Museum consultant, Alan Bentley, and museum site manager, Rachel Bentley, have both worked within the independent Museum sector for the majority of their careers.
Independent Museums do not get any government funding and are generally run by charities, so they have always had to have some element of entrepreneurial skills and be very customer focused.
With some uncertainty at work, due to some contracts only being renewed for short periods, Alan and Rachel started to seriously look into the possibility to running their own franchise business.
Both felt franchising would be the best solution for them because it gave them the freedom and opportunities of self employment with the support of a network.
"We liked the Tutor Doctor business model, the low overheads and the flexible paths to growth and the support has been great"
As you would expect, with running your own business, you come across some challenges:
"Time and really the usual challenges of putting in to practice a new system you have learnt in theory, but I really enjoy closing sales. There have been lots of firsts which are generally the greatest achievements."
Alan and Rachel still work part time at the Museum but are working on growing their business and learning more to better measure what they do.
The advice Alan and Rachel would give to anyone looking to start their own franchise business is:
"Do your research but in the end you have to make that leap!"
Amrit Rahi-Deogun launched Tutor Doctor Greenwich in August 2017.
Rob and Lynne Kerrison, owners of Tutor Doctor Cambridge, are celebrating after being crowned ‘Franchisee of the Year’ at the brand’s annual global conference.
Roger Kennedy launched his Tutor Doctor business in Hitchin and Stevenage in January 2017.
Martin Browne has been running his Tutor Doctor franchise in Edinburgh since October 2016.
Leon Collins has been running his Tutor Doctor franchise in East London, for just five months, but already recognises that buying his franchise was one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
James Goody and Merri Applegate have traded in corporate roles to run their own Tutor Doctor business.
Based in Lancashire Dominic Stone has seen his Tutor Doctor business grow by up to 60% year on year since starting in June 2010.
Mark and Joanna Butler started their Reading-based Tutor Doctor business in April 2014.
Rob Kerrison and his wife run their Tutor Doctor business in Cambridge and Rob tells us how they started.
Mihir and Heena are hoping to continue their success and go on to travel and own a further 2 or 3 territories in Florida – "The more you put in the more you get out!"
I was so impressed with the high standard that I saw when we looked at becoming Tutor Doctor franchisees. What struck me the most was the level of professionalism
Mihir and Heena had just got married and wanted to own their own business and a Tutor Doctors franchise was the answer.
Medical doctors may no longer make house calls as a regular part of their daily routine, but for one new tutoring company, it is their lifeblood.
Tutor Doctor franchisees benefit from the use of The Big Apple, a centralized customer relationship management (CRM) software system that assists with the ongoing coordination and management of the tutors. The Big Apple streamlines the client relationship process to increase the system's profitability.
Benefit from Tutor Doctor's successful one-on-one tutoring model that eliminates the need for high overhead costs associated with a traditional brick and mortar business.