Happy Stories: Leap Of Faith – Sam & Emma

 

Sam and Emma

It’s so easy to get stuck in a professional rut – working long hours for seemingly little reward. The frustration builds and the discontent mounts… It can feel like a trap. Jumping on-board a Time For You franchise is an ideal solution: you become your own boss, dictate your own working hours and line your own pockets! What’s not to like about that?!

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We’ve put together a series of blogs, in which we’ve spoken to a selection of people who have bought a Time For You (TFY) franchise, and are delighted to share their happy stories.

We spoke to Sam Stawarz who co-owns the Time For You Milton Keynes franchise, with his wife Emma. As well as working alongside Emma, Sam is the Operations Director at Time For You. He’s a busy (but happy) man!

What Did You Do Before Buying Your Time For You Franchise?

Emma had always worked in hospitality prior to Time For You: they were long and hard hours, including weekends and holidays, with low earnings. Emma had taken time out to have our first child and went back part-time while our daughter was young. When we decided to extend our family further, Emma started looking at different options so she wouldn’t have to go back to working in pubs and restaurants.

Was There A Reason Why You Bought The Franchise? What Led You To Make The Change?

As a chef, I was working full time in kitchens – and the hours and work patterns were long and awkward. Childcare for two young children was a big concern and we couldn’t afford for just one of us to work. Time For You came into our laps by luck and at exactly the right time!

The Milton Keynes franchise was up for sale and its location was close to us and, as there aren’t many franchise areas available locally (and they don’t come up for sale very often), Emma decided to take a punt! We didn’t know much about Time For You but on speaking with owners, Freddie and Ruth Rayner, Emma discovered she could work from home and grow the business at her own pace. There was plenty of help and support to get her started. It was exciting and it was a chance for Emma to do something different – and for herself.

Was It A Difficult Decision To Make? For Example, Did You Have Worries And Concerns? If So, How Were These Put To Rest?

It was quite an impulse decision to join, but it felt right. We certainly needed a change from what we were doing. We were both working so hard and, as is quite usual in the hospitality sector, not getting compensated financially for the effort put in. So it was quite an easy decision to make!

As you get started in any new venture you do have doubts creeping in, I think it’s natural. The common questions enter your head: am I good enough to do this? Will it work? What if I’ve made the wrong choice? But when you get going (and this is the benefit of joining a franchise), you see it working for others; you get told how to do it and make it work. There’s support from Freddie and Ruth and the other franchisees so you just keep going. If you put the effort in, it will work. When you start to see the business grow, you get even more confidence in the system and that’s a really good feeling.

What Are The Key Benefits Of Being A Time For You Franchisee?

The income you can earn is amazing! By putting in the ground work to get set up and established, you give yourself a great foundation to keep growing the business. It really does work on the compound effect. There’s the additional training, events and support to help keep your morale up. With technology and outsourcing, you can really work smart, too.

By far the best thing is the work/life balance: we are there for every event our children have at school, we take them to school and pick them up everyday without the need for childcare, we go on holiday and can still run our business and we get to enjoy life without the stress of a 9-5 (or 10 till 3 / 6 till 11 split shift in the restaurant).

What’s Surprised You The Most About Your Time For You Journey?

I think the fact that it is a long-term business that’s very secure: it can’t just collapse overnight if you stop working on it, like most businesses. You are very much in control of how successful you make it. There is a lot of customer loyalty and people will remain clients for years and years, despite it being in a very competitive industry.

If You Were To Recommend A Friend To Become A Time For You Franchisee, What Would You Say?

Take the leap of faith like we did! Definitely! It wasn’t long after Emma joined that her mum saw what a great opportunity it was, and what it was doing for us as a family. She decided to purchase the Leicestershire franchise! Personally, I had every intention of staying a chef and the only reason I joined was because Emma decided to take the leap of faith. It’s the best thing we ever did 🙂

For more information on becoming a Time For You franchisee, or if you have any other questions, please contact us here.

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Great Pull-Out Quotes:

“We didn’t know much about Time For You but on speaking with owners, Freddie and Ruth Rayner, Emma discovered she could work from home and grow the business at her own pace. There was plenty of help and support to get her started. It was exciting and it was a chance for Emma to do something different – and for herself.” – Sam & Emma Stawarz, TFY Milton Keynes.

“There’s support from Freddie and Ruth (the owners) and the other franchisees. If you put the effort in, it will work! When you start to see the business grow, you get even more confidence in the system and that’s a really good feeling.” – Sam & Emma Stawarz, TFY Milton Keynes.

“The income you can earn is amazing! By putting in the ground work to get set up and established, you give yourself a great foundation to keep growing the business. There’s the additional training, events and support to help keep your morale up. With technology and outsourcing, you can really work smart, too.” – Sam & Emma Stawarz, TFY Milton Keynes.

“By far the best thing is the work/life balance: we are there for every event our children have at school, we take them to school and pick them up everyday without the need for childcare, we go on holiday and can still run our business and we get to enjoy life without the stress of a 9-5.” Sam & Emma Stawarz, TFY Milton Keynes.