Why did you go down the franchise route? And why did you choose an EnviroVent franchise?
A business friend already had the franchise for a different area with positive feedback and results. Franchises are vastly more successful than standard business start-ups.
The EnviroVent franchise fitted within my area of knowledge and expertise.
What did you do before taking up your EnviroVent franchise?
I was a building services sales consultant, selling and designing air conditioning systems for large commercial offices, hotels, hospitals etc..
How did you raise the finance?
I raised income from sale of a property.
What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?
Induction training was one week at head office covering all aspects of sales, products and computer support systems. There is now a further five days field-based training too. We also receive ongoing training on new products and regular franchisee meetings.
What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?
Organising house surveys, quoting customers, lots of telephone interfacing with potential customers and cold calling new customers.
What challenges have you faced?
Generating leads and in turn income and sales to pay the bills. Unlike employment, a wage is not guaranteed at the end of the month! It’s down to you to keep busy and keep the enquiries coming in.
Has becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?
Slightly; it allows a large degree of personal freedom to make decisions that directly affect your business and success, your time off and when you work.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?
Pick the right one for you! Make sure you understand the market that you are entering. Thoroughly investigate the company and their products because it is their efficiency, competence and expertise that will have a large bearing on your success or failure.
What are your plans for the future?
To steadily increase sales year by year and reach my sales targets.
Would you do it again?