Tradesmen franchises – saviour of the industry?

Occasionally, something goes wrong with our homes and we sometimes need a bit of help.

Even keeping up with car maintenance can be difficult, particularly with our lives becoming increasingly hectic and short on time. When time is short and the job becomes too complicated for us to do ourselves, we turn to tradespeople. However, this in itself poses some difficulties. Is this something that tradesmen franchises can solve?

Finding the perfect helper

Finding the right tradesperson that you can trust can be a long and sometimes stressful process. However, it’s one that will prevent issues moving forwards in the long term.

Fortunately, there are some warning signs that can flag up potential issues before they become even more serious. It is always important to do your research; take a look at different tradespersons’ websites and be wary of anyone who offers a very low quote or gives you one in writing – focus more on the quality of the work and the commitment of the person doing the work. Word of mouth can also be an important decision-maker, so take the time to ask for references if there are none on their website and again, be careful of anyone who is unwilling to provide these.

Though we are always keen to get the job done in a timely manner, sometimes the work can be done too quickly. Builders and other tradespeople are enthusiastic about the work that they do, however if someone offers to start immediately, this should start to pose questions about how trustworthy they are. Be mindful of anyone who does not take time to look at the job in detail and create a thorough quote.

Going rouge

There are around 10 000 complaints about rogue builders each year and can result in the entire industry being mistrusted unnecessarily. This of course poses problems for reputable builders. Franchising is a solid solution; working with a franchised tradespeople ensures quality and trust as franchises are always part of a brand that is affiliated with industry bodies.

Franchises also have proven business models, and many tradespeople working for or owning franchises have worked in their trade for several years. As a result, they have built up a professional manner of working and adhere closely to guidelines and procedures.

Igniting your entrepreneurial spark with tradesmen franchises

Mr Electric have been providing electrical expertise for over 17 years. They have a proven success record, and a commitment to providing quality service for their customers. Mr Electric franchisees provide technicians for various aspects of electrical work, and many have worked within the sector for several years. The electrical sector itself is forecasted to continue growing over the coming years. An estimated £20 billion being generated by 2018 so franchisees will be operating within a thriving industry.

All of Mr Electric’s franchises receive full training on marketing, promotions and other aspects of business support. Customer service also plays an important role in Mr Electric’s work; franchisees will receive full customer service training and be advised on how this can bring in repeat business. In a sector where word of mouth and reviews play such a pivotal role, Mr Electric’s commitment to its customers ensures that its technicians build trust and reputability.

Working for a franchise such as Mr Electric can help you to take the next step in your career. You can benefit from the business expertise that a franchisor offers as well as the opportunity to continue adding to your portfolio. Being affiliated with a respected and trusted brand also enhances your own credibility, which further builds trust with your customers. Not only that, but running your own franchise allows you to choose your own working hours and help you gain a perfect work-life balance.

What next?

With so many franchises in the construction sector, reputable and talented tradespeople have an opportunity to repair the damage that has been inflicted by rogue traders. Interested in owning your own franchise, why not check out more home, gardening and tradesmen franchises?

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Sandy Purewal

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