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Top Franchises: Why The UPS Store Franchise System is Booming Right Now

Top Franchises: Why The UPS Store Franchise System is Booming Right Now

Learn why opening a The UPS Store franchise is a good choice for entrepreneurs. 

The franchising industry is rapidly expanding and expected to continue to grow over the next few years. According to a 2018 study performed by the International Franchise Association, the franchise sector has seen gains in multiple areas including the number of establishments, employment, income and GDP. In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that small businesses like franchises account for more than 60 percent of all new jobs created annually.

One of the most significant factors contributing to franchising’s hot streak is the upswing in the economy. The declining unemployment rate means more jobs are becoming available and consumers are responding by spending more. Subsequently, as consumers are increasingly able to pay off debt, financial institutions have more money available to lend to entrepreneurs seeking funding for opportunities like starting a The UPS Store franchise.

With over 5,000 locations, The UPS Store is the world’s largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, printing and business services centers. Earlier this year, The UPS Store was named one of the top 25 fastest growing franchise brands by Entrepreneur Magazine. So, what makes The UPS Store such a popular choice?

Financing Options

The UPS Store offers a variety of financing options to help ensure every franchisee starts off on the right track. We’ve teamed up with Guidant Financial to provide the best funding options for franchise loans. Their innovative pre-qualification tool helps streamline the approval process and provides prospective franchisees their maximum funding amount, a list of funding options and a comparison chart of pre-approved programs in a matter of minutes.

Our flexible financing options also include special discounts for qualifying veterans seeking to start their own business. In addition to the standard incentives we offer to support active and former military members’ entrepreneurial ambitions, we’re also saluting our veterans with additional incentives by waiving the franchise fee for the first 10 eligible veterans to qualify between May 1, 2019 and November 11, 2019.

Prominence and Recognition

The UPS Store is an industry leader with a great reputation and nationally renowned brand name that has garnered a myriad of accolades and recognition. In fact, 2019 marked our 29th consecutive year for inclusion on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list. This annual ranking of top franchises is based on factors like brand strength, growth rate, financial stability, support and costs and fees. The UPS Store ranked #5 among all franchise brands and #1 in the postal, printing, communications and business services category. One of the main reasons The UPS Store has been consistently named a top franchise brand is our commitment to continued growth and evolution to better serve our customers.

Depth and Breadth of Product Offerings

We believe one of the best ways to support our franchisees is by continuing to develop innovative new products and services. The UPS Store offers a wide range of small business solutions including printing, accounting, mailboxes, business management, direct mail, financial services, human resources and marketing. We also have an approval process that franchisees can use to propose new solutions if they recognize a need in their market that The UPS Store could address.

All these services aren’t just great for customers, they also translate into a breadth of revenue streams that make owning a The UPS Store franchise a great opportunity for entrepreneurs.

Non-Traditional Opportunities

The UPS Store offers multiple options for ownership from traditional to non-traditional locations, including store in store concepts. Non-traditional locations are located within larger sites like military bases, hotels and convention centers or college campuses. These locations provide services vital to the operation of the property in which they reside. The reduced space and equipment requirements of this type of location can result in a lower entry cost than a traditional store, making it easier to get started.

In recent years, our store in store concept has been expanded to allow franchise owners to set up a center within a smaller local retail business like a pharmacy or hardware store. Locations within an existing retail setting help small businesses differentiate themselves from larger competitors by offering all the services available at any The UPS Store location. The real value of this model is that it allows owners to expand relationships within their existing customer base and in some instances provide access to services that were lacking within the community. The store in store concept drives more customers into the location creating additional sales opportunities for the primary business, making it an attractive option for existing business owners.

Rural Markets

Many top franchises avoid rural markets, but our business model actually helps franchisees use small markets to their advantage. Although rural communities generally have fewer people to serve, there’s also less competition which means increased visibility. It’s also more affordable since real estate, utilities and operating expenses are usually less in rural markets. To increase affordability even more, The UPS Store developed the Main Street franchise model for franchisees opening a location in a small town or rural community. This option offers a reduced fee and lower start-up costs to help jump-start profitability.

World-Class Training

We believe in investing in the success of our franchisees by providing support and guidance every step of the way. Our award-winning comprehensive training program teaches franchisees everything they need to know about operating a successful The UPS Store location before they even open their doors. Our in-depth educational program via web-based training, interactive workshops and hands-on experience covers operational procedures, business acumen, marketing, human resources and financial management in addition to technical systems and equipment training. But the learning doesn’t end with the store’s grand opening. The UPS Store franchise system is a family of collaborating owners that love to help one another and continually share learning experiences by connecting at area meetings, regional conferences and our national convention.

These are just a few of the reasons The UPS Store is one of the top franchises to own and an excellent choice for entrepreneurs looking to open their own business. To learn more contact our franchise development team, join one of our weekly webinars or attend a live event in your area.

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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.