Jayne Keep from Macclesfield, Cheshire currently runs Families® Cheshire and Families® Manchester Magazines with co-editor, Caryl Hall.
"We took on the Cheshire franchise of Families® in 2009, I had taken redundancy from a full time role whilst pregnant with my second child and knew I didn’t want to return to working 9-5 and having to juggle family life with work commitments. My passion for reading and writing instantly drew me and my friend, Caryl, to the business. We launched the Cheshire edition in March 2009. We’ve never looked back. In fact, we loved it so much that 18 months later we bought a further franchise, Families® Manchester.
Running the magazines over the last 8 years has been amazing for me and for my family. I have the flexibility to be there through school holidays or when one of the children is ill. I even get to include my children in my work as we review local shows, classes, parties and activities. My 7 year old son Logan says he never wants me to stop running a magazine!
The work is challenging, which also makes it rewarding. You do have to use your brain and be a business woman. I enjoy speaking to local businesses about how I can help them promote their events or services, and negotiating deals knowing the more I put into the pages of the magazine the more money I can draw out for me and my family. There are so many aspects to the role: writing, editing, proof reading, assisting with design and print, selling the ad space, working through invoices and accounts. It is definitely a varied role that gives you a huge skill base to take forward into other roles in the future."
Helen Cook runs her Families Magazine in West Kent.
Rebecca Lewis took on the franchise for the Cardiff & Vale edition of Families Magazine in November 2018, bringing out her first issue in May/June 2019.
Rebecca Carr publishes magazines in Hampshire West, Hampshire North and East Kent.
Families has been the perfect fit for me! Being able to run my own business in a supportive community of other franchisees has finally allowed me the work-life balance I'd craved since my children were born. It really is the perfect job - and actually, it doesn't feel like a job because I enjoy it so much!
Training and support has been fantastic. You don’t just become a franchisee, you become part of a community with so much advice, help and answers to all questions you could possibly have. Constantly we are updated with training and support, to keep the business model current and fresh! I have had so much fun taking over my magazine and making it my own!
I have the flexibility to be there through school holidays or when one of the children is ill. I even get to include my children in my work as we review local shows, classes, parties and activities.Jayne Keep, Manchester and Cheshire
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