Is Gideon a Good Fit for You?
Before you go further, ask yourself the following questions. Opening your own Gideon center can be a profitable and rewarding business, but it is not for everyone. Be honest with yourself whether this is the right plan for you and your family.
Do you enjoy working with children and families?
Working with children can be very gratifying. You will need to be energetic and nurturing while also being prepared to lightly discipline to keep your center quiet and under control. You should be a people person as parents will want conferences often about their child’s progress.
Do you have a passion for teaching?
We require that centers be owner-operated as you will take the most interest and pride in seeing your center grow and thrive. Math and reading competency is mandatory as you will be the main instructor and will need to be able to explain concepts patiently to students using our methods and examples. Your extra enthusiasm for education will help students want to be there.
Are you ready to be a business owner?
Being your own boss is wonderful, but there will be ups and downs. Do not expect to turn a profit immediately. You need an entrepreneurial mindset with business sense. You need to be a motivated leader ready to sell your services and work long hours when needed. Prepare yourself to have uncomfortable conversations about late payments with clients or proper behavior and dress with employees.
Do you have the time to give to grow the business?
If you have young children, consider what you will do with your children while you are working at the center. It is difficult to maintain a professional image with children who can interrupt and are obviously bored. If you have a full-time job, think about when you will be able to devote time to your center. Is your current job demanding and requiring overtime occasionally? Be realistic. If you have both young children and a full-time job, you may want to reconsider starting at this time.
Where can I open a center?
When starting a learning center, the location must be at least a 10-minute driving distance from other existing retail centers. We will approve locations based on what we believe to be viable options after checking the distances and other information about the area. Email us to discuss options in your area or give us a call: 1-855-344-3366.
Do franchisees receive a territory?
Yes, retail franchisees receive a dynamic 10 minute driving distance radius from their center (or 2 min. for a non-retail franchisee) as shown by Google Maps or another web-based mapping system. We will reserve your general area for 3 months while you train.
How much does it cost to get started?
When starting a learning center, initial investment starts at $45,000 for a non-retail franchise and $100,000 for a retail franchise. Review the full list of fees HERE.
How long will it take to open?
If approved for a retail franchise, you should expect to open 6 – 8 months after signing. The length will depend greatly on how long the build-out takes. If approved for a non-retail franchise, you should expect to open 3 – 6 months after signing.
Can I open multiple centers?
Once approved, you can only start with one learning center. If you have a retail franchise, you may discuss with us your business plan about expanding into a 2nd center. However, you must still be at each center 75% of the open hours, and your business plan will still have to be approved by a Gideon rep.
When does Gideon update its curriculum? Are there digital options?
Curriculum updates and expansion are continuously ongoing. We are not developing digital options at this time as writing by hand is better overall for learning and aiding in memorization and increased brain activity. Read more on this here.
How does Gideon help with marketing?
We develop an opening plan for marketing as part of your opening kit. Also, we will develop your website page and brochure. We can create any ads – digital or otherwise – as needed. Also, we do a Google Ad Search marketing campaign for all centers.
What is the length of the franchise agreement?
How many hours per week are required?
You should expect to spend 20-25 hours per week when you first start the learning center and more as you grow. Most hours will be when the center is open which is usually 2 to 3 afternoons per week along with one weekend morning.
May I open with a partner?
Yes, but the franchise agreement requires a named center director who will be actively involved and physically on-site 75% of the class time and has a controlling interest in the company.
Does Gideon offer financing?
No, we do not at this time.
Let's Get Started.
Are you considering opening your own Gideon education franchise in Birmingham? Interested in learning more? Contact us today! Our team would be happy to provide you with more information about this wonderful opportunity.