Carla Hewitt – Franchisee, Noodle North Sheffield
I chose a Noodle franchise because it was a great opportunity to combine the freedom of running my own business with my passion for drama and the arts.
I have more than ten years’ experience teaching performing arts and drama to primary and secondary age children. Having worked as Head of Drama in a secondary school for a considerable amount of time, I was ready for a change but I wanted to keep within the performing arts sector, particularly working with children—this is what I am good at and I love it!
I liked everything about Noodle from the off. Children learn best when they are enjoying themselves so I loved the fact that the main focus of each session is having fun. I particularly liked that the classes were much more accessible and affordable than traditional stage schools with every child being given the opportunity to succeed. Noodle’s informal approach paired with high quality teaching is an effective combination and I couldn’t wait to get on board!
The springboard for my Noodle franchise journey was the training week. I was given everything I needed to run my business and launch in my area right from the start. The Noodle HQ team are excellent and are so friendly and supportive. During the week, I received full training on everything I needed to know including planning and teaching, policies, staffing, accounts, parties, venues, merchandise and shows. The team demonstrated teaching styles and techniques and I had an opportunity within the week to research, plan and teach lessons while the team offered me supportive and constructive feedback. Everything was in place for me to start offering performing arts and dance classes as well as children’s party packages right away, and I found this very exciting.
Becoming a Noodle franchisee has given me the best of both worlds – the freedom and flexibility to run my own business without the risk of starting my own new venture from scratch. It is great being part of an established brand and using all of their ‘tried and tested’ lesson plans, but I can also plan my own lessons and activities using my own teaching experience. Noodle HQ are very open to new ideas and understand we are all different and that franchisees will want to put their own stamp on their business. I have also received invaluable ongoing management and marketing support and the team are always on hand to answer any questions I may have.
When I decided to become a Noodle franchisee, I realised that the success of my business would depend on my hard work and commitment. Over the past year, I have worked very hard, setting myself clear, well-defined goals. Noodle North Sheffield is a growing business and I feel really positive about the future. When I first took on the franchise, I fitted it around a part-time teaching job. But things have been going so well, I have had the confidence to leave my teaching role and pursue my Noodle dream.
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