Thabo Kgowana, ACDC Express Franchisee Success Story
Franchisee Name: Thabo Kgowana
Franchise Name:ACDC Express
Location of Franchise: Rustenburg
1. Why did you go down the franchise route?
It is a proven concept that franchises have a higher rate of success in comparison to a startup business. ACDC Express provided a great platform for me to transition into business
2. Why did you choose your franchise?
ACDC Express franchise model allowed me to put my entrepreneurial chutzpah on overdrive. I was able to leverage my expertise, experience, and networks in the electrical industry.
3. What did you do before taking up a franchise?
I worked as an EC&I Engineer in different mining and mineral beneficiation companies for 15 years, both in operations and projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
4. How did you raise the finance?
I put together all my savings and loans to raise capital to finance the franchise.
5. What training and support did you receive initially and ongoing?
I bought an existing franchise so my training was on the job. I was trained on the franchise systems, and the ongoing support from the franchise operations team has been fantastic.
6. What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?
I’m involved in every aspect of the business and each day presents different challenges. My typical day starts at 5 am to 8 pm. I spend 80% of my working hours in the store and 20% on meetings with clients.
7. What challenges have you faced?
The past 2 years have been the toughest ever in my life. It has been blood, sweat, and tears at work and melancholic feeling at home due to my absence physically and mentally. Having a supportive partner who understands the vision is of paramount importance for me.
8. Has becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?
It has totally changed my life. Entrepreneurship is lonely and work-life balance doesn’t really exist. My life revolves around work and business but most importantly for me, I have grown as a leader and a businessman.
9. What advice would you give to someone thinking of buying their first franchise?
If you are not prepared to roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and work for long hours then don’t even think about it, invest your money elsewhere. Again It’s equally important to talk to franchisees who shut down and walked away as well.
10. What are your plans for the future?
Build capacity for the store to function without my operational involvement and then open a new one.
11. Would you do it again?