Mariska Roux, Kumon Education Franchisee Success Story


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Mariska Roux - Kumon Constantia Franchisee

KumonFranchisee: Mariska Roux

Franchise Name: Kumon Education

Location of Franchise: Constantia Park Study Centre, Pretoria

Why did you go down the franchise route?

I’ve always wanted to own my own business. my parents owned a retail franchise for 10 years, the hours of the Kumon franchise is much better than retail.

Why did you choose your franchise?

I was doing Kumon as a scholar, thus when the opportunity came for me to own my own centre, I knew I was investing in a reputable brand.

What did you do before taking up a franchise?

I worked as a commercial property broker.

How did you raise the finance?

With help from my husband and parents, we made it work.

Mariska Roux - Kumon Constantia Franchisee 2What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?

  • Training pre-opening: Everything you need to know before your doors open.
  • Training post-opening: +/- 1 year training of intensive study of the programme.

What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?

At the centre / at home doing admin

  • 8h30 – 12h00: Emails, Newsletters, Finances, Events etc.
  • 12h00 – 13h00: Centre Prep
  • 13h15 – 17h30: Class time

What challenges have you faced?

Managing staff I took over from the previous owner.

Has becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?

Yes, giving myself the opportunity to pursue business, self-development, mathematical and English skill, working with parents and students – I have a multi-dimensional job!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?

Commit to your business, explore and find out everything there is to know to make a success out of it. Learn from other franchisees in the industry.

What are your plans for the future?

Growing to 200+ students and expanding to a house in the neighbourhood. Kumon should become a well-known name in Constantia Park.

Would you do it again?

Yes! Tough to be your own boss, but also so rewarding to see a 4 year old read for the first time or a Grade 6 student doing Calculus on her own!

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