What Made Mufaddel Dhodwala Want to Open an Art Franchise?

What Made Mufaddel Dhodwala Want to Open an Art Franchise?

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We’d like to wish a warm welcome to the newest member of the Kidcreate Studio art franchise family, Mufaddel Dhodwala! Together with his wife, Fatema, who will be acting as Operations Manager, Dhodwala will be opening the doors to his brand-new West Bloomfield, Michigan location in 2021. Our team sat down with Mufaddel and Fatema to discuss their story and their big plans for the future!

Like many Kidcreate Studio Franchise Owners, Muffadel and Fatema came across our art franchise after discovering an unmet need for kids’ art education opportunities within their own community. After accidentally missing the registration deadline for an art class their two children- ages 8 and 10- had enjoyed, the couple was disappointed to find that there were no other art classes for kids in their neighborhood. They realized that there needed to be more options for art education within their community!

As entrepreneurs with additional business ventures in the coffee industry as well as in Indian-made handicrafts, Muffadel and Fatema saw an opportunity to open an art franchise for kids. They decided to do some research and came across Kidcreate Studio. They were instantly intrigued and thought it would be a great fit for the community. Naturally, the couple decided to reach out to the Kidcreate franchising team and talk to some of our art Franchise Owners.

“I was very impressed by the vetting process- at different times you get to listen to different interviews- I must have listened to 10 different interviews.” describes Muffadel. “From the first email,  [Development Director] Kyle [Christie] took us through all the different steps. I really felt like I understood the business model. Even better, I saw that the other Franchise Owners were confident about what they were doing. They were saying that, given the opportunity, they would do this again!”

This solidified the decision for Muffadel and Fatema, but they still weren’t 100% certain if it was the right time for them to invest with our art franchise. But as they continued to weigh their options, they learned some exciting news – Kidcreate Studio was offering an incentive to new Franchise Owners! Back in May, we were feeling a bit creative and decided to offer our new Franchise Owners 0% royalties and 50% of the franchise and launch fees deferred. This was exactly the motivation Muffadel and Fatema needed, and they decided to take advantage of the offer!

Mufaddel says, “The reason we kind of jumped into it right now is because of the incentive Kidcreate was offering. We wanted to wait until December to open when we had a better picture of what would be happening with COVID-19. Our plans are still pivoted around that idea, but we’re decided to invest in our future. We plan on starting with the On-The-Go model in January of next year and then open our studio later in 2021. Overall, it was a great investment!”

Like the rest of our art Franchise Owners, Muffadel and Fatema will enjoy benefits that other business opportunities simply cannot offer! For an investment range of only $108,800 – $261,350, our business model provides a variety of revenue streams for our Franchise Owners, which include classes and camps, On-The-Go, parties and events, and retail sales. In reality, owning a Kidcreate Studio is like owning four businesses in one, without the extra work or costs!

Better yet, franchising with Kidcreate Studio offers freedom and flexibility that can’t be found anywhere else. Our Franchise Owners are their own bosses, meaning that they get to set their own schedules and work when they want to. They can spend more time with their families than the average career and take time off whenever they’d like. With independence like this, it’s no wonder that our Franchise Owners are some of the happiest people you’ll ever meet!

Most importantly, however, owning an art franchise with Kidcreate Studio gives you a career that you can truly feel passionate about. Our Franchise Owners aren’t with us simply to make money. They feel strongly about art education and truly love what they do every day. They are more than just business owners. They are leaders in their communities and inspire creativity in their students on a daily basis. When they go home at night, they are truly fulfilled and feel a level of gratification that a corporate career simply cannot offer!

So what are you waiting for?! As we move deeper into 2020, we are looking to spread the mission of art education to even more children across the country. But we can’t do it without our amazing Franchise Owners like Muffadel and Fatema! Leave your boring corporate career behind and bring art education to your community today. Visit our franchising site for more information.


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Art Studio Franchise Owner Karen deWysocki’s Creative Path to Entrepreneurship

Art Studio Franchise Owner Karen deWysocki’s Creative Path to Entrepreneurship

Karen deWysocki is bringing our art studio franchise to Newport News, VA, and we couldn’t be happier! As one of our newest Kidcreate Studio Franchise Owners, Karen is setting her sights on opening her studio location within the next few months so that she can begin bringing her lifelong love of art to the kids in her community.

A creative person at heart, Karen’s unique career path started with a love and talent for photography. “I started my professional life as a photojournalist with a BA in photography from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology),” she shares. “I have a degree in photojournalism and American politics, and my goal was to be a photographer for a magazine or a well-known newspaper my whole life.”

For ten years, Karen achieved her career goal of becoming a successful photojournalist, with her work even being published in such impressive news outlets as The Washington Post. However, there was a different path in store for her. “I really did think that was going to be my career for my life, but life takes turns,” she says.

In order to meet her needs of a steadier work schedule and a higher salary to support her growing family, deWysocki transitioned into a corporate career selling advertising in the same news building where she had worked as a photojournalist.

Though Karen enjoyed her new position selling advertising space, she still needed a way to fulfill her lifelong desire to express herself creatively.  “I think what is interesting about my past is that I started it with the sort of thought of being in that artistic perspective of creating,” she explains. “I always felt like I needed to be creating something in order to be happy.”

Through a side position teaching photography classes at the local community college, deWysocki was able to keep one foot in the art world while she continued to navigate the corporate world. “The thought behind [teaching photography] was that I would sort of stay in the arts and be able to go back into it once my kids were older.”

Once again, however, life had other plans. Karen went from advertising sales to business sales, wireless technology, and then corporate training, where she has been for the past 15 to 20 years, including 10 years as a team leader. This eclectic and unorthodox career path, says deWysocki, has led to the widespread accumulation of knowledge, from both the corporate and creative sides of the coin, that she feels will make her a successful Kidcreate Studio Franchise Owner. “For the last twenty years, I’ve progressed in corporate sales, marketing, and training positions and learned how to be a leader,” she notes.  “I was taught to think like a customer, but act like a business owner. I’m ready to invest in myself and build a successful business that matters in my community.”

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How Karen Discovered Our Art Studio Franchise

Karen’s entrepreneurial journey officially began six years ago, long before ever hearing about our art studio franchise opportunity, when she began thinking about starting a business from scratch. “I was looking for a business I could build, where I could create something that mattered to me and that mattered to the community. I think over time you learn, and you change, and this is the way I’m coming back to building something and creating something.”

However, the considerable risks and obstacles associated with starting a business from the ground up were a cause for concern for Karen, leading her to decide that franchising was her preferred option for business ownership. “Every time I took a step forward there were too many things that made me step back,” she explained. “I made a decision that when I go back to that thought, I would do it with a successful franchise because it’s a built business, the risk is lower, I can bet on myself, with my skills, that I can make a good solid business plan work.”

Once Karen decided that franchising was the best fit for her, she began searching online for opportunities that fed into her desire to own a business geared towards creativity. In Kidcreate Studio, she found just what she was looking for: an art studio franchise with a proven track record and a successful business model that inspired kids to learn art techniques through a fun, engaging curriculum.

Though her Google search returned results for other creative-themed franchises, a quick comparison revealed that Kidcreate Studio was the best choice for deWysocki. One of the biggest draws of our art studio franchise model, she says, was having a dedicated space where class instruction takes place. “I know myself well enough to know that I needed a team- I need to work with people and I do best in leading a team, that’s where I’m happy. So I knew I wanted a brick-and-mortar and I wanted something that could be created in that place- I wanted to go to work.”

Thanks to her years of experience in outside sales and corporate training, Karen was also excited by the sales-oriented aspects of owning a Kidcreate Studio. “Outside selling is something I’ve done for so long and I’m comfortable with it- I taught it, I know what to do- and I wanted it to have a component of [sales], and that is part of [Kidcreate Studio’s] business and revenue model.”

Meeting our Art Studio Franchise Founder 

In addition to feeling at home with our art studio franchise model from a business standpoint, deWysocki felt a connection with our Founder, Lara Olson, after hearing her story and meeting her via a virtual Discovery Day. “I admire Lara as a businesswoman and mother and how she’s built the business,” she says. “I could see myself in her and I understood her perspective and really admired what she’d done.”

Karen was also encouraged by Lara’s hands-on involvement with the franchise and enjoyed seeing how dedicated our Founder still is to the business she created. “Probably the best part that I got from [Discovery Day] was confidence that Lara, as the Founder and owner, understands the business as she always did…she’s very involved,” she explains. “To me, being a leader, there’s a level of involvement and accountability and visibility that you need to maintain to keep a business healthy. I’ve seen it done different ways- I’ve seen it where owners and Founders step away and they think things are happening differently than they actually are, and I didn’t see that. I left that Discovery Day with confidence in the leadership. To me, that’s really important, especially if I’m investing in someone else’s business.”

Keeping Art Education in the Community

Besides her lifelong passion for art, deWysocki had another reason for believing that an art studio franchise like Kidcreate Studio would do particularly well in her community. The elementary school her children had attended, which had featured a robust arts education program among other well-rounded enrichment activities, was closing, and she saw an unmet need for art instruction in the lives of area kids. “I was a single mom all the while they were growing up, and that school played a very big part in their upbringing,” she recalls. “More and more, these schools that had [art education] are now closing because they can’t afford to stay open, so let’s find a way to make it affordable some other way.”

The importance of art in education is a cause that resonates deeply with deWysocki, thanks to her background in an artistic discipline.  “I studied art and realize and appreciate the impact it had on my life and career,” she points out. By opening a Kidcreate Studio, Karen feels that she is fulfilling multiple goals by not only realizing her dream of owning a business geared toward creativity but also bringing an important, endangered resource- quality art education- back to her community. “I believe that art matters and I’ve learned that research agrees,” deWysocki says, referring to a number of studies that have been published showing the correlation between art education and children’s academic success.

Looking Forward to the Future

As Karen moves closer to realizing her goal of owning a business focused on creative pursuits, she looks forward to using all the knowledge and skills she has gained throughout her career to be a successful Franchise Owner with Kidcreate Studio. “My unconventional career path finally makes sense!” she says. “It led me to this new adventure.  I’m beyond excited to own a Kidcreate Studio and can’t wait to get started.”

Owning an art studio franchise like Kidcreate Studio has helped Karen deWysocki strike the perfect balance between her dual passions for creativity and business, while also providing an essential, necessary function for the children and parents in her community. If you are thinking that you could similarly benefit from becoming a Kidcreate Studio Franchise Owner, we want to talk to you! Visit us at https://franchise.kidcreatestudio.com to take the next step toward your goal of creative entrepreneurship.

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Own an Art Studio Franchise (Without Breaking the Bank)- LIMITED TIME OFFER

Own an Art Studio Franchise (Without Breaking the Bank)- LIMITED TIME OFFER

If you’ve been looking for the right opportunity to invest in your future by becoming an entrepreneur, now’s your chance to own an art studio franchise! For the first time in its franchising history, Kidcreate Studio is offering a limited-time incentive program for new Owner candidates who finalize their franchise agreements through June 1, 2020

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In case these incentives aren’t enough to get you excited about investing in a Kidcreate Studio franchise this year, consider these points:

Money Just Got Cheaper

The Federal Reserve recently slashed interest rates, and they’re now the lowest they’ve been in recent history. Locking in these historically-low interest rates on an SBA loan can help you reach a total return on your Kidcreate Studio investment much more quickly than before, especially since the SBA is currently waiving the first 6 months of all payments on all new 7(a), 504, and Microloans small-business loans disbursed between now and September 27, 2020. 

 

It’s a Tenant’s Market

While the closure of numerous independently-owned small businesses has been an unfortunate side effect of the recent events in our world, this has led to a silver lining for new business owners seeking affordable real estate. We’re currently experiencing a “tenant’s market,” meaning that prime commercial real estate locations in neighborhoods across the country are cheaper to lease now than they’ve been in years!

 

Parents Need You!

The recent COVID-19 crisis did two things for supplemental kids’ education franchises like Kidcreate Studio: 

  1. It showed parents how necessary art education is for their children’s continued well-being and development.
  2. It showed parents how quickly their children can run out of ideas and become bored at home when there are no extracurricular activities available to them!

We predict an upward trend in supplemental children’s education programs once they are able to resume their normal activities, especially as parents return to the workplace and need beneficial educational programming, like the type offered by our art studio franchise, to keep their children engaged prior to the start of the new school year. Kidcreate Studio is already filling the gaps left in kids’ education left by school closures through instructor-led virtual classes, take-home art kits, and online tutorials. Once we are back to our standard in-person class schedules, both in our studio locations and through our On-The-Go partnerships, we expect to see our class enrollment flourish!

 

Time For a Change

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who experienced a layoff or furlough during the COVID-19 shutdowns, perhaps your time off work allowed you to gain perspective on what you really want out of your career. Investing in a Kidcreate Studio art studio franchise accomplishes two very important goals that are high on many people’s lists: owning your own business and establishing a career that brings personal fulfillment. If you have recently found yourself at a crossroads but aren’t sure if finding another corporate desk job is the path you want to take, it may be the right time to take charge of your destiny and make an investment in your future by opening a Kidcreate Studio. If not now, when?

Franchise Owner Makeeka Harris talks about how Kidcreate Studio’s support team helped her navigate the unprecedented events of COVID-19. Hear her story here.

 

Invest in Your Future- Own an Art Studio Franchise

Owning a Kidcreate Studio means changing kids’ lives through art. It means building a legacy for yourself and your family. It means making an investment in a historically recession-resilient industry that will always be necessary as long as people have kids who love to create! There’s truly never been a better time to own a Kidcreate Studio. Act now- the last day to take advantage of our special offer is June 1!

For more information on the Kidcreate Studio franchise, click here.

 

 

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Art Franchise Gets Creative Amid COVID-19 Quarantine

Art Franchise Gets Creative Amid COVID-19 Quarantine

As any Kidcreate Studio art franchise instructor can tell you, when we all get together to create something with our young artists, something magical happens! But what about when we can’t be together in our art studio classes or On-the-Go locations, like right now? Coming up with a way to continue inspiring kids to unleash their imaginations and express themselves through art even when class sessions aren’t possible takes some creativity- fortunately, here at Kidcreate Studio, getting creative is our specialty! Here are some of the ways our art franchise is staying connected with the families in our community until we can all see each other in the studio again.

Art Kits Bring Kidcreate Studio Home

In an unprecedented and truly extraordinary situation like the COVID-19 crisis, parents are facing some unique challenges they may not have come up against before, such as successfully balancing their work-from-home schedule, their kids’ homeschool lessons, and household chores, like cooking meals and doing the laundry. On top of all this, moms and dads are doing their best to help keep their kids engaged, entertained, and above all, happy through this difficult time. Kidcreate Studio understands this struggle and has responded with a series of take-home art kits that bring the magic and fun of an in-person Kidcreate Studio class right to the kitchen table!

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Each kit comes with the materials needed for the project, as well as a link to an online video with step-by-step instructions and background educational information about the art techniques being used. Kits can be picked up at participating Kidcreate Studio art franchise locations across the country or shipped directly to customers’ homes.  Parents and kids can currently choose from 10 different do-at-home art kits, and we’ll be offering new ones each week! 

Since we first started offering take-home art kits, they’ve taken on a life of their own! Preschools, scout troops and more have been purchasing them for all of the kids in their programs and using them to host their own virtual events. We’re thrilled to be part of other kid-based organizations’ efforts to stay connected to their students while they are at home!

Additionally, some of our Franchise Owners are using art kids as a way to make a difference in the lives of kids in their community who may need a little extra help during this time. Jerry LaMonica, who owns a Kidcreate Studio franchise in Rock Hill, South Carolina, has started a program where his location will match any donation of take-home art kits to children in need. We’re happy our art kits are inspiring so many people in the communities we serve to reach kids in so many ways!

 

 

Live Virtual Classes

Good news for our Franchise Owners- despite the stay-at-home laws currently in place, they can continue conducting Kidcreate Studio classes through virtual sessions! Parents can sign their kids up for a virtual class that replicates the in-studio experience right in their homes. Our corporate support team has created a special Kidcreate Academy e-course teaching Franchise Owners how to conduct a virtual class. Having a strong support system to rely on helps our Franchise Owners gain the confidence they need to successfully navigate these uncharted waters, and they know they can count on us for anything they need to help make the virtual class process run smoothly.

Kidcreate Studio’s virtual class model is already making a big impact on how we reach kids through art, even when we can’t be face-to-face. We’re getting some pretty great feedback from educators whom we’ve partnered with for On-The-Go classes in the past. Check it out!

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“Ta-DA Time” Goes High-Tech!

art franchise kitsOne of the best parts of any Kidcreate Studio class is “Ta-DA Time!” This is the moment at the end of class where kids reveal their masterpieces with a flourish and a big “Ta-DA!” Thanks to the magic of technology, we can still give our young artists their moment to shine as they unveil their artwork.

art franchise kitsOur franchise locations are asking parents to share pictures of their kids’ creations after completing their take-home art kits or attending a virtual class, which is then posted to the location’s website for everyone to see! Giving kids the opportunity to showcase their work helps bolster their confidence and feel proud of themselves- something that’s more important now than ever before as they adjust to their new normal.

 

 

The (Art) Show Must Go On!

Kidcreate Alexandria, VAFor a few of our newest Franchise Owners, one of the things they’ve been anticipating most is the Grand Opening of their new location. Even though we’re unable to physically open our doors and let eager art students participate in class projects in-studio right now, that didn’t stop Franchise Owner Diane Greenbaum from going forward with the March 14 opening date of her Alexandria, Virginia art franchise location. Greenbaum, who was celebrated in a recent Alexandria Living magazine article for her courage and ingenuity in the face of adversity, almost immediately switched gears to accommodate local students through virtual classes and take-home art kits, as well as converting a larger part of her studio to a space for retail merchandise which can be purchased through contact-free pickup. Despite the change in plans, Greenbaum remains optimistic about what the future holds for her art franchise, saying, “We’re still on a mission to bring grins and giggles to kids through art and the community is saying yes!”

 

 

 

 

You Gotta Have Art

As a kids’ art franchise, we’re proud to say that Kidcreate Studio is considered a “recession-proof” business, thanks to parents’ tendency to prioritize their children’s educational and emotional needs even in times of economic downturn. We’re in an industry that has historically done well in a recession, which is good news for current and prospective Franchise Owners alike. We’re excited to show you some impressive statistics we’ve uncovered to help us all feel optimistic about the future!

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There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis has changed our lives in just about every possible way, and we’re all going through some tough times right now. But as a franchise dedicated to helping inspire children to look at the beauty of life through the lens of art, we want to remind everyone that this is also a time of great opportunity for our Franchise Owners, staff members, and students. 

Until we can all be together again, we’re committed to providing the kids who matter so much to us with an outlet for their conflicting emotions and a way to channel their energy into something positive, beautiful, and fun. 

If you’re looking for a new career direction once things return to normal, investing in a Kidcreate Studio art franchise may be the best decision you’ve ever made! Our Franchise Owners get to enjoy a rare combination of emotional fulfillment, schedule flexibility, and potential for business success, all while knowing they are providing kids in their community with the invaluable experience of creating art. If you’re looking for your next career opportunity, we’d like to talk with you. Please visit our franchise website to learn more. 

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Art Kits and Education Franchise News

Art Kits and Education Franchise News

 

If you’re reading this blog, then it probably means that you’re familiar with our education franchise, Kidcreate Studio, and our background. Our Founder, Lara Olson, started Kidcreate Studio after she was discouraged with the limited amount of exposure her son was receiving, in relation to the arts, at school. When it came to art, Lara’s son, Jake, found tremendous joy in every part of the creative process and the feelings of frustration that he was experience in some of his other classes melted away. Lara believed, and still believes, in the power of art to teach, inspire, and build self-esteem in children of all ages. She also understood that art creates a fun learning environment for children which is exactly what many kids need and what many parents are looking for, especially in this day and age. Lara saw a need for art education and, in 2007, decided to start Kidcreate Studio.

Over the course of the last 13 years, we have been able to provide children aged 18 months to 12 years old the art education opportunities that they desire. In addition to our on-the-go studio model, we are the ONLY education franchise with a brick-and-mortar location, as well! Parents love Kidcreate Studio because there is no mess to clean up at their house, their children get to flex their creative muscles, and we are a great way to supplement any additional art education that their children may be receiving in school, however minimal. Children love it because they get to socialize, they get to have fun (while learning), and, well… they get to make a MESS!

With the recent events that have been going on across the globe, however, businesses are having to suspend their activities everywhere – including schools. A child’s early years are some of, if not THE most important years for learning and development which is something that we at Kidcreate Studio take extremely seriously. This is why we are excited to announce the development and implementation of our art kits which our Franchise Owners can send directly to homes of the parents and children that visit their locations! In addition to these Art Kits, we have also created online instructions that correlate with each kit! We offer 2 art kits a week, currently, and we are looking to add to the number of kits, as well!

Recession Proof Industry

From Lara Olson, “Making a mess with Kidcreate Studio is the best, even at home!  At home art kits with online instructional videos are now available!  Each kit contains an easy to follow lesson plan, a link to a correlating online instructional video, the art materials needed to create a fridge-worthy masterpiece and additional suggestions for online learning. These art kits are so much fun; it’s like having your very own private art teacher!”

So, parents – why you may have to clean up a bit of a mess, rest assured that until things are back up-and-running the way they should be, your children’s art education is in good hands with Kidcreate Studio!


In Additional News:

We are THRILLED to announce the new opening of our Dana Point location in beautiful California! The new Franchise Owner had fundraised for schools and educational non-profits, contributing to the quality of education and making a difference in kids lives. When she decided to make her dream of being an entrepreneur a reality, she was thrilled to find Kidcreate Studio, offering quality art education in a super kid-friendly environment. She is excited to bring California’s first Kidcreate Studio to the beautiful, beachside city of Dana Point!

You can learn more about the Dana Point location by clicking HERE!


If you are interested in bringing an education franchise like Kidcreate Studio to your community, then please visit our franchising site for more information!

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