John Fyfe from Aussie Pooch Mobile
Hi, I am John Fyfe. I have been a franchisee for Aussie Pooch for about 18 months. Prior to starting with Aussie Pooch I had 40 odd years in Westpac and several senior positions elsewhere, and I just wanted to try something different.
The economic situation was not too good. I had recently been retrenched, and I thought aye, this time I want to do something I really love doing. So I thought about what do I love. The answer was simple, dogs!
I knew about Aussie Pooch because they washed my dogs for about 5 or 6 years and I thought well, give that a try. So I actually looked at the opposition as well and then decided Aussie Pooch was the best solution for me and I haven’t looked back since. I just love the job, I am outside, the trailer is my office, I meet lots of lovely people and dogs, I am my own boss for the first time in 45 years which is wonderful.
And of course you can make of the job what you want to, depends how hard you work, how much effort you want to put into it, but I am finding it very, very rewarding and love it, and I would encourage anyone else to have a crack.
Becoming a franchisee was a little bit overpowering to start with because of course I didn’t know the systems and the procedures and how to go about things, but I mean I love dogs and I love people, but I must say the support you get from Aussie Pooch head office and the support team is just magnificent. They’re online training systems and everything you need to know about washing dogs or grooming dogs is all there.
I took an extra step and did a grooming course as well which is a wonderful idea because its now supplementing my income very, very well. In fact the business has grown so that now I have put on an operator to help me handle all of the dogs that I have got. And rest assured whatever you need from other operators or from Aussie Pooch head office, you can get all the support that you need.