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Cath Hale – diddi dance Harrogate
What I love about owning a diddi dance Franchise is the positive impact it has on mums and kids. Not a day goes by without some mum or child giving me a hug, a big thank you or just saying how much they love the class. Also having the freedom to grow and manage my business as truly my own business in great. And it has worked perfectly as a flexible business in relation to my family. I started off small when my children were at home and now they are at school I have moved to working 5 days a week, but I am still at every drop off, pick up, sports day, nativity, etc, etc.
Now, seeing the success of the other franchisees is always a motivation to strive to grow my own business.
Suzie Harley – diddi dance Wirral
Initially, I had been working for diddi dance Chester for over nine years! I absolutely love it watching the children grow and develop. I then had the opportunity to become a franchisee and for me personally it was a natural progression as I was looking for new challenges, goals and something that would have longevity for me. Although I don’t have any children I do know that in the future if I’m lucky enough to start a family it is a business that I can work around my family and create a great work life balance.
Andrea Bickford – diddi dance Reading & Wokingham
There are three key reasons why I chose to run a diddi dance franchise. These are my passion for dancing, a desire to run my own business and my wish to create a great work / life balance.
I’m able to work my hours around what is best for my family at any given time, which was top priority when choosing a suitable franchise. I also love the fact that I was able to start out small, with just two or three classes, then grow as my children did.
I also really appreciate the security of knowing that there is always help at the end of a telephone, or at the click of a mouse. Having access to the support network and shared experience of the other franchisees (who’ve already ‘been there and done it’) is incredibly helpful. I also find that the sharing of each franchisee’s monthly report and financial performance is a very useful tool and a great motivator!
Emma Hayward – diddi dance Central Warrington & Central Cheshire AND diddi dance North Shropshire, Telford & North West Stoke-on-Trent
The great thing about diddi dance is that the majority of customers are brought to you via word of mouth meaning that you don’t need to spend masses on advertising once the classes have become established. I have lots of diddi dancers still with me from day one and have now done lots of their birthday parties. It is lovely to see them grow in confidence as the months progress.
With a diddi dance franchise you literally decide the level of input that you are prepared to give in order to achieve your personal goals. Being quite ambitious, for me this often means late nights on the laptop or taking on more classes than I planned to, however this is my choice and fits far more into my desired work life balance than my previous career path ever did. For me the flexibility of choosing my own hours, having 3 afternoons off a week and being able to get to the nursery gate every day for 3.30 make this the best life decision I have ever made and I regularly tell myself that I can’t believe how lucky I was to have everything fall into place to allow me to have done this.
Svenja Jinman – diddi dance Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire & Stafford
The main thing that being a diddi dance franchisee has done for me in terms of creating a better work/life balance is the hours that I actually teach during the day. Although I have classes every weekday that I deliver myself, I have been able to decide start times to suit my home life. I am therefore now able to take my son to school every morning and still get to my first classes, which start around 10 or 10.15am, which I could not have done previously. Most days I also have afternoon classes meaning I can’t get back in time for school pick up but I still manage to get home a lot earlier than my previous job teaching in a college. Also, although I do occasional birthday parties and promotional events on weekends I now don’t have to teach any evenings. It is also great that (as a former teacher) I am still able to have some time off during most of the school half term and end of term holidays with my son as this means I don’t have to pay for childcare.
Tejal Patel – diddi dance Harrow & North Hillingdon
diddi dance was one of many toddler classes I have attended with my children and I was struck by how unique and effective the classes were whilst still being a lot of fun. My Daughter remembers class elements well over a year since she last attended. I decided on a career change to provide a better work-life balance, I’ve seen first hand how great diddi dance is so I wanted to be a part of this and bring classes to my local area. When I was growing up I regularly took part in various cultural dance shows, diddi dance allows me to enjoy this again as well being able to positively affect the lives of Parents, Carers and their children and I fully understand how important these things are being a mum myself.
Gina Kane – diddi dance West London
I really wanted my own business however lacked the confidence to ‘go it alone’. diddi dance offered me the support that I needed to make my dream a reality. When looking for a franchise diddi dance stood out way above the rest. The friendly, no pressure approach from Head Office really made me feel comfortable and I just knew it was the right one for me. Working for myself is also a great motivator – you see the reward for the effort you put in. The hours are flexible to – I get to choose when classes run. No more 5am starts for me! Plus I have a filofax – always wanted one of those.
Joanna Oastler – diddi dance Eastbourne, Uckfield & Hastings
Deciding to open a diddi dance franchise has easily been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, certainly within my career life.
Running your own business can be a roller coaster ride, it’s downright terrifying and daunting at times and this makes the highs of success and achievement all the more elating, but diddi dance wouldn’t be diddi dance without the support network and genuine sense of community felt amongst the franchisees and our teachers.
I believe in diddi dance 100%, what it brings to little ones in terms of confidence and social skills and the difference it really can make in their development both personal & physical and I feel such pride that I can be involved in something amazing like that, that delivers and makes a difference.
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