- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#56 Ranked #51 last year
- Initial investment
$150K - $239K
- Units as of 2020
822 8.0% over 3 years
Robert A. Funk and William H. Stoller founded Express Employment Professionals in 1983. The company began franchising in 1985 and now has locations throughout the United States and in Canada and South Africa. Express Employment Professionals provides temporary and flexible staffing, evaluation and direct hire, professional/contract staffing, and management consulting for individuals and businesses.
About Express Employment Professionals
More from Express Employment Professionals
In North America, the staffing industry is on track to generate $150 billion annually. Express Employment Professionals reached $3.56 billion in sales in 2018 and has been ranked the No. 1 staffing franchise in Entrepreneur 500 for eight consecutive years! New offices average more than $975,000 in sales in their first year, with mature offices averaging $6.42 million annually. Plus, as an Express franchise owner, you control your life with flexible weekday hours in a professional work environment. Express is a growing franchise with more than 825 locations and 35 years of success.
Express Employment Professionals – A World Class Franchise
#1 Staffing Franchise, Entrepreneur Franchise 500 (2011 - 2019)
Rated a World-Class Franchise, Express received a 99% rating from franchisees on the quality of the Express franchise system (2006 – 2018)
Franchise Gator Top 100, Ranked #3
Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Award (2018)
Best of Staffing Client Award, Inavero in partnership with CareerBuilder (2011-2015)
- Fastest Growing Franchises, Entrepreneur (2013-2015)
- Hall of Fame Inductee, International Franchise Association (2010)
Initial franchise fee: $35,000
Total investment: $140,000 to $211,000
Required net worth: $250,000
Liquid capital: $50,000
Express Franchise Facts:*
In 2018, the average mature Express franchise territory generated $6.42 million in annual sales.
The average new owner generates monthly revenue of $140,500 by their 12th month of operation and $214,570 by their 24th month.
Express franchisees paid an effective royalty of just8.6% in 2018.
*All figures are demonstrated within Item 19 in the Express Franchise Disclosure Document.
An Express Employment Professionals Franchise
Express offers new franchise owners the unique chance to build income and equity while helping people grow their careers and impact the local community. It’s a professional business with weekday hours. Individuals with staffing industry experience can also benefit from our “Boost to Ownership” package. Contact us for more information about this package.
We offer more than just operational support to our franchisees. By providing multi-step marketing campaigns, sales training, and public relations assistance, our franchise owners are able to focus on growing their business. Express also offers annual regional and international training events, as well as continual education for staff and owners via our online university.
Express offers franchisees two ownership models. The Traditional Model requires an investment ranging from $140,000 to $160,000 and an active role in new business development by the franchise owner. The Professional Market Model requires an investment of $185,000 to $211,000 and applies to pre-designated territories with a high propensity for professional staffing. In this model, owners attend customized training and will manage a recruiting staff of two, unlike a traditional office with one person in this role. In both models, our franchisees enjoy the opportunity to own a business, while having a life outside of the office with time to enjoy friends and family.
Successful Express franchisees come from diverse backgrounds, including senior business management, sales, finance, communications, marketing, manufacturing, IT, banking, education, and human resources.
Generally, we look for:
Sales or business aptitude
Minimum of five years proven leadership, sales, or sales management experience
A strong desire to build relationships and make a difference in your community
Our owner-operator business model lets you create your own definition of success. Design your Express office around your strengths – what engages, excites, and challenges you.
- Franchising Since
- 1985 (36 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
This company is seeking new franchisees in the following international regions: Africa, Canada
- # of Units
- 822 (as of 2020)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Express Employment Professionals 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
- $150,000 - $239,000
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
- 50% 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
- 5 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
- Express Employment Professionals offers in-house financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, accounts receivable, payroll
- Third Party Financing
- Express Employment Professionals has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: startup costs, equipment, 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
- 40 hours
- Classroom Training
- 40 hours
- Additional Training
- Advanced training available
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportSecurity & Safety ProceduresLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Ad TemplatesNational MediaSocial 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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