by Jill Pearson
As a Christian business owner, I’ve always found great delight in watching young kids run their own businesses. My own daughters sold various handmade products and services over the years, and I can never pass up an opportunity to support and highlight young entrepreneurs.
I recently discovered that two sets of sisters from Calvary, Jill and Kate Recker (daughters of Betsy and Brian Recker) and Amelia and Erica Reed (daughters of Christy and Bob Reed), are creating their own businesses as part of a homeschool entrepreneurship class. I found this out when the Recker girls asked if they could share their business pitch with me. We played a little “Shark Tank!” I was impressed with the work they had put into it, and I asked if I could interview them for the blog. We love to feature Calvary ladies of all ages and stages of life doing what they love to do.
I poked my nose into the Reed’s school room at the end of one of their classes, in which they were presenting the financial particulars of their businesses. I got to see their hand-drawn logos and hear about their business plans.
Kate and Jill Recker have spent the last couple of years learning to sew on a machine, assisted by fellow homeschool mom, Dayana Frich. Betsy explained that she and Dayana did a skill swap…Betsy taught the kids science while Dayana taught arts and crafts. Betsy leaves the sewing machine out where it is easily accessible in their home, which has inspired the girls to complete many projects. As they were contemplating their business ideas, the girls decided to make products on the sewing machine.
Kate (12) makes colorful scrunchies, which line the strap of her bag, ready to sell on the fly. Jill (10) sews super soft neck warmers that are so cozy, I purchased several! Jill said that she became interested in learning more about entrepreneurship because her parents run Brian’s private periodontal practice.
Amelia (12) said that she begged her mom to teach a business class after reading books about other young people who had their own businesses and were earning money. Her product is called “Fidget Frenzy,” and is a felt square in which you move a marble through a sewn maze, for those who like to keep their hands busy. Erica (10) designed a business called “Friendly Faces” in which she does face painting at events.
The Bible has much to teach us about work and money, stewardship and integrity, and it’s never too early to give our children opportunities to dabble in those areas as they find their talents and build their skills.