Tradies look for a new career direction as physical work impacts on their daily lives

Once 10 to 15 years of non-stop working in the Building Industry goes by, tradies start to feel the physical impact.
Surely they have earned great money, been able to build their wealth and progress nicely. Their lifestyles are great and speak for themselves. There is nothing to complain about, it’s been a pretty good run and promises to continue that way. However, being through the physical work for so many years has started taking a toll. By this time they have built a comfortable lifestyle for them and their families with a lot of hard work and effort.
So what’s the next step going to be starts playing up in their mind. How can they continue to grow their wealth as they also maintain their lifestyles? It becomes a crossroad difficult to cross.

With hopefully one or a couple of properties under their sleeves and some mortgages to respond to, kids to maintain and a stack of expenses to pay, the question is what can they do to continue using their skills as well as doing what they’re passionate about without getting their health, families and future back lashed by it?

We receive many franchise enquires every month of tradies that are looking at Total Tools as a way to find a new direction into their future.

However hard taking a decision can be, it could also be a ‘blessing in disguise’. Today Total Tools is a powerhouse in the growth path, No1 Tool Retailer in Australia with a solid brand and business model.
Could this be the best thing that ever happened to you?

Today Paul Wilson, Franchisee at Total Tools Warners Bay, tells us his story. I thought it would be good to share. Not only because it’s inspiring but also because it might inspire other tradies that shares similar stories to make the decision to embrace the next step.

This is Paul’s story:

“My original trade was plumbing; I worked for my father which was a terrific breeding ground for hard work and discipline.

The work was very physical and as I was the youngest there I would get all the hard jobs, whilst young this doesn’t pose such a problem but as time passes it starts to take its toll.

Many times doing jobs we would do what is required to get things done, this quite often involved practices that weren’t particularly safe or sensible, but it got the job done.

I spent a dozen years with my father before starting my own business. Like anyone starting a new business you put an enormous amount of time and effort in, a young family and mortgage are all the motivation you need to push yourself to work harder and longer.

It would have been a few years into working for myself  that I noticed my body didn’t recover each day the way it once did. Old habits took their toll and work practices that once seemed fine began to leave their lasting mark.

After building some houses for myself I decided I enjoyed the building process from beginning right through to completion. So I went and attained my builders license and began primarily with “spec” homes before building homes for others.

Whilst I enjoyed both businesses I found as time went on, I needed another challenge that was related to building but would provide relief from both the elements and the rigors of the physical work building and plumbing required daily.

Around this time as I started to look for something new, I noticed the new Total Tools in Latrobe St, Ballarat. I had spoken about new opportunities and looking for a new direction with my wife, Tricia. With her support we looked into the Total Tools business, spoke with the owner and met with the Franchise Manager.

After further discussions and research we agreed that a Total Tools franchise was the right way to go. We had reached a crossroad in our lives and Total Tools presented an opportunity to remain connected to the building industry that I enjoyed.

We progressed through training at the Ballarat store, and it was at this time while interacting with customers and seeing life from the other side of the counter I really enjoyed the banter and challenges that a business such as Total Tools throws up on a daily basis.

I felt I connected with the tradies coming in and they appreciated someone who had hands on experience. It gave me confidence that I had made the right choice and that Total Tools was a good fit.

Anyone thinking about a change of direction and looking for a huge challenge will appreciate all that Total Tools involve; it’s a lot of hard work, but very rewarding. Other franchise owners are a great source of knowledge and are never shy in giving advice.

They go out of their way to help us new franchises navigate their way through set-up and opening. If prospective franchises are concerned of being left on their own once open, they need not worry. Support Office is driving the business forward with marketing, advertising and online support.

Each day is a new challenge, watching the business grow, but as time moves on it becomes easier as the business finds its feet and position in the market. The interaction with insiders becomes more than simply a transaction as they look for what Total Tools offers, experience, knowledge, a wide range of stock and the ability to deal with staff members that know what they need.”

Total Tools Warners Bay
Total Tools Warners Bay

For any questions please contact Maria Scarinci (03 9261 1934)- Franchising and Store Opening Supervisor at Total Tools.

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Successful QLD Total Tools Franchise Partnership opens their Third Store in Eight Years

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There are many extraordinary stories behind most Total Tools Franchisees, but the journey that Stef Hlaca and Dave Bosman have taken to open their third Total Tools Store in eight years this week is something special. Toowoomba Boys

Stef Hlaca                                                                               Dave Bosman

Stef and Dave grew up in Zimbabwe, met at school and became close friends when they were twelve. Today they maintain such a close bond that they think of each other as brothers. Before immigrating to Australia Stef and Dave established a very successful tool business in ZimbabweDave worked in the tool industry for 25 years and Stef had a background in Accounting. “We found combining our skill sets and sharing the workload helped us progress faster” Stef recalls. It was through this business that they discovered their passion for tools and a knowing that together they could achieve great things. After immigrating with their families to regional Queensland, Stef and Dave decided to reestablish their careers in the Australian tool industry. After learning about Total Tools through a number of sales representatives they decided to investigate the Total Tools Franchise model. At this stage there were only 8 or 9 Total Tools in Australia, but the model, future growth plans and return on investment were very attractive to them both. They knew how to run a strong partnership from their tool business experience in Zimbabwe, so why not have a go by embracing the Total Tools Franchising opportunity. Wanting to stay in a business that was familiar to them both and after finding a lucrative Franchise opportunity, Stef and Dave opened their first Total Tools store in 2006. It was the first Total Tools store to be opened in Queensland, the start of Total Tools growth and expansion into the sunny state. Located in South Street, Toowoomba, it was an ideal location for their first store. Toowoomba is Australia’s largest inland regional city and is the commercial and economic hub of the Dowling Downs. With a population over 90,000 people it actually serves a population in excess of 250,000 people. It was also very important that it became a family business; their wives became an integral part of their business success. Stef’s wife Kirra and David’s wife Kjersti both are involved in the business and work in the accounts department.

South St394 South Street, Toowoomba QLD

After growing their business into a successful operation and with the on-going support from Total Tool Head Office, Stef and Dave were able to expand their store network within 6 years. Taking advantage of a competitor going into liquidation they took over the premises rebranding it Total Tools and opened their second store in Toowoomba in 2012.

Taylor St361 Taylor Street, Toowoomba QLD

Having two stores in Toowoomba has meant that Total Tools is a very prominent local business.  They firmly believe in the ‘locals servicing local needs’ philosophy, so much that Total Tools has become a household name, something they had set out to achieve. It is important for them to give back to their local community. They have achieved this in many ways, through employing locals, supporting local sporting groups and sponsoring local events. Total Tools is now a well recognised brand in Toowoomba and surrounding Darling Downs region. A win for the Franchisee and Franchisor.

Cycle Rugby Sign

“With a Total Tools Store there is never a dull moment. Varied customers, changing trends, dealing with constant changes in product technology, interacting with a wide variety of suppliers and constantly changing store presentations keep it all exciting” Stef describes his experience as a Total Tools Franchisee. For the past five years, Stef and Dave had their sights on Ipswich as an ideal location for their third store. Ipswich located in the booming south east region of Queensland has a large industrial base and shows a great deal of potential. After taking some time to find the right location, this week they have achieved an incredible goal of opening three Total Total stores in eight years. Ipswich is store number thirty eight for Total Tools nationally and the eighth store to open in Queensland.

IMG_5868 Cropped 7 Lowry Street, Ipswich QLD

The Total Tools Franchise model has enabled Stef and Dave to live a very comfortable lifestyle with their families. By investing in Total Tools franchisees they are able to build a business that will be in their families for generations to come. Working together with the head office and other group members creates a united front and a lot of shared experiences. Stef says “Constant interaction between all parties with respect to all aspects of the business is reassuring and motivates us to commit further to the model.” With three stores opened in only eight years, Stef and Dave are the perfect examples of how Total Tools can change you and your family’s lives. With lots of hard work, focus and determination you can create a very successful business working with the Total Tools Franchise model. As Stef said “Seeing growth, expanding the business and opening stores are all very exciting and rewarding”. We wish Stef, Kirra, Dave, Kjersti and their families the best of luck with the opening of their Ipswich store. We know that they will make it as successful as their first two stores and we look forward to seeing the fantastic results they achieve together. Total Tools have limited exclusive tier one territories available in NSW, QLD, NT, TAS, SA and WA. Are you serious about investing in a tried and tested franchise model that will return high profit margins and strong growth opportunities? For more information enquire here. 

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