A day in the life of a Autovaletdirect franchise owner


A day in the life of Jamie Cushion, AutoValetDirect franchise owner for Taunton

Like a lot of Autovaletdirect franchisees, Jamie and Tom’s background was not in the Automotive Industry. Instead they both worked for a large take away Pizza chain working their way up to Store Managers by the ages of 21.

In May 2012 and still at the ages of 21 they both went into partnership and were awarded the Autovaletdirect franchise for the Taunton area. After a very successful six months so far, Jamie Cushion gives an insight into a day of running his business with partner Tom Vickery.

    07.00am – Alarm rings and its time to get up and ready for work.

    07.30am – Connect the hose up to the water tank in the van and start to fill the van. Going to need a full tank of water today so will need to be left for around twenty minutes or so.

    08.00am – Meet with Tom, the other franchisee and have a quick chat about the day ahead. We then check the van to make sure the water level and amount of chemicals are correct for the day.

    08.15am – Leave the house for the first job. It is a full interior valet and a quick outside wash on VW Golf. It’s less than a mile away so we are there in no time.

    08.30am – Arrive at the address for the job and speak to the customer. While we have a quick look around the car the customer offers to make a nice cup of tea. Perfect on a cold morning.

    08.45am – Start the first job of the day

    10.45am - Completed the job and show the customer around the car to show the transformation. Customer is very happy. I hand over invoice and take payment on the card machine.

    11.00am – Stop off at the post office in order to post some letters to local business parks and car dealerships. Also send off a few invoices for previous trade work that has been completed.

    11.20am – On to the second job of the day, this is a Vauxhall Corsa. The customer is a regular and just wants an external valet with polish. We notice a few light scratches on the vehicle so take our time and make sure these are removed for her. Another happy customer!

    1.20pm – Finish the job and proceed to the third and final one of the day. Before we arrive we have time to pop in and see the manager of a local haulage company. He has asked for a quote to have the cabs of twenty Lorries valeted. After a quick chat we agree on a price and a schedule for the cabs to be valeted. They will all be done over the next two months.

    2.15pm – Final job of the day. A full premier plus valet on a Land Rover Discovery. This one takes three and a half hours and is looking as good as new. The customer is very pleased and asks for a few extra business cards so that he can recommend to his friends and family.

    6.15pm – Arrive home, give the van a quick tidy and it’s time for tea.

    7.30pm – A quick look on the computer in order to reply to any emails input some invoices and have a quick look at some local marketing.

    8.00pm – Time to put my feet up.

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