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Having worked as a college lecturer for the past ten years, I have now taken the big step towards achieving a lifetime goal of running my own photography studio with the help and support of Barrett & Coe’s franchise opportunity.

I decided to go down the franchise route because I liked the fact that there was continued support, not only from Barrett & Coe head office with comprehensive training and continuous advice, but also from the network of other franchisees. I managed to do this by saving hard and also support and help from family!

I decided to go down the franchise route because I liked the fact that there was continued support, not only from Barrett & Coe head office with comprehensive training and continuous advice, but also from the network of other franchisees.

The photography franchise method that Barrett & Coe offered allowed me to develop my photography skills at a comfortable pace, and the way the training is set up also meant that I could complete the photography training days at weekends when I was available, giving me time to study and complete the homework/assignments which were set, which was enjoyable.

At the moment I am devoting my weekends to the business so it’s hard work, but fun. With me currently working full time lecturing my admin is completed in the evenings (fire up calls, letters sent out and image editing etc.) and then I complete shoots on the Saturday, and viewings on the Sunday which seems to be working at the moment. I am definitely looking to start my own marketing and set up local partnerships.

It’s all a challenge, so if you’re not ready for that, stop reading now. I have never had my own business, so even small details are tough to get to grips with when you’re used to just turning up for work and not worrying about keeping accounts, generating new business and dealing with everything linked to the photography. But again, I have always been someone who likes new challenges so this is another set in the direction of becoming a successful new business.

I think one piece of info I would give to anyone looking to start up is be patient and be committed. It’s easy to sometimes think it’s all too much, but the saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ definitely springs to mind with photography. I don’t have any free time as I am working two jobs, but it’s the long term I looking forward to when I have got the studio to where I want it to be and I am in control of my own destiny.

My advice would be, take your time, think about the area you wish to work in, ensure you have the finances to make the step and speak to other franchisees to get a view from the coal face. It’s also important that you have support from those around you (friends and family) as it will put you under increased pressure no matter what way you tackle taking on a new business.

I need to keep working hard to further develop both my business acumen and photography skills to lead me to running a very successful photography studio.

It’s been a lot more challenging than expected, but so far so good and its exciting times ahead and if you can make a business work in the current economic climate then things can only surely get better – I’d definitely do it again!

To view Gregg’s work please visit www.barrettandcoe.co.uk/welwyn

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