OPTIONS 1 – 3...
If I may, I’ll give you a bit of background first, which I hope will help you come to an informed decision.
About 10 years ago I paid a company called "The Franchise Doctors" to help me launch the Ultimate Tinting franchise. I love my training and I love setting decent people up in the tinting business, but I needed help and expertise to build on the franchise idea. As it happened, they turned out to be a bunch of shysters providing nothing that they promised, They’ve went into receivership at the end of 2008 taking me with them. I lost a small fortune and almost went bust because of the money I ploughed into the franchise. Yes call me naïve but you have to understand how much I believe in this industry and how passionate I am about creating a UK wide chain of professional tinters. The guy that was supposed to help me, who I helped set up Ultimate Tinting in Cannock, started off very well, so well in fact that he stopped helping me set up the franchise and concentrated on his own tinting business. He never paid me a penny that was promised and ended up not speaking to me. I noticed he had set up train-to-tint which was the last straw. I removed him from the web-site and instructed him to remove any livery or signs relating to my business. So here is a guy who has also lost his installer by now, who can’t tint himself (he went along the management route to franchising, he was a manager employing an installer. Hey No installer = No business, it’s not rocket science! This is why you MUST do it yourself)
He's not around any more...
This is why it is essential to really quiz these people when you ring up, don’t feel embarrassed, after all your spending A LOT of YOUR hard earned money. These are essential questions for you to ask, if they’re proper guys they’ll be able to answer you instantly not fob you off, trying to justify themselves:- just ask
I hope this will help you come to an informed decision, take your time and don’t be pressured or bullied into any ones courses. It’s your money, spend it wisely.
This brings me onto the options you now have. I have created these various options because over the last few years I’ve dealt with people with a range of budgets and at all different levels of experience in working for themselves. We have the guys who are already self employed and want an extra business to tack onto their own successful business. Then we have the complete opposite end where someone has been employed for the last 20 years and just been made redundant and want to work for themselves now. Then there are the guys who just want to do it as a hobby, and the guys who want a complete "life change" and it’s my job to help them/you. To give you an idea who have joined the industry, amongst others, I’ve taught:- RAF winchman, computer programmers, students, lots of valetors, deputy headmasters, musicians, (1 ex Eurovision, 1 ex chart topping), taxi drivers, builders, bouncers, loads of windscreen fitters, ICE installers, pensioners, retired people, policemen, soldiers, ex forces and glaziers, to name but a few….
Just learn to tint automotive or architectural or both. 3 or 4 day residential courses as mentioned in the previous page. PLUS for our 1-2-1 trainees, you’ll still get FREE access to our industry leading Forum, and get invites to our meetings
This won't be available to everyone because if we already have someone being promoted in your area, we can't and won't promote 2 people in the same location. Also it is NOT available to our group trainees, only our 1-2-1's.
As above, you set up your business, you trade under your own name BUT use our website in your marketing material with your own listing on the ULTIMATE TINTING website (so you don’t have to go to the trouble and expense of sorting out a web-site). The Ultimate Tinting site receives between 10-15,000 hits a month, if you don’t believe me, I’ll show you when you come). A decent web-site can cost you easily in excess of £4000+ and remember, your web-site is your shop window, you only get one chance to make a first impression. So use ours, IT WORKS!!!
“A genuine screen shot of our sites analytics page showing regularly 15,000+ hits PER MONTH..”
We could easily have the poshest, flashest website going, and I used to, but it DOESN’T WORK, it actually puts people off. You need a tidy, easy to navigate around site with plenty of info, but not too much, plenty of pictures, but not those stupid "change the shade of your glass on the side of a this Mercedes" type of thing. You need REAL CARS, we have almost 4000 different cars on our gallery, which happens to make it probably the largest tinting gallery anywhere!!
In my last meeting I got 12 of the guys there, who were on my web-site to fill out a questionnaire as I wanted FACTS, not speculation as to how good our site is at generating you an income. I know it works but I need to be able to PROVE to you that it does. The figures below are taken from that survey, I haven’t doctored them, I haven’t taken any poor feed back out and I have them all in a file at my unit for you to see……….
One question was: Out of 10, how helpful is the Ultimate Tinting site and being part of the UK’s largest tinting network, in generating work for you.
ANSWER, 11 of the 12 people said 10/10 only 1 person said 8/10 and that was Ian, cheers mate, mind you he does live in SPAIN now.
So hopefully you can see our site works. FACT. What is interesting is the difference between the amount of jobs done verses the amount of enquiries, people are only getting about 25% of the work they quote for. Just imagine if you could sell yourself better, the money it would be possible to make! Please remember it’s my job to get you the enquiries, not to get you the work, that’s your job. Just so you know my conversion ratio is about 80% of my enquiries. The longer you do this, the better you’ll get at it. I’m also pretty certain that £1827 is a very conservative estimate, but that’s the figure I can prove..
Just as an aside, looking at these figures now, our site, if you average these figures between everyone generates almost £750,000 a year!!! WOW !!! Fancy a piece of this???
However there’s no point having the top website if you can’t find it. You’ll be hard pushed NOT to find ours.
Local marketing is slightly different, this is where I get you to the top of the searches IN YOUR AREA. For this I do use sponsored links which costs money, but I can do it for a fraction that you would be able to (because we have such a popular site, and because I’ve been on Google for years).
“A screen shot of our locator map on the Ultimate Tinting site”
So in this option I’ll also do your web marketing/optimisation for you. I’ll get the Ultimate Tinting site to the top of the first page of Google in your chosen area, if people do a search for window tinting in your area, our site will pop up top and there you’ll be, listed on it as their nearest tinting business. If you go to a company to do this for you, I’ve known people who’ve paid in excess of £1000 A MONTH for this service, and they still don’t come near the top. I can do all this for you for a fraction of that. The yearly cost of this to you will be about the same as the profit from a medium sized conservatory job, A YEAR !!!!!! Or the profit from one decent car job per month.
Unless your at the TOP of the FIRST PAGE, your wasting your time
But that’s not all, now you get your very own page on the Ultimate Tinting site, your own gallery, your own testimonials page, you get an "about us" section on the first page and a picture, perhaps of your unit. You’ll get your own map and your own contact us page where people can email you. This bit is very clever but I’m not going into details here (the competition, you understand!) You can upload your own pictures and testimonials in your own "Administration" section, and it’s here that you get live statistics of the amount of hits, e-mails and a few other bits your own page has received.
To see for yourself how this all works, lets pretend you live in Nottingham and want to get your windows tinted. Off you go to Google and have a look. (Just so you know, this might not work late at night, there are reasons for this, but if your reading this at sensible o‘clock, you’ll be fine)
So, all the work is done for you. It’s taken years to develop and get right, but we launched it mid 2009 and it’s working a treat, but don’t take my word for it, look at the testimonials below.
PRICE? Call for details, but once I have the first 20 paying members on board, it’s going up! But even so it will still be exceptionally good value, cost no more than 1 average car A MONTH, and still pay for itself MANY MANY times over.
This option is ONLY open to people I’ve trained, I now get about 2-3 companies a month wanting to join our network, but they’re all declined.
"I had 6 jobs from your site last week mate"