids: Khanyo, Jeremiah & Edrige...Our first outreach stall. They made R180, reinvested R30 and took R50 pocket money each...small beginnings of big futures.
Red Hill Cool Kids: Khanyo, Jeremiah & Edrige…Our first outreach stall. They made R180, reinvested R30 and took R50 pocket-money each…small beginnings of big futures.
Kid's Stuff: Michael, Stephen and Lisa...Awesome profit of just under R600. Well Done. And big thanks to mum who really worked hard too!
Kid’s Stuff: Michael, Stephen and Lisa…Awesome profit of just under R600. Well Done. And big thanks to mum who really worked hard too!
Winner of the best display...First boy to win this ever. Well done Robert!
Winner of the best display…First boy to win this ever. Well done Robert!
Half an hour before the market opened and everyone was finished setting up already...First time ever. I do always try and warn everyone that kds can't really do more than 2 hours, I'd advise actually setting up later to be honest.
Half an hour before the market opened and everyone was finished setting up already…First time ever. I do always try to warn everyone that kids can’t really do more than 2 hours, I’d advise actually setting up later to be honest.
Rawk...there is a prize for you still! Product innovation with these
Rawk…there is a prize for you still! Product innovation with these “beautiful message in a bottle” Jars
Shifaa won a salesmanship award...totally knows her plants and gift of the gab! Well done!
Shifaa won a salesmanship award…totally knows her plants and gift of the gab! Well done!
Isabella and Ruby
Isabella and Ruby “All Sorts” Marketing Winners.

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Michale and Stephen: The Gangly Gnomes. I love these clever Ideas made from things that cost nothing!
Michael and Stephen: The Gangly Gnomes. I love these clever Ideas made from things that cost nothing!
Katie of Crazy fun cartoons...a very cool concept, well done!
Katie of Crazy fun cartoons…a very cool concept, well done!

I’d love more photos if anyone have, please mail me at linda@livelightly.co.za.  And please join the mailing list to recieve market notifications here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1r7HUidHTxEyypAN_C04l5ZNLtWjPAn_HPcZ9y8cwEbg/edit?usp=drive_web

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If anyone is keen for a market in your area please get in touch.

Our format includes basic age appropriate costings and profit calculations, a premarket advert requirement which can also be their market sign. Awards are based on creativity and salesmanship among other things…judging is not so much about earnings. A nominal “rental fee” of R20 introduces the concept of overheads. Children from age 3 to 16 are welcome. Each child gets a certificate of participation so there are no losers.

As always I am constantly looking for sponsors, partners and feedback. I am passionate about this project and even more so about the new outreach part of it.

Next date is Sat 24  October with a big outreach craft session in the morning and a market in the afternoon…LOADS OF VOLUNTEERS needed of all ages.  Donations of cash or anything we can use to make things with and ideas all welcome, I plan to stock 10 outreach stalls for 40 children. I hope to make it a fun day and all the kids can get together too. Busking and performance art spaces will be on offer and as always any fundraisers are welcome for free.

Please check out the pics on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1652328258316314.1073741837.1591673784381762&type=3 and give the page a like and share. For those of you on Twitter check out https://twitter.com/LiveLightlyKids too.

In closing, I run this with pretty much zero resources, sometimes on borrowed bucks and my sister Nikki is my team. It’s a real dream to take it up several levels and I have grand plans. My joint aims are to empower a generation of independent earners with more choices while bringing real income to needy households via the outreach arm. I really believe much of the crime committed against children happens because their parents spend such long hours working and commuting leaving children unsupervised, and if we could generate home based income this would make a meaningful difference. Apart from the obvious lack of jobs which makes self employment a necessity. I do, however have to earn a living so this gets odd scraps of time (Yes its 1am as I type this) and its far from perfect. But at least its happening…my two refrains are “Use what you have” and “Nothing ever happened sitting on the couch.” Seeing what a big deal the first earnings they took home was to the Red Hill Cool Kids has already made it a win for me. But I do need help…do-ers not talkers though. So if that’s you, give me a shout on 0833840590. You can check out the links to my qualifications and back story in the “About” section of this blog and let me know if you want to see the “masterplan”. Bank details are optimistically there somewhere too.

Thanks a mil for all the support so far!

We are off to Reforest to plant trees later this month so taking a little break, but always plotting and planning the next move. Check our Arbor day TV show here     Part 1:youtu.be/Tz4X8bSxjBg?a Part 2 http://youtu.be/a6Vu61gil8c?a

Oh one last thing…I am crowdfunding with Greenpop to get to Rocking the Daisies, please donate a tree if you can at R120  http://www.givengain.com/activist/144447/projects/11178/ One of my fave bands is out from Aus – The Cat Empire…am determined to get there.

Sjoe…if you read this far, well done! Thanks.

L x

pmm 5 Sept Bay

Linda Wilson

0833840590

Web: pocketmoneymarket.com

Twitter: @LiveLightlyKids

Facebook: PocketMoneyMarketSA

Radio: http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/4416/know-about-a-project-that-encourages-enterpreneurship-at-a-young-age

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