- 2021 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$135K - $243K
- Units as of 2020
2 100.0% over 3 years
About Surveillance Secure
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The Surveillance Secure franchise operates with cutting edge technology, providing electronic security solutions for commercial clients, which typically includes hospitals, apartment buildings, corporate offices, warehouses, religious institutions, universities, and more.
Surveillance Secure’s services include providing surveillance cameras, but also technology in the realms of access control, GPS vehicle tracking, and video recognition + analysis.
Surveillance Secure dates back to 2006, but really hit its stride in 2016 when CEO Kim Hartman, recognizing that the industry was fragmented, merged his business with COO Will Biggerman to create the business model available to franchisees today. The consolidation of services, consultative approach to customization for individual clients, and dedication to the highest levels of service, allowed Surveillance Secure to carve out an enviable piece of the market share in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. This claim is backed up by its array of prestigious clients such as Pepsi, Hyatt, Marriott, and WeWork.
They began franchising in 2019, so now it's your turn to capitalize on the Surveillance Secure business model. If you enjoy business development, management, and have the drive to succeed, you’re invited to apply.
Operations through COVID come after 2019 in which they had their strongest year ever, even on the backs of two straight years of double digit percentage revenue growth.
Services such as body temperature detection through thermal imaging cameras, and ‘no touch’ access control systems via key fobs, bluetooth, etc. are expected to increase in demand due to COVID19.
The Ideal Franchisee
While the technology provided by Surveillance Secure is quite advanced, franchisees aren't required to have any prior background in electronic security or Information Technology.
Rather, franchisees operations predominantly include project and people management, as well as being able to build and manage customer relationships as the face of the business.
Training and Support
Franchisees are backed by a franchisor that provides enterprise level systems commensurate with the most mature franchise systems around. This includes project management CRM software, call center, and centralized tech support for franchisees’ clients.
Franchisees focus on business development and relationships while their technicians handle installations and the franchisor handles the technology development and support.
- Franchising Since
- 2019 (2 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- # of Units
- 2 (as of 2020)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Surveillance Secure 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
- $45,000 - $90,000
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
- $135,070 - $243,350
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
- $6,000 advertising jump-start package
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
- Surveillance Secure has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs
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
- 20 hours
- Classroom Training
- 80 hours
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterGrand OpeningOnline SupportLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Social MediaSEOWebsite Development
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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