Could YOU be the Editor of a New Families Magazine for Parents in Essex?

There are currently 40 local Families Magazines in the UK and Families is aiming to launch number 41 and 42 in North and South Essex!

Families Magazine is a successful, highly-regarded magazine franchise which has been publishing since 1990. We’re looking for two new franchisees to become the Editor and launch and run Families North Essex and Families South Essex.

This is a flexible, home-based opportunity which would suit you (or someone you know) if you are interested in starting and growing your own business with the backing and support of a well-established brand.

So what is Families Magazine? 

Published 6 times a year, it’s a free local publication for parents and carers of children ages 0 to 12. Distributed by schools, nurseries, libraries and other venues which families frequently visit, each issue of the magazine is filled with fabulous information about days out, family activities and events, kids’ classes and clubs in the area, as well as useful articles about education, childcare, parenting and health.

Families Magazine is loved by local parents who find the content invaluable so, as Editor, you play a vital and rewarding role in bringing essential information to your community.

What is it like to be a Families Franchisee and Editor? 

Rebecca Carr from Southampton currently owns three Families franchises, publishing magazines in Hampshire West, Hampshire North and East Kent.

“I have been a Families Editor for over 7 years now. I purchased Hampshire West, a 2 year old magazine, in 2011 and Hampshire North in 2016. Last year, I have started a franchise from scratch in East Kent!

I published my first magazine in East Kent in January 2018 and it’s been received amazingly warmly by advertisers and readers. It’s already becoming a really successful business and complementing my two existing magazines.”

Hampshire West and Hampshire North franchises have grown considerably in my time as owner. I have built a great relationship with advertisers in the area who now book advertising with me year-on-year. They all feel they need to be seen in Families. I have built a solid team to work with me on the publications providing support with sales, distribution and social media. My publications are going from strength to strength and my turnover has grown almost 30% between 2017 and 2018.”

Running multiple magazines is hard work and requires you to be highly organised and self-motivated. But it is also challenging and rewarding when you get your magazine back from the printer and see the results of all the effort – something that parents love to read. I much prefer working for myself and from home, organising my own time and not having to do the daily commute or deal with office politics. However, there is also a great group of other Editors in the franchise network who are there to support each other via in-house ‘chats’ – and fantastic support from our Head Office!”


Wondering if being a Families Franchisee and Editor could suit you?

Our local franchisees:

  • Work flexibly from home
  • Have the opportunity to create the ideal work/life/parenting mix
  • Have the opportunity to review family friendly children’s shows, activities and events
  • Enjoy stimulating and rewarding work
  • Work for themselves building a business asset which is saleable in the future
  • Enjoy the benefits of marketing a brand-leading publication
  • Receive full training
  • Receive business support from an experienced franchisor team which ensures that whilst they work independently, advice and help is always available.


What skills and time do you need? 

Motivation and ambition are key.

You need to:

Want to run and grow a business, set targets and strive to beat them in order to maximise the money you make for your family.

Be a tenacious seller, with previous sales experience or a willingness and drive to get out there do it.

Have 25 to 30 hours a week available to run your franchise

Desire to share with other parents all the great family-friendly things that Essex has to offer!


What else do you need to operate a Families franchise?

Just a phone, computer, a printer – and the passion to embark on a new journey! Families Magazine will provide the rest. You get extensive training and mentoring, the print costs of your first issue entirely covered, plus free sales support from a professional media sales agent to secure advertisers for you while you are establishing your business.

For more information and a Franchise Information Pack, email Jen Brammer at [email protected] with your name, address and phone number or call Jen on 07900 588475.

Maybe this isn’t the right opportunity for you but could suit someone you know? If so, we’ll say thank you by giving you £200 if you refer on to us someone who then becomes a Families franchisee. Just contact us and tell us who you have referred!


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