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Industry:Suppliers of Handymen
Location:Greenmount Ind Est, Harold's Cross, Dublin 12
We met with Rob McCarthy, the Managing Director of the Irish and UK franchise of MrHandyman.com.
MrHandyman.com is an online firm supplying qualified handymen for all sorts of household repairs.
How Mr Handyman began:
Rob first heard of the Master Franchisor licence for Mr Handyman from the American Embassy. The company has very successful operations in USA, Canada and China so Rob went on a fact-finding mission visiting each of the operations in these countries. Satisfied that this was something he could build for himself, he subsequently took up the licence for the UK and Ireland.
We asked Rob how he saw the future of Mr.Handyman:
Each new business owner with Mr Handyman will create 8 new jobs - 6 qualified tradesmen, customer service representative and the owner. We plan to open ten new franchises in the UK during 2010 and 2011, averaging 1 per month. This will create 80 new jobs in 2010 alone and in 2011 a further one hundred and twenty jobs. In total the UK and Ireland will have room for 200 franchises in the UK and 30 in Ireland creating a total of 1600 and 240 jobs respectively.
Rob’s advice to people setting up their own business:
Research every detail and find yourself a mentor to help steer you in the right direction to avoid silly mistakes. Be sure you are the right person to run a business as a business does not make you money you make the business make money. So look at yourself long and hard.
How many football teams have you seen playing badly with the wrong coach? A change of coach with the same team gets a better result.