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Franchise Opportunities Near Me

Franchise Opportunities Near Me

Are you ready to make a change in your life and become your own boss?

It’s the dream of many and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to realize that dream. If you’ve considered becoming an entrepreneur and going into business for yourself, you may have already searched “franchise opportunities near me” for some ideas on how to get started. If so, you’ve seen the types of franchise businesses available in your area and may have even searched your favorite brands to learn about available franchise markets.

Or perhaps you’re not set on a specific brand or company yet, and you’re researching all types of franchise opportunities to see what might be the best fit for you. Either way, learn more about how to evaluate franchise opportunities and more, on your way to becoming a small business owner.

How Do I Evaluate Franchise Opportunities?

Evaluating a franchise opportunity is a lot more than simply searching about it online. While it’s a great place to start, you’ll also want to dive deeper into the details of available franchises to narrow down your options, then conduct a thorough due diligence process before you commit to a specific franchise system. Before you part with an investment or sign any paperwork, consider these aspects in your franchise evaluation process.


Financial information is one of the most important pieces of the larger franchise ownership puzzle. A significant draw for people to become business owners is the earning potential—the chance to make more money and secure your finances into the future.

You’ll need to start by researching the total franchise investment, including fixed and variable fees, operational costs, rent, real estate and any other associated costs. This will give you a thorough understanding of your costs versus what you could earn by owning your franchise.

Then, it’s a great idea to speak to the franchise development or corporate team to discuss earning potential and reach out to existing owners within the network to gain additional insights.

It’s also recommended to consult with professionals like an attorney and/or accountant to review financial and legal information that may have a bearing on your decision to become a franchise owner. They’ll help you review the franchise disclosure document (FDD) and help guide you through the process of becoming an entrepreneur.

Brand Reputation

Brand awareness and reputation are also major considerations when deciding between franchise opportunities. Think about it from a consumer perspective—if given the choice of doing business with a well-known brand or one that you’ve never heard of, you’d more likely choose the better-known brand.

That’s because you already have a perception of the brand and what the experience should be like, and because it’s a franchise, you can trust that you’ll have the same experience in a new location that you did with a totally different location.

The power of a brand name impacts both franchisees and customers alike, attracting both to the business, as well as differentiating it from the competition and increasing the value of the franchise.

Number of Locations

Another factor you’ll want to consider when evaluating franchise opportunities is the number of existing locations. If it’s a new franchise brand, there may not be too many locations operating yet, or perhaps the brand is in a rapid growth phase with a focus on opening as many units as possible. It’s also possible that the franchise has been in business for decades with an existing customer base, excellent reputation and established franchise model.

The UPS Store has over 5,000 locations across the U.S. and has continued to expand over the last 40 years. Many franchisees own multiple locations and bring the value of small business services to their communities, building relationships along the way.

Types of Franchise Opportunities

In your search for “franchise opportunities near me,” you may have come across different types of franchise options within the same system. For example, The UPS Store offers non-traditional store options to allow franchise owners to tailor their locations to their expertise and interests, as well as the needs of customers in their communities.

The Store in Store concept was launched in the 1980s to set up The UPS Store centers in hotels, convention centers and other businesses, and in 2016, the idea was expanded to allow centers inside other businesses like pharmacies and hardware stores. The concept allows business owners to expand services to their existing customer base and become more of a one-stop shop, adding value to their communities. Other examples of non-traditional store concepts with The UPS Store include military bases, colleges and universities.

Corporate Support

Before you decide on which franchise opportunity to pursue, you’ll want to have a good idea of the type of support available to owners, from the initial training phase to after you’ve opened your doors.

New franchisees with The UPS Store complete a comprehensive four-phase training program which involves over 200 hours of web-based and in-store training, along with an interactive university business course, all designed to prepare owners for daily operations.

Franchise owners also receive advertising and marketing support across the country through national advertisements and marketing campaigns, including television, digital, print and radio. Regional and local advertising campaigns are prioritized to foster growth in the community, and there are also turn-key marketing tools to help franchisees establish themselves outside of their stores and into their local communities.

Corporate support and guidance are available every step of the way with The UPS Store.

Franchise Opportunities Near Me

If you’ve made it this far in your search for franchise opportunities in your area, be sure to visit the available markets page to see just how close you could be to becoming your own boss and making a difference in your community like many other franchise owners. No matter your background or career path thus far, there is a place for you at The UPS Store.  

Learn more about franchising with The UPS Store by contacting our franchise development team to discuss the possibility of owning your own retail location.

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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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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.