The Freedom To Run Your Own Business…
With Tutor Doctor you can have your own business – no matter how what your background!
Huda Gay was a successful interim programme manager for over 10 years managing a number of very exciting and varied projects and programme across a number of household’s names. All the roles were exciting and resulted in dealing with people in many ways. Prior to being a programme manager, Huda worked in the defence research industry working with a team developing and accessing aircrew protective clothing design.
Being very well educated with BEng, MSc and MBA, Huda loves taking on new challenges and experiences. She decided it was time for a new challenge in February 2012 and started researching the franchise market, visiting franchise shows, various discovery days and numerous discussions with her top five choices.
“I entered the franchising with an open mind, but with a clear documented goal and selection criteria. Every visit had to meet her criteria. Huda explains; “I wanted to try something different. I had not really been I an employment career for a long whole and even when I did think about it for a while, that I may have liked to, I quickly changed my mind. I preferred freedom of running my own show and wanted a change of direction.”
With the criteria Huda had put in place she found Tutor Doctor had ticked all the right boxes and in October 2012 made the final decision to become a Tutor Doctor franchisee!
Huda says that the training and suppoer she received when she started in 2012 was very positive and her business got off to a flying start. “I launched at a very busy time but did not envisage that my initial few weeks would peak. It defiantly kept me busy and helped me to learn the process very fast.”
Ex-primary school teacher Dominic Stone’s frustration with bureaucracy and politics in the education system has led him to develop a highly successful business with his Tutor Doctor franchise. Based in Lancashire, Dominic has seen his business grow by up to 60 per cent year on year since starting the franchise in June 2010. “I had been teaching for 10 years but I had a yearning to be my own boss. I was used to setting myself targets and goals so I was looking for a new challenge. During my time as a teacher I really enjoyed teaching children and dealing with their families but not the increasing bureaucracy in the education system, he explains. He adds; “As I had limited commercial experience I decided that the support of a franchise organisation would help me get a head start in business. I went to a franchise-matching agency that came up with a number of options. However, the Tutor Doctor opportunity stood out. I was particularly impressed with their system for carefully matching tutors to the needs and learning style of the students to help them realise their full potential. Moreover, they seemed to have lots of good ideas, a good brand image and solid business model.
“In my first year the business exceeded my initial expectations. I was blown away by the local demand for tuitions services. The main satisfaction comes from the feedback I get from students and their families. Whether it is helping someone with reading skills or getting a student the grades they need to enter medical school I feel I am making a real difference in the local community. Over four years I have worked with in excess of 600 families and I employ 80 part time tutors.
“Most Tutor Doctors franchisees come from a non-education background, but I would say my qualification have been more of a help than a hindrance, However I have also learned a lot from other franchisees in areas like marketing, which is vitally important for growing the business. For the right people a Tutor Doctor franchise can be the ideal business. However, you need to care about helping other archive their goals and getting a kick out of seeing them succeed.”