Vivienne Abbott joined the ColourWheel Franchise Network in January, she lives close to her territory in Reading, Berks. Her first term of classes started in May.
We asked Vivienne to share some of the reasons why she chose a ColourWheel franchise...
I have a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Environment and Development. I am now 58 years old. I have had a successful career working overseas (mainly in Africa) in the charity and development sector, but have returned to settle back in the UK recently to be near family.
I am not sure I was really looking for a business opportunity. I was not quite ready to retire but was looking for a change of career - something preferably part time where I would be my own boss, and something I would enjoy. Something 'completely different!
When I returned from overseas, I decided to take a year or so out and do something for me, something creative! I looked around at arts and craft courses and chose to do a ColourWheel course in Windsor.
I loved the ColourWheel Art Course - it was simply the best thing I had done for years! Fellow students said the same thing, and after two terms on the course I started thinking that perhaps I could take on a ColourWheel franchise. When I finally contacted and met with Sarah, and I realised the level of support I would get, I was convinced that this was the right thing for me to do. I could not sell something I do not believe in, but with ColourWheel I genuinely KNOW how good the product is!
I did not look at other franchises - I chose ColourWheel because I knew from my own experience how good the courses are. I did consult a friend who has considerable experience in franchises, and he helped me examine what ColourWheel was offering. He agreed that it was an ideal opportunity for me, given what I wanted from it.
Sarah and her team worked with Vivienne to make sure that her classes were successful from the start.
"It has been a joy to work with Vivienne, her enthusiasm and desire to create the best experiences for her students is unbounded. We also had great fun setting the classes, up! Going to look at venues, interviewing teachers together, we bonded whilst creating a wonderful new art class location.
Vivienne has bags of energy, its been a steep learning curve but she has navigated it with such a positive attitude. Vivienne tells us that she plans to add more classes in the next year and we are looking forward to working with her to achieve her goals."
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I would highly recommend buying a ColourWheel Franchise it is a lovely way to spend your day while earning a living.Rene Shand, Windsor & Maidenhead
All the tools for the job, all the support and more. Welcome to a Company whose policy brings art to all. A business success!Steve Hedges, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough
I have to say that joining ColourWheel as a franchisee is the best decision I have ever made. I wish I could have started to work with them earlier!Heidi Zhou, Romsey & Totton
A proven business model with process and procedures in place that make it easy to run and great fun to manage
A true part-time business that fits around your life and commitments
One to one support from your dedicated Franchise Manager, making sure you succeed from day one