Our experience with choosing to be a Smoothie King Franchisee has been wonderful! From the very first meeting in Rye, NY when we attended a "Discovery Day" and met with Steve Shields and Natalie Johnson we have felt like we are part of one huge family. Smoothie King Corporate offers excellent Franchisee support and they go above and beyond in their willingness to help us be successful. Anytime we need help we can speak to anyone at corporate headquarters including Steve or Cindy Kuhnau. This experience has been excellent for us and we enjoy dealing with our guests and being part of their healthy lifestyle plan. We also enjoy giving back to the community by supplying smoothies for many charity events. We just opened our drive-thru at our current location over the weekend and the experience just continues to get better!
Franchising gives you the expertise of a reputable, successful business model and established products while entering into a franchise agreement.
Franchising generally offers assistance with financing, site selection and construction, day-to-day operations, training and support, advertising and more, which lessens the risks of starting a new business.
By buying into a franchise, you have the backing of a recognized brand with a proven track record and business method. You pay an initial fee and royalties to the franchisor and you are lent the trade name, trademark and business system.
Franchisors provide training programs to teach you about business operation and the industry, even if you have no prior experience. A franchisor can also provide managerial support and problem-solving resources for you.
Savings on bulk inventory purchases can be passed on to you from the franchisor. Cooperative marketing and advertising programs provide national exposure at an affordable price.
Most franchisors will assist you in selecting a site for the new franchise location and provide guidance for the construction process. A franchisor might also provide reference for qualified lending agencies to help you with financing.
Being in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Franchising allows you to obtain independence and to be your own boss with far less risk. Franchise systems provide opportunities for people with many different backgrounds and develop management and technical skills critical to the creation of an experienced work force.
According to FranData.com, sales from franchise businesses account for more than one trillion dollars in annual sales. Franchising is a fast-growing, lucrative economic force and is outpacing other business sectors.