If you’ve taken the time to look around the FUN BUS franchising site, then odds are you’ve seen the video of FUNtrepreneur, Chrissy Truberg! Chrissy was one of our earliest Franchise Owners of our Kids Franchise and, since then, Chrissy has gone from one bus to SIX!
Chrissy recently sat down with us for a quick Q&A session and we’d love to share it with all of you!
Q: What is your background?
A: I was the director of a childhood development center for 13 years. I actually started out there as a teacher and I worked my way up to my position as the director. While I was working at this development center, my son actually went on the FUN BUS and he absolutely loved it! So, I started helping out when it came to organizing FUN BUS classes at the daycare.
Q: Why did you decided to get involved with a Kids Franchise like FUN BUS?
A: As time moved on, I was planning on purchasing the daycare, itself, but it ended up getting sold to the owner’s daughter, who is one of my best friends. Soon after this, a FUN BUS owner in New York, who had recently transferred over to New Jersey, sent an email out that he was looking to sell his FUN BUS and I decided to speak to my husband about it. While my husband was extremely supportive, we both agreed that this particular FUN BUS location was too far away – I was looking to spend MORE time with my family, not be even further away! That’s when I decided to look into Bergen County.
Q: What background experiences have you been able transfer over to FUN BUS ownership?
A: So much! My background of working at the daycare, knowing all of the various problems that are involved with that job, and having the experience of working with FUN BUS before I became an owner all came in handy! On top of that, as a director of the daycare, my top priority were the children and I have a great understanding of what both potential and existing customers are going through when it comes to getting involved with FUN BUS!
Q: What characteristics or skill sets did you identify with that made you think that FUN BUS was the right opportunity?
A: I LOVE talking to people – I’m definitely not shy! I am able to identify with every director or teacher that I’m working with, because I’ve been there! I also completely understand that without daycares, I don’t have a business, so I pride myself on being able to build strong and lasting relationships with these kinds of individuals in my community. I also can’t stress enough the sincere love that I have for children.
Q: What are your personal hobbies and interests?
A: Well, I’m a mother of three – I have an 18 year old son who recently went away for college and plays footballl; I have a 12 year old son; and I also have an 8 year old daughter. I enjoy spending time with my family, which is a major reason that I got involved with FUN BUS in the first place! Funny enough, ALL of my children experienced the FUN BUS and we’ve shared MANY birthday celebrations on it, as well!
Q: What has made FUN BUS a good fit for you?
A: The financial potential has been great! The first goal that I set for myself was that I wanted to be making the same amount of money that I was making as daycare director. I actually surpassed this goal after I purchased my first bus! In addition to this, the flexibility that FUN BUS provides along with ability to grow my business by adding more buses has been wonderful!
Q: What made you decide you wanted to be a multi-bus Owner?
A: From the moment I started working with one bus, I loved it! I also knew, almost immediately, that I wanted to own multiple buses!
Q: What do you like about the FUN BUS business model?
A: There are many, MANY things I like about the FUN BUS business model, but here are four of my main reasons:
- Corporate ALWAYS stands behind their Franchise Owners.
- The Corporate Team is always ready to help with any issues that you might have.
- The Support Team is unparalleled.
- The Support Team is willing to take their time and walk you through the entire process, step-by-step.
Q: Have your goals changed since you started your FUN BUS business? If so, how?
A: Yes! When I first started franchising with FUN BUS, I wanted to be able to pick my kids up from school, be there for all of their activities, and I wanted to run 8 buses. I’ve been successful at my first two goals, and I get to work in my own home office. While the third goal might see like a stretch, it’s a goal that I’m well on my way to achieving as I just recently purchased my sixth bus. My goal, now, is to continue growing and I want to be the first $1 million FUN BUS Franchise Owner!
Q: How has it been working with the FUN BUS Executive Team?
A: They are awesome! I am very close with Stacey and I actually purchased my second bus when Stacey bought FUN BUS! The Executive Team respects opinions, they’re open to change in order to make things easier on the Franchise Owners, and more. Franchising with FUN BUS is more than just a business -we’re all friends!
Q: What would you say to someone who is considering buying their own FUN BUS franchise?
A: I would say that there’s no reason to be on the fence – just do it! Owning your own FUN BUS is so much fun! You get to work with kids who ALWAYS leave with a smile! This is the best 30 minutes that the kids (and you) have all day! There’s nothing better than knowing that you’re making a positive impact in the lives of those on your FUN BUS!
If you’re looking to have your own success story with a Kids Franchise like FUN BUS, then we invite you to visit our Franchise Site! Who knows? Maybe we’ll be featuring YOU up here, next!