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Homecare & Property Maintenance
About Hillarys Blinds
Hillarys Blinds is an established window fittings company which specialises in blinds, curtains and shutters, as well as awnings and carpets.
The company was founded over 45 years ago. It now employs over 1,100 people in ICT, sales and marketing, customer service, warehousing and distribution, as well as over 1,000 franchisees that represent the company on a self-employed basis.
Hillarys Blinds offers convenient in-home appointments to customers. Customers can request an appointment at a time that suits them. An expert local advisor will then pay a visit to showcase the full range of fabrics, offer advice on styles and choices, and take window measurements.
Once the customer has chosen the blinds and fittings for their home, the order is made-to-measure. When it is ready, the experts come back to make the fitting, and all this is included in the price.
How does the Hillarys Blinds franchise model work?
This is a unique franchising opportunity, in that you will operate on a self-employed basis as your own boss, yet with the full strength of a leading national brand on your side.
Your role as a Hillarys Blinds franchisee will be to attend customer appointments, enthusiastically showing and explaining the product range, discussing options, taking measurements and then returning to fit the products. You will work on a commission basis, and the work is fully flexible.
You pay an initial investment fee for the Hillarys Blinds franchise starter pack, which covers everything that you need to start your business.
How much does a Hillarys Blinds franchise cost?
There is an initial investment of £2,500 for the Hillarys Blinds franchise starter pack. You can make this as a single payment, or pay the fee in interest-free instalments. It’s possible to gain funding for the franchise package through a third-party financing firm.
As this fee covers the tools and training needed to get started, you will not require a lot more capital to start attending appointments and making your money back. The company suggests franchisees can expect to recover their initial investment within six weeks.
What is included in the Hillarys Blinds franchise starter pack?
The Hillarys Blinds starter pack contains all the tools and equipment you will need to start your business, as well as branded uniforms to wear to appointments. This includes seven product folders with over 1,000 fabric samples, power tools and hand tools, and a Samsung tablet with software for enhanced customer service.
You also receive award-winning training from industry professionals, including prior training at an academy house, as well as ongoing training courses and e-learning. Training covers all aspects of the business, from selling to measuring and installing, with practical scenarios and hands-on tool training.
The company also sets appointments on your behalf, and you will be given ongoing support from an experienced area manager.
Why choose a Hillarys Blinds franchise?
If you are looking for a flexible yet profitable venture in the world of homecare then Hillarys Blinds could be the franchise opportunity for you.
The low start-up costs make this an attractive offer. Aside from the initial fees of the Hillarys Blinds franchise package, which are in themselves relatively low, franchisees need not spend fortunes building their business.
The company says that you do not need to spend additional money marketing your business. They generate the appointments, and have spent over £25 million attracting customers so that you don’t have to.
Becoming a Hillarys Blinds advisor means being your own boss and controlling your own hours. Very few business ventures offer the option of part-time or full-time hours. You control how many hours you work and how many appointments you attend.
Where can I find territories for a franchise with Hillarys Blinds?
Territories are available across the UK and Ireland to start a Hillarys Blinds franchise. For detailed information on current franchise territories, you can contact the brand by completing the enquiry form found on this page.
Can I work part-time?
Being a Hillarys Blinds franchise advisor is a very flexible position. You will be responsible for appointments in your local area, but will be able to define the number of hours and appointments you attend. You are your own boss.
Obviously, the more you work the more you can potentially earn from sales made at appointments. Some advisors make a decent career and full-time living as a Hillarys Blinds franchisee, while others treat the role as a part-time or second job. You can fit this franchise position around your own lifestyle.
Will I be cold calling?
As a Hillarys Blinds franchisee, you will not be cold calling to generate leads. You will be responding to appointments that have already been booked at the head office by the customer. This means that when you show up at a potential customer’s home, they will be expecting you.
You will then walk them through the options and buying process. As most people are looking to buy, around 75 per cent of customers place an order. You earn a commission from these orders once the products have been fitted.
What profits can I expect?
Due to the flexible nature of the position, it’s difficult to say exactly how much money you can make. Franchisees working full-time hours can expect to make over £50,000 annually, while part-time workers can still make a decent living.
For example, if you work 50 hours a week and take 95 appointments a month, you can make £27,000 in sales, which is around £4,700 in commission. This would lead to a salary of over £55,000 for the year.
If you work 20 hours a week and attend 37 appointments a month, you may make £10,600 in sales and £1,800 in commission, leading to £16,600 for the year. It all depends on how much time and energy you dedicate to your role at Hillarys Blinds.
Do I need any prior experience or skills?
You do not need sales experience to apply to be a Hillarys Blinds franchisee. You just need to show enthusiasm and good communication skills. The training and support is comprehensive, although it’s still crucial that you have the commitment and dedication to grow your business and make it work for you.
If you have an interest in home décor and interior design, and are passionate about meeting people and talking them through styles and purchase options, apply to become a Hillarys Blinds franchisee today.
How do I apply for a Hillarys Blinds franchise?
If you are interested in becoming a Hillarys Blinds franchisee, you can register your interest by completing the form on this page.
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In-home appointments for made-to-measure curtain, blind and shutter fittings£3,000 Minimum Investment