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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 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
  • How to Open a Music Store Franchise Entrepreneurial musicians have a unique opportunity to turn their passion into profits within the music resale industry. Currently, used goods stores in the US make up a $13 billion industry . Not to mention, the music instrument industry is currently sitting at $6 billion . ... Continue Reading
  • How This Franchisee Is Spreading His Passion for Music in the Midwest When Kevin Johnson turned 30, he found himself unemployed and began taking a closer look at his options: finding another sales job or starting his own business. These days, he’s getting ready to celebrate his 25th anniversary as a Music Go Round® franchisee with two stores ... Continue Reading
  • Is Your Community Missing a Resale Franchise? Ahead of opening a business in your community, it’s imperative hopeful franchisees understand and assess the market's needs. Assessing community needs should direct you when deciding whether or not you should invest in a resale franchise. After all, choosing the right ... Continue Reading

Once Upon A Child

  • 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
  • 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
  • How Do You Know It’s the Right Time to Open an Additional Franchise Location? When it comes to owning a franchise, there are endless options for entrepreneurs to consider. However, one of the most life-changing decisions is whether to become a multi-unit owner. According to FRANdata , 54% of franchises are multi-unit operators. There are many benefits ... Continue Reading
  • Is Your Community Missing a Resale Franchise? Ahead of opening a business in your community, it’s imperative hopeful franchisees understand and assess the market's needs. Assessing community needs should direct you when deciding whether or not you should invest in a resale franchise. After all, choosing the right ... Continue Reading

Plato's Closet

  • 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
  • 3 Strategies that Help Resale Franchise Owners Stock On-Trend Apparel Over the past several years, the resale retail industry has been booming . Winmark, The Resale Company ™, the parent company to our resale retail brands like Plato’s Closet® and Style Encore®, continues to cater to local communities by providing them with high-quality, ... 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
  • How Do You Know It’s the Right Time to Open an Additional Franchise Location? When it comes to owning a franchise, there are endless options for entrepreneurs to consider. However, one of the most life-changing decisions is whether to become a multi-unit owner. According to FRANdata , 54% of franchises are multi-unit operators. There are many benefits ... Continue Reading

Play It Again Sports

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Is Your Community Missing a Resale Franchise? Ahead of opening a business in your community, it’s imperative hopeful franchisees understand and assess the market's needs. Assessing community needs should direct you when deciding whether or not you should invest in a resale franchise. After all, choosing the right ... Continue Reading

Style Encore

  • 3 Strategies that Help Resale Franchise Owners Stock On-Trend Apparel Over the past several years, the resale retail industry has been booming . Winmark, The Resale Company ™, the parent company to our resale retail brands like Plato’s Closet® and Style Encore®, continues to cater to local communities by providing them with high-quality, ... 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
  • How Do You Know It’s the Right Time to Open an Additional Franchise Location? When it comes to owning a franchise, there are endless options for entrepreneurs to consider. However, one of the most life-changing decisions is whether to become a multi-unit owner. According to FRANdata , 54% of franchises are multi-unit operators. There are many benefits ... Continue Reading
  • Is Your Community Missing a Resale Franchise? Ahead of opening a business in your community, it’s imperative hopeful franchisees understand and assess the market's needs. Assessing community needs should direct you when deciding whether or not you should invest in a resale franchise. After all, choosing the right ... 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