Dean Stainthorpe


Coming out of school most people would either go straight into university to get a degree or take a “Gap Year” to find out what they want to do with their adult lives.
Having opted for the latter I started my year off by working for a construction company and coaching part time at a school. To cut a long story short it didn’t take me long to realise that if I carried on doing what I was doing for the rest of my life I would never make much money and inevitably get trapped in the so called “Rat Race” of life. When I met Ricky Walton- the founder and director of SheerGuard SA, I was amazed at the concept and the potential of Clear burglar bars and Transparent security solutions. In a country where we value our beautiful view yet understand the need for security SheerGuard is the answer. I knew immediately that I wanted to get involved. It was quite simple really, I knew that I didn’t want to work for someone for the rest of my life and I did not have the time nor the experience to start a business from scratch. After doing some research, I set up several meetings with Ricky to discuss my future as a franchise owner (quite ambitious for an 18-year-old) and began my SheerGuard journey. As I said earlier making the decision to work with such a dynamic team with a shared vision was simple, was it easy? No. business is difficult and not everyone has what it takes to make a success of it, it can be done if you are persistent and follow the formula. I heard a quote a while ago that stated: “Nothing worth having comes easy” and this could not be truer. Buying a SheerGuard franchise has been a life changing experience for me, it has challenged me, and I have learnt more in the past year than my entire life, this has to do with what I have experienced as a franchise owner, but a substantial portion of that learning has come from the continuous support offered by SheerGuard head office, their regular training sessions and genuine interest in the individual success of their franchisees.

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