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If you have handyman skills, you could nail a new career with a Crest PropertyCare franchise
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Crest PropertyCare is a new franchise with a great foundation
Manjinder Sandhu, Crest PropertyCare 'If you've got some handyman skills it's a great opportunity and it's incredibly rewarding'
He’s been with Crest PropertyCare for just six months but Manjinder Sandhu is already planning to grow his business. ‘I’m really enjoying how it’s all going and I’m looking to take on more caretaking work in the future,’ says the former telco technician. The 34-year-old jumped at the opportunity to become his own boss by buying a Crest PropertyCare franchise.
Manjinder works at a large junior school in Auckland – and he loves his role there. Whether he’s fixing a jammed lock, sweeping leaves, or getting stuck into some water blasting, no two days are ever the same, he says. ‘It’s a great feeling waking up thinking about my day ahead. The school staff are really lovely, my work is always appreciated and I get really nice feedback. ‘It’s a great environment to work in and they make me feel part of the school community.’
Crest PropertyCare teams provide caretaking and maintenance services to schools and building owners, looking after their grounds, gardens and doing simple property maintenance duties. It’s a new franchise with a great foundation, being part of the nationwide commercial cleaning company CrestClean.
Established in 1996, CrestClean has more than 600 franchised businesses involving 1800 personnel serving customers throughout New Zealand. Industry-recognised training and regular upskilling has been a cornerstone of CrestClean, says managing director Grant McLauchlan.
‘All franchisees are trained in the safe operation of their equipment and to carry out their tasks whilst minimising any risks. When we set up a contract we make sure we identify and document the Site Specific Health and Safety systems.’
Caretaking contracts are organised and administered by CrestClean, and the franchisee is trained in the specific duties of each site. Franchisees are supported to ensure that they meet or exceed customer expectations, ensuring ongoing business.
Paperwork and chasing bills are a problem for many small business owners, so CrestClean offers special support here, too. The company prepares and files GST returns, prepares annual accounts and files each franchisee’s tax return to keep their business compliant. Even better, franchisees are paid twice per month – guaranteed – for the contracted services that they have performed.
‘I know that every two weeks I’m going to get paid,’ says Manjinder, happily. ‘It gives me peace of mind and having the regular income means you can just concentrate on your business.’
Manjinder says a Crest PropertyCare franchise would be ideal for anyone with basic DIY ability. ‘If you’ve got some handyman skills it’s a great opportunity and it’s incredibly rewarding. What I really like is that Crest gives you some very good training to help you into the role, and they have a great support system – they are always there if you need any help or advice. It’s not just the regional manager; everyone in the company is very supportive.’
CrestClean Managing Director Grant McLauchlan says caretakers may have a trade background or just have good handyman skills.
‘Familiarity with tools and the ability to fix or repair routine items is an advantage. We look after grounds, so lawnmowing and weed-eating are regular duties. There are lots of general outdoor tasks as well as other maintenance services. We need people who are self-managing, and who can organise the tasks and duties in a sensible manner.
‘It’s not physically demanding but you do need to be active,’ he points out. ‘Some of our caretakers are in their 60s and the nature of the work is lighter than previous jobs they may have had.’
The image of the traditional caretaker is changing fast, says Grant. ‘A number of caretakers are nearing retirement age and many existing caretakers are operating outside of the current workplace Health and Safety compliances. As a result, there is a growing trend to outsource caretaking to professional service providers. That’s creating franchise opportunities nationwide through Crest PropertyCare.
‘Typically, our customers are schools, businesses and organisations. Our schools caretaking service works really well and the schools are happy to have the caretaking performed on a contract basis. For larger schools, we create a team of several PropertyCare franchisees who work together on the job.
‘With Crest PropertyCare, you can enjoy being your own boss while also having the security of knowing you are being supported by a large company,’ says Grant. ‘For an investment of as little as $30,000 (plus a suitable vehicle), you can buy a business that will give you a good return and the potential to increase your turnover. Contact us today to find out more.’
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