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Common questions relating to buying a Kumon franchise

Q: What are the advantages of buying a Kumon franchise?

Kumon offers a proven business model, and by buying a Kumon franchise you are establishing a relationship with a successful company. You will be able to use our unique Kumon Method and benefit from our extensive training and support. You will also be able to capitalise on Kumon's existing brand awareness in order to gain a return on your investment.

Q: What's to stop Kumon disappearing?

Kumon has been running in Ireland for over a decade, and is also a worldwide organisation which has been established for 60 years. There are currently over 4 million Kumon students across 49 countries and regions around the world. We are not a small company which could disappear overnight. 

Q: How much time would I need to invest in this franchise business?

This is a full-time business opportunity. However, we do recognise you may need another income to support you in your first year. We ask you to work no more than 20 hours in any other employment whilst you start up your franchise.

If you purchase an established study centre from an existing franchisee or open in a commercial or permanent space, we expect a full-time commitment, i.e. a minimum of 40 hours a week, from the outset.

Q: How much money would I need to invest in this franchise business?

The Kumon licence fee is only €600 (payable in two installments). Premises vary in cost considerably subject to local market rates and a number of other factors.

In addition to your licence fee, a €2,400 investment to your Centre Promotion Account is required. This will be for use on all approved marketing activity during the first two years, to give your business the best possible start.

The combined initial start-up costs are therefore only €3,000 making this one of the lowest barrier to entry franchise opportunities available.

Q: What do Kumon look for in a potential franchisee?

We are interested in people who have a passion for education and the development of children, who want to run their own business and are proficient in maths and English. Full training is provided by Kumon. Our Instructors come from a wealth of different backgrounds, but all successful applicants will be educated to degree level or equivalent, have a full driving licence and have the right to work in the Republic of Ireland. Every potential Instructor must also pass a proficiency test in both maths and English (approximately Junior Cert level).

Many Instructors are Kumon parents who have seen how valuable the programme is and have decided to join our expanding network.

Q: What do I need to pass the proficiency test?

You need to have good maths and English skills, up to Junior Cert level.

Q: What does it mean to be a Kumon franchisee?

As a franchisee you get to run your own business, according to a business template designed by Kumon, and use the unique Kumon Method of Learning. The Kumon programmes are designed for students to work independently, with guidance from their Instructor. As the Instructor, your understanding of the programme is vital to the success of your students and you will therefore work through the programme materials as part of your initial and ongoing training.

As an independent business owner, the decisions you make will directly affect the performance of your business and you will need to invest time and money in growing your centre.

You will not only have to support students, but recruit them too and therefore you must be energetic, self-motivated and willing to invest in your students and your centre. A vital part of your role will be to raise awareness of Kumon in your area; to generate enrolments and appreciation of our brand.

Q: What hours will my centre be open?

A study centre opens for class typically two to six days per week; outside of class, your time must be flexible to the needs of your business. As your business grows you may need to extend your class times and add extra days at the centre.

The first six months can be demanding as you are learning about the programmes and also recruiting your students and staff, so you will need to be prepared and highly organised.

Q: What marketing support will I receive?

As a Kumon franchisee you are able to use our brand and promotional materials. You will also benefit from our wealth of experience and expertise; this includes adverts, material production and promotional campaigns, as well as PR and communications support. You will benefit from our national marketing, the Kumon website, your own microsite and our call centre to refer new enquiries to you.

Q: I am thinking of working with a partner, can we both be franchisees for one centre?

No, only one individual can be the franchisee but if you wanted to employ your partner as your senior class assistant this is fine and many Instructors have adopted this model. Only one person can train per franchise and Kumon will only have one contract with the person who signs the licence agreement.

Q: Can the study centre be located within any kind of venue?

A Kumon study centre must be suitable for children, of adequate size and condition, and comply with all health and safety legislation. Increasingly our Instructors are moving into retail or commercial office space as this offers high brand visibility, accessibility and signage approval.

There are, however, currently two different business models that Kumon offers to new franchisees: commercial/permanent space and municipal space.

Commercial or permanent space - options may include retail or non-retail space such as commercial office space with high brand visibility, accessibility and signage approval. Kumon can provide advice and support prior to approval.

Municipal space - venues which have previously found success as Kumon centres include GAA halls, church halls, community centres, school classrooms and many more.