Lisa and Martin Johnstone have just joined the Cleanhome family and will soon be launching the Cheshire South branch. We caught up with Lisa to find out more about their background and why they decided to start their own domestic cleaning business.
1) What’s your business background?
My husband Martin worked in the gas and oil industry so we have lived abroad for a number of years, first in Malaysia then in Singapore.
Prior to moving abroad I worked in forensics for West Yorkshire police so neither of us comes from an entrepreneurial background.
2) What made you want to start your own business?
When we returned from Singapore we decided that it was time for a new start and a new adventure so starting our own business from scratch seemed like the perfect option for us.
We researched various franchises but Cleanhome impressed us with their systems and the support they offer their franchisees and Karen’s enthusiasm was infectious.
3) How has your Cleanhome experience been so far?
We are just starting our Cleanhome journey so we’ve been focusing on pre-planning and getting everything ready for kick off but we feel we’ve been really supported in the process and we’re really excited about getting started.
4) What are you looking forward to the most about running your own business?
We’re looking forward to the freedom of growing a business from the very start. It’s a completely new experience for us and an opportunity for us to take on something fresh. With our return to the UK after living abroad for such a long time, it feels like the right time to take on a new challenge.
5) Do you feel that running your own Cleanhome franchise will help you improve your work/life balance?
Absolutely. The past few years have involved a lot of travel for work which has definitely had a significant impact on our work/life balance so we’re really excited that we’re going to be able to work on our own terms and enjoy travelling for fun!