First of all, you get a much better chance of succeeding, which is priceless. Approximately 90% of small businesses fail in the first couple of years for a variety of reasons. A small fraction of franchised small businesses suffer the same fate. The success rate is much better due to the training, support and the constant flow of new money-making and money-saving ideas shared by the franchisor and the franchisee.
We can save you from the years of fumbling and growing pains, and can teach you time-saving and sanity-saving techniques, give you forms to use and procedures to follow that we have developed by owning and operating our own shipping stores. We know what it takes to run a successful shipping business from first-hand experience. We hold your hand until you are comfortable with being a bit more independent (and then we’re just on the other end of the telephone or email, should you need us!), and then you still benefit from the growing public name recognition of the Goin’ Postal chain. For the $15,000 franchise fee you get the knowledge to start business with the experience to make it a success. You also get the license to our great name and corporate identity which is rapidly gaining public recognition.
There is a lot to know! But you don’t have to learn the shipping business the hard way. We make it easy. We’ll teach you how to run the various types of software, how to calculate shipping rates based on dimensions, weight, destination zip codes, speed of travel required, insurance coverage desired and carrier preference, common problems that may occur with customers or carriers and how best to deal with them, how to get competitors to be your best source of customers, bookkeeping, setting up accounts for your customers, advertising tips, ways to cultivate business that will feed your shipping store, and much, much more. During your week in Florida, you will spend around 40 hours between taking various classes in the classroom, taking competency exams, and doing hands-on training (under our supervision and constant direction) to test your knowledge and to hone your skills in preparation for serving your customers.
As part of a chain like Goin’ Postal you also benefit from the constant flow of great ideas we receive from our franchisees.
Also, a big reason for buying a franchise is not being a mom and pop store as these are the main targets of big businesses. When Wal-Mart comes to town it doesn’t make more people buy clothes, it takes the market away from the local clothing retailer. The same goes for tax franchises, tire shops, pharmacies, shipping stores, and other ‘on-demand’ businesses. The small independent store owner cannot compete with the prices, appearance, standardized service, or organized system that big chains bring with them.