Jason Till: So I started in the construction industry as an apprentice carpenter, from there I did my time and got all the qualifications to become a licensed carpenter, from there I went out on my own, started a carpentry business. So once I got my carpentry team together I worked for a number of different builders. Perhaps at the time at the peak we were doing roughly 100 houses per year. I eventually jumped on board with Stroud Homes as a carpenter, as a subcontract carpenter and went from there so Stroud used to keep me fairly busy maybe doing 20 to 30 houses perhaps even a little bit more as a carpenter.
So I considered a Stroud Homes franchise because I wanted to advance my career. Obviously, there’s only a certain period of time you can strap the nail bag on. So even though I was relatively young at the time for me the biggest factor and why I kind of liked the idea of the Stroud Homes franchise was advancing my career and building a business that I could see a lot of potential in. So one of the reasons why I wanted to purchase a Stroud Homes franchise rather than another builder’s franchise was that it was easy for me to jump on board seeing the quality of work that they did and what they could offer.
Since I started the franchise I can see that I’ve learned a lot about business and, you know, there’s a big transition from getting off the tools and owning a company of this size. So I’ve noticed myself with a lot better business knowledge than what I used to have and that’s kind of giving me the freedom to have a bit of time, a bit of time to my kids, to my family and also there’s a financial element as well. So at the moment my wife and I are building a house down on the Gold Coast and I don’t think I would have had that opportunity if I’d not have taken a leap into a franchise.