Home' Border Enterprise : Enterprise Spring-Summer 2009 Contents 16 enterpris e
BUYING into a franchise for the
purpose of creating employment for
yourself might be one considered one
fraught with danger.
Greg and Robyn Barlow established
Snap Printing in Wodonga about 15 years ago and
recently won some impressive national awards.
"It was the first Snap Printing franchise in regional
Australia," Mr Barlow says.
"Robyn and I were looking to go into business for
ourselves and had friends who had a franchise in
"We checked it out and it seemed like a good
"We could have opened one in Melbourne but we
were keen to get back to the Border where we had
previously lived for a few years and this seemed
like the ideal way.
"So it was a choice based on lifestyle as much as
Mr Barlow says the franchise system was
invaluable for the business in the early years when
they were learning the ropes.
"But then it is a situation where you grow with the
business and you become independent," he says.
"But the franchisor is always there in the
background, reminding you of things you might
not think of because you are focused on the day to
day running of your business.
"You have to be sure why you are going into a
franchise and if you are going into it to buy a job
you could be asking for trouble.
"Ask someone you know who is already in the
system to make sure it is right for you."
For Glenn and Kerry Chapman the decision to
establish a Laser Electrical franchise in Albury
three years ago was a logical way to make a very
successful business, G & K Chapman Electrical
Contractors, even more so.
"This particularly franchise is different to most
because it's a business we can run as our own
entity and there are no royalties attached, although
there are some annual system management fees,"
Mr Chapman says.
"Apart from being able to run it as my
own business, we have access to a national
management support centre. It also runs a
tailored business software program that has been
designed specifically for Laser. We are part of a
national brand and also a national buying group."
The Laser Electrical franchise began 15 years
ago in New Zealand and there are currently 60
contracted businesses in Australia, Mr Chapman
Buying a franchise is how many people go into business for themselves.
MICK McGLONE speaks to Border locals who took the plunge
FRANCHISING: BUYING A JOB
OR CREATING AN EMPIRE?
Left: Snap Printing Wodonga's
Robyn and Greg Barlow. Below: Glen
Chapman from Laser Electrical, Albury.
Opposite page top: Trios Albury's
Kerry Bosch. Bottom: Andrew Wilson
from Sportspower Albury.
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