A day in the life of a mum2mum market franchisee.
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a mum2mum market franchisee?
Leyla invited us to her Barking and Dagenham mum2mum market nearly new sales and gave us a peek behind the scenes at a day in the life of a mum2mum market franchisee.
''There is this moment before each sale which I love.
It happens about 10 minutes before the sale is due to start. There is a lull. A moment of tension fills the air. A ripple of excitement spreads through the hall. My sellers are all set up and eagerly clock watching. Their items are all sorted and priced and they stand waiting behind their table. Lots of change at the ready.
There is a queue outside the door, a few heads poke around the door to catch a glimpse of the things on sale today.
' I catch the eye of a few sellers and I’m met with a smile, I go outside and say hi to some of the buyers waiting.'
I use this time to reflect on the marketing I have done before each sale.
The time spent delivering flyers door-to-door, advertising online, giving flyers to schools, nurseries and playgroups. Putting posters up in shops and public areas.
There is always that little voice in my head wondering if I’ve done enough. It’s at this point that I take a look around the hall, I catch the eye of a few sellers and I’m met with a smile, I go outside and say hi to some of the buyers waiting.
I tell my buyers to come in, money is given and goody bags are handed out. The hall is filling up now. There is a break in the queue so I use the chance to take a look around. Everyone is smiling, the goody bags are being filled up with shopping, husbands are waiting at the front of the hall with arms full.
'I love seeing people go to their cars to unload their goodies and then come back in for more.'
'My jaw is aching from smiling all afternoon but I love it.'
I love seeing people go to their cars to unload their goodies and then come back in for more.
Its nearing the end of the sale now - 2 hours go so fast. Things are winding down, sellers are starting to pack up.
My jaw is aching from smiling all afternoon but I love it. I love hearing how much money my sellers made, I love hearing how my buyers have been able to save a lot of money, I love seeing regular buyers. I love it all.
A lot of hard work goes into organising each sale but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve even just brought a second franchise!
I started off as a sellers and then a buyer at mum2mum markets. At the beginning of 2016 I felt like it was time for a change. I decided to buy a mum2mum franchise and I’ve never looked back.''