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Top 5 Reasons to Open a The UPS Store Franchise

Top 5 Reasons to Open a The UPS Store Franchise

Check out these top five reasons to start a The UPS Store franchise.

The UPS Store is an industry leader with over 40 years of franchising experience, which has given us the opportunity to develop and refine a proven business model that works. However, our success is due to more than just our way of doing business. We know how to properly prepare franchisees for the challenges they will face and have helped thousands become successful The UPS Store franchise owners. If you’re thinking about starting a franchise, consider these top five reasons to choose The UPS Store.

Brand Strength

Brand strength is one of the most valuable assets for a franchisee. The UPS Store is a nationally recognized and well- respected brand that provides immediate credibility from the moment a store opens its doors. This sterling reputation is built on the core values of our brand. We’re committed to providing an exceptional customer experience and are dedicated to going above and beyond the expectations of customers, as well as franchisees, while strengthening communities by supporting small business.

Our reputation and the quality of the franchise opportunity The UPS Store offers have consistently earned us accolades and awards from a number of business organizations. In fact, 2021 marks the 31st consecutive year that The UPS Store has achieved inclusion on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list, ranking third among all franchise brands and first in the postal and business services category.

Innovative Products and Services

The UPS Store is committed to staying on the forefront of trends to provide an extensive selection of innovative products and services that allow our franchisees to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers. Our solutions continually evolve, enabling franchisees to offer relevant, convenient services to better support small business owners and individuals in their communities. Not only do these solutions help franchisees serve their customers, but they create a pipeline of long-term revenue streams and growth options.

Our new store design makes delivering these services even more efficient. Key design features like an open floor plan for optimal customer traffic, mobile and modular fixtures for flexibility and multi-functional use, and digital screens and menu boards for promotions are among the highlights of our fresh new look and feel. The bold, contemporary style provides The UPS Store franchise owners more ways to deliver with enhanced transparency to showcase the expertise of their staff.

Variety of Store Types

One of the features that makes starting a franchise with The UPS Store unique is the number of store types to choose from. In addition to traditional stores, several non-traditional opportunities are also available. These options provide more flexibility and allow franchise owners to tailor their centers to meet the needs of customers in their community. It also creates additional opportunity for franchisees to expand with multi-center ownership.

Store in store locations allow owners of retail stores to grow their business by bringing the services of The UPS Store into their existing facility. This creates a convenient, one stop shopping experience for customers and an additional revenue stream for franchise owners. Both businesses benefit from the boost in foot traffic and opportunity for increased sales.

The UPS Store centers inside hotels and convention centers accommodate a variety of needs for vacationers, business travelers and conference attendees, while centers on college campuses cater to students, faculty and staff. The UPS Store centers can also be established on military bases to provide a convenient and valuable resource for on-base businesses and community members.

These non-traditional locations offer the same services a traditional store provides including packing, shipping, printing, copying and notary services, only in a smaller space. The reduced equipment requirements of these smaller centers can lead to lower start-up costs.

Comprehensive Training and Ongoing Support

Our franchise development team is dedicated to helping franchisees succeed, starting with a comprehensive training program to help them get their business up and running. Our four-phase training program includes over 215 hours of instruction via a mix of online and in-person education including hands-on, in-store experience at a Certified Training Center. Everything from business fundamentals to store operations including training on the equipment, software and techniques used in the store are covered to ensure franchisees feel confident and prepared to operate their own store.

But the support doesn’t end after the grand opening. We provide ongoing support and guidance every step of the way to help The UPS Store franchise owners achieve their goals. Our home office, toll-free help line, area franchisees and even fellow franchise owners are here to help with questions and expert advice. We also invest in extensive marketing and advertising support at the national, regional, and local level to increase brand awareness and drive customers into the store. Turn-key marketing tools and resources are also available to help franchisees promote their business in their community.

Financing Options

The UPS Store is a great opportunity, especially for those looking to start a franchise on a budget. Entrepreneur ranked The UPS Store as the top franchise to own under $150,000. At $75,000 in liquid assets, the capital requirement to become a The UPS Store franchise owner is lower than many other franchise opportunities. In addition, we offer flexible financing options to help find the best funding based on each candidate’s financial situation. Our partnership with Guidant Financial provides prospective franchises who qualify for franchise loans a full suite of financing options including 401(k) business funding, SBA loans, portfolio loans, unsecured loans, and more.

Special discounts are also available for veterans and minorities. Qualifying veterans receive $10,000 off the franchise fee for opening a new The UPS Store location, which includes 50 percent off the initial application fee. First-time The UPS Store minority owners that commit to developing their location under the new store design are eligible to receive $15,000 off the franchise fee.

Another way we’re making franchising with The UPS Store more affordable is with our Main Street program. This low-cost franchise model offers a reduced fee and significant savings on other start-up costs for franchisees that choose to start a franchise in a small town or rural community.

Achieving The Dream of Ownership

The UPS Store has been helping entrepreneurs take control of their future and change their lives for over four decades. Our brand strength, innovative products and services, variety of store types, comprehensive training and support, and financing options are among the top reasons candidates choose to open a The UPS Store franchise. Reach out to our local franchise development team to learn more or explore The UPS Store locations for sale and open markets ready for development on our website.

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We Proudly Support Our Veterans

Participating partners with the VetFran program, The UPS Store offers qualifying veterans $15,000 off their franchise fee to start their new business. To learn more, contact The UPS Store Franchise Development Team.

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Ranked for over 30 Consecutive Years

The UPS Store has been ranked #1 in the postal and business services category for over 30 years and remains in the top 5 overall for the seventh consecutive year according to the Franchise 500 list.

Kristin Howard

Franchisee, Michigan

The reason my husband and I decided to go into franchising and specifically with The UPS Store, is the different opportunities we're given with the business. The UPS Store has name recognition as well as opportunities to expand.

Debbie Adams

Franchisee, Kentucky

What I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store owner is working with my customers. We are the solution specialists for our customers.

Jim George

Franchisee, Illinios

My favorite part about The UPS Store network is the camaraderie with other franchisees. Everybody loves to help everybody else. You’re really part of a family.

Greg Murray

Franchisee, Florida

The interesting thing about The UPS Store is that when a customer walks through the door there's an extremely high probability that they're coming there to do something that is important to them. So at the end of the day, what we do for customers is very important and they are trusting that we are going to do it well.

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Mariana Huberman

Franchisee, Washington, D.C.

One of the things that I love about The UPS Store franchise system is that you're not ever in this by yourself. The franchisees of The UPS Store network are great.

Heidi Morris

Franchisee, Colorado

The thing I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store franchisee is I get to get up, go to work and know that I'm helping other business owners succeed in what they're doing.

Bob Brown

Franchisee, Tennessee

Owning a The UPS Store franchise has changed my life because it's finally given me the opportunity to engage my customers and my staff and be able to take real pride in what I do. As a franchisee, we get faced with solving peoples' problems every day and we do everything we possibly can to try to help.

Marie Jensen

Franchisee, Oregon

My favorite thing about The UPS Store is the variety. I love the variety of customers, I love the variety of services; getting to know the customers, meeting their needs, finding out how we can help them accomplish what they need to accomplish and seeing how happy they are. That makes me ecstatic.

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Tad Mollnhauer

Franchisee, Florida

With the products and services that The UPS Store provides we can make a difference in people's lives and that is the best reason for being a The UPS Store owner.

Joy Batchelor

Franchisee, Idaho

What makes being a The UPS Store franchisee worthwhile at the end of the day is the customers. The customers treat us like we're family.

Paul Erchinger

Franchisee, Texas

One nice benefit of owning a The UPS Store franchise for me has been that it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the community. As I make relationships with others it seems like no matter what the environment is, in one way or another business comes out of that and that's not my objective—it's been a secondary benefit to being involved in the community.

Chris Reminder

Franchisee, Ohio

There are several things that I really enjoy about being a The UPS Store franchisee. First and foremost it allows me to get to know the people in the local community and that is a lot of fun. We get to see people on a regular basis. We get to know their life stories. That's a lot of fun.

Bruce Jones

Franchisee, Kentucky

Since we have joined The UPS Store, our life has changed by just having more time to spend together as a family. We've been very fortunate with the stores that we have and we have a great staff that looks out for our best interest and we look out for theirs.

Lonnie Williams

Franchisee, Oklahoma

What makes The UPS Store so successful is it gives each individual an opportunity to grow with the network and just meet the challenges that are brought to them on a daily basis. Every day gives us a new opportunity to help another person, to help another small business, to answer a question and to solve a problem.

Jeff Graham

Franchisee, Alabama

I love my customers. I love my employees. I love every person, every face that comes into my store. I enjoy every day going into work and I can't see doing anything else for the rest of my life.

Stacie Stigar

Franchisee, Alaska

I think that this franchise is so successful because of all of the resources that are available to us as center owners—we have marketing materials, we have so many different opportunities for help from the home office, and it just really makes for a great franchise.

Don Pollard

Franchisee, New Jersey

I think the thing that makes this franchise successful is a number of things. First of all we have an outstanding system, we have a great product, a great brand, and we're able to attract dynamic people to run these centers and run the business. So I think when you put all that together it really provides for a winning combination.

Mary Ellen Nichols

Franchisee, Tennessee

The thing I love about the franchise is that you have the UPS name backing you but yet you also have the autonomy to make your own decisions to promote.

Laura Griffin

Franchisee, Florida

In the eight short months I've owned my The UPS Store it has really changed my life. I've gone from being an employee of someone else to being an employer of my associates. It's a big responsibility but it's exciting every day.

Sandy Scandrett

Franchisee, Wisconsin

Being a The UPS Store franchisee has improved every aspect of my life. It's very rewarding financially, professionally, and emotionally. I have a large number of regular customers who are really, really appreciative of everything we do.

Kristie Robison

Franchisee, Alabama

I would say owning a The UPS Store location has changed my life to where I have more time and flexibility. In owning your own business you get your store up and running and you get employees that you can trust that are going to help keep your store running. This allows me to attend my two boys' ball games and also travel and do things with them so it has really changed my life for the better.