When you have children it’s fair to say your life changes completely. Of course for the better. But what about returning to work? Do you want to pay extortionate childcare fees that your full-time salary only just covers and miss out on all the fun (and sometimes not so fun) of being a mum? Can I go back to the normal 9 to 5? How am I going to balance a work and family life? And how am I going to factor in the increased costs of living?
A good option is franchising.
So why Make Believe?
Make Believe has created a franchise model that enables mumpreneurs to run a business, earn a significant income whilst still being able to do the most important job in the world of being a mum without having to pay extortionate childcare fees. Through their growing network of theatre schools both in the UK and overseas, their aim is to create a happy, family, learning atmosphere where young people can be inspired and realise that anything is possible.
A Theatre school is not just for Performers or ex-performers. Mums also empathise with the children who come along each week to enjoy their session. And as a franchisee there is no need to be able to teach (although some do) essentially you are the face of Make Believe.
Kimberley Thursfield (Make Believe Sevenoaks franchisee) said: “I work 3 hours a week at my school and then do bits of admin throughout the week whilst I look after my 2 young children full time and I’m earning more now than I did when I was in full time employment. It’s the perfect work/life balance.”
Founded by Joel Kern in 2004 Make Believe have 50 schools in and around London, Australia and most recently Manchester, teaching youngsters the basic skills in the performing arts. Kern, who started Make Believe aged 15 by teaching five students to sing, dance and act, has seen the company grow into one of the most exciting performing arts companies with around 3500 children enjoying the after-school classes on a weekly basis. And with a raft of talent coming out of the Make Believe Talent Agency (including youngsters landing roles in West end Musicals, TV shows and adverts) the future is looking very bright for the Ilford-based producer who won the Federation of Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the year for South East England award. The Make Believe head office is now based at The Stratford Circus Theatre, home to the 2012 Olympics.
Joel said: “Mums have to make tough choices every day when balancing their family & work lives; I saw this first hand by my mum who like some didn’t have a husband to depend on. We are here to help stop talents going to waste and will be there to support and inspire mums when making these decisions.”
Where you can find Make Believe
Mums Mean business episodes: http://makebelievegroup.co.uk/mums-mean-business-2/
Social media: https://www.facebook.com/makebelieveuk https://www.twitter.com/MakeBelieve_UK