My Job Is To Make People Smile – Not A Bad Job Description…
Following on from our earlier blog Build a Business You Love With Boogie Mites, today we’re spotlighting one Boogie Mites Licensee, Nicole Heard, to see how she uses Boogie Mites Children’s Music Programmes to create a flexible business that fits her lifestyle and makes a difference in her local community.
Let’s start by hearing from Nicole about what it’s like to run a Boogie Mites business…
So what are the qualifications for becoming a Boogie Mites Licensee?
In Nicole’s case, she had worked as a teacher for 20 years in various roles before deciding that she would like a new challenge. Nicole knew that the franchise model would give her the independence of being her own boss, but within a tried and tested and supportive structure. So, in 2017 Nicole took advantage of the Boogie Mites’ free second territory grant and leapt in to take on two territories, South Portsmouth and North Portsmouth.
Don’t think you need to have teaching or music qualifications to run a Boogie Mites business. If you have a passion for the benefits of early years music making and are excited by the prospect of being in control of your work life, then we can give you the opportunity to develop a business that makes a difference.
Boogie Mites In The Heart Of The Community
With her two territories, Nicole decided to “hit Portsmouth with a bang,” opening lots of family groups and getting involved in local community events such as Fratton Family Festival, Party in the Park and Portsmouth Early Years conference. As Nicole says, “I wanted Boogie Mites to be in the heart of the community.”
Becoming An Employer
After a year of trading, Nicole found that she was unable to meet demand due to lack of time. So she took on her first employee. Now in her second year of trading, Nicole has taken on a third territory in Petersfield and a third teacher as well as a volunteer.
The Power To Innovate
Boogie Mites licensees are a valued part of our team we welcome suggestions from licensees as to how we can improve and extend our services. This embracing of innovation has allowed Nicole’s creative and business talents to add two important new strands to the Boogie Mites offer. Nicole calls it “having a go.”
Intergenerational Music Magic
Nicole’s Intergenerational Music Sessions, where the youngest and oldest member of society mix to share music activities and socialise, have been hugely successful, bringing acclaim from the Mayor of Portsmouth, Portsmouth MP – Stephen Morgan and BBC Radio Solent as well as from many organisations working with older people. Nicole’s long term aim is now “for Boogie Mites Intergenerational music to be in every care home in Portsmouth.”
Following independent research, the Boogie Mites Intergeneration Music Programme now form an important component of the Boogie Mites offer. Download the research findings here.
Supporting Community Cohesion
Nicole’s second innovation was to create a not-for-profit CIC (Community Interest Company). Boogie Mites Community Projects Portsmouth now runs alongside Boogie Mites Portsmouth and Boogie Mites Petersfield and allows Nicole to access funding streams to extend access to Boogie Mites for the whole community, furthering the Boogie Mites mission to support community cohesion through music making.
You can meet Nicole and hear her talk about her licensee experience in the video below.
If you are passionate about the benefits of Early Years music and you’d love to be your own boss then we’d love to hear from you!