Minuteman Press is looking for Franchisee Entrepreneurs

The focus of the Minuteman brand is to provide a quality service delivered on time and in a professional manner to businesses in the market place.


Minuteman Press is looking for Franchisee Entrepreneurs

Minuteman Press was established as a company in 1973 in the US and started franchising in 1975. Today there are hundreds of outlets operating around the world. Minuteman Press came to South Africa in 1996 and has established itself as an industry leader in all things print, copy and creative design related.

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Franchisee selection criteria

Minuteman Press is looking for hard-working entrepreneurial people who want to run their own successful business with the support of an experienced franchisor to guide them in their efforts.

The company believes there is more to qualifying as a successful franchisee than industry experience and career history;in fact 98% of current franchisees come from other industries. The success of the business is based on the franchisee’s ability to follow the proven franchise model that guides them through every aspect of the business.

Franchisee support

Once a franchisee has bought a Minuteman Press franchise, they are sent to the brand’s award-winning training school situated at the corporate headquarters in the US.

On returning from training, the brand provides on-site support for its franchisees. It will assist the franchisee through a very structured and detailed shop set-up period which will include screening and testing employees for technical ability, and the franchisee will interview them to establish personality traits.

Minuteman Press has mobile operational support staff with years of industry experience who are able to travel to franchisee stores and work through any problems that can’t be resolved on the phone.

Franchisee investment

With Minuteman Press, the total investment depends on the size of the franchisee’s store, as well as the degree of printing services the store will provide. The total set-up cost includes the franchise licence, the equipment package, as well as working capital. As with most financial institutions, Minuteman Press requires a 50% unencumbered capital contribution, and an application deposit of R25 000 to start the process.

Application process

Minuteman press goes through a step-by-step process of putting people in business:

  • Make initial contact using the details provided
  • Supply full disclosure document of Minuteman Press International, CPA compliant
  • Take the prospective franchisee to visit existing outlets and talk to existing owners
  • Prospect fills in an application questionnaire
  • Application is sent to head offices in the US for approval
  • R25 000 refundable deposit to be paid
  • Area research, demographic and feasibility studies conducted on the franchisee’s behalf
  • Schedule franchisee for the next training school at HQ.

Overview

Company Minuteman Press
Nature of franchise Commercial printing
Established 1973
Footprint 47 in South Africa

Investment

Total set-up cost Approx R1,2 million
Royalty 6% capped at R190 000

Hot spots

Nationwide

Contact details

Contact person Frik van Niekerk
Email fvanniekerk@mpihq.com
Visit www.minutemanpress.com
Call +27 (0)11 444 7884
Tracy Lee Nicol
About the Author
Tracy-Lee Nicol is the managing editor of Franchise Zone Magazine and deputy editor of Entrepreneur Magazine. She studied her Masters degree in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University and spent the next two years working and travelling in Asia. Her love of people, business and teaching is reflected in telling the stories of entrepreneurs, franchisees and franchisors, inspiring others to take the leap to being their own boss and bringing about positive change in South Africa.

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