Recently, Eden Exchange spoke with David Fitzpatrick, Regional Franchisor for Jim’s Fencing in Western Australia. David who is driving the business with his wife Mandy, discusses how Jims differentiates its brand in the market; who would make the perfect Franchisee; and why Jim’s Fencing is such a lucrative opportunity for the right person.
EdenExchange: Thanks for speaking with us David. Can you tell us a bit about your background and career? What’s your role at Jim’s Fencing?
David Fitzpatrick: We originally come from backgrounds in wheat and sheep farming. At Jim’s Fencing we are primarily involved with mentoring and supporting current Franchisees with their businesses as well as introducing like-minded candidates to the new business opportunity. We still operate our own Jim’s Fencing business in Kalamunda, this helps compliment working with other franchisees on jobs they may feel they need insight on or help to complete.
EdenExchange: David, you share your business with your wife Mandy. How has the partnership helped to run the business? What benefits does it bring to your personal life?
David Fitzpatrick: We work towards common goals and interests and tailor our family lifestyle towards this. When in business sometimes working by yourself can be a solitary existence, we find this dual focus also aids in supporting one another on a day to day basis.
EdenExchange: Last year you were awarded for Best Franchisor in Fencing Division. What this award means to you?
David Fitzpatrick: It means a lot to us to think that our Franchisees believe we are doing the right thing by them. This is a result of surveys to current franchisees within our region. It confirms we are giving them the guidance and the support they require and expect and are helping them follow structures and systems in place to assist in running their own business and helping them to prosper.
EdenExchange: As a successful Franchisor, what in your opinion makes for a successful Jim’s Fencing franchise owner? Is it experience, attitude or something else?
David Fitzpatrick: By far the most important is having a great attitude and aptitude for work. We are there to help with the shortfalls that come with lack of experience.
EdenExchange: What advice do you have for someone looking to run a franchise for the first time? What’s the key message you tell new franchisees?
David Fitzpatrick: We have proven systems in place to help build a successful business. It is important to be guided by these. We are very proud of the insight our Trainers can impart in the eight-week training period and beyond to avoid the pitfalls that come with running your own business when starting out.
EdenExchange: What makes Jim’s Fencing unique among other franchising opportunities?
David Fitzpatrick: The differing jobs we do means we are yet to hear of a Franchisee that does not generally enjoy our fencing tasks on a day to day basis and the satisfaction that come with it.
EdenExchange: What are some of the challenges you have overcome since joining Jim’s Fencing? On the other side, what are some of the key achievements you are proud of?
David Fitzpatrick: A tightening market place with changing products is challenging. It means you need to be constantly monitor all aspects of your business. We have seen some great fences installed over the years by our Franchisees, but what pleases us most is hearing from Franchisees’ family and friends about how happy and content they are with Jim’s Fencing in their work/life balance. We love that we have been able to give them this opportunity and have been part of their journey.
EdenExchange: What is the best thing about your job, what drives you to do what you do?
David Fitzpatrick: In addition to above, we enjoy being hands on with the fencing. Some of the places we work are very scenic and peaceful.
EdenExchange: Thank you.
Looking for a new challenge and want to become your own boss? Nothing can be more rewarding than owning your own franchise business with Jim’s. We will provide you with equipment, full training and ongoing support to help you with your journey to success.
Jim’s Fencing was set up 20 years ago as an extension of the Jim’s Group, the largest and best-known home services business in Australia that now has branches in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Coupled with your pride in quality workmanship and service, you can achieve direct rewards for the effort you expend in your own business. A Jim’s Fencing franchise is a fantastic opportunity to run a business, with the support of an organisation that offers a rewarding lifestyle and excellent financial gain.
With over 3,700 franchisees across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK, the Jim’s Group is a recognized and trusted brand. Our franchisees enjoy the flexibility, lifestyle, income and ability to control their own time with their business.
If you’re interested to find out more or are thinking about becoming a Franchisee with Jim’s Fencing, speak to us today to discuss how the Jim’s family could be right for you. Jim’ Fencing are there to help you succeed, call 131 546 today or fill in our enquiry form.