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06/11/2016

Encouraging Entrepreneurship in your children

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Like most parents I want to encourage a sense of independence and self belief when it comes to ideas and creativity within my children. I don't want them to doubt themselves when it comes to business and have the confidence to take calculated risks. What is also extremely important is that they both know the value of money and that you need to work hard to achieve ones goals and I don't think it's ever too early to encourage entrepreneurship especially as both John and I are self-employed we want our children to know that they can choose to follow their own dreams. My eldest loves role playing, whether it be pretending to make soups and salads on his mini kitchen or getting his play mobile men to purchase tickets for his train track he sets up it's really fun to watch and is the perfect way to gently lay the foundations of business skills he may need in the future. 

I personally have fond memories of setting up a craft stall with my friends as a kids business weekend, as well as baking cakes for cake sales and selling avocados from our avocado huge tree on Rugby match days in South Africa which always did really well and making our own money was something that was encourage in my family. Then when I was old enough I use to help out at my fathers law firm, often folding and sticking letters and then taking them to the post office in exchange for pocket money as we were never just handed anything in our household, we had to work for it. 


kids business cards

Kids business


During the half term Vauxhall got in touch to see if my eldest fancied putting together his own Kids Carwash and I have to say it was one of the most fun we had during the holidays. They sent us a starter pack of everything he needed to get started and he had so much pride writing his name on his business cards and giving them out to friends and family, he even got the next door neighbours children involved in washing our van and he managed to delegate jobs perfectly. He made sure to hang his "Car Wash in progress" sign for everyone to see and took his job very seriously, making sure the car was spotless from tip to toe and the funny thing is if he had not felt in control of situation and in charge I'm sure I would of struggled to get him to clean the car for more than an hour but because he was filled with pride for his own business he wanted to do the best job he could. 




The fantastic thing is if you want to have fun helping your little ones set up their own Mini Carwash Franchise I have 10 Starter kits from Vauxhall to giveaway. Each kit contains a Bucket, sponge and squeegee, a pop-up kids carwash sign, business cards, How-to guide, badges and a fold your own money box. It's super easy to enter and the Giveaway ends on the 24th November 2016

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59 comments:

  1. My LO created a toy stall this summer to earn some money

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  2. No.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. No, not yet, but there's always car washing!

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  4. No they haven't but its something to try.

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  5. They have washed neighbours' cars for pocket money but not as a business.

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  6. My daughter enjoyed selling her old toys at the car boot sale. @bexallum on twitter

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  7. Not yet, but I am sure it is imminent!

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  8. No they didn't. Can see youngest grandson trying something because he's a little monkey

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  9. Not a business, but my son and his friend used to earn a bit of money washing friends and families cars x

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  10. yes, they had a little cake a sweet stall and my sister in laws work xmas fair, they did quite well for the prices they were charging!

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  11. No, but it's a good time to start :)

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  12. My daughter sells her toys that she has hardly played with but apart from that no not yet! :)

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  13. My daughter started a nail art mini business, her Nan was her best (and only) customer! x

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  14. ive just got a car and the kids love to help clean it

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  15. Not yet, but they are quite enterprising.

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  16. no, but now is a good time to start!

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  17. They seem to have made a career out of getting me to give them treats!

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  18. SELLING CHOCOLATE BARS AT SCHOOL

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  19. No but it's a good thing to encourage.

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  20. Not yet, but she's still young - I'm sure it will come!

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  21. My kids haven't but I remember having a lemonade stand when I was little.

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  22. Not yet, but I'm sure she will soon!

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  23. Not really apart from being bribed to tidy their rooms but this is a brilliant idea.

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  24. well sort of -my daughter bought lots of reduced price loom band sets and sold them to her friends for a bit more than she spent but less than the retail price and made a few pounds!

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  25. No, but they are always wanting to buy new toys so making some small money would be a great idea.

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  26. Mini enterprise competitions at school (@PeanutHog)

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  27. No they haven't but this sounds like a fantastic idea for them.

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  28. They've done it at school fetes with varying degrees of success.

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  29. They ran a market stall with the school, and they loved it!

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  30. Weve had street sales and made loom bands to donate to our local charity shop

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  31. They've done it as part of a group in school, but not at home.

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  32. my son washes some of the cars in our neighbourhood during the summer, he earned quite a bit

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  33. No they havent but im sure they would if pennies were involved

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  34. My son set up a business making loom band bracelets

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  35. No but they do like helping daddy wash the car so this would be a great idea for them

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  36. yes my daughter made cupcakes (with a little help from me) and she took them too school and sold them to the teachers!

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  37. not yet as my son is a bit young

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  38. Our little girl sold homemade lemonade. She said she wanted to be a shop keeper like nanny.

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  39. No - but they do like to pretend they are running a cafe with the toy kitchen

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  40. My Daughter loves to play shops, but only role playing currently

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