Lisa Roberts is a full-time mum of two and opened Razzamataz Rickmansworth with multiple 'Razz Minis' classes for the 4-5 year age group at point of launch.
I think one of the main reasons we have had a successful start with Razzamataz is that our school opened with a lot of students, which was down to the success of the launch. We had well over 100 booked in from the marketing we had done. We followed up every enquiry and contacted them again near to the date to check they were still coming and that they knew where they were coming and at what time.
Be realistic about how much time it will take to run a Razzamataz School at first. Unless you are already an experienced business owner, it takes a great deal of time and effort to get your head around everything that has to be done and continues to have to be done once your school is up and running. Once you have systems in place, everything becomes much quicker.
Not to beat yourself up when you get it wrong! Parents want to know their children are safe and having a good time. Try to work out what your USP is and not to be afraid to use it because you are what makes your business unique.Customer service is very important and treat each of your enquiries, parents and students with the attention they deserve.
Follow the marketing guidelines set out by head office. The amount advised to spend on marketing is a lot but it works, and if you start with a good size school you can hopefully build from it.
If I was a savvy business woman I would be aiming to open a second school, but at the moment I know my limitations, so for the time being I want to have a full, vibrant school and focus on giving the best personal customer service I can.
Many people have have found a rewarding long term career through franchising with Razzamataz Theatre Schools.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise, with almost 50 schools throughout the UK, has many retired performers as Principals.
Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall bought Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield in June 2015.
Jessica Chandler Smith has seen her Razzamataz franchise in Brentwood achieve huge success in just a few short weeks.
Lauren Kirkbride joined Razzamataz Theatre Schools as a student and now runs her own franchise.
The new Principals at Razzamataz are all set for their September openings after completing a week long extensive training session.
Shanley Booth launched Razzamataz Derby in 2007 and has renewed her franchise agreement for a further five years.
Michael French launched Razzamataz Barnet in April 2012 and has recently renewed his franchise agreement for a further five years.
Debbi Ledwith, Principal of Razzamataz Newbury, launched her school to allow her to spend more time with her three children.
Proving that age is really just a number, Pam Dixon, has run her Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise since 2008.
Charlotte Young, the Principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria first became a franchisee in October 2006.
The Razzamataz Theatre Schools network continues to grow with the launch of two new London schools as well as a school in the North East.
At Razzamataz's recent training week, three new franchisees who have bought franchise re-sales, joined the franchisees who are launching in new territories.
Razzamataz have a number of franchisees who are either former teachers or combining part-time teaching with being a Razzamataz franchisee.
I specifically wanted to go for a franchise, and in particular Razzamataz because of the support from Head Office and other Principals. This is a network of theatre school owners so you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.Alison Beveridge, Razzamataz Durham.
Buying into a franchise is an excellent way to begin running your own business. You have all the benefits of working for yourself but the added support and proven success of a well established and recognised brand. For a person new to business, it is ideal.Helen Green, Razzamataz Sheffield
The support and training we get means that we can get help on any aspect of our business. It has also been a fantastic and rewarding way of working, allowing me to continue to be there for the family while running my own business.Lisa Roberts, Razzamataz Rickmansworth
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