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More than a Lemonade Stand

Kids are natural entrepreneurs. Then they go to school, learn to “fit in,” grow up, and get a job. What’s up with that? Obviously, we homeschool our children because we don’t want them to be like everyone else. Obviously, we want them to be their best possible self – whether that means to be an employee…or self-employed.

I think that in the future, we won’t have 20-year careers (whether with one company or several), and that we’re going to have remake ourselves multiple times over the years. I also believe that the natural tendency of children to be entrepreneurs makes this quite natural to them, and the best way to help them learn to adapt to a changing future is to encourage those tendencies now.

How?

By teaching them about business when they’re young – what it means to run a business and helping them understand what it takes to make it successful.

So it’s with that in mind, that I’m announcing our brand-new, kidpreneur marketplace: Handcrafted – The marketplace for kidpreneurs hosted by Learning Tangent.

It is open to all kids under the age of 18 – not just homeschooled kids.

I believe that this is such an important thing that we cannot possibly limit it to only homeschooled kids.

Here’s what we are offering:

  1. A place for you to help your kids sell their wares.
  2. Support in getting started. We’ll walk you through as much as we can while you get things going.
  3. Over time, we will be building a knowledge base – with not only the tools your kids need to get selling, but with learning tools on marketing, inventory management, product photography tips, inventory management, cost of goods sold, and more.
  4. A low 10% fee on all sales and no registration fee. That means your kids will keep 90% of the sales price. Yes, other marketplaces charge a whole lot more. We’re not like them.
  5. We are handling the sales tax – it’ll be collected automatically on sales in states in which we’re required to collect it.
  6. We will need W-9 forms, because we have to issue 1099s.

If you help your kids finish or create products, that’s fine, but they need to be the lead in the project and do the bulk of the work. I am currently helping the boys finish some of their products while they learn to do it themselves – but the majority of it is their work.

If we catch wind that the handicrafts sold in the marketplace are not the work of your kids, but yours, I will shut down your storefront. I am that serious about this being the marketplace for kids – and more than just a lemonade stand.

Interested? We want to hear from you and your kids. Check it out at https://handcrafted.learningtangent.comĀ