Posted on Aug 14, 2014
Questions and Answers with Hobby Quest
Q: What sets Hobby Quest apart from other Education franchises?
A: Hobby Quest specializes in after school enrichment activities. Being that fun outlet for children, our hands on approach gives us a huge advantage over other education companies. While the children are enjoying new activities, they learn a lifetime worth of skills and can actually see the results of their hard work - building a model airplane that actually flies, designing their own one of a kind garment and performing a magic trick that even adults can be fooled by.
Q: Can you tell us about the business model for a Hobby Quest franchise? How do your franchisees make money?
A: Hobby Quest is a home based business that can grow into an office or even an activity center for kids. For that reason our business model allows a very low initial investment and a quick ROI (return on investment). The after school program is a fast growing field with a never ending demand that grows through any economy. Parents value their children’s education and keep it as a high priority in their finances. Our programs are priced to be affordable for most families and low income areas will sometimes get funds for sponsoring Hobby Quest programs. In addition we also offer birthday parties, summer camps, workshops, events and many other activities which give our franchisees unlimited options for growing and matching this business to their lifestyle.
Q: What is the current state of the After School sector within the Education category?
A: After School care is an area that, through this economy, has been growing rapidly. With parents needing to work longer hours, the demand for afterschool programming is never ending.
Q: Can you describe the primary target customer for Hobby Quest? How are your franchisees reaching out to this target customer?
A: Hobby Quest’s target customers are schools, recreation centers, childcare facilities, camps, and really wherever there are children. Our franchisees will become part of an industry that is active and growing and will reach out to children and parents by partnering with those locations and offering our programming to their community.
Q: How do you keep ahead of the curve when it comes to competitors?
A: Our unique programs allow us to be a sole vendor in most schools for the programs we offer. Our curriculums change every semeter which allow kids to sign up again and again. By offering 4 different programs which are appealing to all elementary age children, are giving our customers the option of using us a a one-stop-shop for all of their after school needs. They coordinate and work with 1 contact point to bring their students a variety of options!
Q: Where do you see Hobby Quest going in the next five years?
A: Hobby quest is aspiring to be wherever kids are. Hobby Quest’s proven methods and systems will become a success in any location around the US in the next 5 years and will allow kids to join this journey of finding their hobby and discover what they are passionate about.
Q: Are there any changes you foresee in your industry?
A: The after school programs industry is growing every year. In this day and age after school programs are vital to the well-being of children and their families. The time immediately after school (3 pm – 6 pm) are peak hours for questionable behavior. After school programs such as Hobby Quest make available a safe, positive, and healthy atmosphere inspiring learning and assisting working families. The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice report that students that take part in quality after school programs achieve better academic performance, behavior, school attendance, and have much greater expectations for the future. State-level funding for after school programs and school-age child care in the United States tops $13.8 billion annually.2 Our programs routinely receive funding through numerous government foundations including “No Child Left Behind” and “21st Century
Q: What kind of training and support can your franchisees expect to receive?
A: To ensure quality and consistency Hobby Quest operates a network of support in the vital areas related to the development and operation of each franchise. You are the owner of your franchise with the solid backing of a world class organization.
• Data base of schools in your area. Email list and mailing lists.
• All marketing materials
• Sales center service dedicated to your area for the first 3 months/first 20 programs to get you started.
• Legal and accounting guides
• Operation manuals, videos and online training classes
• Headquarter representative visiting your location
• Ongoing training and support. Direct line to our headquarter support team 24/7, Conference phone meetings with other franchises. Annual training at our headquarters office.
• Your own Hobby Quest email – firstname.lastname@example.org
• Hobby Quest website that will promote your location as well as a mini site dedicated to your area with your contact information, all of your classes and other activities (camps, birthday parties, etc.) and optional customized area for your pictures, news and ongoing activity.
Q: What kind of work background or skills set are you looking for in a franchisee?
A: Individuals with previous management, sales or customer service experience are definitely considered a plus as are backgrounds in education, but not a requirement. We will train you from the ground floor up to help you create your very own Hobby Quest.
• Strong sales and customer service abilities
• Well-developed people skills
• Management and organization experience
• Mature and stable
• High personal standards: excellence, honesty, integrity
• Able to meet initial investment requirements
• Strong leadership skills
• Ambitious and energetic
• Hands-on problem solver
• Customer service orientation
• Passionate about enriching the lives of children
• Computer literate
• Highly motivated
• Great attention to detail
• Business sense
Q: What are your growth plans for Hobby Quest? Which geographic markets are you targeting for expansion?
A: Hobby quest is targeting all areas In the US where there are kids and the right population for our activities and programs
Q: What type of area development opportunities are available?
A: Franchisees will be given a primary area of responsibility, however we believe that every area has growth potential and are willing to discuss additional opportunities as they come up.
Q: Is there anything else you wish to share about Hobby Quest?
A: Hobby Quest has been making a difference in children’s lives for over a decade now, and we look forward to spreading our knowledge and success throughout the globe. In almost every city, in every country, there are children who need a creative outlet for their afterschool hours and parents who need afterschool care for their young children while they work. The demand is never ending, and we are privileged to fill this need with fun, engaging, educational and hands-on programs that can help lay the foundation and build skills for a lifetime.
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