Frequently Asked Questions
Interested in joining the Here We Grow Again team? Here are answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions regarding franchising.
What is the franchise fee and what are the ongoing royalties?
Franchise fee is $6,500 per franchise territory. Royalty fees are 3% of gross sales, less sales tax.
Are there additional Marketing/Advertising fees?
Yes. The same as most franchise systems, we charge an Advertising fee in order to grow the brand and promote HWGA regionally and nationally. The Advertising fee is 1.25 of gross sales, less sales tax.
How much capital is required to open a franchise?
In addition to the franchise fees listed above, we estimate you will need an additional $10,000 to $20,000 in capital for start-up costs.
What are “Start-Up Costs”?
Estimated Start-Up costs include: Equipment (racks, shelves, display units, etc), supplies (computers, printers, credit card machines, consignor supplies, etc), miscellaneous (office supplies, table rentals, etc), venue lease, business registration and permits, leasing of point-of-sale software, event insurance and advertising. We provide sale owners recommendations on the best vendors for many of these items.
How many sales events are required each year?
We require at least two sales events each calendar year. Usually one event is held in the spring and one event in the fall. We have several sale owners who host three or four events in their territory each year!
What is the duration of a franchise agreement?
Our Franchise Agreement with a new franchise owner is for a five-year term.
What is the projected time commitment for franchise owners?
The success of any sale depends on good business decisions and hard work by the sale owner. Many of our sales are having exceptional growth and success while others are slower to achieve their goals. The sales that are the most profitable have sale owners who follow our Operations Manual and communicate with us and the other owners.
Although our owners have flexibility with their schedules, our most successful sales owners spend at least 15-20 hours a week promoting their event and work full-time the week before, the week of and the week or two after the sale.
What training do you offer new franchise owners?
New franchise owners must work one of our approved HWGA sales prior to opening their first event. In addition, new owners are required to attend a corporate training session prior to their first event. Owner is required to pay travel expenses. Dates and location of this corporate training will be determined upon signing a Franchise Agreement.
In addition to up-front training, HWGA offers ongoing training and support to new and existing owners! Our team provides media, social media and marketing expertise to all sale owners throughout the year. Also, all of our sale owners are connected through an online group where they can ask questions, share stories and talk strategies. There is great benefit to being part of a network of sale owners and having the support of a franchise system.
Do you recommend I have a business partner?
Several of our Here We Grow Again franchises are owned by more than one person. We have husband/wife teams, a mother/daughter team and good friend teams. We believe there is great benefit to having a business partner (it has worked for us for years!). In a partnership, each owner can focus on his/her strengths and add value to the business by sharing the workload.
What are the next steps to becoming a Here We Grow Again franchise owner?
First, complete the Franchise Application online. You will then receive more information from us via email. Second, you will be asked to complete a Confidentiality Agreement. Once we have that document back from you, we will send you additional information and set up a time to talk on the phone. We will discuss with you the process and answer all of your questions.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!