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- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#422 Ranked #474 last year
- Initial investment
$117K - $253K
- Units as of 2021
81 8% over 3 years
About Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More
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About Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More
Are you ready to be your own boss but want to have fun while operating a business? Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More may be the right franchise opportunity for you, since we empower you to invest in your future while making franchise ownership fun and rewarding!
With a tested and proven operations model and a highly creative business environment in an always-evolving custom apparel decorating industry, Big Frog puts the “FUN” in owning a business. Big Frog is a business that supports the local community and a unique concept you will be proud to own and operate.
What’s So Great About The Big Frog Franchise Opportunity?
Low Cost, High Volume
On average your total investment with buildout and inventory is right around $200,000. Our stores averaging over $450,000 per year in revenue are seeing 60.5% gross profit margin.
Big Frog has been in business for 13 years. On average we have steady, double-digit year-over-year revenue growth.
Multiple Revenue Streams
Our stores specialize in direct-to-garment printing, but also offer a variety of decorating techniques like vinyl lettering, embroidery, screen printing, and heat transfers. Big Frog is a one-stop shop for any business or consumer needs.
Everyone wears and needs a t-shirt, whether for branding or party favors. Our price points and variety of solutions allowed us to flourish in the 2008 recession and our stores bounced back quickly from the COVID quarantine.
Minimal Overhead, Small Footprint & Low Inventory
Our stores require a small retail space–around 1,200 square feet. Overhead like payroll and rent can remain lower than many retail shops. Starting inventory levels are less than $5,000 and it has no shelf-life.
High Repeat & Referral Customer Base
Our Big Frog owners always provide the ultimate customer experience. Repeat-and-referral rates are above 65% on average.
Big Frog offers daylight hours with stores closing by 6 pm Monday through Friday and open three hours on Saturday. Big Frog requires small teams–2 to 4 on average–which means less personnel hassle.
What types of support do you get as a Big Frog franchise owner?
Franchising with Big Frog means you will always have the Big Frog Franchise Group on your side. We are fully committed to the growth of your business, which is why we equip you with the right tools you need to succeed through our best-in-class training program, business coaching, and marketing resources and support. Get insightful tips from Big Frog Franchise Group President & CEO Tina Bacon-DeFrece on how Big Frog supports franchise business owners toward success.
What does a typical day look like for a Big Frog franchise owner?
The day-to-day life of a Big Frog franchise owner is never quite the same each day, but there’s one thing that never changes—it’s always fun and rewarding! As a small business owner in a customer-focused and creative retail environment, Big Frog franchisees learn to wear many hats. On most days, Big Frog franchise owners are focused on networking and marketing within their community. On other days, they train, support, and empower their team to help meet sales and operational goals, allowing less day-to-day supervision and more time to focus on long-term strategic business growth.
Every Big Frog Franchise owner has a success story to tell, whether that’s transitioning from a life in the military and becoming a store owner or leaving the corporate world to take control of one’s future. Hear insightful testimonials straight from Big Frog franchise owners themselves:
- Franchising Since
- 2008 (13 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.
- # of Units
- 81 (as of 2021)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
- $13,500 - $39,500
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $117,088 - $253,041
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 20% off franchise fee for first standard franchise
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 10 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, inventory
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 140 hours
- Classroom Training
- 35 hours
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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