Enthusiasm and a passion for education are the key qualities that sisters Sarah, 26, and Holly Bell, 28, bring to their enormously successful MagiKats Workshops in Hove.
Having studied Education at University, Sarah wanted to work in education but wanted more than just a standard teaching role.
"I wanted to be in control of my own success while still working within an industry I love," said Sarah. As for Holly, "I wanted a break from intensive teaching and wanted more freedom and more control over my working week."
Sarah’s previous experience working for MagiKats helped her understand how the business worked and, combined with Holly’s experience as a teacher, they knew they could make a success of it.
"I would recommend MagiKats as a franchise to anyone who loves seeing children succeed," says Sarah.
"And it works for anyone – whether they have experience in education or come from a totally different background. MagiKats provides all the teaching materials, all the training and even offers personal marketing support if required. All a franchisee needs is enthusiasm, commitment and energy – setting up a new business is definitely hard work.
With great emphasis on the individual student, different learning styles and always responding to the needs of the National Curriculum, MagiKats is not just an attractive business proposition, it is attractive to parents who want to ensure their children get the best education they can."
"As for the children," says Holly, "MagiKats is fun, colourful and attractive and has plenty of hands-on resources and activities to support them. They love it!"
In the beginning it was a lot of hard work agree the sisters, particularly as they both had other roles in the early stages to support their income. MagiKats provides a lot of support for new franchisees but it is still up to the individual to actually get things done – and there is plenty to do … finding venues for the workshops, hand delivering information leaflets, attending events to promote your business, speaking with parents.
Sarah says, "Get to know your business and understand what parents want – if parents trust you then your business will benefit from word of mouth recommendations, the best marketing you can get."
Holly says, "You will need passion and commitment as your enthusiasm for education must reach every child, in every workshop you manage."
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In any group of children, there are so many different interests and abilities. MagiKats helps all my students work with materials that are relevant, interesting, and at an appropriate level.Tim Capner, MagiKats Franchisee
I love MagiKats as it gives me lot of flexibility to design specific programmes for varying types of students, their capabilities and requirements.Shruti Pednekar, MagiKats Franchisee
I only have to work approximately 20 hours a week with my centre and I'm earning a great full-time salary. The MagiKats HQ staff are really active and always ready to help, motivate and support you when required. That’s all you need to be honest.Iftikhar Hussain, MagiKats Franchisee in Edinburgh
Enjoy the safety and reassurance of having well organised business materials, advice and training behind you, as well as the support of people who care about your success.
Gain great satisfaction from making a visible difference to the children in your community, by helping them achieve their potential and grow in confidence.
Enjoy a great work life balance.