From Australian Army veteran to business owner
Dale J Thorson is a Gold Coast resident, Aussie Army veteran, entrepreneur and now the owner of two My Home Watch Gold Coast franchises, facilitating the northern areas of the Coast. In a recent interview, Dale discussed discharging from the Army and his transition into the business world.
‘It was as if all my experiences led me to finding this franchise opportunity.’
When did you decide to exit the Army?
‘I decided to take a year’s leave, six months after returning from Afghanistan in 2012. I felt I needed a change and was ready to move into a new beginning after returning from service in Afghanistan. It was just an easier process for me at that time to take a year's leave and move towards discharge than to remain in the organisation and jump through the hoops of the discharge process.’
What have you done since leaving the Army?
‘The transition out of the Army I found very tough mentally, as it was all so different. I essentially left a family to venture out on my own. It took me some time to adjust and find a place I could fit in to.
‘I was lucky enough to get hired by LJ Hooker in 2013 and learn property management. From there, I was offered a job within commercial property as a facilities manager, in which I worked for 12 months. An opportunity came up back in Afghanistan doing private security at the Australian Embassy, which gave me some time during my month breaks to assess the future direction I wanted to take.’
How did your decision to own a franchise come about?
‘It has always been clear to me from a young age that I loved property and that at some stage I would be in business for myself. It was as if all my experiences led me to finding this franchise opportunity. The biggest barrier for me was trusting my gut and that I had what it takes to survive in business.
‘I love the fact I am helping the people of the Gold Coast community at the same time. The lifestyle that a My Home Watch franchise provides is what’s really attractive: being my own boss, having an outdoors lifestyle and always meeting new people is great way to live.’
Dale owns not one, but two My Home Watch franchises on the Gold Coast, covering from Surfers Paradise, north to Ormeau and west as far as Tamborine Mountain & Canungra.
Founded by home security expert Natasha Morgan, My Home Watch is the complete package; their motto is ‘Property care made simple, giving owners complete peace of mind’. The brand has recently won an award in the Top 30 Franchises and one of Australia’s fastest growing networks, expanding globally in 2019 and offers a range of on-demand professional property services, including My Boat Watch, My Pet Watch and the most recent additions being My Real Estate Assist & My AirbnbCare.
‘The lifestyle that a My Home Watch franchise provides is what’s really attractive: being my own boss, having an outdoors lifestyle and always meeting new people.’
Dale Thorson’s Top 3 Home Care Tips:
- It is very important you engage someone that is properly insured and trusted, to provide your property care services.
- Having a Home Care plan should never be a last-minute thought.
- Meeting the professional that will be overseeing your property care face to face, before engaging them, is a great way for you to feel comfortable that they are in fact suited to take care of your assets in your absence.