3degrees Social: From Teacher to Entrepreneur

16/03/16

There aren’t many franchise opportunities that give you the joyous feeling of helping people grow their business, whilst doing it in such an exciting, flexible and profitable way.

3degrees Social is the UK’s ONLY LinkedIn Training and Coaching franchise and arguably the most fun.

Not only is the model exceptionally lucrative, it’s also been the reason so many of its franchisees enjoy a better quality of life, both at work and at home.

If that’s piqued your interest, please let us introduce you to Sally Cope – a 3degrees Social Franchisee and business owner:

Sally’s passion for helping people get the most out of themselves, both in business and life, began with her teaching career, where she also mentored and coached adults as well as children. Sally discovered LinkedIn when she and partner in life and business, Kevin Cope started their business together; she was so taken by the impact it has had on their business, she decided to make it her business!

1) Why did you buy into 3degrees Social?

When searching for a franchise that best suited me I had a lot of criteria, mainly I wanted a business that would allow me to build a quality network of people fast, to help me and my husband grow our property business as quickly as possible.

3degrees Social ticked all of our boxes, even boxes we didn’t know we wanted!

I was initially attracted to 3degrees Social because coming from a background of no business knowledge, I saw the comprehensive and ongoing training and support from 3degrees Social HQ and this was vital in my decision making.

2) When did you start your 3degrees Social business?

I joined the team in October 2014, and within a matter of weeks I was gaining confidence in my knowledge and skills of LinkedIn and had several training and coaching clients, but even more than that I came from a background of no marketing or sales, but yet in such a short time I was able to advise clients on their marketing strategy.

Personally and professionally my learning curve and growth since joining 3degrees Social has been immense.

3) What training and support did you receive to get you off the ground quickly?

The training and support available to us is mind blowing!

Upon joining I immediately had personalised business cards, pop up banners, my own website set up for me plus customised email headers. Training on how to use the software and how to run a successful workshop was delivered over a four- day induction, no stone was left unturned! 

Coming out of the induction I felt slightly overwhelmed but confident enough to promote and host my own workshop.

If I require any further information or technical support I can always visit The Hub, which is an amazing online resource and is updated regularly.

And I have chance to ask on my regular coaching calls which help me implement my new found skills.

The on-going support has been incredible – not just from Andy and Mary but the whole team; they are on hand whenever you need them and we discuss everything!

The weekly team coaching calls and monthly team development sessions are fantastic, it’s great to share everything we are doing, our journey together, how we and our businesses are growing.

4) What have been your biggest ‘wins’?

I’ve had so many big achievements and accomplishments since joining but the things that really stand out are:

  • Being in total control of my working life, being able to grow a business, decide what I earn and when I work has been empowering and something I could never do as a teacher.
  • The achievement I am most proud of is being invited to speak on a local question hour alongside David Cameron(!) and having an internationally renowned and respected speaker fly in from Australia to speak at one of my events.

5) Who would best suit a 3dgrees Social business?

This is such a unique business; it really can work for anyone, even if you have little or no knowledge of LinkedIn or marketing.

Some have this as their full time business and others, like me, run it alongside a complementary business.

There are people from all walks of life; you don’t need any technical knowledge, what’s important is that you’re committed to making your business a success.

If you’re thinking of starting a business, I encourage you to speak to the team at 3degrees Social Head Office first, they’re second to none!


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