I’d started chatting to my wife about Ovenu after I’d heard from a friend’s relative that it was a pretty good business and it had worked really well for him in his territory before he’d retired at the tender age of 72. In the spring of 2014 I was totally fed up commuting over 3 hours a day from my home in Prestatyn to Manchester and back with my job as a windscreen fitter for a multi-national company. It was dark when I went to work and dark when I drove home. Depressing or what!
Like a lot of my co-workers and friends at the time, we all seemed to be working all of the hours, had credit cards almost maxed out each month and had little or no family time to spend with our nearest and dearest. This just wasn’t what I wanted to keep doing so I needed to make something different happen. So I did.
I started on my journey with Ovenu in the last week of April 2014 when I undertook the Induction Training. But before this happened I did all of the things you’re supposed to do like chatting to existing franchisees, putting together a business plan and making sure that my wife Sue was behind my decision.
There were loads of positive comments and great noises coming from all angles; family, friends, now ex-work colleagues – everybody was supportive but I was still nervous as a kitten!
I’m now into my second 5-year term as an Ovenu franchisee in my Denbighshire territory and I don’t think I could be happier with the way things are with my business! I’ve got a brilliant business in my local area, I start and finish in daylight (mainly!), I meet the most lovely clients in my area and I’m loving watching my family grow up. I set my own schedule and take holidays at times when it suits the family rather than when the rotoa tells me!
Has it all been easy? Nope! There’s a lot of hard work that goes into running your own business, but the beauty about the Ovenu business is you’re not on your own. There’s a whole bunch of experts and brilliant colleagues around who are keen, willing, and able to help no matter what the problem might seem to be. I can genuinely say there is no way I could have got to where I am now without their help and support, along with having the family by my side.
I’ve had my backside kicked occasionally by Ovenu HQ over the past few years and I’ll openly admit that. I thought this was a bit harsh at first but, once you take on board why you’re being nudged in a specific direction and see your turnover and profits improve, the penny drops pretty soon after!
For me it’s not just about the money, but it’s nice to not have to worry about burned out credit cards anymore; rather getting a good reward for the hours and effort that I put in and being able to keep most of that for myself. I say most as I have fees to pay for the franchise, like all franchisees do, but I don’t begrudge our HQ a single penny given what I get back in exchange.
This business works for me and my family 100%, so if you’re looking at making a career out of the oven cleaning sector I’d recommend chatting to Ovenu first. I did and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
If you’d like to find out more about starting an Ovenu franchise business then please register your interest on the form to the right, or give us a call on 01189 743911.