On the road with Neil Gibbins, Hire A Hubby Gladesville and Ryde, Sydney
This week we’d like to introduce you to Neil Gibbins, our top ‘Hubby’ in 2012. Neil runs two Hire A Hubby businesses in Sydney’s north western suburbs around Gladesville and Ryde. Neil and his team work with a range of domestic, real estate and commercial clients.
What is your background?
I learnt my handyman skills growing up in the country. My career led me into corporate banking and operations management where I worked for 27 years with companies including ANZ Bank, Citibank and AMP. I joined Hire A Hubby in 2003 because I wanted to do work I enjoyed and found satisfying and that gave me the flexibility to see my sons grow up and participate in their school activities. I enjoy applying my corporate skills to my own business where I receive the direct benefit from my efforts.
How does your average day stack up?
Each day is different – that is one of the great things about what we do. Every day includes interacting with customers, working on the tools, preparing quotes and invoices, managing my staff, running and growing the business. It is very satisfying when your customers appreciate what you do for them.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently we are working on some large preparation-for-sale jobs, presenting people’s homes in the best way they can be to maximise the sale price. We also have regular work from our domestic, real estate and commercial clients.
What does it take to be a ‘Hubby’?
Success is driven by how you interact with people. Hire A Hubby is a repeat and referral business and we deal face to face with our clients and build long term relationships. We want to be the first point of contact for our clients for any property maintenance need, large or small. We always strive to do an excellent job so our clients will invite us back for more work and also tell their friends.