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Dream Doors Case Study
For Jon O’Hara opening the first Dream Doors showroom in Northern Ireland was also about finding the working freedom he was seeking. Dream Doors is looking for more talented franchisees like Jon and Sarah who are ready to generate huge profits by representing an industry-leading brand.
Franchise Information
  • BFA Membership StatusFull
  • UK Years Established20 years
  • Current UK Coverage63%
  • Franchisee Support Staff18
  • Personal Investment Req.£35,000 approx
  • Total Startup Cost£85,000
  • Shop-based business locationYes
  • Territory-based business locationYes
  • Business to consumer servicesYes
  • Franchisee employs staffYes
Next Steps

Ex-Salesman Becomes His Own Boss Running Dream Doors Showroom

Jon and his wife Sarah were both experienced in sales when they started looking for an opportunity to run their own franchise in Belfast.

Dream Doors | Jon O’HaraThey wanted to take full control of their earning potential but, for Jon, there was an added incentive – being his own boss for the first time.  He found the freedom he was looking for running his own franchised showroom for the UK’s #1 kitchen makeover company.

Jon said:

"The two main reasons for joining Dream Doors was the support you get from the start, but the other was that I really disliked working for other people.  I really don’t like being told what to do but I did want to do something that draws on my sales background, something that is both customer-focused and customer-facing.  I know that’s where my skill set lies, and it was important to me to do something that has almost unlimited earning potential.

I was looking for something that had no ceiling on what you can do and achieve. Some franchises have real limits, but Dream Doors seems not to - you get back from it what you put in."

Jon and Sarah opened Dream Doors Belfast four years ago and are often among the highest earners in the national network.

Jon had previously been an area manager for a bed retailer with over 20 years’ prior experience in sales roles, some of which were in the franchise industry. Sarah was already a full-time mum and also had sales experience – although most Dream Doors’ franchisees do not.

Jon continued:

"We decided to make the change and go into franchising because we had always wanted to run our own business. Before working in retail management, I had spent some time working in franchises, so I was very familiar with it. I’ve always liked the concept and the idea behind franchising, but I hadn’t worked in kitchens before. Joining Dream Doors was a way of getting into a growing business but with strong support and backing.

The first few years are very hard work – whatever your background, there will be areas of the business you don’t know. For example, I not only had to learn about the kitchen industry, I also had to learn about doing PAYE and VAT, but that’s all part of the fun of the challenge."

Dream Doors is looking for more talented franchisees like Jon and Sarah who are ready to generate huge profits by representing an industry-leading brand.

There are just 19 new franchise territories available nationwide, particularly in the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland.

Find out more about Dream Doors franchise opportunities by clicking below

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Changing his career direction has given Wilson Craig the chance to work alongside his family.

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Selling up the family business allowed the Bachelor family to start a lucrative Dream Doors kitchen makeover franchise.

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Jaspal and Sarbjeet Hayle jumped at the chance to change career direction and take over a Dream Doors franchise.

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Focusing on top notch customer service has allowed husband and wife, Martin and Alex Smith, to build a highly profitable business.

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Samiul Islam and Abdul Muktadir have surpassed their income targets in their first 18 months of running a Dream Doors franchise.

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After training to be a butcher in his youth, Kevin later became a health and safety officer for a multi-national corporation, inspecting factories around the world. But, by his own admission, a love of international travel can ‘wear off’

Poole franchisees, Clive and Angela Coldwell have brought in over 100,000 every month since January.Poole franchisees, Clive and Angela Coldwell have brought in over 100,000 every month since January.

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David and Kate Howle Join Dream DoorsDavid and Kate Howle Join Dream Doors

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Dream Doors tells us how Barry Payne recovered from a career ending fall to turn around an ailing Dream Doors business.

What Our Franchisees Say

Everything about the franchise works as it is written in the manual and, in your early days, this is important while you learn the business.Paul Reeder


The training and support has been fantastic and has really reinforced the fact that we made the right decision. The initial training was really helpful and there have been plenty of visits from the Franchise Support Manager to keep us on the right path.Helen Mahon


If you want to work for yourself and have more flexibility, I would recommend a Dream Doors franchise. Also it’s good to know that you can run your own business, but still have the back up of a national company.Matt Jones


Why Choose Us

By replacing the doors, and usually the work-surfaces and sink, a kitchen can be transformed in 2 days

The kitchen industry is booming and, as an alternative to standard kitchen companies, Dream Doors offer our customers a solution that saves time, money and hassle

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