Brothers build new future with Ovenclean
Such was Rob Eaton’s success after becoming an Ovenclean franchise owner earlier this year, his brother Ray has followed suit.
Former builder Rob Eaton joined domestic oven cleaning specialists Ovenclean in January this year. In a matter of months, his new business has so improved Rob’s lifestyle that his brother Ray, also previously a builder, has decided to launch his own Ovenclean franchise!
“I was the guinea pig,” Rob grins. “We were both in the building trade and frankly had had enough. It’s back breaking work and pretty miserable in bad weather, so we each started to look for something else. I searched the internet for the right franchise opportunity, while Ray joined the ambulance service. I knew from the start that I wanted a van-based franchise with low overheads and the opportunity to work out and about – I absolutely couldn’t see myself cooped up inside, tied to an office.
“Ovenclean just appealed to me. On the one hand, the company had been established for many years, so I had the confidence that they knew their business, but on the other hand, so many people I spoke to seemed not to have even heard of a professional oven cleaning service, so it felt like a real opportunity to break new ground and be part of something new.”
Sure enough, Rob has found that providing he advertises his services regularly and distributes leaflets locally, the phone keeps ringing. He describes the response to his leaflets as “massive” and is delighted that he has had work booked in from day one, with increasing word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied customers.
What’s more, he says that his life has been transformed. The work is a lot easier, his customers are invariably delighted with the results of his cleaning and he gets paid on completion of each job. “I’m building a good regular customer base of private homes and I’m thinking about focusing on developing some links with cleaning companies next,” Rob says.
“As for Ray, he enjoyed being an ambulance driver, but he knows he can make more money as an Ovenclean franchise owner, so he’s also joined the network and starts his training soon.
“I’ve told him he’s still providing an emergency service – Ovenclean is the fifth emergency service as far as customers are concerned. Once they’ve experienced a professional oven clean, it becomes a necessity, not a luxury!”
Once trained and launched, Ray will be operating in an adjacent territory to Rob, which means the brothers can support one another’s business during holiday periods or work together on contracts that require multiple ovens to be cleaned at once, such as schools.
“I’m definitely pleased with my new business,” Rob confirms. “I know it’s just going to get better and better. I don’t come home at the end of the day filthy and exhausted anymore nor do I find it a bind to get out of bed in the morning these days. In fact, although it’s not something I ever expected to hear myself say, I actually enjoy cleaning ovens – I really do!”
Ovenclean provides specialist oven cleaning services to a large, virtually untapped marketplace. Franchise owners operate from professionally liveried vans and so benefit from low overheads and high flexibility. The top quality, powerful, yet eco-friendly Ovenclean product range, exclusive to franchise owners, effectively cleans ovens and hobs, ranges and barbecues, restoring them to pristine condition within a matter of hours. The proven business model is easy to learn, simple to manage and delivers a high earning, flexible lifestyle.
Reported by Megan Dunmore