On Sunday 12th November we took part in the Baby & Children's Market UK at Salusbury Primary School. Although we have taken part in this event in the past, this time, we were invited to provide the children's entertainment on the day as well as running our stall! We decided to do part of our Story Time with the children at the event and chose our Music Audio Story Billy Joins The Circus.
These markets are where parents buy, sell and save a fortune on baby and children's items and where new businesses can introduce their products to the community. There is also a lovely Farmers' Market which runs on the same day in the school's playground. I think this really adds to the event.
We arrived at 9am to set up our table and doors opened to the public at 10.30am. The first hour of the market is slow but once it hits 11.30am, families begin to pour into the hall and it can be quite a challenging time trying to chat to everyone and introduce them to our audiobooks! We had special offers and new CDs available of Billy Joins The Circus.
Anna-Christina entertaining, singing and dancing with the children at the Baby & Children's Market
Here I am selling our products. Sometimes I can't believe I do things like this! As an entrepreneur, you must adopt a certain mindset, the "can do" mindset. You must learn to run a business and be business-minded and I can tell you, most creative people find this hard. It takes brain training you must learn how to do the hard sell!
Both parents and children loved our stories and Music Audio Stories made a profit! Even though I am normally master of multi-tasking, I have to admit, I did find it quite difficult to be entertaining the children one minute, then trying to sell the next! Even though I had wonderful help on the day, people still like to talk to the author and I love chatting about our stories and how I use them to teach the children in schools and nurseries. But when I do Story Time, my focus is on the children 100% and that's why I think I found it hard on the day to try to do both of these things at once! However, I do feel I did very well.
I surprise and impress myself all the time! This helps me to keep going... Keep going on days when I don't have a Boss to tell me what move to make next or what to do now. I feel so grateful to be on this wonderfully unpredictable, magical journey!
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