Russ Vernon had over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing in the packaging and motor industries when he decided to become a Safeclean by Guardsman franchisee. He had previously worked at senior management and director level, but a desire to work for himself led him to consider franchising. He thought that running a franchise would suit him because it uses the expertise of others and is a cheaper way to start up a business.
Russ decided on a Safeclean franchise as it had few overheads, a proven record and good cash flow. He enlisted the help of his wife, Carol, who manages the administration and finance.
“The support from head office has really helped us to get the business established, and also keep going, as Safeclean offer ongoing training and support,” comments Russ. “The support is excellent and always available.”
Russ began running his Safeclean business in 2007 and says that the experience has been hectic, but enjoyable! After his first year he expanded rapidly, taking on new technicians to help with the demand for work. Despite Russ's immediate success, he sees even bigger things ahead.
His advice to potential franchisees? “Don't give up. Sometimes good things take a while to mature!”