Be your own boss, says Ovenu franchisee

By Sarah Stowe | 29 Oct 2015 View comments

Ovenu franchisee Warren Cowsell, says he is not surprised by the results of the Martin College survey which has revealed that an enormous 78 per cent of Australian workers want a career change; with almost 30 percent reporting they have not switched careers because it would be too difficult or time consuming.

Cowsell is a huge advocate of the be-your-own-boss movement taking Australia by storm.

“I was working as a manager at a large retail store and it felt like they owned me — they dictated when I could work, when I could sleep, what time I could spend with my kids — it was a nightmare,” Cowsell says. “I was tired, I rarely got to see my family and when I was with them I was grumpy and irritable. I decided enough was enough, and that’s when I heard about Ovenu.

“I definitely recommend a franchise such as Ovenu to anyone who’s unhappy in their jobs and is looking for a change – I’m a new person since I started,” he says. “I get more sleep, I spend far more time with my family and I’m genuinely excited to get out of bed in the morning.”

For Cowsell owning an Ovenu franchise is the perfect career choice. Oven detailing and cleaning appliances such as microwaves, cook tops and BBQ’s is something which he finds rewarding.

It's the ideal franchise for him because it allows workers to define their priorities, book the work as it comes and control their own marketing. This gives workers the freedom to do as much or as little work as they like, and allows them to schedule their bookings around their children and family life.

Because it’s a large company, it also offers franchisees the opportunity to capitalise on the national and international brand recognition of the business.

“Ovenu were really upfront and honest with us, bending over backwards to help us with facts and figures to support their success. I felt completely confident that Ovenu was the answer to help me achieve the perfect work-life balance.”

Under the Ovenu system, franchisees are only charged a fixed fee, rather than one based on a percentage of profits or sales. This means that any growth in profits they achieve as they build a business goes directly into their own pockets.

Ovenu has successfully expanded throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand with master franchisors in each country responsible for national expansion and brand development.

Bernard and Janet Bannon, owners of the Australian master franchise are planning for expansion across the country in 2010. “We are very involved and communicate on a regular basis with all the franchisees. We also liaise with Ovenu in the United Kingdom to keep Australian franchisees in the know about developments and improvements with the Ovenu products or service,” Janet says.