You have questions. We have answers.
Are there any monthly royalties or ongoing fees?
No. The initial franchise fee is a one-time investment. We do not require any ongoing monthly royalties. A generous percentage of your initial investment actually goes back into supporting your new Made in the Shade start-up package. The only added monthly fee is a very nominal web/email hosting fee, as described in our FDD.
What does this start-up package include?
Your start-up package includes a carefully selected sample book collection from our name brand manufacturers, a complete set of customized business templates, comprehensive training manuals, pricing and reference guides, a robust customized local website with full integration to our national website, business cards, access to our full line of pre-designed marketing materials, five days of training at our headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, by our experts and vendor trainers, and numerous other perks.
What selling materials are included in my franchise package?
We provide one of the most generous sample book packages as compared to any other franchise in North America. These are the tools that are used to present products, materials and colors to the consumer. The window coverings package includes the best-selling products from our leading name brand manufacturers that and is a large enough assortment to successfully jumpstart and operate your business without any additional upfront investment.
What about a protected territory?
How much start-up capital will I need?
What does your training session include?
Our comprehensive training session is designed for those who have never sold window coverings. NO DESIGN OR SALES EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! In fact, some of our most successful dealers had no prior experience in the window covering and/or design industry. During this training, we educate you on our various product lines, how to market your business and generate leads, how to conduct a customer consultation, how to measure, basic installation, how to price jobs and manage profit margins, how to place orders, close sales, etc. It is a hands-on, comprehensive session, complete with training materials and interactive presentations. The group interaction alone is a valuable resource, as ideas and techniques are frequently shared.
Do you provide the documents/bookkeeping tools we will need to operate our business?
Do I need to rent a car for training?
Only if you wish to take in the sights of our beautiful city at night! Otherwise, you will only be responsible for your transportation between the airport and hotel which are just a few miles apart. Our training is held at the Made in the Shade Corporate Headquarters with transportation provided to and from the hotel each day.
What about advertising materials? Are we required to purchase them through you?
Do I have to use the Made in the Shade Blinds and More name for my business?
How do I get paid?
Is there any ongoing training after the initial training?
Do you require a retail showroom?
How will I know that I can be competitive in my marketplace?
How will I locate and attract clients?
What separates Made in the Shade from the other franchises or buying groups?
Have other questions?
If you have more questions or would like to speak with one of our team – please reach out. We’re here to help.