Mark has 10 plus years experience in the trade, most of which has been in the Wellington/Kapiti Coast area. Over the years he has managed numerous projects, in areas such as new housing, home renovations, rest home fitout and maintenance, shop fit-outs, restaurants etc.
Why did you make contact with Kinetic?
I was working as a contracts manager for about 5 years with a medium to large electrical company here on the Kapiti Coast and had started to think that maybe I wanted to branch out on my own. I liked the idea of the security of a 9-5 job, but the thought at the back of my mind never left me and I started to research what I needed for a startup business and measuring up the value between being my own boss or continuing to ‘work for the man’. I came across Kinetic’s Facebook advert and was drawn back to the Facebook page numerous times, I liked that the business model was easy to follow and the idea of franchising, i.e., the brand was already established and appears to be thriving all over the country. I also liked that there was not a Wellington/Kapiti Kinetic franchise, so sent an email into the unknown, and as some say the rest is history.
Tell us a bit about the whole process
Ken got in touch almost immediately and was keen to meet up, he was down in the region so came by the house and answered a whole lot of questions. The process from there was very easy, there was never any pressure and Ken was always available to talk over any issues or questions I had. The business model that Kinetic provides is very reassuring, taking the leap into the unknown was always going to be stressful but I found the whole on-boarding process to be easy, and I thank Darren and Ken for being so patient.
How has Kinetic helped you get your business going
I don’t think I could have done it without the Kinetic business model, right down to advertising, including social media, signs, stationary, Xero etc. Kinetic has given me a great platform to just get stuck into the work.
What does it mean to have a national brand like Kinetic?
The professionalism that the Kinetic national brand emphasizes is amazing. I feel that potential customers are more inclined to give me a ring as the website provides a lot of information and shows that the franchise is nationwide, but that I am also a local of the Kapiti Coast region. I also like the idea of cross resource, that I can give any of the guys a ring and discuss projects or to just ask for help.
Your business is now up and running. What have the first few weeks/months been like?
It has been very busy, since February 2018 I don’t think I have stopped. I am learning to juggle family life, office life and being back on the tools. I am enjoying working for myself and am excited about the future of the Kinetic Kapiti Coast Franchise.
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