Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a music graduate and trained singer with a background working in the performing arts. I’m married to Gregor who’s a lawyer and we have a magical, red-headed toddler called Keir. I’ve been running Music Bugs Glasgow North since April 2016 and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made.
What did you do before joining Music Bugs?
I was Artistic Planning Manager for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Before that I worked for the BBC, Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland. I loved working in the arts but it just wasn’t compatible with family life, so when I went back to work after having Keir I starting thinking about a career change. I wanted to keep doing something musical and I had always fancied running my own business. Everyone makes fun of me for being super organised (and a tad ambitious!) so Music Bugs seemed ideal for combining my musical background with organisation and admin skills and the new-found love of being around small people that I discovered once I had one of my own.
What attracted you to Music Bugs?
I was heavily pregnant when my friend Roslyn launched Music Bugs classes in Stirling. I remember seeing her first post on Facebook and thinking “I want to do that!” 6 months later I picked up the phone and called Head Office and arranged to go along to a Discovery Day with my husband and baby in tow. Claire and Kim from Head Office won us over within minutes! We were so impressed with everything we learnt about how Music Bugs works and I came away really feeling like it was something I wanted to be a part of.
Did you consider other franchise opportunities?
I did look at others because I wanted to be sure I was making the right decision going with Music Bugs. The others I looked at didn’t seem to offer the same degree of support and Music Bugs definitely seemed like the best value for money. I was also really drawn to the ethos of Music Bugs which is to learn through music in a friendly and relaxed way and above all to have FUN!
What territory do you cover?
I cover the north side of Glasgow plus East and West Dunbartonshire and part of North Lanarkshire.
What training and support have you received to establish your franchise?
The support from Head Office is the truly exceptional thing about Music Bugs. As well as the 3 days of training in Swindon there is constant support available by phone and email, plus the franchisees have a private forum where we discuss anything and everything. I’ve learnt so much already and everyone is so friendly and helpful. We all share ideas for songs and themes and if someone has a problem there’s usually someone who’s been there before and can advise.
What future plans do you have for running your business?
Eventually I’d like to take on Class Leaders so I can expand my timetable, but at the moment I’m loving running all the classes myself and I’m too much of a control freak to hand any of them over! At the moment I only run classes for 2.5 days per week so that I can spend plenty of time with Keir and also keep on top of my admin, but I’ll probably increase that when he goes to school.
What do you enjoy most about being your own boss?
If I want something to happen, I just make it happen! No meetings or proposals or delays. I love having control over marketing, class content, budgets, social media and especially where and when I run my classes. It’s hard work, but it’s so rewarding feeling like the more I put in the more I get out. I love that I’m running the business, but I also love that I’m the person in the classes with all the parents and kids seeing their smiles and hearing their giggles.
And finally, what was your favourite nursery rhyme when you were a child?
Incy Wincy Spider. It’s a fine lesson in how perseverance will get you what you want in the end!