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7
2016
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The Best Advice We've Ever Heard About Franchise Opportunities

The Best Advice We've Ever Heard About Franchise Opportunities

Starting a franchise can be both the most exciting and challenging time in an individual’s entrepreneurial journey. With countless franchise ownership opportunities, many are left contemplating which will be the best fit for them now—and decades later. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur interested in managing a franchise or a franchisee looking to explore another franchise opportunity, consider these valuable pieces of advice before committing to a franchise business.

Remember The Franchises That You’ve Always Counted On

A key benefit of owning a franchise over a start-up business is having the security of an established brand with a proven business model. When thinking of which ones could be the best for you, think of the franchise businesses that you could count on for your personal or professional needs.
 
Offering more than 30 years of experience, franchises like The UPS Store can provide you with the strong, professional network and proven brand strength you need for your new franchise business to thrive. Understanding the work that goes into building a business, The UPS Store home office and field staff provide you with valuable tools and resources you may not have with other start-up or small businesses.

Delivering world-class services to local communities, The UPS Store is a franchise to consider, as they are dedicated to solving every problem, no matter how big or small. Focused on finding ways to help communities grow, each The UPS Store franchise continues to offer the expected services of mailing and shipping, while also evolving their offerings to meet the needs of customers through other services, such as printing marketing materials and offering moving supplies. With more than 4,500 locations nationwide, The UPS Store is a franchise that effectively balances the needs of their franchisees and their communities, ultimately leading to business success.

Little-to-No Requirements May Not Be A Dream Come True

While researching the best franchise, you may come across a variety of sales tactics to encourage investment in a franchise business. If you see a franchise for sale, but feel it doesn’t align to your goals and values, a discount now may not be worth it in the future. Statements of “No requirements necessary” and “Own a franchise today” are often false claims that could lead you down the wrong path.

Be sure to look further into the franchise, search for a list of application requirements, and find out if they offer the resources you need to succeed. If you find that the franchise does not provide enough information, or that it does not align with your business goals, you may need to reconsider. Franchises, like The UPS Store, provide an outlined approval process to help you know what to expect—and when to expect it. By having four, clearly defined steps: Inquiry, Application, Funding and Booking, The UPS Store gives a better idea of what the process entails, and when you’ll be ready to take the first step in franchise entrepreneurship.

 
Research National Rankings & Awards

When narrowing down your franchise choices, look for positive press and recognition. Make time to do a Google search to see what immediately populates in your browser. By seeing the most recent and relevant content, you’ll immediately identify the specific strengths and weaknesses associated with the brand. Ranked #1 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” for the Postal and Business Centers category, The UPS Store consistently offers the positive recognition and strong reputation you need on both national and local levels.

Knowing that customer loyalty and top talent are key to business success, customer testimonials and employee stories are another way to get a clear picture of how the brand is viewed on both sides of the business. By seeing how they are perceived, it’ll ensure you’re building a future with a brand that you can trust with your success.

Consider Every Pro & Con

Before making your final decision, consider writing a pros and cons list. Although it may seem unnecessary after doing extensive research, it may help you understand what you value most—and maybe what you can do without. By having a clearly defined list, you can easily form additional questions and contact a franchise representative to get them answered.

This exercise can also give you a glimpse into interactions with the home office. When asking questions, pay close attention to their level of attentiveness. If they’re quick to reply to questions, accommodate your needs, and value your time, they could make a wonderful business partner in the years to come.

Experience It. Then Believe In It.

Think you’ve found the right franchise? Consider experiencing it firsthand. Meet with local franchise owners in your community and stop into locations to see how they’re run. By even incorporating these visits into your usual errands, you will have the chance to see the business from the customer perspective.

If you feel you’d need more than a few visits to come to a decision, consider experiencing it as an employee would. Contact a local store owner about shadowing him for a few days. This will give you the opportunity to talk with the owner, interact with their employees and customers, and form educated opinions through valuable experiences.

Your day-to-day could be, but not limited to, experiencing daily operations, implementing marketing materials, working store hours of operation, and receiving customer feedback. Seeing the internal process, listening to employee perspectives, and understanding expectations from the home office, will give you a glimpse into just how every component works together to build a successful franchise business. After your experience, if you align with the franchise brand and believe in its success, take the next step in committing to a professional change and financial investment by starting an application with The UPS Store home office.

Feel you’re ready for the next step in your entrepreneurial journey? Reach out to The UPS Store home office or a local representative. From there, you can discuss joining the world’s largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, printing, and business center services.

Ranked for 27 Consecutive Years

Ranked for 27 Consecutive Years

This annual award, now in its 38th year, evaluates franchises based on cost, growth potential, support, brand strength and financial stability. The UPS Store has proudly been ranked for 27 years in a row.

We Proudly Support Our Veterans

We Proudly Support Our Veterans

Participating partners with the VetFran program, The UPS Store offers qualifying veterans $10,000 off their franchise fee to start their new business. To learn more, contact The UPS Store Franchise Development Team.

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.

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."

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