Cathie Flynn had worked in the finance sector, been a teaching assistant and involved with a community art and drama project before heading up the franchise for Musical Minis in Merseyside.
She explains: “The best thing about Musical Minis is that it’s fun. I’d become quite stressed in my previous job and wanted something to fit in around my family life. The idea of running my own business was very appealing.”
Cathie had read articles about franchising and felt comfortable in the knowledge that everything she needed to get her business up and running was included in the set up costs. After investigating a number of different opportunities and comparing them, Cathie was especially impressed by Musical Minis and the opportunity it presented.
She also liked Karen Sherr, founder of Musical Minis, who was extremely friendly when Cathie approached her for more detailed information about becoming a franchisee. She said: “Other organisations that I contacted seemed very money- orientated but Musical Minis is all about people. I had taken my twin daughters to a number of sessions before I’d even considered franchising. This meant that I was familiar with the format and witnessed first hand as a parent my children having fun.”
The investment ensured that Cathie received all the equipment she needed to start the business, as well as thorough training and a licence to operate exclusively in her area for five years. “The on-going support from head office is great and Karen is always willing to help with any problems which happen to arise,” continued Cathie. “There is always a genuine interest in my well being as well as that of the business,” she added.
Since starting her Merseyside Musical Minis franchise in September 2001, Cathie’s business has grown and she now leads several sessions throughout a five-day week. “I also do a few hours a week of admin including banking, preparation of wages, answering phone calls and paperwork,” said Cathie. “Admin fits in around my family life. I am able to take my daughters to school, pick them up and I am usually off in the school holidays.”
Looking back Cathie acknowledges that it was the best career move she has ever made. She explains: “Musical Minis is very enjoyable and also rewarding. I am a much happier person since I have been doing this. The people I work with are brilliant and I have formed some good friendships. The hours that I work are great, meaning I have time to be with my children and to run around sorting out family matters.
“I would recommend this children’s franchise opportunity to other mums, without hesitation. It’s ideal for those who would like to build a business of their own but with the comfort of knowing that experienced people are available to offer back-up support. You already have a tried and tested formula in Musical Minis’ brand. The best part, though, is that you meet some lovely families and have fun with them!”