Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Opperman.
Kayla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My grandma started a business shortly after she “retired” that my mom owned with her, so I grew up around strong, independent, hard-working women. I always wanted to be like them and own my own business. I studied engineering at CU Boulder and was an Electrical Engineer for six years before buying my first Snapology franchise (Snapology of Golden) in March of 2018.
I saw the potential right away, so after just a year, I bought my second franchise, making us Snapology of Golden-Littleton. This was a great career change for me, since as a young mother, I wanted to make an impact and enrich our children’s education. I’m holding onto that S.T.E.A.M. background I worked hard for, while also enjoying a flexible lifestyle. I can work as much or little as I’d like. I work my butt off, but it’s so rewarding and makes me constantly happy!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s a new business, so I for sure have some lows. I have taken risks that didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped, making me feel like I have wasted precious time and money. However, overall we’re still growing, and I consider those mistakes to be part of the educational investment. I came into this venture without any marketing, PR, elementary education, or other relatable backgrounds. It’s fun to be in an entirely different industry, learning constantly. I enjoy meeting our educators and building relationships with them. I have more time with my family than I would have if I still worked in an office, so it’s all-around a positive path.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Snapology of Golden-Littleton – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
We teach S.T.E.A.M. concepts to children ages 2-14 through interactive play, using LEGO bricks and other hands-on learning tools. We mostly teach enrichment classes at schools and run summer camps. We also do birthday parties, field trips, and workshops! We make learning fun, and I am always proud to see this firsthand. I enjoy watching children see what they are capable of building and coding. I think if they aren’t exposed to complex S.T.E.A.M. concepts soon enough, they might shy away from those disciplines as they grow up. We build the confidence they need to succeed!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’m looking to grow, grow, grow! I need to focus on delegating more of my duties to make that happen. I will admit that I am a bit “stuck” at the moment, with controlling too much and only being one person. I am about maxed out on what all I can do, so my next step needs to be delegating more work to my staff or hiring a territory manager and going from there. I’m nervous to take that step but very excited for what the future holds! I love what I do!
- Before-school and after-school enrichment classes are typically $15-20/child/week.
- Field trips/workshops are $175 for the first hour, $150 for the second, and $100/hr for every hour after.
- Summer camps are $200/week for a half-day camp and $350/week for a full-day camp.
- Birthday parties start at $250.
- Website: https://www.snapology.com/locations/golden
- Phone: (720)504-5848
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snapologyofgoldenlittleton/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SnapologyGolden/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/snapology-of-golden-denver