Centre owners tell their stories
Two ex-teachers find their business feet
Six years ago, teachers Luke and Janine Gerhard were becoming disillusioned with the education system. When approached by a local NumberWorks’nWords franchisor, they decided to open a tuition centre at Hitchin, on the outskirts of London. Now they have the lifestyle they always wanted.
Although the path from teaching to business-ownership wasn’t always easy for Luke and Janine, it has resulted in a comfortable lifestyle and greater flexibility for pursuing interests and hobbies. It also allows them teach the way they want to teach, so they get the best results for their students.
Lifestyle change pays off
American trained, with endorsements to teach at all levels, Charlotte Tait had been working in the classroom for around 30 years. Eleven of those years were in New Zealand schools, the last of which was Chilton Saint James, a year 1 to 13 private school in Lower Hutt.
“Our school quite often referred students to NumberWorks’nWords. I even sent my daughter there as an extension student and she enjoyed it so much it took me by surprise. Then one day I saw an ad in the Gazette for the manager role at our local centre. I thought, ‘that’s my next step’.”
Fun, flexibility and financial freedom
With the birth of their first child, Jo and Tony Nguyen realised the Sydney corporate jobs they’d enjoyed for years were steadily losing their attraction. Jo was an organisational psychologist working in human resources and Tony was a qualified lawyer working as a business analyst.
They knew they wanted to start their own business; they just didn’t know what that business would be.