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The UPS Store Can Help You Achieve Your Dreams of Business Ownership

The UPS Store Can Help You Achieve Your Dreams of Business Ownership

Learn how The UPS Store can help you achieve your dreams of owning a business.

It’s a brand new year, and a brand new decade. If you resolved to ditch the job that’s dragging you down and be your own boss, this could be the perfect time to explore opening a franchise business. At The UPS Store, we help entrepreneurs achieve their goal of business ownership by providing everything new franchise owners need to get up and running, and ultimately, grow their business. Our variety of location types to choose from, flexible financing options, site selection assistance and comprehensive training help new franchisees get started off on the right foot.

The UPS Store has consistently been one of the top franchise brands according to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500 list and has been named the best brand in the “Postal, printing, communications and business services” category for 30 straight years. Backed by over 35 years of experience, our proven business model has helped thousands of committed and highly-motivated entrepreneurs open their own franchise business.

Location Types

Small business owners and consumers alike need reliable shipping and delivery services they can count on. Our locations offer a full range of packaging and shipping options including domestic and international shipping, freight services and even packaging and moving supplies. The UPS Store franchisees also support small business by providing essential services like professional printing, direct mail solutions and mailbox services.

All this and more can be provided at a traditional location, like you’ve probably seen in a metropolitan shopping center, or at one of our newer non-traditional store models. The UPS Store has franchise business opportunities in places you might not expect like hotels and convention centers, military bases, colleges and universities and even within small retail stores. Our store in store concept allows owners of existing retail businesses to expand their services, and their customer base, by opening a The UPS Store center inside their store. This model is especially valuable in smaller communities that may not have access to critical business services.

Actually, The UPS Store encourages franchise development in smaller, rural areas. Our Main Street franchise model was designed as a low-cost option to help bring much-needed services to rural markets by offering a reduced fee and significant savings on other initial expenses. Opening a franchise business like The UPS Store in a small community allows you to provide high-quality products and services backed by an award-winning brand with a personal touch.

Financing Options

Not only is The UPS Store among the top franchise brands, we are also one of the best values offering a very competitive pricing model for franchise fees. These fees vary based on the store type, size and location. To top it all off, we even offer a variety of financing options, including special programs and discounts for veterans.

By partnering with Guidant Financial, we’re able to provide the best franchise loan options for potential franchisees. Because Guidant Financial has a deep understanding of our franchise business, models and operating systems, they can offer a variety of funding options specifically suited to meet the needs of prospective The UPS Store franchisees. Some of the more popular financing options include 401(k) business funding, SBA loans, portfolio loans and unsecured loans. To see your maximum funding amount and get a personalized list of funding options along with a handy chart to compare your pre-approved programs, check out the Guidant Financial pre-qualification tool.

Finding the best way to finance opening a franchise business that takes your goals, background and financial situation into consideration can help eliminate many of the pitfalls first-time business owners encounter. At The UPS Store, we want to help all of our franchisees get started on the right track and also provide help along the way like tax break tips to help you save and become even more profitable. We also proudly support active and former military members by offering $10,000 off our standard franchise fee, which includes 50 percent off the initial application fee to qualified veterans.

Site Selection

The UPS Store is continually expanding and has available markets across the country. We work closely with qualified prospective franchise owners to assist in finding the best location for their center based on their preferences, available markets and the company’s overall franchise system expansion goals and site selection criteria. A local representative from The UPS Store franchise development team will provide market research from our Real Estate Development Department to aid in site selection. Factors such as parking availability, foot traffic and competition help evaluate the business potential of a proposed location. Although we must approve the location of all new centers, the final decision rests with the owner.

Once the proper location has been determined and the site has been secured, we’ll help you plan and build out your store using a prototype floor plan, design criteria and other specifications for construction. We’ll also provide an equipment list, including the necessary computer system, and assist with ordering and installation.

The size of new stores vary, depending on the location type, market, building requirements, lease terms, etc. but most traditional locations average between 1,200 and 1,400 square feet. Store in store locations require 300-550 square feet of dedicated space within the host retail store.

For owners who prefer to skip the set-up when opening a franchise business, we also have a number of existing The UPS Store locations for sale that are ready for business under new ownership.

Comprehensive Training

Our goal is to have every franchisee comfortable and confident before opening day. That’s why in addition to helping new franchisees build out their center, The UPS Store offers a comprehensive training program. Our four-phase approach was awarded the PEAK Performance Award by The American Society for Training and Development. It consists of online training to provide new owners a solid foundation of store operations, product knowledge and business acumen. An interactive 9-day business and printing services workshop focuses on marketing, human resources, operations, financial management and print services training. In addition, new owners spend a total of two weeks working at a The UPS Store Certified Training Center for hands-on, in-store experience with operations, technical systems and print services.

Our support doesn’t end once a new franchise business opens its doors. If our franchisees are successful, we’re successful; and that makes the entire brand stronger. We provide ongoing support and guidance so even though each The UPS Store is locally owned and operated, our owners are never in business alone. In fact, our whole franchise network is rooted in a sense of family with collaboration and camaraderie among franchise owners.

If 2020 marks the year you’re ready to achieve your dreams of business ownership, reach out to our franchise development team, join one of our weekly webinars or attend a live event in your area to learn more.

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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.