Bookings open for markets & workshops in May, June & July Nation Wide

Just a reminder to get your bookings in for:

Markets on 27 May a & 24 June Longbeach Mall can be booked here:

Youth day market at the V&A Waterfront on Friday 16 June (long weekend) can be booked here:

Calling all performing arts kids! We have BUSKING SLOTS at the V&A Youth Day event on 16 June. To book your space please mail or whatsapp 0833840590. I will need your name, age and a short clip of what you do. There is no fee.
Slots are limited so don’t delay.

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Registration in different areas: We are now offering free workshops and markets to trade in Mitchell’s Plain and also launching in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Please register for Mitchell’s Plain here:–REuGejmoO5eCg89R8UEytUK5M3hHC81PHU4otw/viewform

Please register for Gauteng events here:

Please register for Hillcrest, Kwa-Zulu Natal here:

There will be free workshops in the holidays: 5 and 20 July Cape Town – Southern suburbs. Mid month in Mitchells Plain (details tbc) and via skype anywhere in the country on request. A group of 5 or more can initiate a workshop at any time. Modules available are:                                                                                                                                           1) Costing & Pricing
2) Marketing & Sales – Incl need identification, market research, 4P’s
3) Operational management – incl production, product optimisation, etc
4) Basic financial management – incl record keeping, capital investment, returns & profitability, depreciation
5) Online marketing & sales – get out of the sun, wind and rain!
All suitable for children from about 6 or 7 up to adults. Younger kids are welcome too although they won’t get quite as much out. Workshops are structured around a fun activity to keep it interesting and largely related to actual traders to keep it practical and real.
Workshops are free to traders, please mail to book.
I’d dearly love to find some sponsorship so I can take a bit of time to refine, publish and write more.

I am really impressed with the progress I see in the traders, steadily increasing returns and refinements in products and marketing. The average net profit is around R300-R350 per stall with some still hitting the R1000 mark even in winter trading. Not bad for 2 hours of trading! This should be after they take their labour costs into consideration if they are applying my costing process. I am also super happy to see that traders are starting to get ingredients and materials sponsored or discounted. I encourage them to practice their negotiation skills on me when collecting “rent”. Rent is not compulsory but when I collect the accounting sheets after trading I do charge the regulars rent as it teaches the concept of overheads. There is a maximum of R50 and I always keep it below 20% of net profit. It is then up to the kids to haggle or barter and some are getting really good at this! While I am really proud to see them develop these skills, and love my bartered goodies, it leaves me in the red, so any donations are always welcome.

I am still on the hunt for young photographers and young reporters who would like to document our markets, awards and workshops. We now have pretty regular radio and TV slots and a great online reach so it has the potential to be a fabulous platform.

I would like to say a massive thank you to:

Longbeach Mall for hosting us, so great to be warm and dry in the winter months!

The V&A Waterfront for hosting us on Youth Day

Rotary for their ongoing support and encouragement

Cape Talk and Cape TV for their coverage

All the children and parents who lend a hand, particularly Robert, Connor, Gabriel, King, Benson and Leigh who help with tables, banners, lifting and so forth.

All the shoppers for their patronage and words of encouragement.

PMM is a safe space for children to learn and experiment. #Everyoneiswelcome

As always any suggestions, feedback, new venues and sponsorship are most welcome. I am in urgent need of volunteers to help with the outreach children, both one-off and regular monthly helpers. Drop me a line at or 0833840590. Please remember to click “Follow” on this blog to receive updates and follow us on Facebook for more regular info as well as photos of events. P_lease note this is an “after hours” project to I can only respond in the evenings and weekends.

Young Entrepreneurs Pocket Money Market which is an NPO offering free training and running markets for children up to 16 years old. We aim to provide an environment that nurtures a spirit of entrepreneurship and a safe space to experiment and learn while earning an income. Our motto is EARN, LEARN & HAVE FUN! All children are welcome and those who need start up support are welcome to apply. We will assist them with a plan, funding for their first round of raw materials and transport as well as actual “manufacture” and the financial and marketing basics they need.
Those wishing to join can apply for a stall via the links above and will need to send in a pre market advert. There are some POS requirements and an accounting sheet to complete. All traders fulfilling these requirements get a certificate of participation and we have an “Entrepreneur of the Day” award at each event. Once a term we have an awards event with a variety of categories and an Entrepreneur of the Term too.


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