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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 Biggest Obstacles to Becoming a Franchisee? After overcoming a challenging year full of unforeseen circumstances, many might be prompted to hold off on their business ownership dreams. While it's impossible to plan for the unexpected, and the risk might seem scary at times, there has never been a better time to invest ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Benefits of Owning Multiple Franchise Businesses? With a shift in consumer habits, a global push toward sustainability and our recession-resistant business model, there has never been a better time to open a resale franchise business. In 2021, there is consistent consumer demand for affordable, high-quality used apparel, ... Continue Reading
  • How is Sustainability Influencing the Music Equipment Industry? Sustainability is an increasingly important component of the global push to combat climate change . This shift toward sustainable products, services and processes has impacted consumers and business owners in several ways. Customers are purchasing eco-friendly or resale ... Continue Reading
  • How Our Resale Franchises Remain Resilient and Recession-Resistant No matter the economic challenges, Winmark® retail resale franchised brands continue to beat the odds and remain on top with our recession-resistant franchises. We thrive even during times of economic recession and uncertainty because of our multi-channel retail model. ... Continue Reading

Once Upon A Child

  • What Are the Biggest Obstacles to Becoming a Franchisee? After overcoming a challenging year full of unforeseen circumstances, many might be prompted to hold off on their business ownership dreams. While it's impossible to plan for the unexpected, and the risk might seem scary at times, there has never been a better time to invest ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Benefits of Owning Multiple Franchise Businesses? With a shift in consumer habits, a global push toward sustainability and our recession-resistant business model, there has never been a better time to open a resale franchise business. In 2021, there is consistent consumer demand for affordable, high-quality used apparel, ... Continue Reading
  • How Our Resale Franchises Remain Resilient and Recession-Resistant No matter the economic challenges, Winmark® retail resale franchised brands continue to beat the odds and remain on top with our recession-resistant franchises. We thrive even during times of economic recession and uncertainty because of our multi-channel retail model. ... Continue Reading
  • How this Resale Franchise Owner Persevered and Supported Her Community During the Pandemic To Kate Paynter, being a resale franchise owner means more than just owning and operating a business: it means caring for her staff and community. When the coronavirus hit in 2020, Kate's retail resale franchises, which include eight Plato’s Closet® and 10 Once Upon A Child® ... Continue Reading

Plato's Closet

  • What Are the Biggest Obstacles to Becoming a Franchisee? After overcoming a challenging year full of unforeseen circumstances, many might be prompted to hold off on their business ownership dreams. While it's impossible to plan for the unexpected, and the risk might seem scary at times, there has never been a better time to invest ... Continue Reading
  • From Radio Sales to Resale Retail: What Inspired this North Carolina Franchisee to Open a Plato's Closet After spending more than 15 years working for some of the biggest companies in the radio industry in both Los Angeles and The Big Apple, Grady Farmer was ready for a change of pace. "It was a fairly easy industry to break into, and it just took off," Grady said. He lived in ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Benefits of Owning Multiple Franchise Businesses? With a shift in consumer habits, a global push toward sustainability and our recession-resistant business model, there has never been a better time to open a resale franchise business. In 2021, there is consistent consumer demand for affordable, high-quality used apparel, ... Continue Reading
  • How Our Resale Franchises Remain Resilient and Recession-Resistant No matter the economic challenges, Winmark® retail resale franchised brands continue to beat the odds and remain on top with our recession-resistant franchises. We thrive even during times of economic recession and uncertainty because of our multi-channel retail model. ... Continue Reading

Play It Again Sports

  • What Are the Biggest Obstacles to Becoming a Franchisee? After overcoming a challenging year full of unforeseen circumstances, many might be prompted to hold off on their business ownership dreams. While it's impossible to plan for the unexpected, and the risk might seem scary at times, there has never been a better time to invest ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Benefits of Owning Multiple Franchise Businesses? With a shift in consumer habits, a global push toward sustainability and our recession-resistant business model, there has never been a better time to open a resale franchise business. In 2021, there is consistent consumer demand for affordable, high-quality used apparel, ... Continue Reading
  • How Our Resale Franchises Remain Resilient and Recession-Resistant No matter the economic challenges, Winmark® retail resale franchised brands continue to beat the odds and remain on top with our recession-resistant franchises. We thrive even during times of economic recession and uncertainty because of our multi-channel retail model. ... Continue Reading
  • Why Consumers Are Increasingly Shopping Local this Year The effects of the global pandemic have disrupted the retail industry in more ways than one. With supply chain issues, fast-tracked digital and omnichannel efforts and massive shifts in consumers' shopping behavior , the retail sector saw tremendous change in 2020. Financial ... Continue Reading

Style Encore

  • What Are the Biggest Obstacles to Becoming a Franchisee? After overcoming a challenging year full of unforeseen circumstances, many might be prompted to hold off on their business ownership dreams. While it's impossible to plan for the unexpected, and the risk might seem scary at times, there has never been a better time to invest ... Continue Reading
  • What Are the Benefits of Owning Multiple Franchise Businesses? With a shift in consumer habits, a global push toward sustainability and our recession-resistant business model, there has never been a better time to open a resale franchise business. In 2021, there is consistent consumer demand for affordable, high-quality used apparel, ... Continue Reading
  • How Our Resale Franchises Remain Resilient and Recession-Resistant No matter the economic challenges, Winmark® retail resale franchised brands continue to beat the odds and remain on top with our recession-resistant franchises. We thrive even during times of economic recession and uncertainty because of our multi-channel retail model. ... Continue Reading
  • Why Consumers Are Increasingly Shopping Local this Year The effects of the global pandemic have disrupted the retail industry in more ways than one. With supply chain issues, fast-tracked digital and omnichannel efforts and massive shifts in consumers' shopping behavior , the retail sector saw tremendous change in 2020. Financial ... 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