While you may have considered opening your own business for a while, taking the leap can be daunting and downright scary. At Soccajoeys we’re mindful of each investor’s concerns, and we have developed a supportive process to not only help you take the necessary steps but also to identify whether the business is a good fit for you.
Many people are surprised to hear that opening your own kids soccer business with a Soccajoeys franchise doesn’t have to be scary or cut into your income stream. With a proven network of successful soccer franchises all across Australia, you can be your own boss and make a real difference in the lives of our next generation with a sound and proven business model.
With a Soccajoeys soccer franchise, you are entering the thriving business industry while being able to rely on full backup and support from head office to access 24/7. Unlike with many other soccer franchise business models, a Soccajoeys franchise encourages open and consistent dialogue with head office to ensure that you are successful and happy right from the start.
Working in early childhood development and fitness coaching is fun and rewarding, and you don’t need to be a football expert to get started and enjoy the benefits of owning your own soccer franchise business!
We spoke to Steve Krishna, our longest-standing franchise partner, about what it’s like to own your own business with Soccajoeys. South Coast & Macarthur has run a kids soccer franchise for seven years now and was happy to share some of his experience and insight into being your own boss with Soccajoeys.
1. Thanks for having a chat with us, Steve. You’ve been a Soccajoeys franchisee for seven years now. What did you do before starting your own kids soccer business?
I worked in the public service for 20 years with various departments. Defence, Education and Centrelink. I was also a personal trainer for 3 years and still do personal training currently.
2. What’s the best part of being a Soccajoeys franchisee?
Working for yourself is a big a tick, being a part of a franchise allows to work together to provide the best programs to the children. In addition I get access to a marketing team, an operations manager and I don’t have to worry about website maintenance, I can focus on my local area and building up my enrolments with the resources Soccajoeys provides.
3. What are some of the challenges of running a soccer franchise business?
Wearing different hats is a challenge. Juggling admin, marketing, coaching and mentoring all at the same time – it’s doable but as with every job, there are some tasks I enjoy more than others.
Finding good coaches can also be a challenge.
4.What advice can you give to someone who is thinking of opening a soccer franchise business?
I’d recommend do your research on your competition and source a couple of coaches before to get you started. Also ask yourself whether you have the passion to coach children? You don’t need to be a football expert, but wanting to get involved in early childhood development and a passion for creating healthy and active kids is a bonus. Also check how many indoor centres are around – you’ll need them!
5. What’s your top recommendation for a successful soccer franchise business?
Having reliable and good coaches who have passion to coach kids is a big one for me. Set targets. Continue to educate yourself and your staff, don’t stop promoting, build relationships.
6. What are some of the goals for your soccer franchise business in the next year or two?
I want to continue to provide a quality service to the children and families in my territories. Break into more preschools and try and be a consistent provider to the local schools.
7. Can you describe your relationship with the Soccajoeys team and the support you are receiving as a franchisee?
Having the Head office supporting has been a big help in terms of taking phones calls and reminding of admin tasks. I do like the relationship our Operations manager has with us, he is always providing guidance, helping with direction and keeps on top of our operations. That’s a big one for me.