A Case study of Kelly Haigh, Music Bugs Brighton and Eastbourne

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a Mum to a 6 year old girl and enjoy netball, tap dancing and going away with my family in our caravan!

What did you do before joining Music Bugs?

I spent my early career working in a corporate environment but once I became a mum I really enjoyed going to classes with my daughter and wondered about doing something myself.

What attracted you to Music Bugs?

I was looking for ideas for a career change and Music Bugs appeared on my Facebook timeline. I thought the brand looked really strong and contacted them for more information – the rest as they say is history.

Did you consider other franchise opportunities?

Yes I did, but the territories were not as large so I decided to go for the one with more potential which was Music Bugs.

What territory do you cover?

I cover the Brighton and Eastbourne area.

What training and support have you received to establish your franchise?

When you become a franchisee, you have a training event which is over 3 days where you can talk about ideas for songs and sessions, learn about marketing, basic accounting and most importantly, acquire your props and equipment which makes it all very real!

What future plans do you have for running your business? 

I’d like to launch more classes. New areas, new days, new times are all under consideration as well as new props and songs which I add to my portfolio all of the time.

What do you enjoy most about being your own boss?

I love the flexibility of being my own boss. I can choose my hours, days and working material. I have all the support from head office whenever I need it but I make decisions for myself on a day to day basis. The best thing is being in a position to pick up my daughter from school. In my previous job it would have meant after school clubs every day and childcare arrangements but running my own company I am able to go to the park after school and take my daughter to dance class and gymnastics.

And finally, what was your favourite nursery rhyme when you were a child?

I’ve always had a soft spot for Incy Wincy Spider!

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