Abrar Hussain, Scholars Education Centre Franchisee
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Abrar Hussain, Scholars Education Centre Franchisee

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“I wanted to have a business with a purpose that would allow me to give back to the community.”

 

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Abrar Hussain always dreamed of owning a business one day. “I’d always wanted to be my own boss so I could see the fruition of my efforts more quickly,” he explains. “Franchising seemed stable. It works well if you want structure and a proven business model.”

After completing his MBA, Hussain worked in business IT and as a business consultant. Still set on business ownership, he attended a number of franchise tradeshows over the years, initially focusing his search on consulting businesses. After doing more research, however, he became interested in the tutoring industry. “Tutoring is still an evolving business in its nascency in Canada,” he explains. Not only that, it was an industry he felt passionate about. “I wanted to have a business with a purpose that would allow me to give back to the community.”

After meeting a representative from Scholars Education Centre at The Franchise Show in 2012, Hussain took an interest in the franchise and set out to do his due diligence. “The more I started digging, the more it made sense,” he says. “They’ve been operating in Ontario for a long period of time so they have a very good model.” He liked that the system was developed in Canada by Canadian teachers. “Their program was created in conjunction with the school curriculum so you can provide a high level of support to students.”

Hussain opened his location in 2012 in Mississauga and says his favourite part of operating a tutoring franchise is seeing the difference he makes in students’ lives. He cites the example of one student who was struggling with math but ended up liking it so much, he wanted to continue his studies over the holidays. “Making them love learning, making them understand that math or any other subject is not ominous, it’s not something they cannot understand; this is something they take with them throughout their lives.”

Hussain says the main benefit of being a franchisee is having support from head office.  “Head office support is extensive,” he says. “Everybody is very well tuned to making sure every single location is successful.”

Originally published on www.thefranchiseshow.ca in January 2015

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