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How does your previous experience assist you in the running of your franchise? Whilst my previous experience was with a commercial customer base I have found the transition to the domestic market relatively easy. The administrative and accounts experience I gained in the refrigeration business has helped me immensely.


How has your life changed since investing in a Hire a Hubby franchise? Do you have a good work-life balance? In the commercial refrigeration business I was driving an average of 250 miles per day, working at least six days a week, including public holidays, and working at least 12 hours a day. What’s more my partner does not drive and so she had to catch a bus or taxi to work and relied on lifts to get home. Since starting my Hire a Hubby franchise I now plan my days so that I can take my partner to work and pick her up at the end of the day. There are days when the workload dictates that I cannot drop her off or collect her, but these are no longer the norm.


It seems to be a small thing but this is indicative of the amount of time the franchise now allows me to spend with my partner. In refrigeration the earliest I got home was 8pm, now it’s the latest I get home.


What about training and support? The training provided by Hire a Hubby was extensive and very beneficial. The fact that I have my own business but with a great bunch of people just a phone call away to help with or discuss anything I need is incredibly reassuring. As I develop my business and gain experience and confidence I find that I need to call them less and less but I know that they are still there whenever I need them.


Have you got any plans for expansion? As my business is only two-and-a-half months old, I am only just reaching my first goal, which is to break even. If things continue the way they are I will definitely be looking to take on someone.


What advice would you give to anyone considering a vehicle-based franchise? If you have the drive and self-control to start you own business a van-based business is the way to go. A massive advantage is having advertising on the side of a van. I have even had a lady approach me for a quote at the petrol station.


Describe a typical day... I find that with Hire a Hubby every day is different. In one week I can hang pictures, change a light fitting and hang a mirror for one customer, then replace fence panels and posts for another the next.


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Gordon Amess


Gordon’s handyman services cover some of Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Previously working in a commercial refrigeration business, Gordon wanted to do something practical and hands on. Hire a Hubby presented the opportunity to invest in a business doing the things he enjoyed.


desk-bound job with working outdoors, so the automotive paintwork repair brand ChipsAway immediately appealed to me. Having attended the company’s informal open day to find out more, my wife Emma and I found ourselves impressed with the professionalism of the ChipsAway team and I joined the network soon after.


How did you find the initial training and support?


ChipsAway Richard Dexter


Richard was a talented film and TV animator before he decided to make a radical life change four years ago. He left his successful career and invested in a ChipsAway franchise.


What drew you to franchising and ChipsAway in particular? I like cars and was keen to replace my


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Our launch weekend went really well. We did estimates for around 60 customers with a total value in excess of £9,000 and booked a further 31 jobs worth over £5,000.


Now into my fifth year, I am pleased to note that over half of my business comes from word-of-mouth or repeat custom.


What is the ongoing support like? About a third of our leads still say they found us via Google. So the work carried out by head office to keep us up at the top of the Google search is also a key factor in generating new business. As are the national TV commercials which currently


generate approximately 20 per cent of our new business.


How have you found trading so far? What benefits are there to working in this industry/ being out on the road? As well as being able to spend much more time with my family, I am also fitter and happier! I enjoy working outdoors, I have no ‘office politics’ to deal with, I get a great deal of satisfaction from completing a good repair, and being physically active suits me better than being stuck at a desk. I just wish I had done this 20 years ago!


Would you recommend franchising to others? In particular franchising in the vechicle-based sector? I certainly would recommend franchising to others from my experience. The work is there as long as you follow the rules to getting it.


What are your plans for the future? My plans are to just continue as I am, continue to grow and enjoy it as I go along.


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