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Reach for the Stars - July Stories

23rd July 2018

The exciting thing about running your own Usborne business, is the opportunity to not only share our award-winning books with customers, schools and more, but also to share that same opportunity with others. Our Organisers are able to support countless individuals to write a better story for their families.

In this series of blogs, we will be following the stories of some of our newly promoted Organisers, who may be becoming a leader for the first time, or climbing further up the promotion ladder by expanding their businesses.

We hope that their stories show you that anything is achievable in your Usborne business. Just reach for the stars!

This month we spoke to EU leader Jana Filova, whose enormous passion for Usborne books and desire to share them with as many children across Europe as possible really inspired us. She's a shining example of the endless opportunities that an Usborne Organiser can have with a business based in the EU.

Jana's Story

'After many years abroad, I decided to combine my passion for teaching and language skills, opening several 'English is Fun' courses for children in my home town in the Czech Republic. As my first born became older, I added classes for adults and enjoyed teaching my students and watching their language skills grow.

When my second baby came along, it became more challenging to organise courses and childminding. I decided to take some time off to be with the children at home and wait for the right opportunity before returning back to work. Just at that time at the crossroads where all options seemed to be open at once and I was waiting for my life to take another turn, I met Zoe Voborilova, my excellent mentor, and I knew in my heart that this was the chance I had unknowingly been waiting for.

I knew beautiful Usborne books from Ireland and I bought them and imported them for my first born and for children at my language courses. They could not keep their hands off them, just as I couldn't either! When Zoe told me I could not only order books to have them delivered all the way to my home, but also start a business with Usborne from home, I did not hesitate. I knew that the work flexibility was the most important thing for me, being a mother of little children.

The opportunity to help more and more children around the EU reach for Usborne books motivated me to spread the word far and wide and start building my international team of wonderful book ladies. My team multiplies every month and I am thankful for a job where I can choose my colleagues who share the same work ethos and passion.

I have helped two lovely ladies - who have become my good friends along the way - to promote to Team Leader, and our combined efforts brought me all the way up to my Group Leader promotion in June. 

I am still full of plans and ideas and I believe there is still a long way for myself and for the many enthusiastic ladies in my team to go.' 

Congratulations to Jana Filova for promoting to Group Leader. We are incredibly proud of your achievement!