We are often asked for a Case Study of a woman plumber or a case study of a typical Stopcocks franchisee. Our experience shows that there is no typical Stopcocks franchisee, so there isn’t a typical case study; here though, very briefly is Julie’s story.
Julie is the Stopcocks Woman Plumber in Oldham and Saddleworth.
After working for 22 years as an engineer she read Hattie’s book, The Joy of Plumbing and retrained as a plumber.
Whilst retraining Julie also worked part-time, initially doing small plumbing jobs for friends and family. After three years she finally decided to become a plumber full time, but found that this was isolating and stressful and that she sometimes needed technical support. All of this affected her confidence as a plumber.
Rather than give up Julie joined Stopcocks Women Plumbers in 2015. She now works for herself but not alone, she says:
“I love being a Stopcocks plumber because it’s great having the support of the office where someone always knows where I am, and answers my calls. HQ collects payments from my customers and takes care of my online marketing and social media.
I’m confident I now have a reliable income, which has reduced my stress loads!
I can get technical back-up for jobs I haven’t done before, and recently I’ve started my Gas-Safe training working with Hattie as a mentor, its great learning new stuff all the time and working with other women plumbers.
It makes a big difference now I’ve got backup I can rely on 100% to deal with customers for me and someone who’ll pick up the phone to help with a technical problem or just chat about things in general.
I haven’t looked back since joining, now I don’t worry about where my next job is coming from, I know the phone’s going to ring. I’m earning good money and increasing my skillset alongside a friendly team working for me.
I just couldn’t have done it without Stopcocks”.
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for information on the advantages of choosing a franchise go to The British Franchise Association’s website.