Today the MOD announced the third round of Army job cuts and up to 5300 jobs are to go. So this means that lots of Army guys will be looking for a new life outside in Civvy street.
I was in the RAF for 13 years and I too was made redundant in 1996. Back then I really wanted it, and in fact we all wanted redundancy because it meant a good pay out (mine was £46,000) and your pension straight away and for the rest of your life (the pension isn’t that great). So on the day I can remember excitedly going to see my flight commander to get the envelope that contained the “bluey” to say that I had been made redundant. I had already been accepted for Teacher training but I decided not to take up the offer preferring to ‘chase the money’ and I went into contract work which meant that even though I got “loads of money” it meant a life of boredom and unfulfillment. So why am I telling you this on my blog when looking back one of the other things I considered buying was a franchise. In fact they are still around a carpet van that goes around to peoples homes and sells carpets door to door. Well I glad I didn’t buy that as selling wouldn’t have been my strong point then. I’m better now but I’ve had a few years experience.
But really I think if back in 1996 I had looked a businesses a bit harder and would have found something that I enjoyed doing, so maybe something like oven cleaning, something hands on that required some physical effort. So would I have considered oven cleaning back then? Maybe though in 1996 it would have still be a very new concept and the market wouldn’t have been large enough. Today the market is accelerating upwards (see www.google.co.uk/trends and put in “oven cleaning”) and it’s a different proper market with huge potential. In the last eighteen months here in Bristol three new oven cleaning franchisees have started in the last eighteen months – 2 Ovencleans and 1 Ovenu. Has it affected our business ? Well no. We have a clientbase of over 13,000 to market too, in addition to other things we do.
So if you are on the bad end of the Army Job Cuts then there may be a brighter future out there for you.
We are going to be at the National Franchise Show on 22nd and 23rd February at the NEC. Come and see us to get my free book.