In A Minute With Minuteman Press

In A Minute With Minuteman Press


About the brand

Minuteman Press was established as a company in the US in 1973 and started franchising in 1975. Today there are hundreds of outlets operating around the world.

Minuteman Press came to South Africa in 1996 and has established itself as an industry leader in all things print, copy and creative design related.

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Franchisee selection criteria

Minuteman-press-printers-300x300Minuteman Press is looking for hard-working entrepreneurial people who want to run their own successful business with the support of an experienced franchisor to guide them in their efforts.

The company believes there is more to qualifying as a successful franchisee than industry experience and career history; in fact 98% of current franchisees come from other industries.

The success of the business is based on the franchisee’s ability to follow the proven franchise model that guides them through every aspect of the business.

Franchisee support

Once a franchisee has bought a Minuteman Press franchise, they are sent to the brand’s award-winning training school situated at the corporate headquarters in the US.

On returning from training, the brand provides on-site support for its franchisees.

It will assist the franchisee through a very structured and detailed shop set-up period which will include screening and testing employees for technical ability, and the franchisee will interview them to establish personality traits.

Minuteman Press has mobile operational support staff with years of industry experience who are able to travel to franchisee stores and work through any problems that can’t be resolved on the phone.

Franchisee investment

With Minuteman Press, the total investment depends on the size of the franchisee’s store, as well as the degree of printing services the store will provide.

The total set-up cost includes the franchise licence, the equipment package, as well as working capital.

As with most financial institutions, Minuteman Press requires a 50% unencumbered capital contribution, and
an application deposit of R25 000 to start the process.

Application process

Minuteman press goes through a step-by-step process of putting people in business:

  • Make initial contact using the details provided
  • Supply full disclosure document of Minuteman Press International, CPA compliant
  • Take the prospective franchisee to visit existing outlets and talk to existing owners
  • Prospect completes an application questionnaire
  • Application is sent to head offices in the US for approval
  • R25 000 refundable deposit is paid
  • Area research, demographic and feasibility studies conducted on the franchisee’s behalf
  • Schedule franchisee for the next training school at HQ.

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GG van Rooyen
GG van Rooyen is the deputy editor for Entrepreneur Magazine South Africa. Follow him on Twitter.