Featured Franchise Owner – Miss Christine
Every month we like to highlight one of our terrific franchise owners to hear their story and how they got started. This month we’re speaking to Christine Noah, who owns her franchises in the Katy, Texas.
Hi there Miss Christine!
Thank you for taking time to talk to us about your journey. We can all learn from each other through sharing our journeys. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Where did you grow up and how did you come to be in Katy?
I grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. My mother past away when I was younger, so my 4 siblings and I all moved to Katy to live with my father. I now have a wonderful step-mother and 3 more siblings. We have a huge family which has taught me so much!
How long have you had your Tippi Toes®?
I have been a Tippi Toes® owner for a little less than a year but also worked as a Tippi Toes® dance teacher back in 2013.
Did you ever think you’d be a business owner?
Honestly, no. I feel like most of us grow up with the mentality that we will be working for someone. I studied psychology in school and I always figured I would work with children. I never thought I could actually have a business of my own, let alone doing what I love!
What made you decide to choose this business?
Like I said, I worked as a teacher in 2013 and just fell in love. Tippi Toes® is so different than anyone could imagine! It is far more than just teaching dance. I have personally seen it build confidence and increase social skills in children. It truly feels like a family to our staff, directors, teachers, students, and their families.
What advice do you have for other people starting out on this road?
Don’t be afraid to dive in! You learn so much as you go so it may feel a little overwhelming. If you are confident in your decisions, give it your all, and always remember to spread love/happiness, there is nothing you will do but succeed.
What is the best thing about being a business owner?
There are so many things that make it great! You are in control of your own accomplishments and you are able to feel pride in what you have built. You are also able to balance your personal life and work without sacrificing one or the other. Being a business owner allows you to connect with clients on a more personal level and even give back to your community. It definitely doesn’t feel like a business, but more of a hobby.
What is the most challenging thing about being a business owner?
The most challenging thing for me would be constantly having Tippi Toes® on my mind. It is not like a regular job when you get off work and you don’t think about it until you go in the next day. Being a business owner is like having a switch that you can’t turn off. You are constantly thinking about ways to be better and how to bring on more success.
If you could go back in time what advice would you give yourself?
I would love to tell myself to just breathe! There were so many little things I would stress about trying to get done and most of them were not very important. Now I keep this posted in my office, “Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” And you know what? It ALWAYS does.
Ready to join the Tippi Toes® family? Check out the Franchise Owners page and learn more how to get started in owning your own business. We’ll be with you every step of the way!