Today we’d like to introduce you to Fayzan Keshwani.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Fayzan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Coming from a business background family, working the education industry was a long term vision and goal. I moved to Texas in 2014 & started as the marketing manager at one of local Promotional Company. Worked there for three years & learned a lot from my fellow colleagues and the owner(s) themselves.
While working at the promotional company, I always intended to work for self and eyed at the Education industry but kept on procrastinating the idea since bi-weekly checks were very comforting. During that time period, I met Nizar Bhulani, who happened to be a very old friend and came from a very able family background. On meeting him, I discovered that we echo each other’s interest & wanted to get into the educational industry.
With that, we kept looking for opportunities around and in the fall of 2017, one presented itself with a Sylvan franchisee in North Dallas, selling his existing location & that’s where it all started. The transition from “9 to 5” job to owning a business was gruesome and took a bunch of life adjustments. Anyways, that was just a quick synopsis of how got into Sylvan Learning with our first location in January 2018. After that, we made sure that things go in the right direction for us to become multi-unit franchisees today.
One thing that I religiously believe and follow is that “comfort” in your current situation (financial/life goals) is your indication to move forward. Need to keep the hunger alive & not to get accustomed to regular comforts of life.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It wasn’t brutal, but it was a different phase of life, where I transitioned from regular set hourly job to owning a business. Huge shout out to my parents who guided me at every step of the way & my wife, without whose compromises, this feat wouldn’t have been impossible.
Running a business involved a lot of moving parts and just getting used to those routines was an experience. Either its finance, HR, marketing or legal – you are the point of contact and usually overseeing the final decisions, required a lot of organizing and delegation, but I guess we learn while moving forward.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sylvan Learning Center – what should we know?
I represent Sylvan Learning Centers. We are an after-school tutoring franchise & work with the kids from Kindergarten through 12, basically, serving a wide variety of scope.
We are remedial as well as a source of supplement education. For younger kiddos, we do foundation remedial skills like reading, writing & math. For older ones, we have advanced reading, writing or any other subject matter. Additionally, we also offer homework support for students who need help nits’ grits of school homework & finally for older ones prepping to go to college, we offer SAT/ACT prep.
I have personally seen our programs work, I believe in them & there is nothing better than hearing and looking at the success stories that our team makes every other day, week, month & year!
Our educational model is very different from others as we have a very high face-time that students get with the teachers. Our average student to teacher ratio is three students: one Teacher, giving these young minds a lot of attention and importance because this is what will shape them in future.
I personally handle all the marketing tasks aligned with the company which is a fun yet labor-oriented task and needs a bunch of time, commute and efforts.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Our staff has been the most instrumental part of our success. We have been blessed with an excellent set of directors who run our daily operations and make sure, education remains fun and the quality is not compromised.
Of course, my parents who guided me at every step and my wife, without whose compromises and sacrifices, this feat would not have be possible.
- Phone:Sylvan Learning of Dallas 214-342-3305Sylvan Learning of Cedar Hill 469-575-9980Sylvan Learning of Arlington 817-557-6333Sylvan Learning of Bedford 682-738-3634Sylvan Learning of Southlake 817-416-6827
- Website: www.sylvanlearning.com