Nikesh Karia, Right at Home Barnet and Edgware
When Multi-franchise owner Nikesh Karia turned 40 in 2017, he was ready for a new challenge which would make a real difference in his community. He found the solution by attending a franchise exhibition and meeting with a business that shared his own values.
Nikesh didn’t think life could be any better than it was when he turned 40 at the beginning of 2017. He had a lovely family and a career which offered him travel experiences he knew others could only dream of. “I managed large global projects, which meant I was often travelling to the States, Singapore, or Kiev, where I could experience new cultures and cuisine from some of the world’s most amazing countries. But,” he says, “something was missing. I felt hollow. I didn’t have a sense of making a difference to anyone’s life. And I was away from my children more than I wanted to be.”
Nikesh was ready for something more fulfilling. “Where I was in life, my next step didn’t need to be dictated by finances. I could choose something to really allow me to develop personally, whilst engaging with the community I grew up with.”
He started to think about what he stood for, now he had turned 40. “We both came from large, close families, so understand the importance of close relationships and the support they provide; especially in life’s later years. We’d had our eye on home care for a couple of years, but hadn’t really settled on the right option. Having personally experienced the difference quality care makes to a loved one, finding the right brand was crucial for us”
Connecting with quality
Nikesh researched all his options, and attended the British Franchise Association exhibitions. It was there he met the team from Right at Home. “As I spoke to Right at Home I really felt we connected with their ethos and with what they want to accomplish in the industry. This resonated with what we wanted to do.”
Right at Home offers home-based care, with the collective desire for clients to retain total control over the assistance they receive, thereby protecting their independence, as they live, supported by Right at Home, in their own home. Offering quality of care is about going the extra mile, as we would for our own families. Nikesh says, “The more I spoke to them, the more I discovered, and the stronger the connection.”
Connecting with support
“The support from the National Office has been excellent – they really are experts in their field, both individually and as a whole team,” Nikesh says. “I joined them for an orientation day in January, and knew I was making the right decision. This is a start-up business and I have been given the confidence to build something successful.
Nikesh opened Right at Home Barnet and Edgware. “The business is what I hoped for. I have the work-life balance I needed, in order to be able to engage with my three kids” Nikesh enthuses. “Added to this, my wife Kala and I feel blessed to be in a position to provide quality home care in the community where I grew up.
One year on…
Nikesh has enjoyed a good first year. “There have been challenges, as there are with any new business,” he says. “But being able to work in the care industry is rewarding. I have a real sense we are making a difference to someone’s life by what we offer through Right at Home, because care is at the heart of who we are”