Spoton.net: Franchisee Case Studies
From freelancer to franchisee
Prior to starting her Spoton.net franchise, Ann was a freelance digital marketing consultant. Whilst she enjoyed the flexibility that came with being self-employed, she missed the security and stability associated with being part of an established organisation. This led her to research franchise opportunities and discover Spoton.net.
A website like no other
Having attended a discovery day with the Spoton.net team, she was impressed by the knowledge of all the staff but, ultimately, it was the it’seeze website product demonstration that really appealed to her: “I’ve worked for web design agencies in the past, so I’ve used lots of different website formats, but none are as intuitive and as easy to use as it’seeze.”
Support that is second to none
Ann sold five websites in her first month of trading and has continued to grow an impressive client base ever since. She credits her success largely to the range of products she markets, her own determination to succeed and the support she has received: “The ongoing support and training from the team at Spoton.net is second to none and it has been a significant factor in helping me to continually grow my business. “
Picking a franchise over self-employment
In 2010, Brian started his own business selling products online, but found most of his time was taken up with the technical aspects of the business rather than turning his sales and people skills into revenue.
Commercial and technical support
He relished being his own boss but wanted to spend more time doing the things he enjoyed – so he considered franchising.
“I wanted a way of marketing an established brand with proven technology and superb backup - one where I could use my sales experience and people skills to great effect. Having looked at a number of options, it was Spoton.net that ticked all of my boxes and still does. I can’t fault the commercial and technical support that I’ve received”, says Brian.
It’s been almost four years since Brian set up his franchise with Spoton.net. In that time he has developed a substantial amount of loyal clients. “My clients often recommend me to their contacts … it’s a business network that, if nurtured correctly, will continue to grow.”
Finding a better work-life balance
When Garry started a family, he needed more flexibility than his job in marketing allowed.
By taking on a Spoton.net franchise, he can fit his work in around family life.
‘I still work just as many hours as when I was employed,’ he says, ‘but now I have far more flexibility and enjoy the things that I used to miss out on, like my children’s school plays and sports days.’
He chose the Spoton.net franchise for more than just the flexibility it offers. The potential to build up a recurring income was also a crucial part of his decision. ‘I knew it was a risk to leave behind the safety of a salaried role,’ he says, ‘but one of the reasons that I chose Spoton.net is the business model – it gives me the opportunity to build a healthy residual income.’
Garry had little in the way of technical skills when he joined the franchise, but felt extremely confident after completing his week’s training at head office. ‘I was able to fully appreciate the level of support, knowledge and skills of the people that I would work with,’ he says. ‘They may be a long way from Yorkshire, but the excellent support I continue to receive means distance makes no difference.’
It’s been hard work, but Garry’s found the challenge extremely fulfilling. ‘I’ve proved to myself that I can run my own business, win new customers and provide them with an excellent website and level of support. The job satisfaction is far greater than I have experienced with any employed roles.’
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