After working in highway construction and maintenance for 15 years, Owen decided that he needed a change. As he had no experience elsewhere he felt a bit trapped, but he seized the opportunity to invest in an Ovenclean franchise, and it’s completely changed his life for the better.
“I have never been afraid of hard work but had no idea how to go about setting up a business. A franchise really helps with setting up your own business. If you want to work for yourself but you’re a little bit scared, then franchises are the answer.”
“The back-up support is a huge advantage. Knowing that the team at Head Office are always at the end of the phone should I need them certainly takes the pressure off.”
Ovenclean franchisees receive 2-weeks of intensive ‘on-the-job’ training which is supervised by another experienced franchisee, as well as a 2-day intensive sales and marketing course. Owen tells us a little more about what he thought of his training:
“The training was great. My trainer was, and still is, always happy to offer advice. Although there was far more to the oven cleaning process than I’d originally thought, by the end of the two weeks, I was ready to have a go on my own. It was always going to be nerve racking, but after every job your confidence grows until its second nature.”
“Since starting my Ovenclean journey, my life has been stress-free with nobody on my case, and I earn more money! Each month, turnover gets better and better. I’m never resentful about having to go to work in the morning and that makes a huge difference. We spend the majority of our time working, it’s no good if you’re miserable doing it!
So, Owen is evidently thrilled that he took the plunge and decided to move into franchising. We asked if he had any advice for people thinking about franchising, and if he has any regrets about his journey:
“Think about it very hard, come along to an open day, go out with a franchisee for the day and think some more. Franchising isn’t for everybody, but Ovenclean really is a stress free-way to earn a decent wage. Personally, I don’t have any regrets about my decision.”