There are a lot of people who want to start a tuition franchise in the UK. The fact you are reading this article means you are likely to be one of them and that you’ll be interested to discover more about what it takes to be successful in this field. This article will give you some ideas on what kind of things you need to consider when embarking upon your own tuition business.
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Make sure that you do your research first before deciding on which type of tuition franchise you want to open. Perhaps get in touch with different schools and, if they can spare you some time, talk with headteachers, teachers or support staff. Find out more about the challenges their students face and any potential gaps in their education, which you could help to fill. Likewise, talk to parents and find out what kind of tuition they would prefer for their children. Researching in this way will help you to find your valuable and unique selling point.

A passion for the education industry

When it comes to starting your own tuition franchise, you need to have an interest in and enthusiasm for the education industry. The reason for this is because you will be dealing with children and their parents on a daily basis. You need to have a positive approach and want to help build a brighter future for children. If this is not the case then you should probably consider another business opportunity. As an entrepreneur, it’s crucial that you love what you do and have a passion for helping others to learn new skills because this will keep you motivated even if things get tough. As an educator, you should love working with children and want to inspire them to achieve their learning goals.

Supportive family, friends and business partner

The support of those closest to you will help keep you motivated and on track during the start-up process. If family and friends are not supportive of your proposed career path, then it may be time to reconsider your plan.

Your business partner, if you have one, can be another key element in the success of your tuition franchise. They will be there when times are tough, they'll keep you focused on what's important, and they'll support you with day-to-day operations as you're building up your business.

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Understanding of your target market

You need to know your market in order for your business to succeed. Research the demographics of your area and find out what kind of students will be attending school there in the next few years. Find out what types of services they need and what they expect from these services as well. This way, when you start advertising your business, you can target only those who will benefit from it most and maximise your profits as well as returns on investment (ROI).

The right location

The first thing you need to do is find a suitable location for your business. You need somewhere that has good foot traffic, is well known in the area, and has easy access with good parking. Ideally, you want a place that is near an area with lots of schools so that students can easily get to you. A busier area may mean more competition, so make sure you research other educational services in your chosen area, perhaps offering your service at a different time or day of the week to give more customer choice.

Engagement in your local community

You should strive to provide excellent customer service through your tuition franchise at all times. This will develop customer satisfaction, build rapport and spark good reviews which will spread by word of mouth in the local community; personal recommendation is invaluable.


If you need additional support, you should make sure you hire the best staff possible for your new business. When it comes to tuition franchises, good staff are essential. They guide students to gain confidence and become independent learners. Your staff should be friendly, patient, and encourage students to learn new things each day. They should also be knowledgeable about their subjects so that they can provide clear explanations when needed, help students understand new topics and inspire them to have a love of learning.


If you're thinking of opening a tuition franchise, keep these points in mind to help you succeed. If you have the drive, a passion for education and great communication skills, then you should consider opening a tuition franchise. Most of the ideas we have suggested in this article are just common sense but useful nonetheless. If you want to be successful as your own boss in a tuition business, you will need to work hard and treat it like any other venture that needs resources and has running costs associated with it. The sky's the limit with this business, so just make sure you have what it takes to get started, do your research, prepare yourself for hard work, and then look forward to reaping the rewards.

First Class Learning is the UK’s fastest growing tuition franchise and we are always on the look out for like-minded individuals with the desire to start their own business working with children. Request a free franchise brochure to learn more.

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