3 business services franchises packed with potential
Buy a business-to-business franchise servicing other local firms and you’ll be at the heart of your local community.
Here are three high profile, well-established brands delivering much-needed services to business owners, with franchisees enjoying a Monday to Friday work life.
Founded in 1970 and franchising since 1982, Kwik Kopy is Aussie-owned and now numbers 94 retail centres across Australia.
As an incoming franchisee signs up to a 15 year term and can expect extensive training on all aspects of operating a Kwik Kopy retail centre, starting with four weeks initial training, and seven days on-site training before you open the doors to your new centre.
An area sales manager will provide one-to-one support on every aspect of your business, with a focus on boosting sales and profitability.
One tool that helps franchisees is the business intelligence program Print Speak, exclusive to Kwik Kopy. Print Speak uses real time data, best practice methodologies and templates to win sales and keep franchisees’ businesses growing.
There’s also an annual financial benchmark profile which allows franchisees to compare their progress against others in the network.
Of course there are sophisticated IT systems, including digital options and a management information system. Franchisees also benefit from an HR department which can help recruit staff and help franchisees stay compliant with workplace health and safety regulations, and national and local area marketing.
Kwik Kopy franchisees provide print and digital solutions such as business cards, brochures, catalogues, training materials, graphic design services, marketing plans, websites, email newsletter and direct marketing campaigns.
And as a franchisee you don’t need any design or printing experience.
Minuteman Press is another stalwart of the printing services sector, established in 1973 by Roy Titus, whose son Bob is now CEO.
It is a US-owned, family firm that has stretched its brand across the globe and has a footprint of about 1,000 stores with 100 of these owned by second-generation franchisees.
The size of the business allows for significant buying power and there’s a royalty incentive program.
As a franchisee you can expect corporate and support, regular hours, access to proprietary business management and pricing software, marketing and ongoing training.
Before you open the doors to your new business, you will undertake two weeks’ training backed up by on-site training.
Franchisees come from varied backgrounds but share a focus on quality and service, and a strong work ethic.
Business services include logo creation, website design, promotional products, presentation folders, boxes, pens, shirts, USB drives, rubber stamps, stickers, labels and vehicle wraps.
This brand comes with a significant heritage. It has been franchising for 40 years but its roots reach back to 1899 and the founding of Caxton Print, the forerunner to Imperial Printing which was reborn as Snap in the 1960s.
Today there are more than 140 Snap Printing centres across Australia, and the brand has extended operations into New Zealand and Ireland.
Marketing initiatives include ad campaigns, a home page on the website for each centre, search engine marketing and optimisation, a Qantas Frequent Flyer partnership, digital strategies, local area marketing and PR.
Franchisees sign up to a 10 year agreement with the Aussie-owned and operated business.
Advantages for franchisees include the generation of sales leads, access to technology and training systems, the power of a well-known brand, and working in both business to business and the consumer markets.
Snap is looking for service oriented, entrepreneurial and motivated individuals – being sales savvy is an advantage.