Jo talks to us about running her Little Squigglers business in West Suffolk as well as being the Mum of two young girls.
Jo talks to us about running her Little Squigglers business in West Suffolk as well as being the Mum of two young girls:
My first experience of 'Little Squigglers' was when I took my then 3 year old to the very first class. From the word go I knew that the class was fun, engaging and perfect for those parents who love their children to get creative, explore, make mess but most of all have fun exploring using their different senses, without the worry of having to clear up after them.
Four years on and now I am very proud to say that I now run classes, birthday parties, workshops, holiday clubs and after school clubs in the West Suffolk area.
The opportunity to take over the West Suffolk franchise was not a decision I took lightly and with a young family to look after and support was it the best decision I could make for them? The answer is most definitely 'yes'.
My oldest daughter only said to me yesterday 'Mummy you love your job don't you, and I love Little Squigglers too'. Nothing makes me happier knowing that my family are behind me 100% as I embark on this amazing journey. I am currently one month in running my own business and I cannot be happier.
The whole process from the very in depth and informative training with Amanda to setting up and holding my first class couldn't have been smoother. Amanda is always available to answer any questions or queries and knowing you have that extra bit of back up support makes me feel more confident.
Being a Mum of two young girls and with my background in Primary School teaching over the last 10 years, I am fully aware of the importance of effective communication and independent learning through play. Little Squigglers classes offers both of these areas in abundance. Being able to provide these opportunities for young children and their parents where they actively work together, explore, create and get messy whilst seeing the smiles on the faces of the children at every class makes me love my job every day.
Running your own business and being your own boss is a fantastic opportunity but it does involve hard work and dedication. I am fully aware that being part of a network of franchises, every time I speak to a customer, deal with a new enquiry etc I am representing the brand of 'Little Squigglers' along with representing myself.
My working day does not begin and end when my classes start and finish. Preparing the class resources, managing the finances, organising my diary, advertising and more is part and parcel to ensuring Little Squigglers West Suffolk continues to be successful. Setting a weekly routine is paramount to helping me keep on top of things. My daughters love to help me make the playdough, paint and create examples of work for classes and also get all gloopy and gungy, so when doing this together, work is so much fun.
The franchise package provided me with all the essentials that I needed to plan and prepare for my first term of classes. My garage has been transformed 'Little Squiggler style' and every time I go to load my car for the next day's class, I know that everything I need is there, as well as that all important piece of sparkly glitter that appears from nowhere, but always finds its place on my cheek!
I have just booked and am now preparing for my first two birthday parties which I am extremely excited about. Knowing that I will be part of a child's most important day of their year makes me feel very privileged. Parties from 'Minions, superheroes and Fairies', no request is over looked and to be able to provide the opportunities for messy, creative birthday fun is fabulous.
So, as I embark into my second month of running Little Squigglers West Suffolk, I can honestly say I have never been happier. I go to work with a smile on my face and look forward to meeting all the new 'Little Squigglers' who join me in exploring, creating and having fun.
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Katie runs her Little Squigglers business in Fife
20th July 2015
Katie talks to us about her decision to start her Little Squigglers business in Fife.
Choosing Little Squigglers was quite an easy choice for me. I looked into the different franchise businesses in this area and this one stood out. Amanda's knowledge in this area shines through from first contact with her. The classes are really well planned and thought through and the information provided from the start reassured me I was making the right decision.Katie - Fife