Contractor to entrepreneur: How I got into franchising
Four years ago Jack Connor left his job as a plasterer to run an Aspray franchise. Here, he gives a quick taster of the world of franchising
“I knew the model, saw the margins and earnings and thought, I could do well at that!” – Almost four years to the day later, Jack Connor, Aspray franchisee, still thinks he’s made the right decision.
Connor’s story started nearly eight years ago when he became an approved contractor for an Aspray franchisee in a neighbouring territory, working as a plasterer.
Having worked with Aspray for nearly four years, Connor said that he knew he had the skills required to operate a successful franchise for the chain which manages property insurance claims and repair work:
“Being friendly and good with people are the main attributes needed to be an Aspray franchisee. The customer has to like you. You need to be able to walk into someone’s house, be well spoken and get the customer to trust you with their claim.”
Having since built a successful franchise, what are Connor’s tips to buying a franchise? “Sit back, look at your own skills and work out what you are best at.
“Not everyone will have every skill needed but, check that you have got enough of those boxes ticked to get up and running.”