I started out as an apprentice mechanic at a Holden dealership and went on to work at Lexus and BMW. Now here I am today as a Bridgestone franchisee.
I came in with little business experience, and I’ve never shied away from that, but Bridgestone really gave me the opportunity to learn.
Mechanical knowledge was something I was very comfortable with, because it’s what I lived for a decade as a mechanic.
Tyre knowledge is a lot more specialised but the information and training is readily available and, when you immerse yourself in it every day, it becomes second nature.
There’s always people within our network – other franchisees and Bridgestone staff – who have the answers you’re looking for.
Being backed by an industry leader is critical, particularly at a time when consumers are so well equipped with information. Honesty is the only way to get genuine commitment and loyalty out of people and a solid brand that invests back into the community, and into research, is priceless.
Becoming a Bridgestone franchisee has given me a lot more control of my own time – something I struggled with as a mechanic. I can spend time with my boys in the morning and be there to pick them up after school.
I look back now and really feel I should have made the change earlier, so if you’re thinking about doing it, go for it.