Mother-of-two Vicky Norman is now a success both at work and at home thanks to Raring2go!
Vicki Norman was a normal working mum, always juggling work with finding time to spend with her children - and then feeling guilty about it afterwards.
Then by chance, her son brought home a copy of Raring2go! from infant school, and as she flicked through the pages she noticed the local franchise was for sale.
Just over two years later Vicki is running a successful franchise and has lots more time to spend with her two children – she describes taking over a Raring2go! franchise as one of the best things she has ever done.
Raring2go! is a high quality quarterly A5 magazine which provides parents and carers of primary school children with a definitive hyper local guide of what to do and where to go. Each edition is packed full of family friendly editorial, event listings, celebrity features as well as highly relevant advertising. This advertising is aimed at informing parents of the wide range of activities available to them both on their own doorstep and much further afield.
Vicki, who now runs the Sunderland and surrounding area Raring2go! magazine, is a qualified chartered accountant and was really struggling to balance her work life and family life before she changed career.
"I was really struggling to find the right work/life balance in my previous job, I had really fallen out of love working in the financial world and I was missing spending more time with my two children. I desperately wanted to find a more child friendly career, where I could still work hard but also be there for my kids. So when I saw my local Raring2go! franchise was up for sale I was immediately interested to find out if this was something I could make work.
I was already aware of the format as I used it on a regular basis to find out what was going on in my local area, also I knew a lot of my friends read it and thought it was great. So the platform was already in place to make it work. My main fear was I didn’t have any sales and marketing experience, so I was concerned I would struggle to sell the concept to advertisers and contributors.
However, as soon I spoke with Freddie, the Raring2go! managing director, all my fears were laid to rest as the on-the-job support you get is just fantastic. The whole team could not have been more professional and supportive. After my initial meeting I had already made up my mind that this was something I wanted to do, and more importantly this was something I could make work. The training was also very good and all the other editors have been so supportive as well, it is like an extended family and someone is always there if you need advice or just a chat about how things are going.
Since I took it over 2 years ago I would say it could not really have gone any better, for the amount of hours I put in a week and I make excellent money and I envisage this will increase when my youngest starts school later this year as I will be able to give even more of my time to the magazine."
"Head Office has also just spent a lot of money on improving the website and redesigning the magazine, which again just makes the product even better and more professional looking. All the Raring2go! editors really are set up to succeed, it’s a great concept that works."
Raring2go! now has 52 editions across the UK operated by 46 franchisees and is always looking for ambitious individuals to join them. Raring2go!’s comprehensive franchise package includes:
Raring2go! Is an associate member of the British Franchise Association as well as the Encouraging Women into Franchising group.
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I was really struggling to find the right work life balance in my last job. Raring2go! has turned out to be the perfect answer. It really couldn’t have gone any better. I was worried that I didn’t have the right experience, especially sales experience, but the support, guidance and “hands on” help Raring2go! offer is amazing.Vicky Norman Editor Raring2go! - Sunderland
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Being an Editor for Raring2go! has been the best thing ever for me and my family. Having had my two children I knew I didn’t want to go back into the 9-5 rut but I also knew that I wanted to do something to challenge me as I’d always worked in fairly highly-pressurised environments and wanted that buzz back!Jayne Deakin Editor Raring2go! - Bury & Bolton
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