Ten Reasons To Start A Baby And Toddler Franchise with Us!

Starting a new business can be scary, lonely and it can be daunting. And that’s why so many many people looking to launch a business delivering classes for babies and children join a franchise just like ours here at ARTventurers, where we deliver award-winning art classes for babies, toddlers and children. Here’s ten great reasons why starting a baby and toddler business with the ARTventurers franchise team could be your best move in 2019, from our founder and MD Fiona who was named Woman Franchisor of the Year 2018 and who is a Forbes senior contributor, writing for Forbes about issues relating to franchising and her own franchise journey :

  1. It’s flexible and family-friendly.

We know that the majority of our franchisees join us as parents, looking to build a business around family life. As a mum of two myself, I started the business in order to make sure I could do the school runs every day and work around my own two ARTventurers in the school holidays (you can read my own story here ). Our franchise model is flexible – we support our franchisees to build a business that suits THEM, not the other way round!It’s rewarding

2. You have the opportunity to develop a number of different income streams

Being an art-based business brings unrivalled opportunities to develop different income streams for our franchisees. And that means more earning potential from your business!

3. You can be up and running and earning money from your business quickly

One of the most important things when you’re starting any business is to start earning some money from it as soon as possible. Joining a baby and toddler franchise with ARTventurers, all of the hard work has been done for you. We train you how to run your business, we set up your website presence and online booking systems, make sure all of the policies and procedures are in place, provide kit and equipment, sort your marketing materials, plan your sessions…….so you can get to grips quickly with running your business, welcome your first customers through the door and start to grow!

4. You’re joining a multi award winning brand

ARTventurers has won a number of significant industry awards over the years, including Best Baby/Toddler Development Activity 2017, Best Preschool Activity 2017 and Best Preschool Activity 2018 in the Whats On 4 Little Ones Awards in 2017 and 2018. We’re also fully accredited members of the Children’s Activities Association. That all helps to give our parent customers peace of mind.

5. You’re also joining a multi award winning franchise team

As well as winning lots of awards for our classes, we’ve also won awards for our franchise package. We were named Most Supportive Franchisor and Overall Top Franchise 2017 in the Working Mums Top Franchise Awards and I was named personally as Woman Franchisor of the Year 2018 in the EWIF Awards. We have quite a “different” approach to franchising at ARTventurers which works well for us and the team (see below!) and I think that’s why we’ve been recognised with so many awards!

6. Our franchise package is straightforward and transparent

When we developed the franchise package I wanted it to be as straightforward as possible. So we operate on a fixed monthly fee basis (no percentages of turnover here!) and there are no other sneaky charges. It keeps it simple for us and our franchisees.

7. Our franchise opportunity values our franchisees individuality and creativity

We’re a creative business – all about inspiring our little artists creativity through art and play. So when I franchised the business, this was a challenge as franchises by their usual nature are very prescriptive and rigid. But we’ve found a way that suits us and which enables our franchisees to bring some of their own creative ideas into the sessions – we have a very collaborative approach to working and sharing ideas. I think that’s one of the reasons why we have such a high franchisee retention rate.

8. You have support and advice available throughout your business journey

I always say that buying a franchise is no guarantee of business success. But your chances of long term success are much higher with an experienced team behind you to give you advice and support every step of the way. We’ve been working in this industry for many years now – we’ve made all of the expensive and time consuming mistakes! We give our franchisees support and guidance at every stage of their business journey with us.

9. You’re joining a fabulous and supportive family of franchisees

You honestly can’t put a value on having a team around you who are all working towards the same goals – people to share advice with, swap ideas, laugh (and sometimes cry!) with! I might be biased, but our ARTventurers team are the best!

10. It’s fun

You might be having the worst day in the world, but as soon as the class or party starts and you’re surrounded by a gang of crazy toddlers, you can’t fail to smile! We’re lucky to have a role which allows us to share so many special moments with the children and their grown ups who attend our classes, events and parties each week and to be a real part of their childhood as well as aiding their learning and development through art and play!

If you’d like to find out more about joining the ARTventurers Team and launching your own baby and toddler franchise business in your local area then click HERE to download a copy of our free franchise information pack!

What is a Franchise?

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One of the questions I hear asked a lot is – what exactly is a Franchise?

Put simply, when someone joins a franchise business they become self employed and buy the right to use the parent company’s name and trademark, their operating procedures, knowledge and expertise, to become part of a wider team and to receive ongoing support during the lifetime of their business. Some people describe a franchise as a “business in a box” – it’s a way of being able to get up and running and earning money from your business quickly, with the security of being part of an established brand.

At ARTventurers, we’ve been offering franchise opportunities to the right people for our brand since 2015 – although we’ve been in business for a lot longer than that! When I made the decision to franchise ARTventurers, it wasn’t an easy decision to make and one that I thought long and hard about. ARTventurers is very much my third baby and I wanted to make sure that if we went down the franchising route that it was done properly and that we were confident it would work! So we spent a full year trying and testing the model before we launched the full franchise package so that we could be sure that ARTventurers COULD work for other people in other areas of the country!

 

We also spent time carefully developing our ARTventurers package. Our approach to franchising at ARTventurers is quite non-traditional and is very flexible – in line with our entire company ethos! Our franchise package is transparent and straightforward in our pricing (no hidden charges, percentages or sneaky levys here!) and we actively embrace our franchisees own creativity, making our approach very collaborative and team focused. We’re a fun, flexible and of course CREATIVE business so our attitude to franchising reflects this!

 

One thing that we invest very heavily in at ARTventurers is support for all of our franchisees. We were thrilled to have won the Supportive Franchisor of the Year 2017 in the Working Mums Awards recently (as well as Overall Top Franchise 2017!) and the judging panel praised our flexible and innovative support package for all members of the team throughout their business journey. I’m such a firm believer in the power of team work and working together – and I think that all of our ARTventurers franchisees would tell you how invaluable it is being part of a supportive, friendly team where everyone is in the same boat and working towards the same goals! It means you’re never alone – there’s always a team behind you as you launch and grow your business, cheering you on and lending a hand if you get stuck! There’s a real boom in the UK franchising market at present and studies do show that franchise businesses have a higher success rate than independent businesses going it alone for the very reasons set out above – the support structure and tried and tested procedures and expertise behind the franchisee.