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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$347K - $515K
- Units as of 2021
67 31.4% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a EarthWise Pet franchise.
EarthWise Pet, which was founded in 2005 and has been franchising since 2008, is a pet supplies franchise and an American pet retail and service provider. They strive to provide best-in-class pet nutrition training and grooming services. They also offer a self-wash station for pets and their owners. EarthWise Pet and its franchisees help customers and their pets build and maintain a healthy, loving relationship.
There are over 50 Earthwise Pet locations throughout the United States.
Why You May Want to Start an EarthWise Pet Franchise
EarthWise Pet wants to see your franchise grow and is ready to walk with you every step of the way. As an EarthWise Pet franchisee, you will be a part of a network of franchisees that put their customers’ needs first. The company's commitment to providing exemplary services and listening to feedback translates into its franchise partnerships. EarthWise Pet offers franchisees unending support, potentially making them a quality franchising company to join.
Owning an EarthWise Pet franchise means being an integral part of the lives of the community around you. You will be responsible for bringing joy to customers by taking care of one of the most important members of any family: the pet. Be it a dog, cat, bird, or any other animal, taking care of pets means taking care of the emotional well-being of the pet and family.
What Might Make an EarthWise Pet Franchise a Good Choice?
To start an EarthWise Pet franchise, 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 prepare yourself for ongoing fees that will include advertising fees and royalty fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
Owning an EarthWise Pet franchise offers you an opportunity to make a living in the multi-billion dollar pet care industry. EarthWise Pet provides a wide variety of pet services, potentially allowing you access to a diverse revenue stream. Additionally, EarthWise Pet stocks quality pet products like toys and beds, which may give stores recurring customers and diversification of product.
How To Open an EarthWise Pet Franchise
Most pet stores are part of big chains that feel impersonal and are all about the bottom line. With an EarthWise Pet franchise, the pet and the loving owners are front and center. Research if your desired territory would benefit from an EarthWise Pet franchise and see how you would fill your community's needs as a franchisee. You may also benefit from speaking to existing EarthWise Pet franchisees to get an inside look at the company.
The perfect candidate for an EarthWise Pet franchisee has business management skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic, and a high level of integrity. Franchisees may also need effective communication skills, a love for animals, and compassion. If you decide to move forward with the opportunity, then your very own EarthWise Pet franchise may soon become a part of your community and a treat for pets and owners alike.
About EarthWise Pet
- Franchising Since
- 2008 (14 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
- # of Units
- 67 (as of 2021)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a EarthWise Pet 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
- $347,000 - $515,000
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
- $75,000 - $100,000
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 15% 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.
- In-House Financing
- EarthWise Pet offers in-house financing to cover the following: franchise fee
- Third Party Financing
- EarthWise Pet 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
- 14-34+ hours
- Classroom Training
- 69-143+ hours
- Additional Training
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesSocial 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.
- 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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