Why join us?
Because you’re looking at this page we know you’re open to new opportunities. We’d love to share something about us with you – it’s our aim to build the UK’s best team of self-employed women plumbers and gas engineers; by ‘best’ we mean running profitable, expandable, saleable businesses and with fulfilling lives. And we’d love you to join us having a great time doing it…
All the evidence suggests that although many women want the independence and flexibility of working for themselves, most never take the risk of running their own businesses. Research (Women in Business: key facts, Government Equalities Office) shows that 10% of women are ‘thinking about’ starting their own business, and the numbers are increasing (currently 1 third).
Women are also demonstrably more risk averse than men and Hewlett Packard discovered, by reviewing personnel records that female employees only put themselves forward for a promotion when they knew they had 100% of the qualifications listed as required, whereas men put themselves forward when they had just 60%. These tendencies probably also account for the lower figures of women working for themselves than men.
Buying a franchise is different from setting up completely on your own; it massively reduces the risk and even helps you become profitable quicker! It also plays to women’s collaborative strengths, with a Stopcocks franchise you’re your own boss but with the backup of a team. So even if a franchise or even self-employment aren’t something you’ve been considering, maybe these facts will open up some possibilities for you.
When you buy a franchise you are buying a proven business model as well as joining a known brand. These two things combined increase your potential for success hugely. The other factor that makes your success far more likely is that in a franchise although you’re running your own business, you’re not doing it alone. At Stopcocks Women Plumbers, we’ve created something that we genuinely believe meets the needs of women working independently as plumbers and gas engineers.
So, if you’re a female plumber or gas engineer who wants the flexibility of self-employment without the risk of working it all out on your own, read on…
Being one of a very small number of women working in the plumbing and gas industry can be exhausting. You may feel as though you simply don’t have the energy to make running your own business a success.
And you’re right, it does take a lot of grit and determination to run your own business; but you’ve already shown you’ve got that by getting this far in your career. Our proven business model and back-up services make the whole thing simple and once you can channel all your grit and determination into being a great plumber providing an excellent service rather than dealing with a huge bureaucracy, other people’s targets and time-frames; once you have colleagues who’re on your side and your wavelength you have everything you need to make success on your own terms!
Compare just some of the benefits of being a Stopcocks Franchisee over working on your own:
Answering the phone
Unique Selling Proposition
For yourself but not alone
Technical Mentoring and growing your skillset
Creating effective solutions
Time for admin and paperwork
Free Payment Collection Service
Flexibility and time with your family
Work for yourself on your own
Purchase a Stopcocks Franchise
Create your own brand
Answer your own phone - unless you’re busy plumbing, in which case they can leave a voicemail
Pay to have a website designed and built and hope it gets found
Set up Social Media
Develop your own reputation
Establish your brand’s Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
Work everything out yourself
Create your own administrative system
Create Terms and Conditions for Customers
Work out prices on the hoof - pricing your work low so you don’t lose customers to other people who are cheaper
Turn down work that is complicated or outside your comfort zone
Risk unsatisfied customers by working things out on your own as you go along
Spend time fitting in admin and writing invoices
Worry about cashflow and spend time chasing invoices
Never meet another woman plumber and spend your life feeling like you’re the only one who Plumbs Like a Girl!
Always undercharging because you don’t want to be part of the culture that rips customers off
Make good money but never stop working because you worry the work won’t keep coming
Create your own financial systems
Find suitable additional training and pay full price
Purchase a Stopcocks Franchise
Purchase a Stopcocks Franchise
Be part of the well established Stopcocks brand
Professional and caring phone answering 8am-8pm Mon-Fri 10-4 Saturdays so you never miss a call and customers feel cared about
Have your own pages on a well established mobile accessible website that ranks at the top of Google for Women Plumbers
Access well established social media channels and learn how to use them professionally
Jump onto the great reputation of Stopcocks
Benefit from Stopcocks excellent USP for great plumbing and excellent customer service
Use a tried and tested system and have access too other women plumbers at meetings and on the dedicated Facebook Group
Use Stopcocks unique and well designed administrative software from your tablet (provided in start-up package)
Use professionally produced Terms and Conditions that have been checked by a lawyer
Refer to our unique Technical Mentoring Service to work out the best prices for each specific job (because they’re all different and there is no one size fits all) - BUT be confident that you don’t have to price your work low because you’re working with a well established brand known for excellence
Use our unique Technical Mentoring Service to help you do an excellent job even if the work is new or stretches you
Use our unique technical mentoring Service to discuss jobs and make certain you give the customer the solution that best fits their situation giving you happy customers delighted to refer you
Use Stopcocks Women Plumbers unique online system to create invoices and do the paperwork as you go along
Never worry about cashflow because HQ will call your customers and take phone payments* on your behalf - meaning quicker smoother payments *optional free service
Be part of the Women Plumbers community, attend regular meetings with other Stopcocks Women Plumbers and chat to them in a private Facebook group so you know you’re not alone
Be part of a culture that respects the customer while it respects your skill and values your quality of service
Make great money and work in a pattern you choose because your customers value and will wait for you and are looked after respectfully while you are away - they also refer you to their friends so you have a waiting list that makes you feel comfortable not pressurised
Get a year’s free business/financial advice by using Cresswells Stopcocks Women Plumbers suggested accountancy firm
Benefit from Stopcocks Women Plumbers’ unique relationships with suppliers and receive training for free
If you’re already starting to imagine being part of our successful, friendly team of female plumbers working towards a common goal we’d love to hear from you.
Part of our mission is making customers aware of the existence of women plumbers and by being the most highly visible company of female plumbers out there we’re easy for customers to find. Essentially that visibility makes us all role models because we believe every woman or girl who wants to work in skilled trades needs to know she’s not alone. Join us in this mission.
Franchisees follow a proven model that maximises every interaction with a customer without the need for any kind of ‘hard sell’ – Most customers contact Stopcocks having already decided they want to use one of our women plumbers; we make it easy for them to cement that decision by providing a friendly, personal, safe, professional and efficient service in their home. Stopcocks Women Plumbers deliver a highly professional service that places customer service first – we’re known for this and it places us far above the vast majority of plumbing companies and brings our customers back to us and telling all their friends.
Stopcocks HQ provide our unique, custom built Go Plumb system and great, friendly customer support to enable you to focus on the plumbing, together we deliver a high-end service that helps you take home a better income quicker, working smarter, not harder.
Trained and qualified women plumbers and gas engineers join us if you are ready to learn how to run a successful business; working for yourself but not alone.