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Over 2700 reviews and ‘5 stars’ – reflects the demand for GutterPRO’s services and how well their Franchisees are regarded.
“Safe and sound we do it from the ground” is the mantra of GutterPRO – using carbon-fibre poles and industrial vacuums to clear gutters of debris. This approach is quick, efficient and safe for the Franchisee.
A typical GutterPRO job generates £120 of revenue – with Franchisees targeting 2-3 jobs per day. Importantly most jobs are ‘done on the day’ and ‘paid for on the day’ – boosting cashflow.
Van based GutterPRO has expanded to over 50 Territories since it commenced franchising in 2016.
Fast Start – Low Cost; is the ethos of GutterPRO. It is realistic for the Franchisee to trade profitably from ‘month 1’.
GutterPRO are confident that new franchisees will get off to a ‘fast start’. To reflect this, they offer a ‘£5000 turnover guarantee’, during the Franchisee’s first 3 months.*
Franchising runs deep in the GutterPRO pedigree – with the founders (Tony and Andy) previously Franchisor and Franchisee in a previous business. Tony was also a bfa director.
Starting in the GutterPRO classroom, the focus is efficient and safe ways of working. Next, the training gets ‘hands on’ – getting to know your new GutterPRO kit and assisting with some live jobs.
By day three, the new Franchisee will be leading live jobs, under the watchful eye of a GutterPRO leader. Back in the Franchisee’s Territory, GutterPRO accompany new franchisees for their first three days.
GutterPRO embraces the use of a specialist app and other ‘tech’ that helps Franchisees to run their businesses better. GutterPRO training ‘hand-holds’ new Franchisees through the use of GutterPRO ‘tech’ – even if they’re a technology dinosaur!
All jobs follow a five-step process designed to avoid unwelcome surprises. Taking before and after photos (via the on board camera) is an important element.
GutterPRO outdoors and active. Indeed many Franchisees lose ‘an inch or two’ off their waists. Indeed GutterPRO now provide a 2nd pair of work trousers a size smaller!
As GutterPRO Franchisees become established they take on more complex commercial jobs often worth in excess of £500.
*We comply with bfa requirement and state that this is not a guarantee of profitability.
“You’re in the Gutter?” was the light hearted taunt from his family and friends when Jon announced that he’d been granted a GutterPRO Franchise.
44-year-old Jon from Walsall, knew it was time to start his own business. A seasoned retail professional, Jon was 6 months into his latest challenge but something wasn’t right. Why was he again ‘doing it’ for other people and not for himself?
Having worked for many big brands, a franchise seemed the natural way forward. Jon also wanted a business that was future proof and liked the idea of getting out and about a bit more and being active.
This pointed towards a van based franchise. Ironically Jon found his perfect franchise in queuing traffic; “There it was . . . GutterPRO . . . just about the brightest branded van . . . in blue and orange . . . I’d ever seen”.
Back home Jon started researching GutterPRO. Relieved to find it was both a Franchise and importantly a BFA member. Indeed, GutterPRO was founded by an ex-BFA Director.
GutterPRO seemed to tick the boxes. An investment of around £10,000, with options to lease or buy a van coupled with earnings potential of over £50,000.
What stood out for Jon was the GutterPRO Fast Start Guarantee. This meant that the Franchisor guaranteed £5000 of revenue (about 50 jobs), during the first 3 months. And this wasn’t some wishy-washy commitment but a formal pledge in the Franchise Agreement.
Having a young family, safety was also important factor with GuterPRO’s “safe and sound we do it from the ground”, finding appeal.
A stroll around his housing estate, revealed the potential market. With Jon highlighting, “every third or fourth house seemed to have something growing in the gutters – that needed clearing”.
Jon liked the idea of a service Franchise, with high margins that, “wouldn’t get displaced by the internet”. But also the use of savvy technology like the GutterPRO’s ‘APP’, that sends client’s reminders, invoices and enables credit card payments.
So roll on the GutterPRO awareness day and a chance to, “kick the tyres”, with a few like-minded people. In fact, two of the people Jon met on the awareness day have also gone on to start a GutterPRO.
Exploring the ‘numbers’ – Jon found out that a GutterPRO Franchisee can routinely do 2 or 3 jobs per day with each job ‘done on the day’ and ‘paid for on the day’- benefiting cash-flow.
Next for Jon, it was contacting existing GutterPRO Franchisees and asking a few probing questions about the Fast Start Guarantee. GutterPRO claim that every Franchisee to date has exceeded the £5000 Fast Start target. Jon’s enquiry confirmed this was the case.
Jon signed up. Followed on by a week’s intensive training at GutterPRO HQ covering operations and marketing. At the end of the week, he picked up his gleaming GutterPRO van.
For the first 3 months, the marketing is paid for and driven centrally by GutterPRO central team– so Jon had bookings lined up for his very first week. With the GutterPRO team also providing on site support.
Fast forward two months and Jon has already broken his £5000 Fast Start target and appears on track to generate over £7000 of revenue in his first 3 months, “that’s 40% above the published figures”.
With the, “busy Autumn period” soon upon him, Jon’s quite confident he can go on and beat GutterPRO’s first year budget, “with room to spare”.
So, as Oscar Wilde might have put, ‘Jon may be in the Gutter ‘but he’s certainly ‘looking upwards to become a Star GutterPRO Franchisee’.