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Joanne Bennett, Dublcheck

I worked for about 20 years in banking and finance. Following the birth of my second daughter I was looking for a change in career. I decided that I wanted to be my own boss, as I wanted more flexibility and to work around my family needs.

I knew I wanted a management franchise that wasn't van-based or needed a premises to operate. Dublcheck fulfilled this and I also liked the fact that there is a guaranteed turnover.

When I met the head office team they were very open and positive and, while there is a business model to follow, Dublcheck is happy to discuss how to personalise it.

I launched my business in December 2009. Prior to launching I had one weeks' training at head office, which covered everything I needed to know for running my business. When I launched Dublcheck ensured that I had contacts already lined up.

My first year turnover target is £50,000, which in the future I want to increase. As well as the financial aspect, I want my business to provide me with more freedom and control over my everyday choices. For example my eldest daughter is at primary school and was in the nativity play and the only person I needed to ask for time off to attend was myself!