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Raring2go! Case Study
Helen Murray, originally from New Zealand, is the archetypal example of a Raring2go! business owner. Helen runs her Raring2go! business in Salisbury and Bournemouth.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusAssociate
  • UK Years Established10 years
  • Current UK Coverage50%
  • Franchisee Support Staff8
  • Personal Investment Req.£4,750 approx
  • Total Startup Cost£15,995
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to business servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
  • Part of a collaborative networkYes
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Introducing Helen Murray from Raring2go!

Helen Murray, a 45-year old former primary school teacher originally from New Zealand, is the archetypal example of a Raring2go! franchisee. With her two children growing up, Helen really wanted to work as well as 'just being a mum'.

Helen Murray - Raring2go!Helen has a son and a daughter, who has a lot of ill health so her family have very special requirements. Helen felt employers would hardly be banging at her door to take her on as she could potentially be often absent when her daughter needed her.

Helen had what she describes as her ‘Eureka moment’ one day while at the hairdressers. She read an article in a magazine about a mother who published a Raring2go! magazine.

Helen remembers:
"I thought ‘I can do this’ and it sounded like it could be the right opportunity."

Before making such an important decision though she spent several months researching and questioning the franchisor, and realised it did tick all her boxes – a flexible, fulfilling business opportunity although one which needed commitment, hard work and dedication.

Helen says:
"One of the great things about running a Raring2go! magazine is that I can do it from anywhere. My laptop comes everywhere with me – I take it on holiday and even into hospital – and I can put in the hours as it suits me, but it’s really rewarding, very creative and it means I get the social side that I don’t get as a stay at home mum. I actually get to talk to adults on a daily basis!"

Describing running the business as "incredibly hard work", Helen says she gets a buzz each time she sends off a magazine to the printers and can’t wait until she gets it back to see how great it looks in print.

Helen adds:
"It’s certainly a five day a week job, especially when there’s a deadline looming, but normally I’m at my desk by 9.30am and leave at 2.30pm for the school pick-up. I love the challenge and daily workout my brain gets in the process of pulling a whole magazine together. No two days are the same. It depends where in the life-cycle of the magazine I’m at and can involve anything from writing sales letters or emails, phoning prospects or advertisers, chasing artwork, designing the magazine or even driving around delivering. It’s quite difficult to switch off as when you work from home, it’s tempting to just check emails as you pass the computer, and it’s amazing how many I get outside of normal working hours. I do a fair bit of business at weekends, before the kids go off to school and late at night. Most of this is with other working mums also trying to fi t in work around their families.

My husband and I have been together 25 years and work well as a team. He’s great with the kids and gives me lots of space to work on the magazine. My advice to others looking at franchising as an option is to do lots of research fi rst. Check out the competition and see if there’s a place in the local market for you. Talk to other editors, ask lots of questions and be honest with yourself about whether or not you’re really happy selling advertising space, which is probably one of the things people feel less confident about".

Helen clearly has a flair because she has already been successful as a Raring2go! editor and has expanded her territory into the neighbouring area. She now runs her original patch of Salisbury where she cut her teeth together with the bigger Bournemouth territory and is relishing the fresh challenges that the new area has brought.

Raring2go! franchisees benefit from full training and support right from the start and are supplied with a computer, IT training and magazine templates as well as the guidance and friendship of fellow editors and neighbouring franchisees. The Head Office team continue supporting franchisees with friendly, experienced guidance and care and are always at the end of a phone and often out in the field too.

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What Our Franchisees Say

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

The training and on-going support has been excellent, I would definitely recommend a Raring2go! franchise...Penny Beddows Editor Raring2go! - Sutton Coldfield

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

Why Choose Us

No childcare costs, no stressful commute, up to 13 weeks holiday per year

Comprehensive start up package - no operating capital required

Part of an established, trusted and loved brand

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