Tracey Lee Sydney-Smith – Kip McGrath

Tracy-Lee Sydney-Smith
  1. What is the name of your business and what is your role? Kip McGrath Education Centre Umhlanga and Computers 4 Kids Umhlanga. I am a franchisee for both.
  2. Describe your business in two sentences. Kip McGrath provides professional tuition for grade R to Matric students. Computers 4 Kids provides IT training for 5 year olds to 105 year olds.
  3. How long have you been in business? Kip McGrath is 7 years old on 1 February 2013 and Computers 4 Kids was 3 years old in October 2012.
  4. How did you get into this business? I was not happy teaching for the department of Education. I was looking for an alternative and found nothing that would satisfy me like teaching does. So I resigned myself to the fact that I had to teach. Then a friend told me that she taught at Kip McGrath for additional income. So I joined. The first night of training I asked my husband if we could buy one instead of me teaching for one. The rest is history. I read business magazines every month. I saw Computers 4 Kids advertised and made enquiries. It compliments what we do at Kip McGrath and I was ready to diversify my portfolio.
  5. What makes you go to work in the morning? I wake up and know that today Kip Umhlanga is going to make a difference in more than one student’s life. To see the proverbial “light” being switched on by children in class is enough for me to ensure that my business is successful.
  6. What is your favourite part of your work day? Having the students in the centre learning.
  7. Your secret to business success? Being positive, strong, and proactive and then extending that to the students who attend lessons.
  8. What is your business goal for 2013? I want 500 students in the Kip centre. I want to touch more lives and make a difference in those precious lives. I want Computers 4 Kids to offer extra murals in all pre-schools in our franchise area.