With two years’ experience, Shilpa Shetty is the franchisee of Kumon Upper Coomera Education Centre on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Shilpa opened Kumon Upper Coomera as a brand-new centre. Initially, she was searching for a Kumon centre for her son to attend, however, there were none in her area. This motivated her to take the next step.
The Kumon Brisbane office was also looking for a franchisee to open a centre in Upper Coomera and having been selected as the successful applicant, the rest is history.
“It occurred to me that, ‘Why shouldn’t I do this?’” Shilpa says. “I love working with kids.”
Shilpa says it is a highly rewarding role being a Kumon franchisee. It taps into her passion for working with children and nurturing their academic abilities.
“The main thing that motivates me is to help as many children as I can to think for themselves through self-learning,” Shilpa says. “With self-learning, children can attempt anything that’s challenging, whether it be in school or in life, without being scared to attempt it.”
It is through Shilpa’s hard work and ongoing communication with students and parents that she is now seeing the fruits of her efforts.
She offers the following advice for those considering becoming a franchisee.
“I think the most important thing is communication. As a franchisee, make sure you communicate with your customers not only when your students enrol, but throughout the child’s entire journey,” Shilpa says.
She says she also received great support from Kumon Brisbane while establishing her new business.
“I’m a year and a half into it, but I still have a lot of support from my Field Development Consultant and the Kumon branch office,” Shilpa says. “They’re constantly supporting and really do assist every step of the way, as much as they possibly can.”
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