Possessing these characteristics will help you maintain control and, more importantly, a love for your business and what you do
It’s no secret that to reap the benefits of a successful franchise, you must possess some key characteristics. Those being, of course, passion and drive. The same can be said for any business venture that ambitious, creative people decide to undertake, but it’s particularly important when considering education franchising as the route to go down. Frank Milner, president of global education franchise, Tutor Doctor, gives his expert advice on why passion and drive can be the ideal combination for success.
Education franchises combine two of the most important industries that demand high levels of passion and drive – teaching and business. As simple as this may seem, for many it can be a challenge to project these attitudes. But, like with most things, setting the example and leading from the front can have a hugely positive impact across every level of your business.
The last 20 months have taught us that, as a franchise owner – especially in the education industry – you will encounter unexpected challenges. With motivation and devotedness to your business, it will inspire resilience and help you to overcome these encounters head-on. Possessing these characteristics as an education franchisee will help you maintain control and, more importantly, a love for your business and what you do. The pandemic has shown us that the education industry vitally needs passionate people setting the example to navigate and manage extenuating circumstances, from extreme situations to the day-to-day running of a franchise.
Adie Twining of Tutor Doctor Salisbury and Southampton believes that a shared passion across a franchise network is ideal to achieve success. “With an outstanding reputation for innovation, as well as supporting franchisees and delivering excellence, Tutor Doctor was an easy choice when it came to launching my own business,” said Adie.
“From my first proper contact with the brand, it was immediately clear that these elements had been established so perfectly. I was equally impressed by the sense of community among the franchisees and eagerness to support each other, even during a time when they couldn’t come together in person. Combining the knowledge I learnt from training with my past experience and the expertise of the rest of the franchisee network, I know I’m in good stead to create a successful business. Not only this, but Tutor Doctor has given me the resources to extend this passion to my local area through charity work and involving myself in community activity to help those in need.”
Sharing passion and drive within these networks and as a business person ultimately builds resilience. This resilience that you will develop and build on will help you grow as an individual and in your business. And like in every walk of life, there is always ample opportunity to learn new things, regardless of your situation and age. By successfully navigating situations and displaying resilience, the success of your franchise will be, as well as hard-earned, highly rewarding for those using your services and yourself.
After such a difficult period, businesses are crying out for passionate and driven people at every level, which, in this context, will ultimately help move the education industry forward. As more of these people join education networks and educational franchises, it will resonate and inspire others in similar positions to you to match this energy. By doing so, you help the reputation of your brand, as well as truly make a difference in the lives of the students who use such services.
Julian Field, Tutor Doctor York franchisee, has used his own experience with tutoring to help instil passion and drive in his local network as well as his own territory. “On reflection, having a personal tutor helped me massively, not just with completing my two degrees, but I went on to become a tutor myself. That’s the reason why Tutor Doctor resonated with me so much – I know first-hand the impact a personal tutor can have on a student. Equipping children with those possibilities makes it all worth it,” he said.
“The more I researched about Tutor Doctor, the more it looked like the perfect opportunity. I had to be sure, so I attended a discovery day to get a real feel for the brand. As soon as I arrived, I knew I had found what I had been searching for, as you really can see the passion and belief throughout the whole structure of the company. Naturally, this encourages us as franchisees to constantly go the extra mile and ensure everyone who represents the brand has the drive to deliver our services to the best possible standards 100 per cent of the time.”
Having worked as a stockbroker, built a successful insurance business, acted as a sales coach and then taken on a vice president role at WSI, the digital marketing franchise, Frank Milner has an impressive and varied background in business, franchising, sales and marketing. In his current role as president of Tutor Doctor, he’s seen the company grow globally to include over 700 franchise territories spread across the globe, including the UK.