Happy National Small Business Week! Since Primrose Schools impacts so many children across the country, I often have to remind myself that our extensive family of schools is ultimately a collection of small businesses led by enterprising entrepreneurs. Since my brother and I are new Franchise Owners, this week seemed like the perfect time to share our story of why we decided to embark on a new business adventure together and what our partnership with Primrose has been like thus far.
We discovered Primrose Schools when searching for entrepreneurial opportunities at the 2013 International Franchise Expo in New York City. Originally, we had considered investing in a quick service restaurant or the hospitality industry, but among all the presenters, we were immediately drawn to Primrose Schools. Even though neither of us had any background as educators, Primrose stood out as an exceptional opportunity for several reasons.
Primrose was not only a strong business concept, but it also offered an opportunity to spend more time with our own children while helping to improve the quality of care and early education for other children in our community. When my brother and I decided to make career changes, the decision to open a Primrose school was the perfect choice because, it represented a sound business venture that would also provide us with fulfilling and meaningful careers. We were also impressed by the company’s demonstrated commitment to supporting its Franchise Owners. Primrose provides all of us with the tools and resources we need to succeed.
Here are just a few examples of the tremendous support we have received so far:
- An Inspiring Network – Our fellow Franchise Owners are incredibly willing to share their experiences, and their ideas continue to inspire us. We truly are a family and their advice has been invaluable.
- A Strong Foundation – Primrose provides an unmatched level of curriculum and operational support, as well as an integrated marketing plan for both before and after our school opens. It has helped us become community leaders in education even though our experience previously related to Wall Street.
- Extensive Training – Each Franchise Owner is provided with at least 175 hours of training before opening a school, which I believe to be significantly more than any other early education or child care franchising company offers.
- Flexibility – When thinking about possible future locations, the adaptability of the Primrose model allows it to best support a school depending on the needs of its community, whether in a traditional suburban market or in an urban area.
I believe opening a Primrose school is a wonderful franchise opportunity, and for those who might be hesitant to get started, there are a number of reasons why I think now is a great time to capitalize on this excellent business venture. First of all, I’ve noticed people are seeking work opportunities that provide greater personal fulfillment. Philosophically, what could be more rewarding than ensuring your community has the quality child care and early education it deserves? And, what is more important than helping our next generation of citizens get the right foundation for life? From a business standpoint, the child education and care industry continues to grow and children’s services franchises are flourishing. To top it all off, I recently read that Franchise Grade’s latest sector report ranked Primrose number one in franchisee satisfaction, so it has been endorsed as a winner!
As America celebrates National Small Business Week, my brother and I could not be more proud to be recognized among the entrepreneurs and small business owners in our country who are making important business and economic contributions on both a local and national scale. The momentum of Primrose Schools is palpable, and we cannot wait to open Primrose School of Old Bridge this summer. If you are considering opening a business of your own, we encourage you to look into children’s services franchising.