We ask our Rubba-bubba Franchisee Rachael a few questions about running her own baby massage and baby yoga business…
When did you join the team and where do you run your baby massage and yoga classes?
I cover Carmarthen, Brynamman, Ammanford and Llandeilo areas and I started my Franchise in April 2021. Read more here about Rach’s classes
What was your journey to franchising?
I had my two children and I was very lucky and managed to be a stay at home mum. When my youngest was 15 months old I got a job as a family support worker in a family centre where I trained in baby massage with Peter Walker.
Within 3 years of being there I heard Tash wanted an instructor for the Ammanford area. I got in touch, had an interview and started to work for Tash who is the founder of Rubba-bubba. I became manager in the family centre and delivered baby massage for Rubba-bubba on my day off. It worked really well together.
How did you come to make a final decision?
I made my decision to look into joining the Rubba-bubba team due to COVID and having a fresh look on life, I wanted to have more of a work life balance. I thought that when the children were getting older it would get easier. I didn’t plan for them to be into so many things and have lots of activities after school.
I knew how the classes worked around my family and commitments as I had been an instructor for Tash for a few years but needed to understand the business side. I requested the franchise prospectus from Tash and had a few meetings for further clarification, I also spoke to my family and came to the decision of handing my notice in at the family centre and running my Rubba-bubba franchise part time.
How did you know that you’d found the right franchise?
As advised, I spoke to a solicitor to make sure the contract was reasonable and to make sure I understood what was being said. I had a further meeting with Tash to discuss what came up with the solicitors and I signed on the dotted line.
I already had built a rapport with Tash and knew she would be really supportive especially in the first few months. I felt it was the right time and I knew the classes inside out and I loved them. My passion is families and babies and I knew this Franchise was the right fit for my beliefs.
What are your top tips for navigating the legal side of things?
I think the contract was the most daunting aspect for me so I knew I had to have legal advice for this as this was completely new to me. I didn’t know if the contract was asking anything unreasonable from me. Having solicitors on board made me feel at ease and it gave me the confidence to query certain aspects of the contract with Tash.
What advice would you offer to anyone thinking about taking on a franchise?
Being part of a Franchise was perfect for me as I can work the hours I want to work and being a busy mum of two children I didn’t have the time to start my own business from scratch. My Rubba-Bubba Franchise is a very supportive Franchise. Tash is always there with any questions or queries I have, no question is a silly question with Tash. We have regular meetings with other members of the franchise to discuss how we can drive our businesses forward by bringing new ideas to the table.
I think the most important thing to do if you are looking to be part of a Franchise is to make sure you have plenty of meetings before you sign the contract with the founder of the franchise and talk to others that are already in the franchise you are thinking of joining. This gives you a good insight of the support you will receive when you are part of the team and if this is the right franchise for you.
If you are interested in running your own business but want the help and support a Rubba-bubba franchisee gets, please do get in touch. Tash would love to hear from you.