SA Franchisees Weigh In On Getting Started

SA Franchisees Weigh In On Getting Started


Sharon Tattersall – Supa Quick

“When thinking of opening a business, you have to remember that you will ultimately be responsible for every aspect of that operation. You will have to manage the business’s finances and staff, keep an eye on stock levels and deal with customers. There’s tons of admin to deal with, especially in the early days of a business.”

Related: Where Your Tyres Meet the Road with Supa Quick


Charlene Chiang – Body20

“I used to be at the studio from 05h00 to 21h00 every day. It was tough, but as the owner I had to make sure that the running of the studio was done in a manner that did ourselves and the brand proud. The long hours bore fruit quickly, resulting in a team I can delegate to with confidence.”

Related: Healthy Body20 Franchise Leads To Happy Hearts


Carlo da Camara – Chicken Xpress

“I love fast food restaurants, as there is great return on investment in food. However, I battle with the design of menus and pricing of items, so purchasing a franchise was appealing, since that was all done for me.”

Related: Chicken Xpress Franchise Opportunity


Sharon van Rhyn – ACDC Express

“ACDC Express has over 90 000 products and learning about those quickly was a challenge, especially when someone would ask for a specialist product. We were very fortunate that our customers were lenient with us while we were learning, and we have found that they are very willing to give advice and impart knowledge if we ask. Now, we’ve got such great relationships with our repeat customers that we can ask for their advice, and we can share our knowledge — everyone benefits.”

Related: ACDC Express


Tim Apostolides – Maxi’s

“Prospective franchisees often underestimate the people management component of owning a business. Owning a restaurant, for instance, means managing around 20 people daily. It can be very difficult if you don’t have the right people.”

Related: Maxi’s Franchise Opportunity

GG van Rooyen
GG van Rooyen is the deputy editor for Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa. Follow him on Twitter.