They say a problem shared is a problem halved and when you are in business, it is true that two heads are better than one. Deciding to go into business with someone else is never a decision to take lightly but with the right product and the right people, the success of it can be both financially and personally extremely rewarding.
Take Louise McHendrie, age 27 and Lyndsey Loughery age 39 who are the joint owners of part-time theatre school Razzamataz Newton Mearns in Scotland. Louise comes from a dance background and runs a dance studio in Busby and although Lyndsey is also from a dance background, she is also a registered general nurse with more than 12 years’ experience.
“We realised this was a great opportunity, and thought that we both brought different attributes to the table,” explains Louise about the decision to buy a Razzamataz franchise together. “We work well as a team and communicate well together and being joint owners means that we can share the workload and bounce ideas off each other. We are both creative and have different strengths, so bringing it all together will hopefully give us an advantage as opposed to working on our own.”
Although the ladies have only been in business a few months, they haven’t found any downsides to the situation. “We don't see any negatives,” says Lyndsey. “Perhaps further down the line we may need to compromise with each when making any big decisions that affect the school. But so far, working together has been fun and it doesn't always actually feel like work. We are there to support each other with the workload, and delegate tasks that we are each better at. The fact that we both have a good work ethic and are prepared to put in the hours, has made it very easy to get along.”
Working together for more than a year and still going strong is James Murden age 28 and Ross Brown age 25 who are the franchise owners at Razzamataz Bristol north. The pair met at a Youth Drama group nearly 15 years ago and with a shared passion for performing arts, they spotted that Razzamataz was the perfect business opportunity for them.
“We both work outside of Razzamataz, Ross is a full time teacher and I present on QVC on evenings and some weekends, this means we can share the business responsibility together and not feel too much pressure,” explains James. “We bounce ideas off each other and between us we have a great balance of educational background and business sense.”
In terms of advice for other people, Ross says: “If you both share the same goal and communicate a lot, you can achieve great things whilst enjoying yourselves along the way. There's the odd occasion where one of us may think that the other one has completed a task, yet neither of us actually have but this is very rare! Just always make sure that you're both on the same page, that way you don't have to check with your business partner before making every decision. Razzamataz is a really profitable and enjoyable business opportunity and in our opinion, it's great to have that journey and share it with a business partner.”
In fact Ross and James are enjoying their partnership so much that they are just about to launch the second Razzamataz school in Bristol south in Keynsham.
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Many people have have found a rewarding long term career through franchising with Razzamataz Theatre Schools.
Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise, with almost 50 schools throughout the UK, has many retired performers as Principals.
Nick Furlong and Gemma Hextall bought Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield in June 2015.
Jessica Chandler Smith has seen her Razzamataz franchise in Brentwood achieve huge success in just a few short weeks.
Lauren Kirkbride joined Razzamataz Theatre Schools as a student and now runs her own franchise.
The new Principals at Razzamataz are all set for their September openings after completing a week long extensive training session.
Michael French launched Razzamataz Barnet in April 2012 and has recently renewed his franchise agreement for a further five years.
Debbi Ledwith, Principal of Razzamataz Newbury, launched her school to allow her to spend more time with her three children.
Proving that age is really just a number, Pam Dixon, has run her Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchise since 2008.
Charlotte Young, the Principal of Razzamataz West Cumbria first became a franchisee in October 2006.
The Razzamataz Theatre Schools network continues to grow with the launch of two new London schools as well as a school in the North East.
At Razzamataz's recent training week, three new franchisees who have bought franchise re-sales, joined the franchisees who are launching in new territories.
Razzamataz have a number of franchisees who are either former teachers or combining part-time teaching with being a Razzamataz franchisee.
I specifically wanted to go for a franchise, and in particular Razzamataz because of the support from Head Office and other Principals. This is a network of theatre school owners so you are in business for yourself but not by yourself.Alison Beveridge, Razzamataz Durham.
It was 10 years ago that I left hairdressing and for anyone thinking that it is too late to change their careers I would say step out of your comfort zone and just do it. I never thought I would be able to and it’s the best thing I have done and wished I’d done it years ago!Pam Dixon, Razzamataz Dumfries
Buying into a franchise is an excellent way to begin running your own business. You have all the benefits of working for yourself but the added support and proven success of a well established and recognised brand. For a person new to business, it is ideal.Helen Green, Razzamataz Sheffield
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