Even though he only became an Ovenclean franchisee just over three years ago, Duncan Chandler is already planning to expand his business
When Duncan Chandler launched his Ovenclean franchise just over three years ago, little did the former financial services manager realise that his business would become so successful he would have to consider expanding.
“I’m constantly busy and will soon be struggling to handle any more new work,” he explains. “I’ve surpassed the £5,000 mark for monthly income and although I’m delighted with that, if I am to continue to grow there’s really only one way forward.”
When Duncan was made redundant for the second time from his role as a senior manager for a lending company, he didn’t fancy having to move back to London to find a job and had lost faith in the idea that employment meant security. He therefore decided this was the perfect time to invest in the right business opportunity and become self-employed.
“When I discovered Ovenclean, I was immediately impressed,” Duncan says. “The franchise looked like great value. I could see the potential marketplace and understood how the business model worked. Better still, when I contacted them Ovenclean were friendly and informative and invited me to visit their head office to meet the team.”
Duncan then arranged to go out on the road with an established Ovenclean franchisee for the day to see at first-hand how the business operated.
“I was more than happy with everything,” he says. “I felt I’d given myself the very best chance of success by investing in Ovenclean and I’ve been proved right.”
When asked, Duncan’s only regret is that he didn’t join Ovenclean five or 10 years earlier:
“I’m enjoying being an Ovenclean franchisee. I easily earn what I did before as a financial manager and I get huge satisfaction from what I do.
“My life now is infinitely less stressed - I have more control and flexibility. It’s very different from being a small cog in a large organisation. Previously I was demoralised and constantly looking over my shoulder to see where the axe might fall next. Now I run my own show, feel more secure than I did in employment and am so much happier about my future.”