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 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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