“We have so much more flexibility in our working lives”

Ann Brebner and Claire Elliot – Northampton

While working as a Police Officer seven years ago, Ann Brebner (pictured with Claire) decided that she wanted a better work/life balance. As her job demanded long working hours, Ann wasn’t seeing as much of her family as she wished, so she started to look into options that would allow her to be her own boss.

She realised that becoming a franchise owner met this criteria, and one business opportunity stood out – Time For You.

Ann says: “The reason I ended up investing in my own Time For You franchise was because it has a good business model that was very easy to implement.”

Claire Elliot was working voluntarily as a mechanical engineer and realised that she wasn’t going to be offered a full-time position. While taking her next career step into consideration, Claire spoke to Ann about the many benefits being a Time For You franchise owner offered.

The opportunity to become part of a flexible and rewarding venture was more than enough to persuade her to join forces with Ann.

Nearly seven years later, Ann and Claire have 290 regular clients and more than 100 cleaners registered with their business, while enjoying annual profits of £125,000. Ann has found that Freddie Rayner has been really supportive throughout her years as a franchise owner and says that everything has been “surprisingly easy”.

She is adamant that she made the right decision in investing in a Time For You franchise and hasn’t looked back since.

According to Claire, anybody considering becoming a franchise owner should “give it a go”. Her university education has helped her with the business side of the franchise and the support from Ann has been priceless.

“Joining a franchise is something that I never thought I’d do but I’d jump at the opportunity to do it all over again,” says Claire.
“The best thing about being a Time For You franchise owner is that it has given me so much more flexibility in my working life, meaning my family and I are benefiting from the increased spare time I have with them.”

“I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an easy business to run”

Ralph and Hazel Watson – Fife

Since Hazel and Ralph Watson bought the Fife Time For You franchise of in 2005, they now have about 115 cleaners servicing more than 220 clients, with ambitious plans to treble their business within the next three years.

“We want to be the biggest domestic cleaner in Fife,” says Ralph. “We are very passionate about Time For You and it has given us a great lifestyle. There are franchise owners within the business with many more clients, and we are hoping to emulate them to grow.”

The pair first realised there was a gap in the local market for a new domestic cleaning company when clients of their previous carpet and upholstery cleaning business asked if they could recommend a domestic cleaner.

Ralph and Hazel knew franchising was the road they wanted to go down, and were looking at different business opportunities when they discovered Time For You.

Hazel adds: “The way the business works is very simple, making it easy to run if you are prepared to put the hard work in. We also found that Time For You was affordable for clients in this area and yet still profitable for us. Some of the other franchises we looked at insisted on high hourly rates that we felt would be difficult to sell in this area.

“The support from head office is brilliant. If we have a problem they get involved immediately to help sort it out. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an easy business to run that has good prospects.”