Sara talks to us about being the editor of Scallymag Watford and her plans for the future
Sara talks to us about being the editor of Scallymag Watford and her plans for the future.
I was looking for the back-up and peace-of-mind a franchise offers. I was fantastic to have the support of Hazel and Tracey who have been running their own magazines for a long time and have learnt so much along the way. It also helped having all the templates set up, ready for me to add my own information into. This saved a lot of time.
I was a Primary School Teacher. I found the workload with 2 young children was too difficult to manage and The Scallymag has given me the freedom to take my kids to school, be there if they are sick and not feel like I am letting anyone down! It is great to be able to manage my own time and fit work in around my family life.
I was fortunate to have some money put aside in savings which I was able to use.
As I came into this without any experience whatsoever of design, advertising or running a magazine I was very appreciative of any help I could get! Hazel and Tracey were brilliant and always there if I needed guidance with a particular issue. The manual, given as part of the package, is very informative and all the documents you need are supplied. Having said that I also found plenty of people around me who had valuable skills. It's amazing who you meet along the way that is willing to lend a hand. I also found other Scallymag Franchisees were helpful too, sharing their experiences in the early stages of starting the magazine.
Selling advertising was new for me and probably provided the most challenge. Knocks backs can be disheartening but I found my way and took it one step at a time. If you believe in the product you are offering people will warm to you and what you have to offer; they can sense your enthusiasm. I have found now, having my own copy of my own magazine, people have actually come to me asking about advertising space which has been great!
It is important to speak to other people who have bought the same franchise, find out their background and experiences. It is helpful to find out what it is really like running any business from the people on the ground. Know that you can afford to take on the franchise and what you are likely to earn to start with and remember you are likely to have start up costs as well as the outlay for the franchise itself.
I am working on my next issue now and looking forward to getting more great articles and advertisers on board. I would really like to run charity events and continue to reach out to the community in a positive way.
Although my background is in journalism, running my own magazine franchise allowed me to build on those skills while giving me the flexibility to bring up my three children without the constraints of a 9 - 5 job.Elaine - Huddersfield Scallymag Editor