Now that I’m considering going back to work, I was interested to find out how a ChipsAway franchise might suit someone like me.
Having been at home for a number of years, spending time with my family is hugely important.
The idea of going back to a nine-to-five office job doesn’t fill me with much joy.
I would prefer something which gives me the flexibility and freedom to work around my family’s needs and lifestyle.
It goes without saying that’s what most people want and that’s where becoming self-employed can be an advantage.
But I’ve got no experience of automotive repairs so how could it work?
It’s interesting to hear from people of varying backgrounds who have taken the plunge and invested in a ChipsAway franchise.
They’ve already been through the process and know what’s what.
Here are stories from three people who have changed their lives for the better with ChipsAway.
Looking For A Better Work-Life Balance, Richard Dexter
Richard previously worked in the Film and TV industry as an animator but after 16 years he decided he wanted a better work-life balance.
“I needed a new challenge and a change from my current career. My work had become something I no longer enjoyed. I wasn’t particularly looking for a franchise but my wife found out about ChipsAway and the nature of the work really appealed, so we looked into it further.”
“It seemed to offer all the things I was looking for. I could be my own boss and continue to do something creative. I couldn’t have started this type of business without the training support and backing of an established company behind me. Working outside in a fairly physical job appealed too, but most importantly it meant I could see more of my family.”
“After dropping my son at school at 9am, I walk the dogs, make my phone calls to potential customers that have come in and start my first job at 10am. There’s no set finish time. Sometimes I will work into the evenings if I’m very busy, particularly in summer when I like to make the most of the long days.”
“Joining ChipsAway has made my life so much better! I spend less time stuck in front of a computer, there’s no office politics, I have more time with my family and can even take the dogs to work. Overall, it’s just a happier, healthier work / life balance.”
A Change In Career Path After An Industrial Accident, Dan And Debra Siseman
Dan worked as an HGV driver for nearly 10 years before an industrial accident made him reassess his future.
Although he fortunately recovered from his injuries, Dan lost passion for his work and the long hours also made it difficult to see his newly-born daughter.
He decided it was time for a change and chose to invest in a ChipsAway franchise with his wife, Debra.
“It’s fantastic that we can now arrange our work life around family commitments – we are working towards a better future for our family.
“Next year we are planning to open a Car Care Centre, hire two members of staff and offer a courtesy car, whilst also carrying on the mobile service. The great thing about ChipsAway is there is the option to go as big or as small as you like – you can be one man in a van or have multiple territories, car care centres and vans or anything in between.”
“ChipsAway is not an easy option – there’s lots of hard work involved but we definitely don’t regret joining the ChipsAway family.”
“With a clear vision, I have been able to achieve my goals.” – Keith McGowan
Keith grew up around cars in a family business in the body shop repair industry.
He was already aware of the strength of the ChipsAway brand and their reputation for producing high quality minor paintwork repairs.
After attending an open day at the ChipsAway head office, he knew it was the right franchise for him.
“My business grew very quickly. I started off as a man in a van, then after 6 months I took on my first employee and we opened the workshop, the following January I took on another employee, and the business has snowballed from there.”
“When you own your own business, you need to have a clear vision of who you want to be and where you want to go. I have always had a clear vision of what I wanted my Car Care Centre to look like. When I first opened my car care centre, I didn’t think it was the best that it could be and I wanted to improve the customer experience. With a clear vision, I have been able to achieve my goals.”
You can find out more about Keith’s ChipsAway franchise journey in this video.
Find Out More About The ChipsAway Franchise
If you’re ready to make a positive change to your work-life balance then it’s well worth taking a look at what ChipsAway has to offer.
You can find out more about the lifestyle benefits investing in a ChipsAway franchise can bring you by visiting their website www.chipsaway.co.uk today.
Or you can call them on 0800 731 6914.
Disclosure: This post was produced in association with ChipsAway