Furniture Medic: The Perfect Business Opportunity: With a world number one ranking

A new found love of furniture making led franchisee Ben Jones to combine his craft with his career thanks to Furniture Medic. Adam Browning interviews

'I love doing practical, hands-on work,' reveals franchisee Ben Jones. 'It's a great feeling to be able to produce something beautiful that someone will display proudly in their home and it was this thinking that led me to Furniture Medic.'

As part of the ServiceMaster group, the Furniture Medic concept has been developed over 15 years to provide low overheads, great profit margins, and repeat business for franchisees.

'It can be run from home by anyone with good DIY, woodworking, upholstery or polishing skills, who will benefit from leads taken in our call centre by our central sales team,' reports ServiceMaster Franchise Sales Director Ken Dennis. 'Furniture Medic franchisees provide a professional service to catalogue furniture providers, manufacturers, importers, retailers, and the general public using environmentally friendly products.'

Having developed a strong interest in furniture making, Ben began to research how he could combine this craft with a career. Taking the plunge, Ben quit his marketing job, started a wood-skills course and began working for a local cabinet-maker.

Through his new contacts in the business, Ben met the local Furniture Medic franchisee who told him that he was thinking about retiring. 'The opportunity to invest in Furniture Medic jumped out at me,' enthuses Ben. 'I could see that the business would provide me with a steady source of work backed with the expertise of Furniture Medic. More importantly it would let me continue my new found love of furniture restoration while letting me run my own successful business - it ticked all of my boxes.'

Complementing his existing skills with Furniture Medic's two-week intensive training academy, Ben launched his Edinburgh-based business in July this year. Since then, Ben reports having been supported every step of the way:

'Furniture Medic, as well as the other franchisees, have all been very happy to share ideas that will give a boost to my business.'

Building a strong customer base through local advertising, Ben has also benefited from a high rate of word of mouth referrals and Furniture Medic's national accounts that includes some of the big name furniture retailers.

'It was a big decision to quit my job but is one that I definitely don't regret,' reflects Ben. 'I'm able to do something I love while working for myself in a business that has great potential.'

The Perfect Business Opportunity: With a world number one ranking

  • National accounts
  • Can be run from home
  • Ongoing franchise support

By delivering convenient, expert, on-site furniture care for residential, commercial and insurance clientele.

Experience unnecessary, but to have a practical nature would be desirable. We provide you with full training and a comprehensive guide to hiring, recruitment and ongoing support to help you work more on your business than IN your business.

For more details of this exciting and profitable business, please register your details today...