Signs Now

At a Glance

Products & Services: Signs, graphics

Number of Locations: 182

Total Investment: $186.5K - $350.6K

Founded: 1983

Began Franchising: 1986

About Signs Now

Founded in 1983, Signs Now was among the first companies to purchase time-saving machinery that cut letters and designs from a roll of thin vinyl to produce signs. Within three years, the company was purchased and began offering franchises. Today Signs Now has stores across North America and in the United Kingdom providing customers with signage, design services and graphics solutions.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2012 168 9 5 0
2011 169 10 5 0
2010 170 10 5 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Canada, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $186,537 - $350,606
Franchise Fee: $35,000 - $45,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: to 6%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: 25% off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $100,000
Operations
Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 - 5. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 3 weeks. At franchisee's location: 2 weeks. At various locations : 2-5 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Ad slicks,
Other marketing support: Regional operations directors, profit mastery program, R&D, preferred vendors, direct marketing, Yellow Pages, on-hold ads

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #357 (2013), #356 (2012), #360 (2011), #372 (2010),