Clare from Cambridgeshire tells us why she chose Kidslingo for her Spanish business.
With two young children and a Spanish-speaking husband, I have a strong interest in language development in infants. I love the fact that the Spanishtastic programme is based around fun, but that there is a theory behind it which gives the classes credibility and added value for those attending. The learning potential is fantastic!
The fact that no two days are the same! The work is really flexible so I can fit it around spending time with my children....which was the main reason for doing this type of thing in the first place!
There was a thorough & structured training programme where we observed live classes and learnt about the operational side of running a business, marketing techniques, the financials and delivering the actual sessions too. The programme gave me the confidence I needed to be able to run effective and enjoyable classes. With no background in teaching this was the bit I was the most nervous about!! Head Office is also there for support - being able to refer to their knowledge and expertise is a great reassurance.
The key challenge for me was the sales aspect – approaching schools, nurseries, childminders to sell the classes & me! I have worked hard at this aspect by practising with friends & family as well as talking it all through with Head Office. Having overcome my initial nerves, secured customers and received positive feedback about the classes, I am now more confident in my approach. It all gets easier with practise. As every day is so varied you really don’t know what challenges will be thrown at you – so you have to be prepared for anything!
If there is ever a typical day, it could be running a nursery class first thing, followed by one of our multi-sensory baby classes in a children’s centre. Then grab a quick lunch, check emails and off again in the afternoon for a preschool class in a local village hall, another nursery class & then an after school club. Once the kids are fed, clean & asleep, I check emails again, respond to enquiries about classes or free tasters and market the classes through social media.
Don’t underestimate how much time and effort you will need to get the business up and running. Even though a franchise is an established business it is likely to be a new business in your area and so a considerable amount of marketing will be needed. This may also involve spending on local advertisements but don’t rush into anything - it is quite surprising how effective free marketing can be.
Claire Parkinson decided to make use of her degree in French and Linguistics and took the plunge to buy her own franchise with Kidslingo.
Helen from Brough, East Yorkshire tells us about her reasons for choosing Frenchtastic from Kidslingo.
Annie from Cardiff tells us about her experience being the first Kidslingo Frenchtastic franchisee.
Angela from Bournville, Birmingham tells us about her experience joining the Kidslingo team.
The pricing structure has offered me an affordable way to set up and run my own family-friendly business!Helen
It has given me the flexibility to be there for my little ones so much more, and to work when it suits us as a family.Ana
I was still breastfeeding when I did my training so it was great to be able to bring my son along with me. How many companies would do that for you?Dawn
Wide range of revenue streams and customers
Combine a passion for languages and working with kids
Flexible & fun – no two minutes are ever the same!