We offer students the opportunity to safely work a few hours per week, build good work habits, and learn about business and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to provide this opportunity to all New Zealand 10-15 years olds.
We aim to create an emerging youth who understand the businesses that operate all around them, and know that business ownership and being an entrepreneur is a real option for their future.
3. Introduce them to business and entrepreneurship
1. Create safe, suitable work options for 10 – 15 year olds
StudentForce Flyer Delivery Runs designed for kids
- All Runs are done in pairs for safety
- The kids uniform includes wearing High Visibility vests
- We limit what they carry to low weight flyers
StudentForce Phone Sales Roles
- We’ve created a sales lead generation system that gives kids the opportunity to interact directly with local businesses
- Selected kids call local businesses and follow a set script offering to email out an Information Pack about our flyer delivery services
- This role is done at their own home and includes operating our Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software
StudentForce Design and Online Content Supplier
- Whenever possible we pay the kids to create the content for our website. Whether it’s researching and writing an article about an inspirational person, or creating the animated videos in our ‘Business Super Simplified’ series, who better to create content that engages these kids than the kids themselves
- We’re working on a structure allowing selected kids to assist in the design and production of our customers’ flyers and our own Local Deals flyer
We’re always looking for the next opportunity
- Beyond our flyer delivery service, we’re now beginning to analyse other opportunities for the kids
- We’re looking for safe working roles that kids could do a few hours a week, and produce the same end result as adult worker would
2. Encourage good work habits
3 Strikes system teaches real life consequences
Clear expectations are given to the kids and also the consequences of not meeting these expectations. Using a sport analogy helps the kids understand our simple discipline system of ‘3 strikes and you’re out.’
Our EliteForce program rewards great workers
As a positive balance to our 3 Strikes system, we’ve introduced a level for the kids to aspire to. By not getting any Strikes for a period of time, they ascend to the EliteForce level which currently includes a certificate, small reward and preferential treatment for Run selection, and will eventually include an ongoing monetary reward.
Working with a partner
All delivery Runs are done in teams of two for safety and accountability. The kids are expected to communicate with their Run Partner and reschedule their Run if either of them can’t make the regular time. This interaction and responsibility teaches them about depending on someone else, and being dependable themselves.
Taking care of their equipment
We’re soon to release our new system for the kids to purchase their Run Bags and Vests. We’ll offer a buy-back for the full price they paid as long as there’s no damage to the gear. They’ll use their own money to buy the gear (no free gifts from the parents), which gives them a real reason to take care of it.
3. Introduce them to business and entrepreneurship
Demonstrate business principles using age-appropriate methods
- We break down the basic elements of business and present them in a fun, interesting way
- We’ve commissioned a series of animated videos (produced by students) that highlight some simple business basics
We empower them to create small businesses themselves
Whether it’s the classic lemonade stand at the end of the driveway, or selling the latest trendy widgets to their School classmates, we aim to explain various opportunities the kids can do themselves and offer support to anyone wanting to give one a go
Inspire them with stories about kids doing great things around the world
- We shine a light on successful young people around the world
- We show that being a business owner or an entrepreneur is within reach of anyone
- Research opportunities that suit 10-15 year olds (selling goods at markets or online, dog walking, yard work services, fruit or vege driveway stands etc)
Show them the ‘Invisible Boss’ behind small businesses in their community
- We plan to hold a series of interviews on-site with local business owners to show the kids real people behind the businesses they see in their community every day
- With the questions created and asked by student interviewers, the online videos produced will engage other kids of similar age and present the message that these ‘bosses’ are just regular people
4. Provide practical business learning experiences
- As independent Contractors, the kids officially have to purchase their own equipment. What we didn’t want is the parents simply paying for it, so we’re developing a system where the kids can choose options for purchasing the gear with their own money
- They’ll have options like Save-to-Buy, Rent-for Ever, or Finance-to-Buy. Each option will have pros and cons outlined and graphics to show short and long term outcomes
- Extended resources created will educate the kids about the various ways to acquire assets in business and their personal lives
The Value of a Business
- We aim to create a simple Marketplace that allows the kids to buy and sell their Delivery Runs and other contracts they hold
- Supply and demand will affect the value of each Delivery Run, and future services offered by StudentForce such as Car Washing or Dog Walking will provide opportunities to demonstrate how increased revenue and growing a customer base affects the value of a business
- Extended resources created will teach the kids more factors that determine the value of a business, and what can make the value increase
5. Try to keep it fun
Above all else we understand that we need to keep it light and fun. We offer a Zero-Pressure learning environment and the kids are free to engage as little or as much as they choose with any of our resources.
At our regular Team Building Events we organise a free, fun activity for all the kids like Indoor Rock Climbing or Laser Tag.