3 Reasons to Consider Owning a Franchise

Owning a franchise with Signarama is a great way to enjoy greater freedom in your career. What’s not to like about being your own boss? In this post, we’ll detail a few of the most popular reasons that our franchisees decided to partner with us. We’ll also let you know what you can expect to gain when you become a Signarama franchisee.

Greater Flexibility in Your Schedule

One of the strongest benefits of owning a franchise with Signarama is the ability to design your own schedule. In corporate jobs, workers are on someone else’s schedule. Rarely if ever is any consideration given to what’s important to employees: school drop-off and pick-up times, church meetings, and important family functions are often not taken into account when schedules are developed. As a Signarama franchisee, you can decide for yourself when you’d like to work, and what tasks you’d like to delegate to your staff. With this kind of freedom, you’ll be able to free yourself up for all of the important events and considerations in your life.

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Greater Control of Your Business

Corporate employees labor for the benefit of shareholders, CEOs, and other people who they will likely never meet. Why should others enjoy the fruits of your labor? Owning a franchise with Signarama allows franchisees to benefit directly from their own hard work. Furthermore, while Signarama does implement policies and procedures that we hope will make running the business simple, franchise owners are free to make many important business decisions for themselves. If you’re looking to enjoy the freedom that comes with entrepreneurship, owning a franchise with Signarama is a great way to do it.

Excellent Training and Support

When you become a Signarama franchisee, you’ll enjoy the benefits of entrepreneurship along with the security that comes from excellent training and support. Rather than needing to teach yourself the sign-making trade on your own, you can rely on our years of experience in the industry and sophisticated training programme to teach you what you’ll need to know. We are also proud to offer our franchisees support before, during, and after their grand opening, helping them to feel confident as they run their businesses.

These are just a few reasons that owning a franchise with Signarama is a great way to enjoy greater career freedom. Contact us today to learn more about becoming a franchisee!

Everything You Need to Know About the Growing Signage Industry

Now is a great time to get involved in the signage industry by opening your own franchise with Signarama. When you franchise with us, you’ll help provide the full range of sign and graphic solutions, from vinyl banners to digital signs to building signs and vehicle wraps that the businesses in your community need. Here are a few insider tips about this growing industry and why now is a great time to invest.

The Power of B2B

A B2B (“business to business”) business model like Signarama’s works on multiple levels. Your customers will be made up of the businesses in your community, and as a banner franchise your services are in-demand. Businesses need signs in order to advertise sales, grab attention, direct traffic, and more. Since your services will regularly be in-demand, your business arguably won’t be as susceptible to ebbs and flows in the economy as non-B2B businesses. Furthermore, B2B helps our franchisees to network. Many local businesses are members of chambers of commerce or other organisations. Developing strong relationships with the businesses you serve can lead to additional work from their trusted associates.

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Digital Signs are Taking Over Australia

The signage industry is booming in Australia and abroad. The digital signage sector is growing in particular, and is estimated to be worth $133 million by 2020. Electronics News attributes this growth to an increased demand for digital signage in the retail, corporate, and public sectors in Australia. Across the board, organisations understand the value of eye-catching digital signage and are revamping their existing signage to these eye-catching digital displays. One of the benefits of franchising with Signarama is our focus on emerging technology. You can count on us to keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest in sign-making technology

Products in High Demand

For hundreds of years, businesses and organisations of all kinds have relied on signs in order to attract customers and to spread the word about their services. New stores and businesses are opening all the time, and they’ll need signs in order to introduce themselves to their communities. Well-established businesses rely on signs in order to communicate with their customers, and periodically need to update their existing signage. The consistent need for our products is one reason why we believe the sign-making industry will keep going strong.

These are just a few of the reasons that the signage industry is a great place to invest. When you invest in a signage franchise with Signarama, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the wisdom we’ve accrued over years of experience and growth. Reach out to us today to learn more!

4 Services Signarama Offers Our Customers

Investing in a Signarama franchise is a great way to offer an array of printing and signage products to the businesses in your area. With offerings far more expansive than simple banners, you’ll become a one-stop-shop for all of the signage needs of your community. Here’s a quick look at some of our most popular services, and how businesses rely on them every day.

#1: Building Signs

Whether it’s window signs, illuminated signs, or awning signs and more, Signarama offers a wide range of building signs. Businesses rely on Signarama to help them design distinctive and unique building signs that reflect their brand and their products and services. Building signs make up the landscape of a community, and when you become a Signarama franchisee you’ll learn everything you’ll need to create dazzling building signs of all kinds.

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#2: Outdoor Signs

Outdoor signs help to draw attention to businesses and events. Promotional signs are a great way that businesses, churches, schools, and other organisations can draw attention and help to provide organisation fundraisers or other promotional events. Wayfinding signs help to direct traffic to parking lots and different areas within large complexes. These are just two of the ways businesses and other organisations rely on outdoor signs produced by their local Signarama printing franchise to attract attention and keep things running smoothly.

#3: Indoor Signs

Customers rely on indoor signs to help them find different areas within a business, or to answer common questions. Businesses of all kinds love indoor signs as they are an effective way to reinforce important principles such as mission statements, as well as to address safety concerns such as emergency exits. Signarama offers a range of indoor sign options including wall signs, reception signs, neon signs, and more.

#4: Promotional Signs

Signarama offers a wide array of promotional signs that help their customers to draw attention to special events at their businesses. Banners, A-frames, and floor signs are just a few of the promotional signs customers can purchase from Signarama. Customers rely on these signs to advertise sales, to draw attention to new products, and to announce limited time offers. Signarama has built up a reputation as a trusted source of promotional signs that are made quickly and meet customers’ needs.

As you can see, Signarama truly is a one-stop-shop printing franchise. Customers love that they can come to Signarama for all of their signage needs, allowing franchisees to develop strong relationships with the businesses in their communities. If you’re interested in learning how you can become a staple of your local business community by offering an array of high-quality, made-to-order signage solutions, reach out to us today for more information.

Franchising or Striking Out on Your Own? Why the Latter is a Better Option

What entrepreneur doesn’t love the idea of running their own business? The freedom to make decisions as you see fit, to set your own hours, and to hire your own staff are all reasons why many entrepreneurs aspire to leave corporate life and start a business. But why go through all of the extra time and expense of running a small, independent business when you could join an established franchise community and enjoy the franchise support that goes along with it? We’ll explain some of the benefits of franchising.

Training and Support

When you decide to join the sign-making industry, you’ll have lots to learn; how to operate sign-making equipment (and which equipment to purchase for that matter), how to manage day-to-day operations, and how to identify customers are a few points that new business owners spend a lot of time researching. Why go through all of the time and expense required to learn about these topics when you could take advantage of the training and support programs Signarama already has in place? We’ll teach you everything you need to know about the industry and support you throughout the process of opening your doors and growing your business. Franchise support is an important advantage over independent business ownership.

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Brand Recognition

It can take new business owners years to build up a reputation as a trusted facet of their community. Customers need time to learn what your business is all about: what you have to offer and how you treat your customers. One of the benefits of franchising is that franchisees can take advantage of a well-established brand name. Customers are more likely to be familiar with these older and widespread brands, and thus better understand what you have to offer. Why spend years building up a name for yourself when you can use ours?

Fewer Uncertainties

Opening a business of any kind comes with its fair share of uncertainties. No one can predict exactly what anyone’s business ownership experience will be like. When you opt to open a franchise, you can eliminate some of the uncertainties. At Signarama, we have an established plan in place for our franchisees. They work through the stages towards opening their doors and growing their business under our guidance, helping them to better predict what is next for their business. We are proud of the clarity and direction we’re able to provide our franchisees.

These are just a few of the reasons why franchising has its advantages over independent business ownership. To learn more about franchising with Signarama, and the franchise support we offer, reach out to us today!

What Does a Day in the Life of a Franchise Owner Look Like?

 

If you’re thinking of breaking into the sign-making industry, look no further than Signarama. With years of experience and a wide array of products to offer, we’re a favorite among clients in our industry. Running your own Signarama is never dull. Here is a quick look at what a day in the life of our typical franchise owner looks like.

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10:00 a.m. Arrive at work

One of the most exciting aspects of franchising is the flexibility you’ll enjoy. Our franchisees are able to set their own hours and decide for themselves when they’d like to work. This allows our franchise owners to be at their best when they’re in their stores. If you’ve got things in your life you’d rather be doing than working (such as enjoying free weekends to play golf or evenings to share family dinners), owning a Signarama franchise is a great way to get more flexibility in your work life.

 

1:00 p.m. Helping a client

A client comes into the store and thought they wanted to order a banner, but now they know you offer vehicle wraps and they can’t decide. With such a wide array of products at your fingertips, you’re the expert in helping clients to choose which one is right for them. Signarama prides itself on its wide selection of promotional products, so you’ll have just what your customers are looking for.

 

2:00 p.m. Delivering a sign

Signarama’s customers are diverse, you’ll be amazed at how many different types of organisations turn to you for their signage needs. On this day, you’re delivering a new digital display sign to a local senior center! It displays information about their hours and regular bingo games. Helping organizations like this let our franchisees know that they’re improving thecommunities they’re a part of. Other organisations that rely on us for signs include local restaurants, church groups, college clubs, large and small businesses, and more!

 

These are just a few high points from the day in the life of a typical Signarama franchisee. Each day with Signarama brings new challenges, designs, and rewards. If you’re interested in opening your own sign franchise, reach out to us today!

Unparalleled Customer Service and Quality Our Customers Can Trust

One of the most important benefits for franchisees in any industry is the brand recognition of the company they are franchising with. Franchisees look forward to being able to open a new location while still enjoying customers who are familiar with their brand and services. At Signarama, we are proud of the strong reputation we’ve cultivated over 30 years. Check out these franchise reviews that show what some of our customers had to say about doing business with Signarama.

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Competitive pricing, great customer service, and fast delivery

This is the first review that I have wanted to write. This probably speaks to my high expectations of how a customer should be treated. From start to finish all of my expectations were met or exceeded by the staff at Front Range Signarama. We had a need for signs but we didn’t know what we wanted. They gave us several designs. We wanted them quick and they delivered. To top it all off the pricing was very competitive! We not only recommend Front Range Signarama to you, we are also depending on them to design signs for our future needs.  Thanks Larry, Barbara, Ashley, and Chris for your wonderful service!  –Ed  5/15/15

We’re excited that Ed was able to find what he was looking for, and that he knows he can depend on us for his future signage needs. 

Satisfied customers in Australia

Check out what these satisfied customers had to say! We’re looking forward to working with them again. 

“The two major signs that I had done were absolutely FANTASTIC. Any future work will come directly to Signarama. 1000% happy with the service.” -Tony Hill, Stanwell

“We are very satisfied. Great work; fast and courteous. Overall, a GREAT job!” -DHL

“Fast, simple and easy. Thanks so much for all your help.” -Eagers Mitsubish

As these franchise reviews demonstrate, Signarama has developed a reputation for excellence that our customers know they can count on. Why start a sign business from scratch, and spend years cultivating repeat customers and building up a reputation, when you can take advantage of the customer loyalty we’ve developed by franchising with Signarama?

If you think you have what it takes to offer the kind of attention to detail, dedication to speed and quality, and excellent customer service that our customers count on, franchising with Signarama might be for you! Contact us today to learn more about our business.

A Brief Rundown of Important Points in the Disclosure Document

Owning a franchise is a powerful step towards financial stability for both new and seasoned entrepreneurs. If the benefits of owning a business and operating in a tried-and-tested model are not enough to convince you, we recommend taking a good look at your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).

The Franchise Disclosure Document contains a wealth of background information about the franchise and the franchisor. This piece of document is about 100 to 200 pages long, divided into 23 important sections that enrich your knowledge of the franchise. We recommend enlisting the help of a franchise lawyer to fully understand the legal and financial information enclosed in the document.

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Franchisors must hand over the FDD to their potential franchise partners 14 calendar days prior to signing any contracts or going into any transactions. The FDD may also be provided upon the franchisee’s request.

Past and Present Franchisees

If you are unsure of the franchise, the best way to get to know the business is through the people working with the franchise. The FDD contains the names and contact details of the current franchisees. Use this information to ask about their experience as a franchise partner. Their insights will paint a clearer picture of what to expect in terms of expenses and profitability.

Financial Expectations

Another section of the FDD presents the Financial Performance Representations of a franchise. Simply put, this section shows what a potential franchise partner can earn. To a franchisee, this information is crucial to understanding the business better. Industry stats suggest that the data displayed in this section offer a glimpse of the franchise’s growth per location.

Training Programmes and Financing

A number of provisions in the FDD disclose the type of support and sponsoring the franchise can provide to help you operate the franchise. The FDD can determine if the franchisor sponsors financing for new franchisees, identify the services they will provide before and after the branch opens and provide a detailed description of the training programmes.

The Necessary Initial Step

The information above is just a few quick pointers about the kinds of essential information you will find in the FDD. It’s a vital aspect of the research process to help guide your decision and determine if the franchise is suitable for your financial goals.

The role of a professional franchise lawyer is crucial to understanding the FDD. He or she will decipher provisions of the FDD concerning both the franchisor and the prospective franchisee. Proper and adequate grasp of the FDD can protect you from future problems encountered by franchisees who don’t read the document.

If you need any more information about the FDD, or if you are interested in joining the Signarama team, feel free to download our free E-book. It contains helpful information about joining the Signarama franchise even without prior franchise or entrepreneurial experience. It shows the different ways our team prepares franchisees to own their own business with confidence.

For any other enquiries, feel free to contact our team at 1300 616 785.

The Five Most Common Untruths You Hear About Franchising

Business owners shaking handsFranchising is becoming an increasingly popular choice for business in Australia. With this rising popularity, however, comes a vast array of false claims that hinder many entrepreneurs from taking charge of their own investments. When taken at face value, these misconceptions could prevent a potential franchisee from taking advantage of a perfect business opportunity.

Don’t be too quick to heed franchise myths. Below are five of the most common lies you will hear about franchising as well as their corresponding truths:

‘You can’t invest in a business you know absolutely nothing about’.

This is untrue. Although it is natural for some people to remain within their comfort zones and stick to their areas of expertise, a franchise business provides a potential franchisee many opportunities for success. In fact, at Signarama, we encourage our franchisees to make the most of the training and support that we offer. Our programmes include an initial five-week training, a start-up support process before the business opens as well as ongoing support to help franchisees stay competitive in the industry.

‘There is no freedom in a franchise business because the corporate management dictates everything’.

Lack of freedom is one of the most common reasons many entrepreneurs reject the idea of a franchise. If there’s one thing that a franchise business ‘dictates’, it is maintaining the basic framework of the business. The rest is up to you. You decide who to hire, what tools to use when managing daily transactions and how to market your business to your audience.

‘Creativity doesn’t exist in a franchise’.

False. Similar to the previous false claim, the franchisor can only help you upto a certain extent. Yes, there are protocols you’ll have to follow, such as pricing, branding and uniforms. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot incorporate your ideas into your own business. Franchisors wouldn’t want to stifle your creativity because, sometimes, the best ideas can come from you.The famous Egg McMuffin, for instance, is the brainchild of a McDonald’s franchisee.

‘Don’t know what franchise to choose? Wait. It will be love at first sight’.

Many aspiring business owners believe that leaving their fate to the stars is enough. They should know, however, that every successful business begins with extensive research. It is important to take the time to learn about a franchise business and look into its potentials of success.

‘It’s impossible to fail with a franchise business’.

Just like every business model, a franchise is also subject to risks. This is why the franchisor is here to guide every new franchisee during the tough process of starting a business. It’s also up to you to implement the franchisor’s directive correctly while making sure it succeeds. Identify areas in your business where you can make improvements. Learn what you can from past failures and experienced individuals to help your business grow stronger.

Signarama is one of the most successful franchise businesses in the world. In 2015, Signarama was ranked the #1 Sign Franchise and #74 in all franchises in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500. To learn more about how you can invest in a Signarama franchise, visit our website today.

The Secrets to Successfully Running a Franchise

A businessman speaking to his teamAspiring entrepreneurs dream of becoming their own boss in a field that they’re passionate about. Several career paths allow these dreams to become reality – one of which is owning a business franchise.

Becoming a franchisee offers the opportunity to not only exercise your entrepreneurial skills, but also acquire new skills to help you succeed in an established and proven business structure.

As in every business venture, success in franchise doesn’t happen overnight. To prosper and operate effectively in the field, keep these important lessons in mind:

Make the Most of Your Resources

Joining a franchise opens the door to endless opportunities, regardless of experience. As a first-timer, you will undergo the necessary training to help you learn the ins and outs of the business. Better yet, the assistance you will receive doesn’t end in the training programmes. You will have ongoing access to our support, so you can rest assured that we can help track and facilitate your progress.

For further assistance, we have a wealth of resource materials to help you mitigate any obstacles and issues that arise. Your partners can also guide you in the right direction.

Utilising all these resources to the fullest takes you one-step closer to franchise success.

Stick to the Business Model

Being a franchise partner allows you access to time-tested business models. This takes away the guesswork of building a business from scratch. Without the business model, the franchise would not be able to retain its cohesiveness and consistency, which are traits that make the franchise industry a network of successful businesses.

Using the resources at your disposal and following the business model enable you to not only thrive, but eventually succeed in your business franchise.

Choose a franchisor with years of experience in the industry and a record of accomplishment. Learn more about joining the Signarama franchise today.

The Top Advantages of Investing in a Signarama Franchise

A business owner at a meetingFranchises are becoming increasingly popular as a business venture in Australia. With a franchise, you are your own boss while enjoying the benefits of an established reputation, loyal following and a wide network. They provide high returns on investment and give you great room for success.

If you’ve been searching for a viable franchise business, here are the reasons you should choose Signarama:

Immersive Training

At Signarama, however, you can expect true immersion. You will have access to our training guides, manuals and extensive systems once you’ve signed up with us. Our team will provide you with assistance in financing, site selection, staffing requirements and more. We are not looking for someone to make signs 48 hrs a week! We are looking for a business person to run a business! Now that is why we teach you every aspect of your new business. Including how to manage, operate and promote a successful signarama.

Local and International Support

Accredited by the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Banking Group, Signarama franchises can receive up to 50% of funding if they qualify for financial assistance. Joining us also opens more funding opportunities from the International Franchise Group, our parent company.

Proven Model

Established in 1987, Signarama is now one of the leading franchise businesses in Australia. We have over 30 years of experience and around 900 stores worldwide. Amongst reputable franchise brands across the globe, we were also ranked number one by Entrepreneur Franchise 500.

Repeat Business

Wevalueand nurture our relationships with customers, suppliers and other businesses. Investing in a Signarama franchise gives you the chance to work with the client base our team has built over the years. With us, you will have a strong foundation for repeat business.

Ready-to-Own Opportunities

Signarama doesn’t require its franchisees to have experience in the industry to launch a franchise. In fact, we offer ready-to-own opportunities for qualified candidates who are ready to invest in a franchise business. Our franchise consultants are always available to assist you with your application process.

You can expect success with a Signarama franchise. If you’re interested in starting your business with us, feel free to fill out our form today.