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V.I.P. Home Services franchisees make the most of working together to create a new life
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Akram and Eman Shaiya - V.I.P. has given us prosperity
Kevin Waterson ' V.I.P. can offer you a very good living
Akram Shaiya had been working in Sydney for months at a time, far from his wife and four children in South Auckland. It wasn’t good for anyone, but in July 2013 it all changed. ‘My wife Eman called me with news from her cousin Marlein. She and her husband Tony were going to sell their highly successful business – were we interested?’
Tony and Marlein Sawa had built up a substantial V.I.P. Home Services cleaning franchise in Manurewa but were moving overseas. ‘They knew it was a great opportunity for us to reunite as a family and were very glad to give us first refusal. Knowing what a good business it was, we didn’t hesitate – I was almost on the next plane and, once we had been approved as franchisees, we took over in late August.’
Although Akram and Eman both had some commercial cleaning experience, Akram speaks highly of the V.I.P. methods. ‘It is very easy to assume something like cleaning is simple,’ he says. ‘And it is – if you do it the V.I.P. way. We went through a full month of training which enabled us to be so much more efficient. It means you can get through each job faster and earn more in a day. And we have been wonderfully supported all the way along our journey, particularly by our area managers, Colin and Serena Davids.’
Akram cleans for around 130 regular clients per month plus additional one-off jobs such as cleaning for house moves. ‘We can do any indoor cleaning work, and being trusted by your customers brings in all sorts of jobs. One of my regulars thought she’d have to get a specialised window cleaning firm in, and was so pleased when she found we could do the job instead. V.I.P. has given us prosperity.’
Akram and Eman’s family life has improved dramatically since taking up the franchise. ‘Previously, the children hardly saw me but now we are able to work around getting them to and from school, and they are learning about the business, too,’ Akram says. ‘Two of them will be going to university soon, though, so as the business continues to grow we will employ people. That’s another advantage of V.I.P. – you aren’t limited by the number of hours you can work yourself.’
Kevin Waterson has appreciated the benefits of being with V.I.P. for nearly 12 years. He had been in the photographic industry and owned his own developing business until the digital era rendered it obsolete. ‘So I shut up shop and decided to look for some gardening work, because I’d always liked working outdoors. After about three months of struggling, I realised that a franchise would provide more customers so I joined V.I.P.’
Over the years since, Kevin and his wife Irene have built a substantial business with a mixture of diligence, consistency and being alert to their customers’ needs. ‘It’s not all about lawnmowing,’ he points out. ‘Even in the winter when the grass is not growing so fast, there are many jobs your regular customers want doing – you just have to ask!’
One of the benefits V.I.P. offers franchisees is that if they have built up more work than they want, they can sell the additional work back for a new franchisee starting in V.I.P. to handle. That provides a welcome capital gain while making the original franchisee’s business easier to manage.
‘Over the years, I’ve consolidated by selling off work a few times and now have a much more compact area closer to home, so I spend less time travelling,’ explains Kevin. ‘Irene helps me with a lot of the gardening work and we do a comfortable five-day week most of the time. I’m at the age when I’m looking towards retirement and we’ve bought a section near Paeroa that we plan to build on, so being able to take days off to check on things is a great bonus.
‘If you want to be your own boss and have flexibility, and you’re prepared to work hard when you’re working, then V.I.P. can offer you a very good living.’
V.I.P. has both indoor and outdoor opportunities available all round the country, with a flexible entry programme which allows franchisees to select the level of income and investment they wish.
‘You can choose the level you start at and enjoy the security of four weeks’ paid training while you are getting established,’ says Estelle Logan, who, with husband John, is V.I.P’s national franchisor in New Zealand. ‘We’re looking for people who want to own their own businesses, not just buy a job, and we can offer the opportunity to grow as big as you like. You can take on family members, employ staff or even become a regional master franchisee and help support others to succeed.
‘Joining V.I.P. has allowed Akram and Eman to reunite their family and build a substantial and expanding business, while it’s given Kevin and Irene financial security for the future. You can achieve the same – call me now to find out more.’
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