Former management consultant Ian Fidge describes his Ovenclean franchise as ‘fantastic’ and says he’s been amazed by the demand for his services. So much so, his wife joined him in the business to help with his rocketing workload.
“I can’t praise the franchise highly enough,” Ian enthuses. “I’ve had terrific support from the management team and I’m incredibly busy. I would say 60-70 per cent of my leads are repeat work or recommendations. It’s brilliant!”
Before becoming an Ovenclean franchise owner, Ian spent much of hishis working life analysing different businesses and, once he had decided to invest in a franchise, was determined to approach his new venture with his eyes wide open. He spent 18 months evaluating various opportunities, but explains that Ovenclean emerged as the hot favourite.
“Initially I looked at business-to-business franchises that matched with my previous experience and background,” he explains. “However, all too often they seemed overly complex and sometimes I couldn’t really see how I was meant to make money. By contrast, Ovenclean offered a straightforward business model and a strong, well-recognised brand name. It seemed to have the best package, the best products and a huge marketplace, with opportunity to build a regular repeat order customer base. I could easily understand how I could make good money from doing a job that so many people hate to do themselves.”
After his launch, Ian was booked for three weeks solid and, now about to celebrate his five-year anniversary with Ovenclean, he says he hasn’t looked back. He has a better lifestyle with morecontrol and flexibility, as well as a good income and tremendous job satisfaction.
“You have to be a people person to succeed,” he points out. “You need good customer service and communication skills. There are lots of advantages to an Ovenclean franchise and, providing you’re prepared to work at it, there’s a really good living to be made!”