As the sound of Auld Lang syne is still ringing in your ear, the New Year it is the perfect time to explore if a Tots Play franchise could be right for you. This is the time that we naturally reflect on where we are in life and set intentions for the next 12 months. We often ask ourselves what we want to change, what we want our lives to look like and what we need to do to move to the next level.
Most of the time these questions result in half soaked resolutions from losing weight to drinking less wine but what if this year you made a decision that really, significantly changed your life? The decision to start your own business.
There are many benefits to doing this through a franchise but in this post we will explore just 3 of them, so if you have been dreaming of running your own business but don’t know where to start then read on because this year could be your year!
1) Be Your Own Boss
Owning a franchise is not a job, it is a business and anyone who invests in the opportunity needs to be ready to take on this responsibility. Although running your own business has its challenges, for many franchisees the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.
When you are your own boss, you take charge. You no longer need to ask anyone for permission to take time off, no more holiday forms, no more grumpy management, and no more nonsense. Crucially you get the opportunity to choose your own hours which is invaluable when you have other commitments. Finally you are able to carve the life you want to live and take control.
Many of the franchisees at Tots Play have their own children and love the flexibility that their own business provides. They run classes on days they choose in term time and in the holidays they run sessions around the activities they are doing with their own family.
Here's Amy explaining the importance of this flexibility for her and her family.
2) Brand Power
If you set up a business from scratch you have to establish an entire brand identity. This includes everything; the brand story, the logo, the colours, the tagline, and even the typeface - that's on top of working out what the business actually does! The brand should be recognisable across all marketing materials, social media and the website. When the public come into contact with the brand they should know straight away what it is, who it is for and what it represents.
The effectiveness of a strategic brand story is clear when you consider that big businesses spend millions on getting it right.
When you invest in a franchise, all of this side of the business is done for you. As a business owner you instantly get the recognition of an established brand. This isn’t something you have to spend money, time or energy on and you can get on with making your business a success.
The Tots Play brand is well established and we provide clear guidance and support so all our franchisees feel confident representing Tots Play and contributing to our consistent successful brand.
Here's Nicola explaining some of her reasons for joining an established brand.
3) A Plug in Support System
Owning your own business has the potential to be very isolating. This lonely feeling does nothing for your business growth or personal mind-set, getting the right support is an absolute necessity.
When you are part of a franchise, you instantly become part of a community and you have the opportunity to network with others who are experiencing the exact same highs and lows of business.
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and being able to ask for help from a group of people who can offer practical support is golden. You might want to ask for advice over a variety of topics such as social media, business operations, localised marketing strategies, booking systems, taking payments and such like, whatever you need, someone will be able to help you.
We are immensely proud of our Tots Play team; we have various methods of support from a closed Facebook group, regular support calls and an annual conference where we all get together for training and the joy of being in the same room together.
Clare explains a bit more about the support she has received and how it has helped her.
And here she tells us about how her life has changed since starting her business.
Are you ready to make the change that your life needs too? If so, take the first step to finding out more about how you too could be part of the Tots Play family by requesting our Franchise Information pack HERE.
We are very excited about the year ahead here at Tots Play, and would love to offer you the opportunity to be part of our success. Take the first step to your new future today, and this time next year we could be telling your story too.