Release date: 23-Jan-2015
After being a Director for a retail company for many years, Kevin Cook wanted a change of career but just like many people looking for a new direction in life, he wanted the freedom of working for himself.
Kevin researched his options and franchising seemed the best solution, as he would have the opportunity to enter into an already established brand with a proven, successful business model.
Having found a shortlist of 3 franchise brands and meeting with them, Kevin found the Business Doctors franchisors, Rod Davies and Matthew Levington, very informative and most of all approachable. The opportunity to join Business Doctors during its early stages of development was exactly what Kevin was looking for.
“I’ll never look back. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has allowed me to fulfill a dream of running my own business, drawing on my prior experience, to deliver a fulfilling service. It has given me freedom and flexibility, an improved work/life balance and the motivation of being in control of my own destiny. You get out what you put in!”
Kevin has now been a Business Doctors franchisee in Cheshire for two and a half years and the biggest challenge he has found is adjusting to life being his own boss!
“I enjoy the freedom of working for myself, but the biggest challenge I have faced so far is mainly adjusting away from the corporate life to running my own business, understanding and navigating through the bookkeeping & VAT returns and all that, that entails!”
“Despite these very minor challenges, after two-and-a-half years my franchise is now firmly established. Since day 1, the franchise model has allowed me to focus on client engagement, service and delivery. It has taken so much of the pain away in terms of administration and set up, with a comprehensive marketing, branding and support package up front.”
“I am looking forward to continued success as I expand it across my regional territory.”
When Kevin was asked what advice he would give anyone looking to invest into a Franchise, he says, “Do something you love doing and success will usually follow! Do your homework – research, speak to lots of different people and always speak to existing franchisees. The franchise business models are not universal. I was surprised at the extent to which the perceptions of the franchisor of the franchisor/franchisee relationship varied. Remember it is your business!”