Quinton Hattingh, Cam-Era Franchisee Success Story

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Quinton Hattingh - Cam-Era Franchisee
Cam Era 200

Franchisee Name: Quinton Hattingh

Franchise Name:Cam-Era

Location of Franchise: Germiston, Gauteng

1. Why did you go down the franchise route?

We went down the franchise route to start our own business and create our own success and revenue. Being your own boss, putting in your efforts equals to your success.

2. Why did you choose your franchise?

We were looking for a relevant franchise product and one where we could manage our “own business” factor with manageable maintenance and overhead costs.

3. What did you do before taking up a franchise?

I managed a Call Centre

4. How did you raise the finance?

We joined a partnership for the capital of the start-up funds.

5. What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?

We received a detailed sales training course up front. We researched the product a lot before the sales training and received a lot of support from existing employees of the product user.

6. What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?

A typical day is all about planning and managing. We plan the day ahead and try to work towards the plan as best as possible. It is full of managing expectations with our existing customers and building new relationships with new potential customers.

7. What challenges have you faced?

The biggest challenge is the time factor. We need to wait for customers to decide when the time is right to purchase the product. In our line of business, time is our biggest enemy. If we wait too long, the customer may have a negative experience with theft and or vandalism. The bigger companies, take months to finalize the sale, this does have an impact on the finances for overhead costs,

8. Has becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?

It sure has changed my life a lot. I need to manage my own time and dedication and my own motivation. I need to stay strong and focused on the purpose of the business and deliver on it daily.

9. What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?

My biggest piece of advice that I can give is planning. Plan to ensure that there are enough funds to ensure that you can get through the first year. Plan for the right product in the area. Your product needs to benefit the area. Know your product well. Stay passionate about the business and the product. Dedicate the time for developing your business.

10. What are your plans for the future?

Our plans for the future are to grow the business and expand the franchise. We need to expand to surrounding areas.

11. Would you do it again?

We would definitely do it again.