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ABOUT CHEEKI MONKEYS

Established in 2014, Cheeki Monkeys has become the largest, most widespread and well-known organiser of Nearly New Baby Sales in
the UK with 1,500+ Events, 50K+ Stallholders and 250K+ Attendees.

Cheeki Monkeys BIG Baby and Children's Markets are community events for the whole family, where mums & dads can buy or sell quality, gently used babies' and children’s toys, clothes and equipment. Family orientated crafters and businesses also have a chance to promote their services/products to their target audience. These events are becoming increasingly popular, regularly attracting hundreds of visitors.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Home Based Baby Event Organisers required in

ALL areas of the UK

 

Organise our Nearly New BABY Sales. Work from home. Join our 150+ team. Trusted company!

Work hours that fit around your family commitments; part-time, full-time, daytime or evenings the choice is yours!

Cheeki Monkeys are recruiting event organisers for a varied role within our already successful team.

As a Cheeki Monkeys event organiser, your tasks will involve:

 

1. Sourcing venues to hold our events

2. Uploading upcoming event dates to free event listing websites and parent forums

3. Promoting our Nearly New Baby Sales via Social Media platforms

4. Building relationships with family orientated business

5. Overseeing event days; venue setup/directing stallholders to their allocated pitches etc.

 

Most of your work will involve marketing your events online (using Facebook etc.). This role is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds, NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED as Cheeki Monkeys will provide you with all of the knowledge that you require to be a successful event organiser within our organisation. Our mentoring techniques are valued highly by our existing team of event organisers.

 

Working with Cheeki Monkeys is like being part of a supportive family, our team are a friendly bunch and welcome new event organisers with open arms. The ongoing support that you will receive from Cheeki Monkeys and our current event organisers is unrivalled... see for yourself, we have included some quotes from our event organisers below.

HELP FROM OTHER EVENT ORGANISERS

 Our Event Organisers Forum is a valued discussion group for all our event organisers who are continually helping each other with helpful hints, tips and advice from their own experiences. For a glimpse of the sort of interaction in the Forum, please click here to view some snippets of a few posts from the Forum.

REQUIREMENTS

Basic computer skills and access to the internet
Access to Microsoft Office to be able to open documents in MS Word & Excel
An interest in planning and coordinating community events
You should be an individual who enjoys being part of a team
You should be a people person, willing to make new friends
You should be customer focused and be of a friendly nature
You should have the ability to create relationships with people from all walks of life
You should possess a good command of both verbal and written English

Being helpful, friendly and welcoming are the most essential attributes required to succeed as an event organiser.

 

WHY JOIN US

ORGANISE YOUR OWN NEARLY NEW BABY SALES

Enjoy the freedom and...


✔ Have FUN whilst you work
✔ Work from HOME
✔ Set your own hours
✔ Eliminate child care costs
✔ Appreciate more family time
✔ Create a better work/life balance
✔ Cash in on our proven methods
✔ Choose a career in HIGH demand!

No experience required
No telemarketing
Join our 150+ team... connect with our friendly bunch of Monkeys
Trusted company!

 

"Choose a job you LOVE and you will never have to work a day in your life"

MARKETING AND OPERATIONS MANUAL

Our Marketing and Operations Manual defines in detail, the methods, trade secrets and know how to be used by our event organisers. The manual is a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to organise events and contains 150+ pages of detailed information and sets out all of the processes and procedures which you need to know. Our Manual will guide you through the process of setting up our Cheeki Monkey BIG Baby and Children's Markets.

WHAT SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE AS A

CHEEKI MONKEYS EVENT ORGANISER

We will make you feel very welcome and guarantee that you will receive as much support as you require. In addition to our Marketing and Operations Manual, all stall bookings are made through our website and you will be provided with an event page on the website, events will also appear on our Events Calendar and Map of Market Locations.

Furthermore you will be given access to our secret event organisers Forum which contains all the marketing resources you will require to organise successful events. Containing templates for Cheeki Monkeys branding including our logo/company mascot, print ready banners, flyers, posters, a large choice of social media images to utilise, images from previous events, business cards and all the wording you will need for online promotions as well as template emails to send to stallholders etc. There are also documents which provide advice on how to organise your floor plan etc.

There are full directions in our Manual on exactly how and where to promote the events, if you follow the guidance in the Manual you should be able to easily organise successful Cheeki Monkeys BIG Baby and Children's Markets.

The Forum is also a valued discussion group for all our event organisers who are always helping each other out with helpful tips and advice from their own experiences.

Of course our team at Head Office are always at the end of the telephone or responding to your emails to answer any questions that you may have :)

CATCH THE MOOD OF THE MOMENT

These types of events are becoming an ever-increasing popular place for parents to trade their pre-loved goods. The number of Nearly New BABY Sales in the UK are growing at a rapid rate... take action now and grab your slice of this upward trend.

For more detailed information, act now before your area gets snapped up... once it’s gone, it’s gone and they are going FAST!

 

APPLY

NOW

AREAS AVAILABLE

THROUGHOUT THE UK

Check to see if your area is available, all we need is your NAME, AREA & CONTACT DETAILS.

Complete the form below or EMAIL US at info@cheekimonkeys.co.uk with your Name, Email Address and your Postcode.

We will reply via EMAIL with everything you need to know about becoming an event organiser.

 
 

A few more quotes from our event organisers...

"This weekend's event went really well, I'm learning more each time! I'm on a bit of a thanking frenzy and I'd really like to include Gemma and Craig from Cheeki Monkeys Head Office. You're both always so helpful and professional, it's a pleasure representing the Cheeki Monkey brand and I would like to thank you for all the hard work you do for us monkeys :) x"

Sam Poole - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"My time has now come to say a very sad goodbye to Cheeki Monkeys. It’s been a fabulous journey .. I’m so grateful to the wonderful, fair and kind Gemma and Craig for all their support over the past THREE years!! My decision hasn’t been an easy one however due to other commitments I have had to take a rain check and sadly I can no longer give the events the time and commitment that they deserve. To any newbies... Gemma and Craig are worth their weight in GOLD! All I can say is you get out what you put in. I’ve seen an organiser host special Christmas events attracting over 1000 shoppers! I have made it into my third year with successful South Liverpool Sales. It’s been an amazing experience setting a brilliant community event up from scratch and so hard to let it go... I will be forever full of gratitude for this opportunity."

Beki Marlow - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"So here is my summer extravaganza update! My plans were going so well after the caterers cancelled yesterday and I spent 3 hours to finally get a fish and chip van! Guess what? They broke down 5 mins away and had to get towed home! 3 stallholders didn't turn up but this meant that our inside stalls could have a bit more space. Over 40 stalls in total! My husband came to the rescue and whizzed to Asda for hot dogs and rolls which we cooked in the cafe kitchen! Everybody was happy! Had over 200 through the door, made over £160 in cafe, hot dogs went down so well! Highlights for children were bouncy castles, pamper ponies, football and sand art! And of course candy floss and ice cream! Ice cream van turned up late but that meant the candy floss did well! Had a steady flow over the 3 hours which was lovely as it never looked quiet! Some pre-loved sellers took over £200! Overall I am very happy with the day and can't wait for the next one. Sorry for the ramble but I am buzzing! Enjoying wine now and a takeaway later x"

Lorelei Consterdine - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

“I really enjoy Event Organising with Cheeki Monkeys, I find the Cheeki Monkeys team extremely helpful, nothing is ever too much trouble and they are always there if ever there are questions to be answered or problems to be solved. When I first looked at the manual I thought wow what a lot to take in, but having now read it a few times (it is now my bible) it's very, very helpful and although I don't post on the Event Organisers Forum very often myself, those that do 9/10 seem to ask the questions that need to be answered, so to me the forum is very helpful and it's also good to see how everyone else's markets are going.”

Jane Fevre-Chambers - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

“I find Cheeki Monkeys very supportive and always respond to my emails promptly and answer all my questions. The team is very friendly and approachable. I also find the manual very helpful, easy to understand and follow. Facebook groups are the most important place to promote my events and the information about this in the manual is great. The Forum is very helpful and really makes me feel part of something. It is helpful to hear about others experiences from those who are in the same boat and it is great to hear people's success stories, I find this very encouraging. I really enjoy working with Cheeki Monkeys!”

Rachel Payne - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

“My experience with Cheeki Monkeys so far has been brilliant. You guys are helpful and respond quickly to any questions. The forum is great to get advice and help form other Event Organisers.”

Lisa Jones - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

“The Cheeki Monkeys team are great! Excellent company to work with, they are on hand for the other Event Organisers across the country and always available to provide information and help as best as they can. The manual helps to grow your business and talking and asking questions within the Event Organisers Forum is a great way of discussing ideas and asking questions that you are unsure of. We are at the end of the day trying to run a business and want it to be successful for everyone, so bantering ideas over is a great way of resourcing your own needs.”

Emma Long - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"The Event Organisers Manual has everything you need to get you started and is easy to refer to if needed throughout your Cheeki Monkeys journey. Gemma and Craig are extremely helpful and always on hand to answer any queries that we may have, they have also been at the end of the phone on Sunday's when we have needed assistance at events in progress. The Cheeki Monkeys Event Organisers Forum is brilliant, especially for newbies. Any questions you have, just pop a post on the Forum and you will receive loads of friendly help from other EO's. It is very informative to find out about others events and experiences and provides motivation and support when you need it x"

Claire Martin - Cheeki Monkeys Event

“I have found the Marketing and Operations Manual to be extremely helpful in organising my first market. In the lead up to my first event I was constantly referring to it and found that it contained clear instructions and everything I needed to know with regards to the planning of the event. When I have further questions these are always answered very quickly via email and I received great support for my first event. The Facebook forum has been really useful to get advice and further support. By following the manual and with the additional support I received, I was able to plan a successful and profitable first event.”

Kelly Barker - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"Cheeki Monkeys is a very helpful and friendly organisation, great to work with."

Sue Mansfield - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

“The manual is very helpful and extremely informative and the support received from Cheeki Monkeys is brilliant! The Forum is also a great place for answers to questions such as good places for leaflet/banner printing etc.”

Nicola Gornall - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

“The Manual helps immensely with setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts, it is great with information and very thorough. Cheeki Monkeys are always available when you need them, answer all sorts of questions and deal with awkward situations as well. They take care of the payments and set up a database for stall bookings. The Forum is very helpful! Lots of ideas, support and tips, I use it more than the manual.”

Marwa Ticemial - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"The manual is amazing and it is proof of many thorough hours of work put into it! A reference book that is basically timeless and invaluable. Both Craig and Gemma are very, very supportive and lovely people too. The Cheeki Monkeys secret forum on Facebook is also a fantastic way to bounce off ideas with other Event Organisers. It allows you to share your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and most of all learn and educate every day. My favourite thing is to call up businesses and announce my name and the words "Cheeki Monkeys" - it is a real ice breaker as it always leads to a positive conversation with a smile. To put in the hours leading up to an event and to then see it all unfold is a pleasure, and promotes feelings of accomplishment and job satisfaction."

Belinda Campbell - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"The Cheeki Monkeys Manual is very extensive and includes all the information you will need. You need to read it thoroughly, but everything you need to know is in there. If you can't find the answer (even though 99% of the time it will be in there), the forum is fantastic, everyone is friendly, helpful and usually willing and able to answer anything however trivial. The Cheeki Monkeys team are great, I suspect they are snowed under but respond to our queries quickly and sometimes work well into the night! They provide unlimited support at virtually any time."

Angela Heighway - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"You guys are amazing, after being so dubious about going into something like this etc. I can honestly say it's been a life changer for me, and I'm so glad I did it, best decision I ever made!"

Cate McNeal - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"I'm less than 200 likes away from 1000 on my Facebook page and I've just come over all humble and feeling accomplished knowing that I've done it all by myself. It's an amazing feeling knowing you've built your business all by yourself and seeing it take off is fantastic. My events this year are filling up nicely which is great."

Ashley Elvidge - Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

 

A GLIMPSE INTO THE LIFE OF A CHEEKI MONKEY

 

I was 4 months pregnant when I was made redundant from my supposedly stable job. 

 

I had no notice - I was literally told that morning that the company was pretty much game over, and I was not to come back on Monday. Brilliant! Cue sad music and small violins.

 

I had a couple of little businesses that I was running at home, alongside working, but they were most certainly not making enough for me to survive. One was just about turning over enough money to keep itself going, and the other....well the other one was a good intention that I never really did anything with. A bit like when you go to the supermarket and you buy all that fancy veg, so that other shoppers think you cook amazing meals at home. Then it goes into the bottom of the fridge to rot, and be thrown out two weeks later. But the intention was there when you started. I actually bought a fennel once doing this. A fennel, the only fennel I was aware of before that day, was on CBBC's Mr Blooms Nursery and it was called Joan.

 

Anyway, I seriously needed to find a way to increase my income. I am one of those unfortunate women who immediately look 8 months pregnant the second that little blue line appears on the stick. So finding a job was nigh-on-impossible, as it’s not like I could hide the fact I was pregnant, and then have a little "surprise" once I had got the job. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against pregnant woman, but they certainly do.

 

I started having little stalls at car boots and events, just selling my eldest daughters old things, and my old clothes and household items etc. Some days I would make quite a bit of money, some days I would make nothing at all. I needed something more secure, more reliable. I loved doing the stalls, as I got chatting to people, and could make money whilst having a bit of fun. It seemed like the best way to guarantee an income doing the markets, is to be the person who hosts the events, the organisers. I started looking into ways I could get involved with possibly holding my own car boot. But unless you own your own field, the red tape you hit doing that is enough to lasso an entire herd of horses, whilst tangling yourself up in the process. So I continued with my pointless job search.

 

And then I saw it. It was like a beacon of light striking through my kitchen ceiling and beaming down onto my laptop, with a chorus of angels humming in the background. Cheeki Monkeys. I found it listed on the jobcentre plus website, and it felt like it had been put there just for me. Exactly what I had been looking to do, with all the red tape covered. I did not hesitate to send an email requesting some more information.

 

Craig got back to me very quickly. He had answered all my questions and concerns, and sent me the information to buy in to Cheeki Monkeys.

 

Don't stop reading now. Because I used the words "buy in", do not roll your eyes and think "here we go". I am about to tell you about an experience I have embarked on that is like no other.

 

My first event (May 2015) at Cheeki Monkeys was an amazing success. It was the hardest event I have held, as no one had heard of me, and so I had to make my mark. But with all the effort, and networking, and late nights online, my event went ahead. I'm super cool, so had no nerves. Had everything under control the night before, no sweat and all going smoothly until the morning of the event... I woke up an absolute jibbering wreck! But that soon settled once the event opened, and the customers poured in. And the best thing was I ended up in profit! (Pretty good for a first event. I might be a little smug ha-ha).

 

Do not make the mistake of thinking you will be making the sort of money exampled in the manual from your first event. If this was a get rich quick scheme, everyone would be doing it. But that money is achievable. It can be done; it is not an "out of reach" amount to be making. Be approachable, and friendly. Be fun, yet professional. Watch each event grow.

 

But everyone has to have a first event, to take that first step. Everyone is either about to take it, or can remember taking it. We are a family at Cheeki Monkeys, and the forum is available 24 hours a day for those sudden issues or questions we all face along the way. But you couldn’t be sharing them with a friendlier group of people, all wanting each other to succeed and the desire for each other to succeed is genuine. We are not earning financially off each other. The support is real.

 

My children love attending the events. Meeting the mascots, getting faces painted, playing on bouncy castles - my daughter thinks it’s her birthday party every month! And of course, she is the child at school who has the coolest mum, as I know Elsa, Anna, and all the other loved characters at the moment! Ha-ha!

 

Here I am, October 2015 and approximately 5 events in, and my next event is fully booked one month in advance, I have events booked for the whole of next year, and stall bookings over 14 months in advance of the event. People are approaching me for stalls, instead of the other way around. I have been listed in several local directories, mentioned on the local radio station and had an article about my events in the local community magazine. All after just 5 events! What you put in, is what you get out, and if I can come this far with a 3 year old and a newborn, just think how far you could take it.

 

Cheeki Monkeys does not rely upon you selling the Cheeki Monkeys brand to someone else. Your success does not depend upon what sales targets you have hit, and how many new customers you have gained that month. Your success does not stem from varying videos of you demonstrating products, or how many pictures you can upload of yourself in the garden with your laptop and a cuppa, with "I love working from home, so free, I'm my own boss, look how amazing my life is" captioned underneath it.

 

Your success comes from your hard work to build your markets. Not what your "recruits" have sold. Your own work! And there is nothing more satisfying that seeing all your work come together at event day, where all your stallholders are making money, all your shoppers are smiling and have grabbed some fantastic bargains, and all the kids have had a fun time. You did that. No one but you. This is your business. Your successful business. And what a great job you have done. Have fun, love your work, and make money. It really is as simple as that.

Victoria Pyke (aka Pykey)
Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"I AM PROUD TO BE BUILDING MY OWN BUSINESS AND WORKING FOR MYSELF"

 

I began with Cheeki Monkeys in April 2015 and it's certainly been a huge learning curve!

 

I became an Event Organiser for two reasons - firstly, my 'proper' job was no longer challenging and I no longer enjoyed it and secondly, there weren't any baby and children's markets in my area. It seemed like the ideal solution to join Cheeki Monkeys as I could put my slightly OCD organisational skills to good use at the same time as being able to easily shop for pre-loved bargains for my own two cheeky monkeys.

 

I didn’t realise then how much more I would gain from it.

 

The manual that is provided when you join is brilliant! It really is ‘An Idiots Guide to…’ which covers everything from ‘how to secure a venue’ to ‘how to promote your event’ and loads of other information that you’d probably never even think about! Also, there is the Facebook Forum where other Organisers from all over the UK will help. It sounds very clichéd but it really is like one big Cheeki Monkeys family even though you’ve never met most of these people! With 130+ Event Organisers, there are plenty of people that will share their experiences which helps others to learn quickly. In addition, Gemma and Craig are always on the end of the telephone or an email if you need them. They work tirelessly to support us with our business at ridiculous times of the day and night!

 

Another great reason to be part of the Cheeki Monkeys team is that you will be eligible for special rates for event insurance, printing leaflets, banners, etc. and all the digital artwork is provided for free too, potentially saving you hundreds of pounds.

 

Organising successful events requires time and dedication to build up the brand in your area. If you’re lucky though, you’ll have another Cheeki Monkey close by which really helps your advertising as people are already familiar with the company. After a year, I am still not in a position to leave my career for good but I am well on the way to making this dream become a reality. However, it fits in well with looking after my two pre-school children as I can mostly work in the evenings when they are in bed. Most importantly though is that I get paid to have fun – it’s a very sociable job and you get to meet some wonderful stallholders along the way.

 

I am proud to be building my own business and working for myself for a change. Hopefully, one day, it will inspire my own children to strive for the same success through hard work, self-belief and a lot of determination.

Claire Martin
Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"I CAN RUN MY OWN BUSINESS IN MY OWN WAY. I GET THE FLEXIBILITY THAT I WANT AND I'M NEVER BORED!"

 

I joined Cheeki Monkeys last year after being unable to find a research position that I wanted. After 7 years at university I didn’t want to go back to a mundane 9 to 5 job that gave me no job satisfaction or flexibility. One afternoon, whilst idly scrolling through jobs on the job centre’s site, I came across an interesting job description about running your own baby & children’s markets. My curiosity was piqued! I spent a little time just thinking about it then decided to email for more information. Craig replied pretty quickly with more information and I began to get a little excited! I was checking out their website when I decided to email one of the other fairly local event organisers. She replied to me but couldn’t answer all my questions as she was only organising her first event. What to do? Eventually I was swayed by the fact that you don’t need a huge investment amount for your territory and your manual. Sure it would be a pain to lose that money but it wouldn’t be a crisis if it all went horribly wrong! So I signed up for my territory later that day.

 

The manual is amazing! Cheeki Monkeys tell you that all the information you need to run your event is in the manual and it certainly is! I read it all and began to think about organising my first event. Now not every little question that you have is answered in the manual (as that just wouldn’t be possible!) but that’s where the forum (secret and known only to the Cheeki Monkey event organisers!) comes into its own. The other Cheeki Monkeys are very nice, friendly people who are always happy to answer your questions, no matter how silly or trivial you think they are! After all, until you’ve gone through all the planning of an event, there are bound to be many things, big and small, that you don’t know. All of my questions have been answered in the forum.   

 

Gemma and Craig just could not be more helpful or supportive. Emails are answered pretty quickly and the necessary help is found. It’s more than just the help though; they are genuinely thoughtful and helpful people.

 

Cheeki Monkeys has been a fantastic opportunity for me. I can run my own business in my own way. I get the flexibility that I want and I'm never bored! That being said, it’s like everything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Yes it takes work, hard work, and you definitely need to be persistent! A little bit of resilience helps too. Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan and you have to rethink things. You learn huge amounts from each market: what works, what doesn’t, timings etc. I am now on my fifth market and every time I organise a market it’s just a little different from the one before it! If you’re looking for an opportunity to work in your own way, on your own terms then you definitely won’t regret this opportunity.

Karen Hale
Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"I REALLY AND TRULY COULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH TO PEOPLE"

 

My Cheeki Monkeys experience.

 

My life had always been ordered and organised, and I knew where I was going. I was a career girl, and had worked my way up to being manager of an estate agent, waiting to get my own branch .. and boom - I fell pregnant! 

 

Being 39 and pregnant, I knew that once I had my baby, I wanted to be a hands on mummy for as long as I could so I already knew I wouldn't go back to the job after maternity leave, but how do you survive on £150 per week, when you were used to earning upwards of £30,000 a year? Scary, right?! 

 

I had six blissful (if slightly tiring) months with Isla before I had to make a decision about what to do with regards to working. We were just about coping money wise, but I found a job in a call centre working nights and was due to start a couple of weeks later. Then my life was turned upside down. My mum was diagnosed with lung cancer, and was told she was too poorly for any treatment, so we just had to make her comfortable. I made the decision to decline going back to work, and became mum's carer, which also meant caring for my dad as he had dementia.

 

She passed away 3 months later. Then my dad's condition worsened and we had to move in with him to care for him round the clock. Not much time for working at a 'proper job'... Between dealing with dementia daily, and having only a 15 month old to talk to I decided I needed to do something to preserve my sanity, as well as adding some money to the family pot as we were really struggling. I researched literally 100's of 'work from home' type schemes and came up with nothing solid. I stumbled across Cheeki Monkeys due to wanting a stall at a local event, but there wasn't one in my area. The advert said, 'why not hold your own?' ... and the seed was planted.

 

I couldn't honestly see any reason why I couldn't make it work, even with just a couple of hours a day, and I'd get to interact with other adults, and make some money too hopefully. I figured for the set up fee and insurance etc, it was a worthwhile investment. It is hand on heart the best decision I ever made. I have a life back, I make my own money, I've made great friends and lots of contacts. I am busy when I want to be, and not when I don't. I only have to physically work out of the house on event day, and when I do I can take my daughter with me too!. I get out what I put in, and that keeps me motivated to make each event bigger and better. My first event in August 2015 was a small affair, but it taught me important lessons, and was a great training ground for what was to come. I went from event one with 20 stalls, to event two (Nov 2015) in a huge venue with 45 stalls, a bouncy castle, entertainment and people lining up waiting to get in on the day. As long as the basics are right, then you can have so much fun experimenting with new things you can do to make your events fun AND lucrative!  It is now April 2016, I have just expanded into another area, and have booked another three venues. I have events booked every month until the end of the year, and my Christmas event is already half sold. I have regular stall holders who book 3 or 4 events at a time, and I have a waiting list of stallholders for some events too. I can work in my PJ's on my laptop at 2am if I want, I can have Mondays off if I want, I can hold an event a week or once a month, I decide. I don't have to pay for childcare, and I never have to get stuck in rush hour traffic. Cheeki Monkeys has literally changed my life, all for the better and I couldn't be happier. 

 

I absolutely love doing this, it doesn't even feel like work to me. The Event Organiser Facebook Forum is brilliant for advice, best practice tips and questions we all have, and for sharing resources etc. Gemma and Craig are so supportive and helpful, and most importantly they are 100% realistic about the business, and are always ready to listen to new ideas too. 

 

I really and truly couldn't recommend this enough to people, if you don't have an organiser in your area, and you're reading this, go do it! sign up! what are you waiting for?

Cate McNeal
Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

"MY SECOND MARKET HAD APPROX. 500 ADULTS THROUGH THE DOOR AND I TOOK NEARLY £2000"

 

I joined Cheeki Monkeys last year after being unable to find a research position that I wanted. After 7 years at university I didn’t want to go back to a mundane 9 to 5 job that gave me no job satisfaction or flexibility. One afternoon, whilst idly scrolling through jobs on the job centre’s site, I came across an interesting job description about running your own baby & children’s markets. My curiosity was piqued! I spent a little time just thinking about it then decided to email for more information. Craig replied pretty quickly with more information and I began to get a little excited! I was checking out their website when I decided to email one of the other fairly local event organisers. She replied to me but couldn’t answer all my questions as she was only organising her first event. What to do? Eventually I was swayed by the fact that you don’t need a huge investment amount for your territory and your manual. Sure it would be a pain to lose that money but it wouldn’t be a crisis if it all went horribly wrong! So I signed up for my territory later that day.
 

The manual is amazing! Cheeki Monkeys tell you that all the information you need to run your event is in the manual and it certainly is! I read it all and began to think about organising my first event. Now not every little question that you have is answered in the manual (as that just wouldn’t be possible!) but that’s where the forum (secret and known only to the Cheeki Monkey event organisers!) comes into its own. The other Cheeki Monkeys are very nice, friendly people who are always happy to answer your questions, no matter how silly or trivial you think they are! After all, until you’ve gone through all the planning of an event, there are bound to be many things, big and small, that you don’t know. All of my questions have been answered in the forum.   
 

Gemma and Craig just could not be more helpful or supportive. Emails are answered pretty quickly and the necessary help is found. It’s more than just the help though; they are genuinely thoughtful and helpful people.
 

Cheeki Monkeys has been a fantastic opportunity for me. I can run my own business in my own way. I get the flexibility that I want and am never bored! That being said, it’s like everything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Yes it takes work, hard work, and you definitely need to be persistent! A little bit of resilience helps too. Sometimes things don’t quite go to plan and you have to rethink things. You learn huge amounts from each market: what works, what doesn’t, timings etc. I am now on my fifth market and every time I organise a market it’s just a little different from the one before it! If you’re looking for an opportunity to work in your own way, on your own terms then you definitely won’t regret this opportunity.

Kirsty Higgins
Cheeki Monkeys Event Organiser

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