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The sky's the limit for Rysia McCallum who is the proud owner of a successful Cash Generator franchise after buying a copy of The Franchise Magazine

Q: Where did you pick up your copy of The Franchise Magazine?
A: I picked up my copy of the July 2007 edition (pictured, inset) at Norwich Airport.

Q: Were you already researching franchising?
A:Yes, but in a 'light' way. I had looked at other franchises, but this was the first one that made me genuinely excited about becoming a franchise owner.

Q. What made the Cash Generator profile stand out?
A:The multi-income streams first of all, then the fact that it looked like a challenge - I was right! I also knew the store would be perfect for my town. Thankfully the store has been a huge hit!

Q. How did you get in touch with Cash Generator?
A:I rang head office and requested the information and application pack. I was then contacted by the Franchise Director Robin Page who asked me to attend a meeting in Manchester for an overview of the business.

Q:What was your initial impressions of the Cash Generator management team?
A: They were very professional, enthusiastic about the business, passionate and most of all positive.

Q. What territory do you own and what are your targets for the business?
A:We launched in August 2008 - almost one year after looking at the advert. This is my first year of trading and with the current economic climate, as it is I admit I was apprehensive about what the figures would be. However, I needn't have worried because my store has already beaten all of my targets and I am thrilled to say I am looking forward to more stores opening within the next couple of years.

Q:What was your previous occupation and was it easy to make the transition to franchise owner?
A: I worked in administration, then finance and most recently as an advisor for the government. The transition was easier than I expected. I love this business and I believe enthusiasm will help you overcome most of your fears and hurdles.

Q:What do you enjoy most about being your own boss?
A: Seeing the decisions I make having a direct effect on the success of my business, and having the passion to constantly look for new ideas that will work. Magic!

Q. Since becoming your own boss have you been able to reward yourself?
A:Not yet as I have been busy establishing the business. However, the sky is the limit as I plan to take flying lessons! This is something I have wanted to do for many years.

Q. What are your interests outside running your business?
A:As I am due to complete my first year of trading there has not been time to have interests outside of the store. However, travel is my biggest passion and I plan to pursue and explore this interest much more in my second year.

Q:Who is your hero in the business world?
A: Paul Smith - he has grown his global business from nothing and has remained an extremely likeable and principled man.

Q:What did you want to be when you were a child?
A: When I was a child I wanted to be a giraffe keeper and then later in my teens a journalist.