“Before becoming a Swimtime franchisee I was a model for the best part of 20 years (you may remember me from the Boddington’s adverts) so I was used to working freelance. I chose the Swimtime franchise because I wanted to continue being my own boss, but have the back up of Swimtime’s extensive expertise at my fingertips.
“Since taking over the Home Counties franchise five years ago I’ve found that it has more than lived up to my expectations. I work from home and have low overheads, the hours are fairly flexible and suit a single parent like me. What is more, I make an excellent living from it.
“Although I am not a swimming teacher myself, this has by no means hindered the growth and delivery of the product. I find it very rewarding knowing that I am providing a top class service that is extremely valuable and, importantly, an essential life skill to children and adults.
“Swimtime gives excellent support with initial training, regular meetings with other franchisees, and an easy-to-use franchise manual that you can refer to at any time. Their systems are very professional, and they promote the brand exhaustively meaning that potential clients already know that Swimtime is a byword for quality.
“If you are considering buying a franchise, I say ‘go for it’. You will have to work hard – it is a competitive market – but if you like to work with others to deliver a high quality and very worthwhile product then you will find it extremely rewarding and get a lot of out it.”