There are currently 40 local Families® Magazines in the UK and Families is aiming to launch number 41 in Sheffield!
Families® Magazine is a successful, highly-regarded magazine franchise which has been publishing since 1990. We’re looking for a new franchisee launch Families® Sheffield and become the Editor.
This is a flexible, home-based business opportunity which would suit you (or someone you know) if you are interested in starting and growing your own business, with the backing and support of a well-established brand.
What is Families Magazine?
Published 6 times a year, Families® Magazine is a free local publication for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 12. Distributed by schools, nurseries, libraries and other venues which families frequently visit, each issue of the magazine is filled with fabulous information about local days out, family activities and events, and kids’ classes and clubs in the area, as well as useful articles about education, childcare, parenting and health.
Families® Magazine is loved by local parents who find the content invaluable so, as Editor, you play a vital and rewarding role in bringing essential information to your community.
What is it like to be a Families Franchisee and Editor?
Jayne Keep from Macclesfield, Cheshire currently runs Families® Cheshire and Families® Manchester Magazines with co-editor, Caryl Hall.
"We took on the Cheshire franchise of Families® in 2009, I had taken redundancy from a full time role whilst pregnant with my second child and knew I didn’t want to return to working 9-5 and having to juggle family life with work commitments. My passion for reading and writing instantly drew me and my friend, Caryl, to the business. We launched the Cheshire edition in March 2009. We’ve never looked back. In fact, we loved it so much that 18 months later we bought a further franchise, Families® Manchester.
Running the magazines over the last 8 years has been amazing for me and for my family. I have the flexibility to be there through school holidays or when one of the children is ill. I even get to include my children in my work as we review local shows, classes, parties and activities. My 7 year old son Logan says he never wants me to stop running a magazine!
The work is challenging, which also makes it rewarding. You do have to use your brain and be a business woman. I enjoy speaking to local businesses about how I can help them promote their events or services, and negotiating deals knowing the more I put into the pages of the magazine the more money I can draw out for me and my family. There are so many aspects to the role: writing, editing, proof reading, assisting with design and print, selling the ad space, working through invoices and accounts. It is definitely a varied role that gives you a huge skill base to take forward into other roles in the future."
Rebecca Carr from Southampton currently owns three Families franchises, publishing magazines in Hampshire West, Hampshire North and East Kent.
"I have been a Families® Editor for over 7 years now. I purchased Hampshire West, a 2 year old magazine, in 2011 and Hampshire North in 2016. This year, I have started a franchise from scratch in East Kent!
I published my first magazine in East Kent in last year and it’s been received amazingly warmly by advertisers and readers. I’m confident it will grow to be a really successful business and complement my two existing magazines.
Hampshire West and Hampshire North franchises have grown considerably in my time as owner. I have built a great relationship with advertisers in the area who now book advertising with me year-on-year. They all feel they need to be seen in Families. I have built a solid team to work with me on the publications providing support with sales, distribution and social media. My publications are going from strength to strength and my turnover has grown almost 30% between 2017 and 2018.
Running multiple magazines is hard work and requires you to be highly organised and self-motivated. But it is also challenging and rewarding when you get your magazine back from the printer and see the results of all the effort - something that parents love to read. I much prefer working for myself and from home, organising my own time and not having to do the daily commute or deal with office politics. However, there is also a great group of other Editors in the franchise network who are there to support each other via in-house ‘chats’ - and fantastic support from our Head Office!"
Wondering if being a Families® Franchisee and Editor could suit you?
Our local franchisees:
Work flexibly from home
Have the opportunity to create the ideal work/life/parenting mix
Have the opportunity to review family friendly children’s shows, activities and events
Enjoy stimulating and rewarding work
Work for themselves building a business asset which is saleable in the future
Enjoy the benefits of marketing a brand-leading publication
Receive full training
Receive business support from an experienced franchisor team which ensures that whilst they work independently, advice and help is always available.
What skills and time do you need?
Motivation and ambition are key.
You need to:
Want to run and grow a business, set targets and strive to beat them in order to maximise the money you make for your family.
Be a tenacious seller, with previous sales experience or a willingness and drive to get out there do it.
Have 25 to 30 hours a week available to run your franchise.
Have a desire to share with other parents all the great family-friendly things that Sheffield has to offer!
What else do you need to operate a Families® franchise?
Just a phone, computer, a printer – and the passion to embark on a new journey! Families Magazine will provide the rest. You get extensive training and mentoring, the print costs of your first issue entirely covered, plus free sales support from a professional media sales agent to secure advertisers for you while you are establishing your business.
For an obligation-free chat and a Franchise Information Pack, email Jayne Keep at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, post code and phone number or call Jayne on 07960 274739.
Maybe this isn’t the right opportunity for you but could suit someone you know? If so, we’ll say thank you by giving you £200 if you refer on to us someone who then becomes a Families® franchisee. Just contact us and tell us who you have referred!