‘Being a franchisee still allows me to run my own business’

Considering going into franchising? Former engineer Paul Millican joined Auditel in 2013 and would never look back, here's why

Franchising gives you the opportunity to create a scalable and profitable long-term business, as demonstrated by Auditel franchisee Paul Millican.

Millican, a former engineer and ex-owner of a cost management business for 10 years, became a franchisee for the independent cost management chain in 2013 after recognising that he could transfer his existing skills “into a business that would work for him”.

Four years on and Millican sings the praises of franchising:

“Genuinely, Auditel give you the flexibility to build your business to whatever shape you want it to be so you can operate as a sole trader or, as I have proven, you can use it to grow…hand on heart I would never have done this if I had been doing it on my own. The training framework gives me the foundations and still allows me to run my own business.”

Proof that it doesn’t take long to achieve franchise success, Millican – who won the title of ‘Team Builder of the Year’ back in 2014 – claims to have secured a number of significant contracts for his business in the gas, electricity, telecoms and waste management sectors.

Growth is now on the ascent and he plans to take on three employees by the end of 2017.

Millican has also benefitted from being a member of the wider franchising community. He describes his relationship with Auditel owner Chris Allison as invaluable: “I have received knowledge and expertise way beyond what it says on the box.”

Launched in 1994, Auditel now operates more than 200 franchises across the UK and Ireland and offers a potentially lucrative business opportunity for those who may be interested in going self-employed but are put off by the risk of failure.

Joining an established brand gives you extra security and Auditel also reports that average earnings of its full-time franchise consultants with established business practices are over £100,000, while some franchisees make over £200,000 per year.

To become a franchisee for the chain, packages are available for £37,950 + VAT (includes training for two people), and it’s advised that you have initial working capital of around £20,000 to run the business.

To find out more about franchise opportunities with Auditel, click here.

Summarising his experience of being a franchisee, Millican concluded:

“I love my business; it is the most interesting job I have ever had. Every day is different, every client is different and every job is different  – I just love it and I cannot see myself wanting to ever do anything else.”

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