Name: Samira Kashefi
Location: North East London
Franchise: Mother Nature Science Franchise
I was a research scientist and have worked in various London universities. I took a career break from research for childcare reasons and once my children became school aged I was looking for a flexible job that allowed me good work-life balance. Mother Nature Science Franchise was a perfect opportunity. It is something that I am passionate. I contribute to inspiring children with a love of science and allows me flexible working arrangements.
I was searching for business opportunities and due to family commitments, a franchise was a better option than starting a new business. It offers the independence of small business without the need of business experience. It offered important pre-opening support and then ongoing support.
After enrolling my daughter in a science after-school club, I enjoyed seeing my daughter’s growing interest in science. Therefore I wanted to contribute as well to inspire my own and other children with a love of science.
Mother Nature Science offers quality curriculum linked science programmes and activities for children aged 5-12 since 2007 in the U.K. Its goal is to inspire the minds of the next generation with science and I wanted to be part of this great team.
From day one, I have had incredible support and help from the entire Mother Nature Science Team.
I met with various other similar business prior meeting with Mother Nature Science. After meeting with our franchise & business development Director and then some of the other team in my interview, I knew I would fit well within the team.
The team initially provided me with intensive training in all area of the business, including management, sales, recruitment and ordering stock. This extensive training was most valuable for me during my business launch. It allowed me to realise which area I need more support and therefore I spent more time on it until I understood it completely.
Having a single, dedicated support manager. My support manager has been with the company for many years and has managed various areas of the business. His and other team member's advice has been very valuable. He is very patient and understands that there is no such thing as stupid question. This encouraged me to seek advice from him on any small issues I have doubts on.
Yes, in fact I have been very impressed with the quality of products and processes as well the way it was structured. I learnt it very quickly and became confident.
I had to wear many hats. I have to manage all the daily operations involved in operating a business, including, marketing, sales, recruitment, ordering supplies, preparing payroll, resolving discrepancies and many more. I worked extra hours including late at night.
As far as I can manage it.
It has provided me with more flexible working patterns. I spend less on childcare I am able to spend more time with my kids. I have become more confident in communicating with various people and learned many new skills, including exceptional organisation and management skills.
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I am lucky to say that I have made the right choice as the support from the Franchise Team is second to none, sometimes just a text or phone call away from resolving my enquiries and problems.Sharen Sia
It has provided me with more flexible working patterns. I spend less on childcare I am able to spend more time with my kids. I have become more confident in communicating with various people and learned many new skills, including exceptional organisation and management skills.Samira Kashefi
The Mother Nature Science Franchise option was a great opportunity for me to consider as it meant I was able to kick start my passion working with children, operate it as my own business.Jennifer Chung
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