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Stories to inspire you

Hear what our store operators have to say!

Ben Sinclair, Stockland Greenhills, Maitland, NSW

Ben started his journey with Calendar Club with his partner Ashley in 2016 while he was running a food franchise called Bucking Bull, QLD. In 2018 Ben and Ashley moved back to Newcastle and ran a store in Stockland Greenhills in 2019 and 2021 while running their own popup business called GX Handcrafted. They love the flexibility of being your own boss and getting the entrepreneur experience without diving into the deep end financially.

“Calendar Club has always been fantastic to work with and deal with over the years. The experience has only gotten better, and the company is continually developing better ways for licences to run stores. I would highly recommend for anyone looking to get into business in the retail industry.”

Sukhwinder Deol, Bathhurst City Centre, Bathurst, NSW

After becoming a Mum Sukhwinder was looking for an opportunity to get back into work. And has been running a Calendar Club store since 2011. From Westfield Chatswood to Bathurst City Centre Sukhwinder has been running a store for 10+ years. Gaining more self confidence to be her own boss and work independently Sukhwinder opened up her own restaurant called Saffron Indian Cuisine.

“It’s great working with the Calendar Club team. Margaret has been great support during the initial years. She is the main pillar of calendar club team. Then Ay, Vera and Steve are great people to work with. I enjoy working with the Calendar Club Team and would love to continue to run a store for as long I can”

Henry Tun and Dulcinea Yeo, Macquarie Centre, Macquarie Park, NSW

Henry discovered Calendar Club by attending a seminar at Intern Match while in his 3rd year at university. Wanting real life experience and to get out of his comfort zone Henry applied for a position with his partner Dulcinea for Macquarie Centre located near his University. Their store ranked no. 1 in Sydney, and they gained problem solving and entrepreneur skills. You can hear more of Henry’s story here

“I would recommend all the international students who are interested in entrepreneurship to apply for the upcoming seasons as a store licensee. I can guarantee it will not be easy work but an invaluable experience you won’t want to miss out! Thank you to the Calendar Club team for supporting us with all the resources throughout the journey and our friends for helping us set up the store.”

Gabby Ma, Castle Tower in Castle Hill and Westfield Burwood, NSW

Gabby has been a licensee with Calendar Club since 2021. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in New Zealand her career was hit by the pandemic so she moved to Melbourne, Australia. Calendar Club worked closely with Gabby to open a store in Canberra while she was moving homes. In 2022 she opened her own coffee van, Gas Coffee, and took on two Calendar Club Stores in 2022 and 2023.

"Calendar Club is my first start-up business after I graduated. I have to say my Calendar Club journey has strengthened my business skills in all aspects and brighten every Christmas ever since then. I strongly recommend Calendar Club to all entrepreneurial minds as you will gain all knowledge you need in running a small business.”

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Heather & Ann, Westfield Carousel and Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre, WA

Heather and Ann started running the Carousel Calendar Club in 2022 after working for Tracy Ward who was the previous licensee for Carousel. They decided to run a store as Ann really wanted to renovate her kitchen while Heather wanted the extra cash! In 2023 they took on two stores. They love meeting new people and learning why they buy certain calendars.

“You can learn something new every day from your customers. If you serve your customers well, they'll remember and come back the following year. We enjoy every minute of working at Calendar Club. They are good at helping you with all aspects of your business and if you work hard for what you want, you’ll be successful!”

Teresa Faulkner, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, Modbury, SA

In 2018 Teresa started with Calendar Club as a way of earning extra income when her husband is not working over the Christmas period. It’s allowed them to travel overseas! Running her own pop-up business ( she feels blessed to have great staff in both businesses.

"Running a CC store can be lots of fun. I get a lot of enjoyment from helping customers find that 'perfect' calendar. I know there will be regulars that come back every season to get exactly what they are looking for. The team at CC are the best, always ready to answer any questions, give solid advice, hints, and tips whenever you need them, they make running a CC stand so much smoother.  I love the challenges and incentives that are set for us by CC each season, the friendly rivalry between licensees is also a lot of fun!"

Lee and Jo Sanders, Settlement City, Port Macquarie, NSW

Lee & Jo Sanders ran a Calendar Club pop-up store from 2015 to 2022. Living their best retired lives on the coasts of Port Macquarie, come October, they'd get ready to open a Calendar Club store and earn the extra money to make the upgrades they seek. The Sanders knew attention to detail and customer service helped them succeed. Customers would come to them year after year because they knew they'd receive the best service and find the product they want.

“Calendar Club is really on their game this year; I could say it's been the best year so far. Things are way more streamlined, especially with training. The Daily Tip videos help, and so does having a good relationship with the staff”.

Karen Aarsman, Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston, VIC

Karen first ran a Calendar Club store in 2020 and brought with her sales experience from a career in sales and account management. In 2015 she decided to become self-employed and set up her own business as a sales consultant for various industries which included medical equipment and gift items. She enjoys running her own business and working for herself. Seeing the results from all her hard work is rewarding, not only the happy customers, but earning a good income. Karen loves hiring the same 2 staff each year. It not only provides them with work but they are good with the customers and keep the store tidy and full of stock. 

“I love servicing the customers and trying to find the right gift or pictures for themselves or a loved one.  The satisfaction of running my own business really appeals to me and I enjoy reaping the rewards from my efforts”

The Chan Family, Woodgrove Shopping Centre, Melton, VIC

As first-time store operators in 2021, the Chan family’s contribution and performance have impressed everyone at Calendar Club! When they’re not operating a store they work as administrative assistants and house caretakers. The Chan family are all-rounders and run their store like their own business. Their customer service is impeccable, and they ensure the customer gets the item they want. If a calendar is not in stock, they make sure to take down the customers details to contact them when the item becomes available again.

“This is a great low investment family business which provides an opportunity for my children to gain experience in a retail environment. I love the ongoing support Calendar Club gives with extra support during setting up and packing up.”

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Terrance Jacobs and John Evener, Wagga Wagga Marketplace, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Terrance and John ran a Calendar Club store from 2017 to 2022. Best mates who love to work together, John works as a schoolteacher, and Terrance as a supervisor in a juvenile detention centre. The two of them love to involve their family to work in the Calendar Club store and teach their children how to develop professional business skills and a strong work ethic. They recommend talking to the customers, get to know their interests and take the customers to that area of calendars.

"Over the years, I’ve seen Calendar Club's store layout improve substantially, the stock variety too, and our store moved to a better location in the shopping centre, so our sales have stayed high! Everything is a lot more streamlined now, we can think on our feet, and don't have to ring up the head office for small things. When we first started we learnt a lot from watching the sales training videos provided.”

Mary-Anne Fallo, Westfield Mt Gravatt, Indooroopilly and Coomera, QLD

Running her own fitness instructor business, previously in sales and retail, Mary-Anne started her Calendar Club journey in 2018. Running two stores she returned the next year to run bigger stores in Westfield Mt Gravatt and Westfield Carindale. In 2021, Mary-Anne ran 3 stores: Westfield Mt Gravatt, Browns Plains and Capalaba Central. And last year ran three stores again. She loves Calendar Club as she is passionate about the products and goal orientated. She works hard to get the best sales team to smash the budgets.

“I run more than one store so I can keep a healthy competition going between them and we all strive that little bit harder. It really helps my family financially at Christmas time so the hard work is completely worth the effort.”

Angie Knowles, Strathpine Centre, Strathpine QLD

Angie was a store licensee for 4 years. With a background of managing smalls teams for independent businesses she loves to help people and is driven by customer satisfaction. Taking pride in her work and always keeping her store tidy and neat she had high customer service standards. She quickly became familiar with the planogram so she could locate titles efficiently. All of this allowed her to earn a good income from her store every year.

“I love sinking my teeth into something new so taking on a store and operating a business was perfect for me. I always treat all customers (whether they purchased or not) with kindness, friendliness, and respect. And was rewarded by good sales.”

Ana Pua, Midland Gate, Midland, WA

Ana Pua arrived in Australia from the Philippines in 2014 and loved the opportunity and skills she gained from running her own store with her three children aged 18, 19 and 20. She first ran a store in 2021 while she was working full time as a store manager at 7-11. Running the store as a family business was ideal and her children gained valuable work experience. Ana managed to take some time off work during the peak days and had her children’s friends help as well. She loved all the connections she was able to make while running her store and the extra income it provided.

“I met a lot of good people which included other stall owners and customers who I stay connected with. Working with Calendar Club was a wonderful experience and I recommend it to anyone who is a hard worker and has people to support them in the store”