Franchise Owner Stories
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
First of all, you need to assess your own strengths and weaknesses, in particular the former, as it will be crucial in determining the kind of work you can realistically hope to do. Secondly, you should think about the skills & competencies you have acquired in past and present employment, including those you have gained through formal education.
John Loizou decided to invest in domiciliary care franchise Caremark and within two months of trading was able to deliver 150 hours of homecare to his territory in Norwich. John is now hard at work building up his business so that by the end of his first year of trading he will be able to deliver 1,000 hours of homecare.
I've been running my Safeclean franchise with my wife Nicola for 11 years and I still find everyday different, fresh and interesting. I really enjoy meeting people and providing a high quality cleaning service that our customers are happy with. When we first started our franchise we said that we wanted to offer a service that we would want for ourselves, which we have always stuck to.
Having launched his business in 1982, Geraint Williams is the longest serving Safeclean franchisee in the UK. Although he originally trained as an accountant he admits that it wasn't the career for him: "I didn't like working within four walls and was looking to start up on my own,"recalls Geraint. "The question I faced however, was what to do?"
The best advertisement for a franchise is always the success of its franchisees, and this was the case for Peter Appleby, from Shipley, West Yorkshire, who was introduced to Cleaning Doctor during a round of golf.
As a CerTax Accounting franchisee I can work the hours that suit my family, and I have bought an Audi TT - something I have always wanted. It's a good life and I wouldn't change it. In fact I'd find it very difficult working for someone else.
Before I became a Belvoir franchisee I'd already had a taste of being my own boss with my own property business in Australia. When my family and I decided to move back to the UK in early 2006 I began to look for new business ventures that would utilise my experience and expertise.