- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$229K - $402K
- Units as of 2020
37 1,750.0% over 3 years
Buff City Soap, which was founded in 2013 and began franchising in 2018, is a company that specializes in handmade soap and skincare products. With over 30 locations located throughout the U.S., Buff City Soap provides products made with plant-based, skin-approved ingredients that are locally sourced. They are committed to offering products that do not damage the skin.
The perfect candidate for a Buff City Soap franchisee is a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong desire to succeed. You also need business management skills, particularly the ability to motivate and train a team.
Why You May Want to Start a Buff City Soap Franchise
If you love the idea of offering handmade, organic skin care products, then a Buff City Soap franchise may be for you. Owning a Buff City Soap franchise means you can be a part of a company that tries to be ethical and sustainable. Their commitment to natural products makes them environmentally friendly, and they source their ingredients locally, which should support local businesses.
Their mission is to create handmade products free of harsh ingredients and full of refreshing plant-based goodies to make skin happy. Buff City Soap aims to nourish the entire body by taking care of the skin, our largest organ. With your Buff City Soap franchise, you will be part of a company that works to keep people healthy and their skin glowing.
What Might Make a Buff City Soap Franchise a Good Choice?
Buff City Soap has carved a niche for themselves in the market with their natural, handcrafted skincare products. This dedication to providing quality products to each of their customers has brought them a steady stream of clients for years. Their customer base may be expanding as more people shift to natural living and organic ingredients for their skin. The steady growth in the organic beauty industry seems promising for the future.
To be part of the Buff City Soap team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. You should also be prepared for ongoing fees that will include advertising, royalty, and potential renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
How To Open a Buff City Soap Franchise
You can begin the process of opening a franchise by filling a pre-qualification application form. A Buff City Soap representative may contact you, give you an overview of the company, and answer any questions you may have.
Once your application has been processed, the company may send you their Franchise Disclosure Document for you to review. You may also choose to attend an optional discovery day at company headquarters in Dallas Texas to meet the team. An executive committee may approve your application and draft your franchise agreement. Once you've signed on board, site selection and construction can begin.
Buff City Soap wants to see your franchise succeed and is ready to support you every step of the way.
About Buff City Soap Co.
- Related Categories
- Miscellaneous Retail Businesses, Miscellaneous Personal-Care Businesses
- Chad Brizendine, Chief Marketing Officer
- Corporate Address
2716 Fairmount St.
Dallas, TX 75201
- Franchising Since
- 2018 (2023-2018 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees in the following US states:
- # of Units
- 37 (as of 2020)
Information for Franchisees
Here's what you need to know if you're interested in opening a Buff City Soap Co. 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
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
- $229,050 - $402,000
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
- $5,000 off franchise fee
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
- Buff City Soap Co. has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
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
- 70 hours
- Classroom Training
- 9 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Ad TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
- 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.
- 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.
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