An Australian Franchisee Case Study
Secrets Shhh… Warringah Mall, Sydney
Why I chose franchising
I chose to enter into a franchise business as it offers the safety of following a tried and tested business format. There is also the knowledge that you are not alone, a credible franchisor will provide assistance for the franchisee throughout the term of the franchise agreement. An experienced franchisor is a necessary requirement for any franchise business.
What I did before taking up my Secrets Shhh franchise
I have always worked in the area of sales, and while my children were young I did this on a part-time basis. I have always wanted to run and own my own business, I was fortunate to have been introduced to the Secrets Shhh model of franchising; this opportunity came at exactly the right time in my life.
How I raised the finance to buy my Secrets Shhh franchise
Like most people in my position I sought finance from the bank.
The training and support I receive from my franchisor
The initial training was very comprehensive, clear and concise. The ongoing support I receive some six years down the track is as strong as it was on the first day. I have never been denied the opportunity to enquire about any aspect of this business, I have always been totally satisfied with the direction and guidance offered by the franchisor.
The challenges I have faced
All of the challenges I have faced have been of a personal nature. The commitment and passion needed to successfully run a small business is consuming but incredibly rewarding. I have definitely enjoyed the journey and appreciate the opportunity to live my dream.
My advice to someone thinking of buying their first franchise
Seek professional, sound financial advice, if you are confident with the product and the franchisor, and if you are in the right financial position all you need is the desire. Do remember its hard work, however, the personal and financial gains are really worth the effort.
My plans for the future
The future is full of endless possibility, there are many things included in my future plans. I would like to remain in this business for many years to come. I would happily consider passing it on to my daughters if the opportunity arose.
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