As the mining boom begins to slow, many people in the mining industry are asking themselves “What is my exit strategy and what can I do after this?”
Whatever your background – even if you’ve had little experience with tools – you can launch a successful new career as a Snap-on Tools franchisee.
Snap-on is renowned for its quality tools and its long history of service and support, and its franchise network offers plenty of opportunity to people who are looking for a change in career or are keen to be their own boss in their own business.
Although many Snap-on franchisees have come from careers as a mechanic, it’s not the only way to get behind the wheel of a Snap-on truck.
Chris Hohnke, in Newcastle NSW, spent 15 years selling insurance and, before that, real estate, before joining Snap-on as a franchisee. He says technical knowledge about tools and car maintenance is not necessarily the most important thing about his job.
“You can teach anyone about tools, but 90% of the business is your attitude and your ability to talk to others. That’s what it comes down to – people skills, because you’re going back and seeing the same customers week after week and talking to them,” Chris says.
Harry Hoff is another franchisee who came to Snap-on from a slightly different route. He knew tools well enough, thanks to a background working in an engineering workshop, but he was a bit of an outsider in the automotive field.
“I had a basic knowledge of general hand tools – your spanners and sockets and so on – but when it came to vehicle-specific equipment, it was a bit of a learning curve.” Harry said.
Snap-on supports its franchisees with business managers and sales development managers, as well as strong back-up from head office. There’s also a good network among the franchisees themselves, many of whom have been in the business for a long time and know the ups and downs.
For more information about the Snap-on Franchise opportunity phone our Franchise Recruitment Manager, Les Coppin 0419 609 794 or visit www.snapontools.com.au/franchise