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  • How to Put Together a Resale Retail Business Plan Deciding to become a business owner is incredibly exciting but can quickly become overwhelming as you begin to research different industries, figure out financial constraints and prepare to open your doors to the community. Formulating a business plan can help put everything ... Continue Reading
  • Curbside Delivery Helping Resale Franchisees Keep their Customers Safe With shelter-in-place orders issued in many states in the U.S. and countries around the world due to COVID-19, businesses of all sizes and industries are learning how to evolve to best serve their customers. The same is true of Winmark resale brands Once Upon A Child®, Play ... Continue Reading
  • How Sustainable Franchise Concepts Influence Culture Franchising and sustainability are increasingly being uttered in the same conversations among franchise prospects and franchisors alike. Environmentally friendly franchise business concepts provide those seeking a pathway to entrepreneurship with an opportunity to become a ... Continue Reading
  • Why Resale Franchises Are a Truly Recession-Proof Business The Great Recession showed us how quickly a flourishing economy can topple and plummet to new depths – in this case, leveling out at the lowest point of the post-World War II era. Undoubtedly, small business owners were some of the hardest hit, and more than 170,000 small ... Continue Reading

Music Go Round

  • What Are the Most Common Initial Costs to Open a Franchise? So, you want to open a business, and you’ve decided on the franchising route, now what? While you’re researching franchise opportunities that would be a good fit for you, it’s essential to consider the costs of opening a franchise to ensure you have adequate capital to ... Continue Reading
  • Unlocking Opportunities: How this Music Go Round Franchisee Supports Local Music Programs Music Go Round® franchise owner Ann Wood has been supporting the students in her local community by providing access to musical instruments they need to participate in band and orchestra since the early 2000s. Throughout 2020, social distancing made group activities like ... Continue Reading
  • 4 Tips to Researching Resale Franchise Opportunities Many franchisees who are part of Winmark, The Resale Company™, were first introduced to our resale franchise opportunities after having great customer experiences in our stores. After being a loyal brand follower and customer, it’s easy to envision how fulfilling life could ... Continue Reading
  • What Can You Learn from Item 19 in a Franchise Disclosure Document? If you're looking for a franchise opportunity, it's critical to do your due diligence and take the necessary time to research, evaluate your options and assess whether or not it's a viable venture. After carefully exploring your options and identifying franchise ... Continue Reading

Once Upon A Child

  • What are the Differences Between Resale and Restaurant Franchises? The modern entrepreneur has a wealth of options at their disposal when considering a franchise to invest in. Restaurant franchises are some of the most well-known businesses in the franchise space, with household names from Denny’s to Dairy Queen. With a name like that ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Most Common Initial Costs to Open a Franchise? So, you want to open a business, and you’ve decided on the franchising route, now what? While you’re researching franchise opportunities that would be a good fit for you, it’s essential to consider the costs of opening a franchise to ensure you have adequate capital to ... Continue Reading
  • 4 Tips to Researching Resale Franchise Opportunities Many franchisees who are part of Winmark, The Resale Company™, were first introduced to our resale franchise opportunities after having great customer experiences in our stores. After being a loyal brand follower and customer, it’s easy to envision how fulfilling life could ... Continue Reading
  • How Resale Franchise Owners Can Capitalize on Back-to-School Season After almost a year-and-a-half of virtual learning, students across the country are gearing up to head back to school this fall. With in-person classes, events and sports resuming, many retailers are restocking their shelves to meet consumer demand. With extra money in ... Continue Reading

Plato's Closet

  • What are the Differences Between Resale and Restaurant Franchises? The modern entrepreneur has a wealth of options at their disposal when considering a franchise to invest in. Restaurant franchises are some of the most well-known businesses in the franchise space, with household names from Denny’s to Dairy Queen. With a name like that ... Continue Reading
  • How Resale Franchise Owners Can Capitalize on the Holiday Shopping Season As the end of the year grows closer, businesses everywhere are bracing for the holiday season. Though this year may look quite different from pre-pandemic days, 2020 taught us that shoppers show no signs of slowing down. As our resale shops prepare, we are focusing on the ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Most Common Initial Costs to Open a Franchise? So, you want to open a business, and you’ve decided on the franchising route, now what? While you’re researching franchise opportunities that would be a good fit for you, it’s essential to consider the costs of opening a franchise to ensure you have adequate capital to ... Continue Reading
  • 4 Tips to Researching Resale Franchise Opportunities Many franchisees who are part of Winmark, The Resale Company™, were first introduced to our resale franchise opportunities after having great customer experiences in our stores. After being a loyal brand follower and customer, it’s easy to envision how fulfilling life could ... Continue Reading

Play It Again Sports

  • What Are the Most Common Initial Costs to Open a Franchise? So, you want to open a business, and you’ve decided on the franchising route, now what? While you’re researching franchise opportunities that would be a good fit for you, it’s essential to consider the costs of opening a franchise to ensure you have adequate capital to ... Continue Reading
  • Creating the Right Product Mix at a Sporting Goods Resale Store When you open a sporting goods resale store like Play It Again Sports®, you’re not only starting a business – you’re becoming a key resource for your community to help families get access to the equipment they need to participate in local sports teams and stay active. With ... Continue Reading
  • 4 Tips to Researching Resale Franchise Opportunities Many franchisees who are part of Winmark, The Resale Company™, were first introduced to our resale franchise opportunities after having great customer experiences in our stores. After being a loyal brand follower and customer, it’s easy to envision how fulfilling life could ... Continue Reading
  • How One Franchisee Went from Playing Pro Hockey to Lacing the Skates of the Next Generation It's no secret Canadians love hockey, and Dominique Laroche, owner of a Play It Again Sports® franchise in Cornwall, Ontario, is no exception. Starting to play at just eight years old, Dominique participated in youth hockey leagues throughout her childhood before she joined ... Continue Reading

Style Encore

  • What are the Differences Between Resale and Restaurant Franchises? The modern entrepreneur has a wealth of options at their disposal when considering a franchise to invest in. Restaurant franchises are some of the most well-known businesses in the franchise space, with household names from Denny’s to Dairy Queen. With a name like that ... Continue Reading
  • How Resale Franchise Owners Can Capitalize on the Holiday Shopping Season As the end of the year grows closer, businesses everywhere are bracing for the holiday season. Though this year may look quite different from pre-pandemic days, 2020 taught us that shoppers show no signs of slowing down. As our resale shops prepare, we are focusing on the ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Most Common Initial Costs to Open a Franchise? So, you want to open a business, and you’ve decided on the franchising route, now what? While you’re researching franchise opportunities that would be a good fit for you, it’s essential to consider the costs of opening a franchise to ensure you have adequate capital to ... Continue Reading
  • 4 Tips to Researching Resale Franchise Opportunities Many franchisees who are part of Winmark, The Resale Company™, were first introduced to our resale franchise opportunities after having great customer experiences in our stores. After being a loyal brand follower and customer, it’s easy to envision how fulfilling life could ... Continue Reading

Winmark

  • What’s the Outlook for Retail Franchises in 2021? As we gear up for 2021, many retail brands are looking to near-term tailwinds that will help them adapt to consumer needs and continue to successfully operate. While shopping may change from pre-pandemic experiential shopping to more intentional, less frequent shopping trips ... Continue Reading
  • How to Put Together a Resale Retail Business Plan Deciding to become a business owner is incredibly exciting but can quickly become overwhelming as you begin to research different industries, figure out financial constraints and prepare to open your doors to the community. Formulating a business plan can help put everything ... Continue Reading
  • The Business Intelligence Tools Available to Our Resale Franchise Owners How do you know if you’re making the right decisions as a business owner? For those who haven’t invested in business intelligence tools, that question can be difficult to answer. In a resale retail setting, business intelligence tools make a huge difference in how you manage ... Continue Reading
  • What You Should Know about the Current Financing Landscape for Franchisees Knowing how you’re going to fund opening your new business is essential as you decide which franchise opportunities to pursue. Fortunately, the current financial landscape has a multitude of options for franchisees to fund their businesses, and interest rates on lending for ... Continue Reading