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by Freedom Companion Driving Services

last updated 08/12/2019

Freedom Of Choice

by Freedom Companion Driving Services

last updated 08/12/2019

Freedom Companion Driving encourages new franchisees to spring into summer with special offer

Spring has arrived, summer is coming – and that means increasing demand for Freedom Companion Driving Services. The franchise, which provides essential transport for people who want a little more personal service than most, always gets busy at this time of year with tourism and family events adding to the usual demand, so franchisor Joanne Bush is keen to get new drivers on board.

‘To encourage people to join us, we’re reducing the usual $32,000 franchise fee to $25,000 +gst from now until 6 December 2019 for all potential franchisees in the South Island,’ says Joanne. ‘The same offer is also available for selected territories in Auckland, and for Palmerston North, Gisborne, Napier and Hastings.

‘The investment covers training, equipment, uniform, launch marketing, client management and other systems; the only extra you need is a suitable late-model vehicle and the necessary licences. ‘There’s ongoing IT and marketing support and, as your business grows, you can add more vehicles and employ suitably-qualified drivers to make the most of your exclusive territory without paying another up-front fee.’

Multiple income streams

Joanne says that, ‘The great thing about Freedom Companion Driving Services is that it can offer a variety of income streams. If your territory includes large retirement villages, lots of rest homes or a big hospital, your core business could be assisting clients to and from medical appointments. In most areas, we are able to accept Total Mobility cards – a big part of our business providing trusted transport for seniors and those with specific disabilities. Franchisees near an airport will typically do a reasonable amount of airport driving, and others may specialise in safe transport for younger people, including after-school activitity transport and transport for disabled children and teens. Familiarity and trust are important for both children and their parents or caregivers.

‘In many parts of the South Island, distances can be vast. For hospital appointments, there may be an ambulance shuttle service available but that can mean waiting around for hours after an appointment for the return shuttle. On the other hand, a Freedom franchisee can drive the person to their appointment and then leave for home immediately, or act as a companion for some city shopping or perhaps a visit to a café or restaurant before returning home,’ says Joanne.

‘Another opportunity showing great potential is tourism. Showing people the sights with total flexibility as to where they go and how long they stay is popular, and if you have a comfortable SUV, you can take them on little adventures to places they’d be unable or unwilling to drive to themselves. Then there’s chauffeuring business people: rather than sit behind the wheel fuming at the traffic, they can be on their phones or laptops getting on with business, with someone they know and trust doing the driving.’

Supported to succeed

While franchisees have freedom to develop their business in the way that best suits their own territory, they have plenty of experience to call on. ‘I’ve spent 30 years in sales, marketing, PR and a stint with NZ Trade and Enterprise assisting small businesses. It was the potential of this business that appealed to my husband Mike and me when we bought Freedom Companion Driving Services three years ago,’ says Joanne. ‘Today we have over 20 franchisees and I’m more enthusiastic than ever about what we do.

‘New franchisees must be personable, engaging, patient and friendly, scrupulously honest, have a genuine desire to help, and enjoy driving safely. They must also be able to build relationships with health and other education professionals in their territory. Age and gender are not an issue, and neither is having previous business experience as long as you have a warm, friendly smile and the determination to succeed.

‘Freedom franchisees can enjoy a great work-life balance while building a flexible, rich and rewarding business of their own. We’re looking to appoint and train more franchisees in key areas before Christmas, so get in touch now and take advantage of our special offer.’  

See this advertorial on page 55 of Franchise New Zealand magazine Year 28 Issue 3

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