Franchise Owner Stories
Franchise owners reveal what it is like to really own a franchise business
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.
"The business has grown at lightning speed,"exclaims Rob Smith, who turned down a promotion to a senior management position to invest in a Riverford Organic Vegetables franchise. From a flying start with 116 customers, secured via leaflet drops and local media coverage, Rob and his wife Rachel have grown the business to 2,300 active customers in just 16 months.
Latif Twigeri must be one of Card Connection's most qualified franchisees. He holds a degree from the United States International Europe University and an MBA from Boston University's London branch. However, Latif admits:
Mark Hodgson and Brian Campbell, the franchisees behind a number of Bairstow Eves branches in northwest England, came into estate agency from backgrounds in management consultancy and banking, respectively.
Although I've always been interested in property, my previous career was as a physiotherapist and, more recently, housewife and mum. I'd not considered franchising until I met Platinum Property Partners co-Founder Steve Bolton at an overseas home exhibition, and heard him talk about this completely unique new franchise opportunity.
Before I joined Autosheen I was a mechanic and when I was laid off in November last year I struggled to find work. Slowly it dawned on me that losing my job was not necessarily a disaster, but could be an opportunity for a better life.
Before I became a Stenders franchisee I worked as a Bar & Restaurant Manager at Reval hotel in Latvia and was a regular customer of Stenders. I did not intend to invest in a franchise initially. At the time I was moving to Hungary with my fiancé and was looking for a business venture that had connections with both Latvia and Hungary.