Embracing the Franchise Life: Martin Stikkelbroeck’s Journey with Jim’s Cleaning

Joining the Jim’s Cleaning franchise is a decision that can transform lives. In this blog, we bring you an exclusive conversation with Martin Stikkelbroeck, a new member of the Jim’s Cleaning family. Martin shares his personal journey, revealing why he chose Jim’s Cleaning over other opportunities, and his impressions of the training process and support structure provided.

Martin Stikkelbroeck – The Path to Franchise Ownership

Martin Stikkelbroeck is a proud resident of Halloran Hill, a beautiful suburban community located in South Australia. Here, nestled among the rolling hills and bustling local businesses, Martin carved out a diverse and challenging career path before deciding to step into the world of franchising with Jim’s Cleaning.

Martin’s professional life prior to his journey into franchising was anything but ordinary. He honed a variety of skills, navigated different roles, and emerged with a strong work ethic that would serve him well in his future endeavors. 

His partner in life and business, his wife, also shared this tireless work ethic. Together, they forged their path through the professional world, working relentlessly and gaining a wealth of experiences along the way.

But after years of hard work, Martin and his wife found themselves standing at a crossroads. They were in a place of professional transition and introspection. With years of experience under their belts and a desire for change in their hearts, they began to contemplate their next steps.

As they moved closer to their retirement years, they yearned for a venture that was not just about generating income but also about bringing them together as a team again. They wanted a project they could invest in collectively, leveraging their shared experiences and dedication. This shared desire marked the start of their journey towards franchise ownership.

They sought an opportunity that would benefit them as they approached retirement, something that would allow them to work together again, bring them joy, and provide them with a steady source of income. 

Their search led them to explore numerous avenues, and it was during this exploration that they encountered the world of franchising and, more specifically, the welcoming community at Jim’s Cleaning. Little did they know at the time that this discovery would set them on a new and fulfilling professional path.

Navigating the Crossroads – The Decision to Shift Careers

The transition from a long-standing career to the world of franchising is rarely an impulsive decision, and in Martin’s case, it was an equally calculated and thought-out move. Martin and his wife had weathered the storm of career transitions, each bringing its own unique challenges and lessons. These transitions were not devoid of hurdles, and they found themselves yearning for an opportunity that would tie them together professionally once more.

In their quest for a new career path, the duo was not merely looking for another source of income. They were seeking a venture that could offer them much more than that. They wanted an enterprise that could give them a renewed sense of purpose, allowing them to work together and pool their collective skills towards a shared goal. 

They also desired a business that could bring balance to their lives, blending their professional pursuits with their family obligations.

One of the many factors that made franchising an attractive prospect for Martin and his wife was the flexibility it offered. They were the proud grandparents of a lively grandson, and their duties extended beyond their professional roles to their familial responsibilities. 

Any business they decided to venture into needed to accommodate their commitment towards their grandson and allow them to maintain a harmonious balance between their work and personal lives.

The prospect of franchising emerged as a shining beacon of hope amidst the sea of uncertainty they were navigating. Here was an opportunity that ticked all their boxes – financial stability, a shared purpose, flexibility, and the potential to grow. 

But this was just the start. The couple was ready to dive deeper into the world of franchising, explore its various avenues, and eventually settle on the one that resonated the most with their aspirations. It was during this explorative journey that they encountered Jim’s Cleaning, a prospect that would prove to be a game-changer in their career trajectory.

Venturing into the World of Jim’s – The Beginning of a New Chapter

Every journey starts with a single step, and for Martin, that step was exploring different avenues before finally setting foot into the world of Jim’s Cleaning. Initially, he toyed with the idea of setting up a handyman business, but soon enough, he recognized that this venture might not align with his family’s needs and expectations. 

Moreover, despite being skilled with a range of tools, Martin quickly realized that becoming a handyman would not harness the full potential of both his and his wife’s combined skills.

In his search for the perfect business opportunity, destiny led him to cross paths with a Jim’s franchisee. Their conversation, peppered with shared experiences and insights into the world of franchising, was an eye-opener for Martin. This interaction allowed him to see Jim’s Cleaning in a new light, highlighting the potential benefits that could be reaped by joining this established franchise.

Not only did the conversation reveal the viability of the franchise, but the physical proximity of Jim’s Cleaning office to Martin’s home served as another convincing factor. The office was a mere five-minute drive from his house, which made it logistically feasible for Martin and his wife to manage their new business efficiently.

More than anything else, what made Jim’s Cleaning stand out from the crowd was its adaptability. Martin and his wife weren’t just looking for a franchise; they were searching for a business that could seamlessly blend with their lifestyle, accommodating their family commitments, and allowing them to work together in harmony. 

Jim’s Cleaning offered just that – an opportunity to run a business that complemented their family dynamics and gave them the flexibility to work around their personal responsibilities.

To Martin, Jim’s Cleaning was more than just a franchise; it was a platform that offered him the chance to work hand-in-hand with his wife and establish a venture that could support their family while giving them the freedom to take care of their grandson. 

It was this unique blend of flexibility, proximity, and family-oriented approach that nudged Martin towards Jim’s Cleaning, paving the way for an exciting journey ahead.

The Fruitful Outcome of Choosing Jim’s

Embarking on a new business journey is never an easy task, especially when it involves stepping into a well-established franchise system like Jim’s Cleaning. However, Martin’s experience paints a vivid picture of how the decision to join the franchise has brought about significant and positive changes in his life.

From the outset, Martin was impressed by the comprehensive training program offered by Jim’s Cleaning. Even though he faced certain hurdles initially, such as mastering the art of oven cleaning, the supportive franchise system never left him high and dry. 

On the contrary, the availability of expert guidance and resources not only helped him overcome his initial apprehensions but also sharpened his skills, giving him the confidence to perform his tasks efficiently and to the best of his abilities.

Interestingly, it’s not just the technical aspects of the business that have contributed to Martin’s satisfaction. The unique culture within the franchise, embodied by Jim Penman, the founder of Jim’s Group, has significantly influenced his experience. 

Martin holds Jim in high regard for the humble and people-centric approach he has employed in building his franchise empire. To Martin, the success of Jim’s Cleaning is not just a testament to a successful business model but also a reflection of the founder’s ethos that values both customers and franchisees.

As Martin navigates his journey with Jim’s Cleaning, the franchise continues to be more than just a business to him. It serves as a platform that supports his career aspirations, values his skills, and also accommodates his family’s needs. His experience stands as a testament to the franchise’s commitment to its franchisees, proving that the decision to join Jim’s Cleaning was, indeed, a step in the right direction.

In conclusion, Martin’s journey with Jim’s Cleaning is a clear illustration of how joining the right franchise can offer a perfect blend of career satisfaction, family life balance, and continuous support. It serves as an inspiration for many who are looking to start a business that not only aligns with their professional aspirations but also fits seamlessly into their personal lives.


Choosing to join Jim’s Cleaning has proven to be a game-changing decision for Martin Stikkelbroeck. His story embodies the transformative power of a franchise that offers not just business opportunities but also personal fulfillment and work-life balance. 

Like Martin, countless others have found their path in franchising, and you could be next. Do your research, understand what it entails, and you might just find your perfect business match.

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