Jelyn Davis migrated from the Philippines over 15 years ago. Now, she runs a top franchise in Australia and was recently featured in an Inside Franchise Business article. Inside Franchise Business is Australia’s largest franchise marketplace, and a one-stop-shop for exploring and comparing franchise brands.
According to IFB, Jelyn was a successful travel agent before entering the franchise world. Then COVID-19 forced her to rethink her career.
“I’m not good at working from home,” she says, “and I wanted something more secure than the travel sector.”
That’s when Jelyn found Express Employment Professionals, a staffing franchise with over 860 locations. After working with the Franchise Development team at Express, Jelyn opened her first office in April 2022. Since then, she’s helped hundreds of job seekers find work — all while developing her own career.
“I like that Express Employment has so much potential,” she says, “I’m not working in just one particular field.”
Express helps place people in professional, office services, skilled trades and light industrial positions. In addition to helping job seekers, they also recruit for companies looking to fill full-time, part-time and temporary roles.
Paying it forward
One thing that drew Jelyn to this staffing franchise is the community impact.
“I’m building the business up through the community,” says Jelyn, highlighting her passion for working with migrants like herself.
“Through Express Employment Professionals, I give those people a job, so they have the opportunity to be a skilled migrant and then maybe become a resident,” she says, “And if I help one person here, it helps a whole family back home. That is the icing on the cake. That’s for me, the most rewarding part.”
Since migrating herself, Jelyn has worked hard to develop her skills. She has a flair for sales and is the face of her franchise. While she and her team work with all kinds of people, Jelyn has a talent for helping migrants find their own calling.
“I work with my heart,” she says, “I want them to experience what Australia has given me, the good life and the opportunities. I want them to have that kind of dream I had 15 years ago.”
When Jelyn launched her Express Employment Franchise, she was new to both franchising and the staffing industry. She praises the support she received from Express, saying, “It’s not always easy to establish yourself in a new field, but if you follow the rules and you work hard, you will succeed.”
Jelyn received two months of training prior to launching her first office, including:
- Business and sales coaching
- A digital and social marketing plan
- Quarterly sales and marketing guides
But the support doesn’t stop there. Express continues to support Franchise Owners through regular regional meetings, annual conferences and leadership training. Their Sydney-based headquarters makes it easy to stay connected while you grow your staffing franchise. In addition to leadership support, Express Employment Franchise offers administration support for your business, including:
- Payroll funding
- Invoice processing
- Administrative tasks
“I think the systems are essential,” says Jelyn. “That’s the beauty of it. It’s a new avenue for me, and I wouldn’t have been able to push through without the support of the franchisor team.”
Learn more about owning an Express
Like other Express Employment Franchise Owners, Jelyn is a natural leader. She is hardworking and has a passion for bettering her community. If you could see yourself owning a staffing franchise, start by comparing yourself with the other essential attributes of an Express Franchise Owner:
- Sales and client-focused
- Natural leader
- High energy
In addition to your skills and attitude, you’ll need $170K to $250K net worth and $190K to $250K liquid assets to get started. Even if you don’t have experience in franchising or staffing, Express offers the support you need to be successful — including a proven business model with available territories across Australia.
To learn more about opening an Express, simply fill out the form below to get connected with someone from our Franchise Development team.