Claire Darnley had a successful career in marketing and events but wanted to change her path and find something more flexible that would enable her to spend more meaningful time with her family.
She was looking for a rewarding and challenging opportunity and now runs successful, award-winning, fun, creative art and craft classes, after-school clubs, parties and events for all ages in Halesowen, Birmingham.
We asked Claire to share why she loved providing creative activities in her community - this is what she said:
"I've always been an ambitious, determined and driven individual but after having my little boy I lost my confidence and identity somewhat. I'd been in my job for 10 years and was 'comfortable'...but the big commute no longer seemed feasible with such a small child."
"Everything! It was fun, sociable and crafty - it ticked all my boxes. It would fit around my new family life and offer me a new opportunity in an area that really interested me and that I was passionate about."
"I have learnt a huge amount about myself and my skills in the last 5 years. I simply love the look of excitement on children's faces when I ask them if they want to see what's inside the (Magic Ideas) Box!"
"I once ran a party and at the end the mum told me how impressed she was with my patience and control of the children. She said she went out of a room of screaming kids (as the party began), and when she came back a few minutes later it was silent and all she could hear was me. She was amazed at how captivated they were."
"Very positive and excited! Every day is an adventure and always comes with new and unexpected challenges. Sometimes I can't believe how much can change and develop over a week."
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I wanted to have the freedom of choosing my work hours to fit around family life. I knew I wanted to work with children and be my own boss.
Running my own franchise with a nationwide brand that shared my family and personal values was the obvious choice for me.
Jackie wanted to ensure she had time with her pre-school children but wanted to steadily build a rewarding business that could grow further when they started school.
Lavinia decided she didn’t want to work for someone else but didn’t want to start a business from scratch.
Lucy wanted to give something back to her community and found the values of The Creation Station could help her achieve a fulfilling and rewarding business opportunity.
Following the birth of her twins, Hayley Sugden wanted to go back to work and The Creation Station franchise provided everything she wanted.
I've been running my own Creation Station franchise since the end of last year and love it! The head office team are fantastic and the support and advice I've received from them has been invaluable.Kirsty Hickson
Who wouldn't love the flexibility of this business! I have been running my franchise for just over four years now and I can honestly say it has ticked all of the boxes I had set down from the beginning with making sure the work/life balance fit in around my family.Penny Gilbert
I've bought my franchise from a lady, who has been running it for 18 month at the time and I am now in my 3rd year and am LOVING it!Alexia Ispani
You can run your own flexible business and help inspire children's imaginations with the UK’s leading art & crafts activity company, Us!
Perfectly designed for a Mum who wants a family friendly financially rewarding future.