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Families Magazine Franchise
Owning a Families® Magazine Franchise allows you to work flexibly from home. You can juggle your own hours, be your own boss and build an asset to sell in the future. No publishing experience required although experience of or a natural disposition for sales and marketing is advantageous.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership Status-
  • UK Years Established30 years
  • Current UK Coverage50%
  • Franchisee Support Staff8
  • Total Startup Cost£6,500 approx
  • Home-based business locationYes
  • Business to business servicesYes
  • Franchisee operates individuallyYes
Next Steps

Are you a parent looking for a fun and flexible home-based business opportunity? Then you may be interested in acquiring a Families Magazine Franchise.

Families® is an established magazine franchise with a proven history and track record dating back over 30 years. Families® trail-blazed the free parenting magazine model and is a leader in the field.

By joining the Families® Magazine Franchise you are buying tried and tested business practices and a complete package of resources to run your business.

Families® Magazine Franchise | Parenting Magazine Business

The Families® Magazine Franchise Opportunity:

Families® Magazine provides franchisees with a rewarding and flexible home based business which will increase in value and provide a regular income.

Franchisees provide their local community with a free bi-monthly magazine which is so relevant to parent readers that it has become a much-sought-after community resource. The magazine offers local businesses a highly targeted way of marketing to local parents via print, online and social media.

The role of a Families® Magazine Franchisee:

  • Selling advertising to local businesses.
  • Creating a vital, interesting local publication which will hold the interest of readers
  • Undertaking all aspects of publishing the magazine including selection of articles and imagery, editing, working with a designer on lay out, proofing and uploading to print
  • Distributing copies of the magazine via a network of distributors to places such as schools, libraries and pre-schools
  • Marketing your business and magazine via social media platforms

Families® magazine is published 6 times a year so works on a 2 month production cycle.

During the first month, a typical day will include telephone work and email correspondence with advertising clients, and sometimes face to face meetings, to secure bookings.

Families® Magazine Franchise | Parenting Magazine Business

During the second month, franchisees compile details of local events and activities of interest to pre-school and primary age children, produce and edit articles and select images.

Franchisees also work with a designer to get the magazine ready to go to print and then managing distribution.

As franchisor, Families® provide a wide range of well researched and interesting articles on subjects relevant to parents, free of charge to franchisees. Franchisees do not have to use these, but can if they wish.


Franchisees come to Families from all kinds of professions including marketing, PR, teaching, finance and sales. If you have sales experience this will help you but if you don’t, all you need is a willingness and confidence to reach out to potential clients. Other skills required include:

  • The ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Motivation and drive to grow your Families® Parenting Magazine Business
  • Interest in what is going on for families in your community
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail

You can choose your own hours

Running a magazine is a part time, flexible one. An average franchisee works 25-30 hours per week but much can be done outside of office hours.

Families® Magazine Franchise | Parenting Magazine Business

Most franchisees are parents who want to manage the care of their family whilst working and earning. Greater time input is required at the start for launch titles, but most franchisees are able to organise their work schedule to take time off with their children during school holidays.

Comprehensive training and support provided

Training is of vital importance at Families®, both for their launch magazines and their established franchisees and they offer a comprehensive package across sales, publishing, marketing, website and social media.

Families® also offers a strong central advertising team selling regionally and nationally and revenue from this activity contributes significantly to the revenue of franchisees.

Families® is also the only brand of its kind to offer each new launch franchisee over 200 hours of sales expertise from a media sales professional, selling advertising into the launch title over its first year.

This means new magazines make a profit from day one and there are no working capital costs to franchisees.

Franchisees also benefit from the experience and dedication of the Head Office team which provides, friendly, highly-responsive and bespoke support and training for each individual franchisee.

Families® Magazine Franchise | Parenting Magazine Business

The Investment:

The entry price for running your own Families® Parenting Magazine Business ranges from £6,500 to £12,500 + VAT depending on location.

Families® believes in matching the purchase price to the opportunity and that’s why they have different price points for different territories.

Not only that but between 75% and 100% of what you pay is invested back into your business in the first year, in sales hours, mentoring, covering print costs, training and much more.

Franchisees receive:

  • Sales and mentoring support.
  • A wealth of working documents and their unique, specially created, software package for use to run your business.
  • Full induction and training programme, including sales training.
  • Access to regular training days, business growth workshops and in-house support.
  • National/regional sales bookings via their regional sales team and cross-sales from within the group.
  • Access to high-quality articles and features to help you broaden the local content you create.
  • Access to bespoke advice and support from their Head Office.
  • The support of a friendly and supportive community of Editors.

 Find out more about the Families® Magazine Franchise and running your own successful Parenting Magazine Business.
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What Our Franchisees Say

Being a Families® franchisee provides flexibility around family life and variety – writing (which I love), selling and admin. Not only that, you are working for yourself – no boss and no office politics.Claire Bottomley, Leeds

My publications are going from strength to strength and my turnover has grown almost 30% in a year!Rebecca Carr, Hampshire West, Hampshire North, East Kent

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!

Why Choose Us

Make a profit from first issue!

Superior start up package including over 200 sales hours from a media professional

Exciting and flexible home-based opportunity that works around your family commitments

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