Serendipity and an in-flight magazine led Abby Hussey to a $2 million-plus business.
Working as a loan officer for several Colorado banks wasn't a career that offered the work/life balance Hussey wanted once she began having kids. She began researching franchise ideas, but nothing clicked, which was not a big surprise when franchise ideas she was pitched included a Bouncy Castle franchise concept. Then she stumbled across Goddard School on a trip to Philadelphia, visiting a friend whose children went to the early education center. On the flight back home to Colorado, she was thinking about it when she opened the Hemispheres in-flight magazine … to an ad for Goddard School. "I said 'What the heck?'" Hussey recalled.
"We wanted to make an impact on the lives of the children in our community," Abby said. The couple's professional skills in management, accounting and sales and marketing helped. "It was exciting to think we could relay our skill sets into owning our own business within our community," she adds. "Our boys had gone through an early care and education program, and we knew how important that foundation was."
It also helped that her husband Scott, an IT executive with Austin-based tech start-ups, had a stable income (he would eventually become co-owner of the Goddard School franchise.)