"You might be a little bit sceptical about taking out a loan to invest in a cleaning business, and so was I. But to my amazement, I had paid it off in just under eight months. This year I made £110,000 profit."
Ralph Watson bought into Time For You in the Fife area after realising that his carpet cleaning company was too much hard work.
"I bought the Fife franchise of Time For You in 2005, and was no stranger to the world of cleaning. My wife Hazel and I had a carpet and upholstery cleaning company which we both worked extremely hard at lifting off of the ground. However, shortly after a friend purchased a Time For You franchise, his boasting about shorter working hours and increased profit stirred my curiosity.
"What I really liked about Time For You was that, as the franchisee, you don't do any of the cleaning. That's all done by independent cleaners, meaning you spend all your working time growing your business.
"I liked the idea of the support network that every Time For You franchise gets. When hundreds of other people have already done what you're trying to do, it means you personally make fewer mistakes and have more room to develop more quickly. So I got a loan, bought my franchise area and haven't looked back since.
"You might be a little bit sceptical about taking out a loan to invest in a cleaning business, and so was I. But to my amazement, I had paid it off in just under eight months. If someone had told me the day I was sat in that bank requesting money, that in 2012 I would make £110,000 profit, I would have laughed in their face.
"It's a really nice business to be in. I can really appreciate the service my 100+ independent cleaners are providing for my 320 clients. I like to think that I am helping people, especially the elderly, by giving them something they can't necessarily do for themselves.
"My lifestyle has flourished since I invested in my Time For You management franchise. I have all the time I need with my family and plenty of money to treat them with. I have stuck with what I am good at and developed my skills, creating a successful and reliable business.
"I don't have a bad word to say against Time For You. It has helped me work hard and reach my full potential, with the constant support of other franchisees as well as the franchisor Freddie Rayner.
"My friend introducing me to Time For You changed my life; let me do the same for you. If you're even slightly interested in changing your life and being your own boss, see if your area is available. Do it now, you will not regret it."