Taking control… From mechanic to business owner  
Shalvin, Bridgestone Select QLD
 

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.

“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.”

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.

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Life after FIFO… Becoming your own boss  
Justin and Debra, Bridgestone Select WA
 

We wanted to quit FIFO because we were looking to start a family and wanted a business we could work in together. Bridgestone came along and just seemed to tick all our boxes.

The lifestyle change has been huge – from working FIFO, to being home every night and being able to watch our daughter grow up. 

We were very much involved in the business in the beginning, but able to step away a bit when our daughter was born.

There are a lot of benefits that come with being backed by Bridgestone, such a well-known brand.

They were with us the whole first week, helping and supporting us, and they’ve been just a phone call away ever since.

“The lifestyle change has been huge – from working FIFO, to being home every night and being able to watch our daughter grow up.”

Being in this industry is a no brainer, because you can guarantee that almost every household in Australia is going to have at least one car and all those cars are going to need servicing and new tyres.

If you want to start up your own Bridgestone store and have the money behind you to do it – do it. It’s given us the independence to work the way we want to work. We’re doing something for ourselves instead of working for someone else. 

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Motorsport mad… With a business to match 
Phil, Bridgestone Select SA
 

Before I was a Bridgestone franchisee, I was a mechanic working mostly on European cars with a little experience in the tyre industry. 

My family was involved with some other tyre chains, but we wanted a well-known brand with major backing – and that’s why we chose Bridgestone

It all happened quite fast. We had a couple of meetings with Bridgestone, some proposals were put in place, and before we knew it our first store was up and running!

People already know and want Bridgestone products, so half the job is done for us. It’s a lot easier to sell a product that is already so well known.

Aside from the name, it’s also about the support they provide, which is second to none.

They go out of their way to help us.

“People already know and want Bridgestone products, so half the job is done for us. It’s a lot easier to sell a product that is already so well known.”

Being a Bridgestone franchisee has given us flexibility when it comes to kids sports and family life, and a better lifestyle in general.

It also allows me to spend time on my passion for motorsport – travelling, getting out to local and interstate rounds, and having some fun in cars. 

Now it’s just about continuing to do what we do day-to-day and spending more time with my race cars! 

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