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Raring2go! Kidderminster & Stourbridge is for sale

Have you ever dreamed of running your own business, making your own decisions and taking control of your working life to fit around your family?

After 14 amazing years, I am now looking for a new owner to take over the Kidderminster & Stourbridge edition of Raring2go! magazine; a thriving and well respected local business.

During my years as Editor, I’ve enjoyed discovering new places to visit with my family, reviewing shows at the theatre, and trying out new activities with my two children. By working for myself, I have been lucky enough to be there for the daily school run, attend sports days and nativities, and take time off around the school holidays.

As my children are now older (my eldest had just started Reception when I published my first issue and now he’s at university!) I feel it’s time to hang my hat up and start a new chapter. I would love for another local, passionate parent to enjoy the same experiences I have. However, it is important for me to find the right person to take care of my third ‘baby’, so I will continue to publish Raring2go! until I find that special person.

While Raring2go! is a business where you work for yourself, you are part of a supportive franchise network, where there’s always someone on hand to give advice if you need it.

No previous experience is necessary although an interest in the local community, an eye for detail and a tenacious attitude will certainly help.

If you’re ready for a change in direction and have always dreamed of working for yourself, do get in touch with me for a chat:

Call Sally on 01384 377536 or email kidderminster@raring2go.co.uk

 

MY STORY:

Raring2go: my third child

When my daughter (my youngest child) finished Primary School, I remember feeling surprisingly in control of my emotions. As other parents crumbled and clung to soggy tissues during the week of ‘Lasts’ (last school disco, last sport day, last assembly etc) I stayed strong and a little smug – I’d been there before with my first child so knew what was coming. Yet I remember that tidal wave of emotion that hit me like an unexpected slap in the face – as I was stood in Boots, of all places, on her very last day of term.

I had done it! I had got two children through primary school. Like a flickering slide show, I saw in my mind’s eye the primary school years flash by. The assemblies I’d attended, the sports days I’d cheered at, the nativities I’d beamed through.

I never had a calling for Raring2go! as such; I did have a desire to find flexible work that would fit around a young family. I was transported back to 2007 when I stumbled upon Raring2go! magazine. A chance conversation at a previous employment led me towards Raring2go! and it seemed to fit the bill. Could it really work? Would I be able to run my own business? Was it all really possible? The emotion on that last day of term stemmed from the realisation that I had achieved my goal.

Standing on the precipice, about to jump (and hand in my notice) I had to weigh up the pros and cons. The gain we were seeking was not a fat salary with very little effort (if that’s what you’re looking for then Raring2go! is not for you) but a job that offered flexible hours of work that fitted round the lives and changing needs of my children. It’s something that most parents are seeking and is very hard to find!  Working has always been important to me – for my own self esteem; to contribute to the family income, and to demonstrate a work ethic to my children – so I didn’t want to give it up. Sadly, parents don’t get a sticker chart (I wish!) but by running my own business, I’ve given myself ‘pats on the back’ along the way:  each time I’ve won a new customer or added extra pages to the magazine or received a testimonial from a happy client or grateful reader.

Being my own boss has afforded me a flexibility that is priceless. I have been able to prioritise my work, or at times prioritise my family over my work when the need arises. Over the years my working hours have adapted to the children’s needs: initially more work in the evening and less in the day, and now – well, I could work all hours of the day and my teenagers wouldn’t notice, unless super mum is called upon: “Mum, I’ve forgotten my PE kit!”, “Mum, I’m late, can you give me a lift?”

My magazine has developed alongside my growing children. We’ve enjoyed discovering new places together each school holiday, trying out activities to share with my readers and this has helped make memories that you couldn’t put a price on.

Now, I can sense an emotional landmark creeping up again, as we are in the final weeks of Secondary School for my eldest.  He doesn’t need me as much these days, but just being able to drive him into school for his GCSEs (to help reduce his anxiety before each exam) is only possible because I am the boss of me and can choose when I start work. I have succeeded in getting him through school, from 4 to 16, with the help of my third baby, Raring2go!
Now that is surely worth a sticker?

Sally Walters, Raring2go! Kidderminster

Email me to find out more, or call Sally on 01384 377536

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