Meet the team: Sarah
My name is Sarah, I joined mum2mum market in March 2016 after watching founder Cath on Dragons den. When I saw the mum2mum market franchise I knew it was just what I was looking for and would fit perfectly with my family life, I also knew it would be great for local parents in my area, I found the whole process of joining mum2mum very easy and hassle free.
''I needed to find something I could do in my spare time, when children are in school/bed.''
I am married with 3 children, Lennon 12, Lewis 11 and Katie 5, So I was keen to find work that could be done around my family life, I work as a part time bingo caller, but taking on more hours was difficult with family commitments, after school clubs, school productions and all that comes along with being a parent. I needed to find something I could do in my spare time, when children are in school/bed.
It all started with an email to enquire about the franchise for my area being available, which thankfully it was, I quickly decided I wanted to go ahead and bought my franchise, I have the Corby, Kettering and Desborough area of Northamptonshire.
''It was all very exciting, the support from head office was brilliant ''
My franchise pack arrived soon after which was really exciting. It included everything I needed to get started, a manual full of everything you need to know, as well as stationery and goody bags to get me started.
It was all very exciting, the support from head office was brilliant with daily training videos, email updates and online support from a Facebook group full of franchisees that already run the events. Any questions I had were quickly answered by fellow mum2mum colleagues.
Now I had the information it was time to get on with organising my first event! I had to find a suitable venue, advertise across town by delivering flyers, posters, sharing the event on Facebook online forums and pretty much telling everyone I met about my upcoming event. All this I was able to do around my children and part time job as a bingo caller.
''It’s such a great feeling seeing parents, grandparents and parents to be leaving loaded down with bargains.''
I have run 3 events now in my local town and each has been better than the one before, my last sale sold out with 22 stalls and over 200 buyers through the door, It’s such a great feeling seeing parents, grandparents and parents to be leaving loaded down with bargains, It makes me feel like all the work was worthwhile, And having happy sellers that have made some extra cash is great! I have had 3 returning customers, one lady has attended all 3 events and 2 others have attended 2. I have 3 from my last event book straight up for my upcoming event in October, this makes me realise I am getting it right.
Sales are only 2 hours long and very busy in the first hour, I get the hall all set up before our sellers arrive, getting the tables in place, tea, coffee and cake table set up etc. the hour my sellers are setting up goes really quickly. I use this time to show them to their tables make sure they are getting on ok and take some pictures for a final Facebook post reminding people to come along to shop.
Queues start to build outside the venue up to 20mins before the start if the sale, this creates an exciting buzz in the room, we open the doors and the room fills with excited shoppers and sellers and I’m happy it’s all come together, my husband and kids come along on the day to help out and enjoy the event.
I recommend to anyone looking to work from home to give mum2mum market a go, it has been a great few months for me setting up, Nerve wracking at times wondering how many people will arrive at your sale, but when the queue forms and it all runs well it feels great!!
Sarah runs mum2mum market nearly new sales in Corby, Kettering and Desborough, Northamptonshire.
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